1 JIS net (net = as installed in the vehicle)
*** 7-position electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission
This 4-speed automatic transmission (Prosmatec) is tuned to provide both sporty
response and smooth shifts. Direct control over the clutch pressure helps reduce
shift shock for smoother acceleration. The Accord and Torneo SiR as well as all
Accord Wagon versions are further equipped with S-matic transmissions which allow
selection between fully automatic and sequential modes to suit driving conditions.
* 5-speed manual transmission
Reduced synchromesh load and shorter shift stroke help provide a sportier shift
feel. The Accord and Torneo SiR-T have intentionally been exclusively equipped
with this manual transmission which is also available on 2.0 VTS and 1.8 VTS versions
of the Accord and Torneo.
3) 4 Wheel Drive
*** Dual Pump Realtime 4WD system
Power is supplied to the rear wheels only when needed. This simple, substantially
lighter system helps combine driving pleasure, tenacious road-holding along with
good fuel economy.
*** New 5-Link Double Wishbone Rear Suspension
This new double wishbone suspension adopts a multi-link arrangement composed of five straight arms. Two arms, one trailing, the other leading, are aligned into a Watt link for greatly improved harshness characteristics. Reduced straight line toe angle and increased toe-in effect under cornering and braking conditions are achieved. As a result, handling stability and ride comfort have been significantly improved.
*** Double Wishbone Front Suspension
While maintaining the original layout, details have been refined. A lowered roll
center height has allowed an increase in tire contact area during turns, thus
controlling the tendency to understeer while giving a better feel around curves.
5) New rear suspension module
*** High-rigidity rear sub-frame
By allowing a precise location of the suspension arms, the rear sub-frame contributes
to steering stability, reduced noise, and greater ride comfort. The fuel tank
is positioned inside the sub-frame assembly for a major increase in production
*** Four-wheel disc brakes
Four-wheel disk brakes are standard on all models. In addition to ventilated front
disk brakes, the 2.0-liter versions of the Accord and Torneo sedan, and all versions
of the Accord Wagon feature large diameter rear disks.
*** EPS provides steering assistance through a co-axial electric motor. A
micro-processor determines according to vehicle speed and driving conditions the
amount of steering assistance required at any given moment. The change to an electric-powered
motor allows for reduced fuel consumption while the variable gear ratio quickens
the steering ratio as the wheel is turned farther from the straight ahead position.
The EPS can be programmed to offer differing steering characteristics. In addition
to the normal mode, plus and minus modes are available for respectively heavier
and lighter steering efforts. Selection is done via a selector switch on the instrument
*** New magnesium alloy steering wheel
Lighter than aluminum, the magnesium steering wheel is a single unit diecast comprising
the outer ring, spokes and hub plate. In addition to a significant reduction in
weight, this enhances road information coming through the steering.
*** Membrane horn switch
The installation of an SRS airbag required a repositioning of the horn button
on the steering wheel spokes. With the adoption of a membrane type horn switch,
we have been able to put the horn button back on the center of the pad.
*** High-rigidity body structure
Advanced simulation and research has helped optimize the thickness, shape and
structure of the body. In the case of the sedan, bending rigidity has increased
66%, while torsional rigidity has gone up by 25%.
*** Reduced noise and vibrations
Anti-vibration and sound-deadening material fitted at selected points in the floor
and other areas has reduced engine and road noise. Careful attention to details,
such as the fitting of foam into roof pillars, sound-absorbent material in the
door lining, and so on, have resulted in reduced cabin noise.
1) Active Safety
* The first domestically produced FF car featuring Vehicle Stability Assist
(standard on Accord and Torneo SiR models)
This Vehicle Stability Assist system enhances active safety by adding slide control
to already existing ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)and TCS (Traction Control System)
- Oversteer control: by braking the outer front wheel, an outward moment is
generated. The cornering force at the front is thus reduced, decreasing the spin
generating moment and stabilizing vehicle behavior.
