Accord is a car that doesn’t stop delivering the goods: roominess, ease of handling, appropriate power, and a smartly dressed interior. The midsize sedan hasn’t changed greatly for the 2005 model year. There are new wheel covers (for LX and EX trim levels), new taillight design, illuminated steering wheel controls, and all trims now offer standard front side airbags and side curtain airbags for first and second rows. Accord is fitted with either an inline 4-cylinder engine (160 horsepower) or a V6 (240 horsepower). A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 5-speed automatic transmission is optional.

While nothing comes close to being a radical transformation for 2005, the Accord doesn’t disappoint. Whether the need is a tight turn (turning radius is 36.1 feet), or staying even-keel over deep potholes (uni-body construction coupled with double wishbone front and rear suspension), Accord has mastered the knight-in-shining armor routine. As always, the standard fare list is far reaching and includes air conditioning with air filtration system, cruise control, illuminated vanity mirrors, floor mats, power doors, locks, mirrors, rear window defroster on the four-door Accord EX. Mile per gallon estimates are 26 city/34 highway with 4-cylinder mated to 5-speed manual transmission. MSRP is $22,100.