Test Drive: 2009 Honda Accord 4 cylinder EX L Navi car test drives honda
2009 Honda Accord EX-L Navi four-cylinder. Click image to enlarge

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Oshawa, Ontario – People love gadgets. I’d gladly drive a car that had just a steering wheel, a windshield and a seat, but I’m not immune: within reason, I like bells and whistles. And I especially like that, thanks in part to fuel prices, manufacturers are starting to put these extras into models with smaller engines. This brings me to my tester, the 2009 Honda Accord sedan.

A 3.5-litre V6 is available, but my tester used a 2.4-litre four-cylinder, one of two versions offered on the Accord. Get the base LX model, and you get a 177-horsepower engine; on the EX, EX-L and my EX-L with Navigation models, power is rated at 190 horses. All four-cylinder models start with a five-speed manual, which can be upgraded to the five-speed automatic, like the one in my tester.

What I really like is the choice of trim lines: whereas some manufacturers might give you only lower-end amenities with the four-cylinder, Honda lets you go all the way to the top. My EX-L “Navi” (Honda walks up the trim ladder with its features, rather than offering them as stand-alone options) contained almost all of the goodies found in the EX-L V6, save for chrome door handles, garage door opener, fog lights, and a power passenger seat. And even better, I could have all of the EX-L Navi features and still have a manual transmission if I wanted.

Test Drive: 2009 Honda Accord 4 cylinder EX L Navi car test drives honda
2009 Honda Accord EX-L Navi four-cylinder. Click image to enlarge

Of course, you can start with the LX, a four-cylinder-only trim that starts at $25,090. The four-banger moves up through the EX at $27,490, the EX-L for $29,890, and the EX-L with Navigation, at $31,890; an extra $1,200 puts the automatic transmission on each. Go for the V6, which comes only with the autobox, and you’ll run through the EX, EX-L and EX-L with Navigation for $31,690, $34,990 and $36,990, respectively. The hybrid version, never a big seller, was discontinued when the Accord was completely overhauled for the 2008 model year.

The redesign includes handsome exterior styling that makes the last-generation model look stodgy, with six-sided grille, head- and taillights that sweep back into the fenders, and 17-inch alloy wheels on all but the base LX, which uses 16-inch steelies with covers. About the only complaint is that the high trunk lid can restrict visibility for shorter drivers when backing up.

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