The Accord?s six-speed auto transmission works well, providing smooth, quick shifting and a degree of intuition via Honda's Grade Logic Control. Shift Hold Control holds chosen gears where appropriate to minimise restless ?hunting? up and down the ratios. Manual control is available through paddle shifters, or via the console lever.
Coupled with a new MacPherson strut front suspension, which replaces Honda's long-standing preference for wishbones (although the rear end continues with a multi-link arrangement), the drivetrain makes the Accord feel noticeably more agile on the road, firmer riding and generally sportier.
The V6L's bigger 18-inch wheels with their 235/45-series tyres help balance out the Accord's more front-biased weight distribution while the electric power steering, though somewhat light at the wheel, is still well-enough weighted and swaps from lock to lock in a reasonable handy 2.5 turns.
Six airbags and a swag of safety aids, including whiplash-minimising front seats, make for the sort of equipment normally associated with five-star NCAP ratings, but the Accord only achieved four stars when put to the test.
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