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The competitively priced 2002 iteration remains one of our highest-rated family sedans. The V6 version is quicker and quieter than models equipped with the 2.3-liter four-cylinder, whose performance now trails the class leaders. In our most recent test of four-cylinder family sedans, we found the Accord's highway ride to be a bit stiff and jittery. Road noise was also more noticeable than in the other tested models, which included the Volkswagen Passat, the Toyota Camry, and the Nissan Altima. Handling was competent, though the tail occasionally slid out when car's handling limits were exceeded in our avoidance-maneuver test. The well-finished interior looks and feels inviting, with firm--if slightly flat--front seats and a low dash that gives short drivers good visibility. The low rear seat will accommodate two adults comfortably, three in a pinch. The Accord line's best value remains the LX V6 model, which is priced similarly to the four-cylinder EX.

See Reliability page for the latest 2002 Honda Accord recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2003. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags available from 2003, standard from 2005. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2008. Forward collision warning optional from 2013, automatic emergency braking optional from 2016.

Road Test

A fine and competent car, the Accord's braking, ergonomics and fit and finish are impressive. But engine performance, ride quality, accommodations and interior quietness aren't outstanding.

Highs

  • Braking, controls, fit and finish, visibility.

Lows

  • Acceleration, ride, road noise.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 (135 hp)
  • 2.3-liter 4 (148 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (200 hp)