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further enhanced by voice-recognition system" [sedan]
Kelley Blue Book
designed to recruit younger buyers" [sedan]
optional electronics include Bluetooth-based cell phone connectivity" [sedan]
The 2009 Honda Accord offers a wide range of features, including Bluetooth, a navigation system, and real-time traffic information via satellite radio. All said, it has enough optional electronic gadgets to impress even the most dyed-in-the-wool techies, though some may find the controls for the nav system overly fiddly.
Base LX models of the Honda Accord do not lack for standard features. Remote keyless entry, cruise control, power accessories, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering, a fold-down rear seatback, and a six-speaker, 160-watt sound system are all included. LX-P models add a few more desirable features, including alloy wheels, then a moonroof, upgraded seats, rear-seat heated ducts, and premium sound with an active noise-cancellation system. Top EX-L models of the 2010 Accord pack in the luxury features, such as dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and a sound system with active noise cancellation.
Automobile Magazine says the Accord Coupe’s equipment list is "aiming at that crowd with a mix of high-tech features."
Edmunds affirms that the top-of-the-line EX-L sedan "adds leather upholstery, auto-on headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats...satellite radio...[and a] premium stereo system."
"The lone option is a navigation system available on the EX-L trim level that includes voice-activated controls and Bluetooth," according to Edmunds, with Kelley Blue Book reporting that the 2009 Honda's "intuitive DVD-based navigation system—featuring an 8-inch screen and Zagat restaurant ratings—is further enhanced by an accurate and easy-to-use voice-recognition system."
But Edmunds questions whether replacing the well-loved and easy-to-operate touch-screen nav system in favor of an "iDrive-like control knob" is considered progress. They also note that the cluster of more than 30 buttons surrounding the control knob "is intimidating." ConsumerGuide agrees and points out that the deeply recessed screen obscures the sight lines, and "the display can be washed out in certain light conditions"
However, TheCarConnection.com has a few gripes related to how Honda allows its best options only on the most expensive trims. The nav system is only available on with leather seats, in the top EX-L; in models of the Honda Accord without the premium sound system, Honda’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink system is offered only as an inferior port-installed option.
The 2010 Honda Accord can be lean and frugal or a tech-savvy luxury sedan or coupe; it all depends on the budget.