- Understeer control when cornering under power: when the car's cornering line
widens under excessive throttle application, the system intervenes to reduce engine
torque and, if necessary, by braking the inside front wheel. This creates an inward
moment helping the car trace the line originally intended by the driver.
- Standing start slip control: when accelerating on a split surface with different
grip coefficients, by braking the wheel with the lowest grip, greater torque can
be provided to the wheel with the higher grip, ensuring quick, powerful acceleration.
- Braking control under cornering: when high cornering forces are detected,
ABS automatically switches to the 4-channel mode (3-channel mode when in a straight
line or when cornering at low speed). Taking advantage of the weight transfer
during cornering, the system applies a higher brake pressure on the outer rear
wheel, improving braking performance.
*** World's first Wandering Sensing Device to detect abnormal driving (available
as a factory installed option throughout the series)
The loss of concentration prior to sleepiness at the wheel can be detected by
the wandering pattern found in the vehicle's travel. The system introduced today
relies on advanced navigation technology to detect this driving pattern and warn
the driver through visual and audible alarms. It is however important to note
that this device only analyses the vehicle's behavior, and does not directly sense
sleepiness at the wheel.The wandering sensing device determines the vehicle's
travel route using the information provided by the speed and gyro sensors of the
navigation system. From the actual travel route, the system determines a theoretical,
standard travel route which is then used to measure the amount of wandering.
*** New High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights (standard on 2.0-liter Accord
and Torneo models and all Accord Wagon models)
Gas discharge type bulbs give a high intensity beam illuminating a wider area
for greater driving comfort at night.
*** Other active safety devices
- Standard 4-channel ABS
- Standard high-mount third brake lamp
- Torque-sensitive Limited Slip Differential (LSD) standard on Accord and Torneo
2) Passive Safety
*** Omni-directional impact safety body design
Through repeated testing simulating frontal, rear, side and offset collisions,
Honda has sought to both increase body rigidity and devise a more effective impact-absorbing
construction. Crushable zones have been built into the front and rear areas. On
the sides, reinforcements of the pillars, side sills, roof frame, doors and other
parts have helped in the design of a safer omni-directional body.
*** Direct-clamp ELR seatbelts with new load limiting mechanism (front seats)
In the event of a collision, the seatbelt initially locks upon impact before unreeling
slightly if seatbelt load exceeds a pre-determined level.
*** Other standard passive safety devices
- Dual SRS airbag system
- Door beams and impact absorbing door pads
- Fire-retardant interior materials
High efficiency, high functionality
* Sedan Package
The Accord and Torneo sedans offer an interior volume equivalent to the out-going
sedan within exterior dimensions brought back to what is called in Japan the 5-number
A low hood and expansive glass area provide improved visibility all round while
the car's minimum turning radius has been reduced to 5.5 meters for increased
Head clearance, knee room and legroom have been increased to provide the comfort
of a full size sedan. A generous trunk of 446-liter capacity rounds out a generous
** Wagon package
Starting from the sedan body, the wagon was given a wider tread for a sedan-like
handling with the interior space of a wagon.
As in the sedan, a low hood and expansive glass area provide improved visibility
all round while the car's minimum turning radius has been reduced to 5.5 meters
for increased maneuverability.
Head clearance, knee room and legroom have also been expanded to provide the comfort
of a full size car. A generous trunk designed for easy loading-unloading rounds
out a generous interior package.
The cargo area has been designed to add a number of original touches:
- Removable rear shelf + roll type tonneau cover
- Opening giving access to cargo area from rear seat
- Cargo net to keep small luggage in place in the trunk
- Folding-type floor lid to adjust floor height between two settings (two-way
- Large sub-trunk beneath floor
- Convenient water-proof finish
- Floor side-box
- Optional built-in CD changer (in shelf-side box)
- Convenient "cargo-side box" (for car beauty chemicals etc.)
- Cargo space: from 374 liters VDA with hard shelf to 805 liters VDA with rear
seats folded down