2001 Accord Gets New Styling, Enhanced Safety and Greater Refinement

1/3/2001 6:16:00 AM

The new Accord for 2001 model year benefits from freshened styling, a longer list of standard features and enhanced safety performance, further broadening its appeal as one of the best-selling cars in America. Available in Sedan and Coupe body styles, the Accord remains the benchmark in its class for quality, safety, sophisticated engineering, refinement and value.

In the area of passenger safety, all 2001 model Accords now employ advanced dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags that monitor seatbelt use and crash severity and adjust bag deployment force accordingly. In addition, all 2001 model Accords are equipped with advanced side airbags as standard equipment on all V6 and 4-cylinder EX models. For Accord DX and LX models, advanced side airbags are available as optional equipment. This advanced new system prevents the passenger side airbag from deploying if a child or small-stature adult is leaning into the side airbag deployment path. The Accord Sedan and Coupe also boast fresh exterior styling for 2001. Sedan models feature a new, more sharply chiseled front fascia and hood along with a new taillight and rear deck lid design, while the sporting character of the Accord coupe is enhanced by more aggressive front and rear bumper styling, body-colored front grille and new alloy wheel designs. Recognized for its sophisticated performance and refined ride quality, the new Accord also benefits from more than 20 engineering refinements that further reduce road and wind noise for an even more comfortable and quiet driving experience.

All Accords sold nationwide meet or exceed California's Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) standards, including one model sold in California that meets Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standards, the most stringent standard in the world.

Additional new features for 2001 include body-colored side moldings and illuminated power window switches on all Accord models except the DX sedan. Standard equipment on all EX model Accords now includes floormats and AM/FM stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD player, while all V6 Accords now come equipped with Honda's TCS traction control system. The Accord DX sedan is powered by a 135-horsepower, 2.3-liter, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, while LX and EX versions feature a VTEC version of the engine producing 150-horsepower and 152 pounds-feet of torque. Accord V6 models are powered by a LEV-rated 3.0-liter VTEC V6 delivering 200-horsepower and 195 pounds-feet of torque. All Accord engines require no tune-up for the first 105,000 miles.

A sophisticated double-wishbone front and rear suspension delivers a supple ride in combination with nimble and precise handling. All Accords feature variable-assist power steering with an adjustable steering column, intermittent windshield wipers, dual power remote control mirrors, rear window defrosters, fold-down seatback and an Immobilizer anti-theft system. The Accord LX, the most popular Accord model, adds a six-speaker AM/FM stereo with in-dash CD player. LX models feature a new wheel cover design and models with anti-lock brakes feature an exclusive new alloy wheel design. Accord EX models come equipped with standard side airbags, cruise control, power moonroof, remote security and keyless entry and auto-off headlights. Additional new features include a three-in-one stereo with AM/FM, cassette and in-dash 6-disk CD player. EX models feature a new alloy wheel design. Accord 4-cylinder EX models with leather interior include steering wheel mounted audio controls, a new feature for 2001.

Features exclusive to the premium Accord EX V6 are leather interior and wood trim, a fully automatic climate control system and programmable HomeLink® universal remote control for garage and home security systems. New for 2001 is a 4-way power passenger seat to compliment the 8-way power driver's seat.

All Accords feature a high strength body and subframe, side impact door beams, 5-mph bumpers and adjustable three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions. In addition, all new Accords feature the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat tether system and an illuminated anti-entrapment trunk release.

The Accord has been recognized as one of Car and Driver magazine's "10 Best" cars for a record 14 consecutive years. Intellichoice picked the 2000 Accord as the most affordable vehicle in its class as measured by total ownership cost.