The 2009 Honda Accord has a softer, more conservative appeal than its coupe cousin, but it’s still an attractive vehicle.
Edmunds sings the Honda’s praises, declaring its "eye-catching styling proves that reliable transportation doesn't have to be bland." According to Kelley Blue Book, "a bolder front end, deeper side sculpting and more pronounced fender flares give the all-new 2009 Honda Accord Sedan a crisper, more substantial look."
Cars.com describes this 2009 Honda as "a bit anonymous from certain angles," adding that it is "as assertive as the coupe when viewed head-on, but it loses some presence as you move around to the sides and rear." Car and Driver laments the loss of "the distinctive greenhouse shape and some of the edgy quality" this 2009 Honda shared with the coupe, also noting "Honda, obviously, remains convinced sedans must offer a softer and gentler profile."
The interior receives some mixed reviews, with Cars.com asserting that the Accord's "faux aluminum trim has a nice matte finish, but its appearance is not very convincing," while Edmunds considers the "design...simple, yet handsome."
ConsumerGuide remarks that the "woodgrain accents...go a long way toward creating a warm, upscale ambiance, [but] some testers found models without woodgrain trim lacked character."