Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Innovative and So Advanced; Heels on Wheelswith Vikki Berardi

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Innovative and So Advanced; Heels on Wheelswith Vikki Berardi

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Model: Honda Accord V6

Details: Luxury standard medium sized sedan

Engine/Transmissions: 129kW/225Nm 2.4 litre petrol inline-four/5-speed auto, 206kW/339Nm 3.5 litre petrol V6/6-speed auto

Fuel consumption listed: 5.8 l/100km (four-cylinder), 6.4 l/100km (V6)

THE ninth-generation Honda Accord continues the long tradition of the popular sedan with solid build quality, class-leading safety and in-car technology as well as Hondaas undeniable reputation for reliability and durability.

The Honda Accord has been on sale in Australia since 1977 and in its 36-year history, found more than 100,000 local buyers. Globally, more than 19 million Accords sold.

Those figures put in perspective the challenges Honda faced when designing and engineering the new Accord. Just how much can you change with that much history?

The entry model is the 2.4-litre four-cylinder Honda Accord VTi, which has 129kW of power (4kW less than the previous generation) and 225Nm of torque (3Nm more than before). The 3.5-litre Honda Accord V6L gains 4kW more power, now at 206kW while maintaining the same torque figure of 339Nm. A six-speed automatic is standard.

The new Accord has undergone substantial changes for the better. Take, for example, the new MacPherson strut front suspension, which makes a world of difference on bumpy roads over the old Accordas double-wishbone setup. Thereas an 8-inch full colour screen in every model which allows for a three-mode reversing camera. There are even two microphones in the cabin which detect low-frequency cabin and engine noise and send a cancelling frequency via speakers, making the interior one of the quietest around.

Behind the wheel the four-cylinder Accord has more than enough grunt for everyday driving but is hindered by the slow-shifting five-speed automatic. Itas by no means considered lively.

The V6, on the other hand, is terrific and makes a delightful sound from its twin exhausts. …

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