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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Accord was launched in 2003 with two petrol engines: a 155bhp 2.0-litre and a 190bhp 2.4-litre. The 2.0-litre offers surprisingly good fuel consumption in a car of this size given the power output. Maximum torque of 140lb-ft arrives at a high-ish 4500rpm making it feel livelier when you hold on to gears for longer. The SE model has the most economical version of the engine with its smaller wheels as standard.

All 2.0-litre models come with a five-speed manual as standard or an optional five-speed automatic. 2.4-litre models come with a six-speed manual as standard, but with the same five-speed auto option. The Accord is more a cruiser than sports saloon, but it's quick enough when needed. The 2.2-litre diesel is the favourite model with customers. With 140bhp and 251lb-ft it not only has the sort of performance you'd expect from the best diesels in this class it is also refined and economical.

Originally available with a five-speed gearbox, the diesel was given a six-speed manual when the range was revised early in 2006. No auto is available on the diesel.

While it might not offer the best handling and ride for a large family car, the Accord can be driven briskly on challenging roads, with direct steering (if a little over-light) and composed behaviour. The Accord grips well in most situations and provides a compliant ride. Larger wheel upgrades have been available for most models since the Accord was launched, and help provide a bit of extra grip than the standard wheels.

Electronic stability control is standard on 2.4-litre and diesel models, but optional on 2.0-litre models.