Used Honda Accord Saloon 1998 - 2003 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

1998 - 2003 review
Used Honda Accord Saloon 1998 - 2003
  • Used Honda Accord Saloon 1998 - 2003
  • Used Honda Accord Saloon 1998 - 2003
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Our recommendations

Which used Honda Accord saloon should I buy?

First of all, think very carefully before you choose this saloon, as it's not as useful as its hatchback sister.

But, if you're happy with this body, the entry-level 1.8 S has all you need: four airbags, anti-lock brakes, remote locking, electric windows and air-conditioning. The 1.8 is the smallest engine but it responds well if you work it hard. Go for one with a manual gearbox, though, because the auto doesn't suit the engine's narrow power band.

There are also two other petrol engines - a 2.0 and a 2.3 - but the extra power doesn't add much to the car, and just increases running costs that are already high-ish. There's no diesel.

You can pick from SE, Sport and Executive trim, which bring varying levels of luxury, topped by the Executive's leather seats and wood-effect trim.

For high performance and super-sharp handling, the Type-R is a gem, its tuned 2.2 delivering 209bhp, while its big alloys and sports interior lift the Accord's humdrum appearance.