Better than you might expect
By David on
2003 Honda Accord EX V-6 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
I bought this Accord EX-V6 sedan brand new in December of 2002. Almost 6.5 years in, it has probably been out of service no more than a couple of weeks. I serviced primarily at two dealers (Braman in West Palm Beach, FL & Wade Raulerson in Gainesville, FL) - both are professional and prompt. I have a heavy foot, but my fuel economy is just ok. . . I struggle to get 20mpg with a 50/50 city/highway mix. Wind noise is unacceptably intrusive. However, engine and transmission refinement, overall ride quality, interior design and comfort, and the overall continued quality of this car are unsurpassed in the price range. Not without it faults, but definitely the best pick in this class of vehicle.
Superb V6 with excellent highway passing power and off-the-line acceleration. Terrific interior quality - the plastics and trim still look brand new. 6CD changer and curtain airbags were a nice touch in 2003.
Three things would make this the perfect family sedan: (1) improved sound deadening for tolerable highway driving, (2) a smoother, more sophisticated transmission that allows the efficient engine to achieve better fuel economy, (3) more sure-footed, longer-lasting brakes (a notorious Honda issue).