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Since the late 1980s, the Honda Accord has provided safe, reliable, affordable transportation wrapped in a stylish package for a broad segment of the United States. Yes, it’s true the Accord first arrived in 1978, but it’s hard to describe those early years as stylish. The 2009 Honda Accord, part of the eighth generation of Accords, continues to carry on the high standard set by those models that came before. 

An overview of the 2009 Honda Accord

A white 2009 Honda Accord EX-L V6 midsize sedan model parked on rocks near a lake shore
2009 Honda Accord EX-L V6 sedan | American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The 2009 Honda Accord sits above the middle of the pack of 19 models in the U.S. News ranking of “2009 Affordable Midsize Cars.” A new 2009 Accord sticker price started at about $21,000 and soared over $31,000 for higher trim levels. Now, 14 years later, a top-level 2009 Accord could cost under $10,000, with base models nearly half that.

Buying a new 2009 Accord presented several options with a range of luxury, horsepower, transmission, and number of doors, although all are exclusively front-wheel drive. So first, choose whether you want a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan body style. Then, decide if you’d like four- or six-cylinder power and a manual or automatic transmission. 

The 2009 Accord comes in the following configurations equipped with a 144-horsepower 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder or a 213-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine:

  • LX
    • Sedan only
    • 2.4-liter I4
    • Manual or automatic transmission
  • LX-P
    • Sedan only
    • 2.4-liter I4
    • Manual or automatic transmission
  • LX-S 
    • Coupe only
    • 2.4-liter I4
    • Manual or automatic transmission
  • EX
    • Coupe or sedan
    • 2.4-liter I4 or 3.5-liter V6
    • Manual or automatic transmission
  • EX-L 
    • Coupe or sedan
    • 2.4-liter I4 or 3.5-liter V6
    • Manual or automatic transmission
    • Optional navigation system

The base model Honda Accord LX features an impressive list of standard features, such as:

  • Power windows and locks with keyless entry
  • Rear window defrost
  • All-season tires with a compact spare and a pressure monitoring system
  • Power steering
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft system
  • Automatic headlights
  • Variable speed intermittent wipers
  • Power side mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth-covered front bucket seats and rear bench seat

The range-topping Honda Accord EX-L features the following additional standard equipment:

  • Sun/moon roof
  • Rear spoiler
  • Performance tires
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Premium sound system with CD changer
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support

Pros and cons of the 2009 Honda Accord

The 2009 Honda Accord is a safe, affordable midsize car featuring seating for five with a spacious interior and dynamic performance. Shopping for a used 2009 Accord presents a wide variety of choices thanks to its diversity of models and the sheer number of units sold in the U.S. On the downside, the Accord’s trunk offers less capacity than others in the class, and some may find the center control stack cluttered and the optional navigation system confusing.

Used car shopping tips

While it’s certainly OK to browse dealer lots and scroll through online used-car offerings, having a list of must-haves and deal-breakers in mind is essential when shopping for a used car. For example, if you need a bigger car because you’re about to become a parent, you cannot let a salesperson talk you into a two-seat sports car, no matter how long you’ve dreamed of owning a Corvette. 

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