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Difference Between Honda Accord and Accord Euro

car-honda-accordHonda Accord vs. Accord Euro

Two vehicles which share the same name doesn’t mean they also share the same specifications. This is very much the case with the Honda Accords we have in comparison here. One is made for the European and Australian markets while, the other is made solely for the American market. These countries are worlds apart when it comes to automobile specifications, therefore, although both of these cars share the same genes, and wear the same badge, they differ in character, and that is what we’ll look at in this comparison review.

To start out in a fair manner, we will compare the base models for each representative. The U.S. spec Honda Accord LX has a 2.4L inline-4, which produces 177 horsepower at 6,500 RPM, and is attached to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. This thrifty engine has a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon for city and highway driving. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this model is $21,765.

Same badge, same car, same genes. So what’s different, or so special about the Accord Euro? Once you get behind the wheel, you’ll immediately feel it: a wider track, a lowered center of gravity, greater body rigidity, and a powerful 2.4L i-VTEC engine, that boasts of 198 horsepower, at a high revving 7,000 rpm. This power is transmitted through either a 6-speed manual gearbox, or a 5-speed automatic paddle shifter. ‘Sporty’ is the word that best sums it all up for this European spec Accord, and one will have to cough up around $34,250 in order to make it your own.

Having the same genes, both cars offer 4-wheel anti-lock braking systems on all-disc brakes, but the Accord LX wears 16-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 215/60 All-Season tires, while the Accord Euro has 225/50 rubbers, wrapped on sportier 17-inch rims. In terms of curb weight, the Accord LX comes out in a slightly trim 3230 lbs. compared to the Euro, which weighs in slightly higher at 3362 lbs.

Even the trim levels of these cars are different in order to suit their respective markets. The U.S. spec Accord offers three different trim levels, namely, the base LX, the upgraded EX, and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features such as leather upholstery and an optional navigation system. The Accord Euro also has three trim levels, namely, the basic Euro, the Euro Luxury and the upscale Euro Navigation.

Considering that both cars are, in reality, copies of each other, one cannot take away the fact that even twins have different personalities. That is the main factor in choosing between these Accords. So whether you opt for the no-nonsense, reliable commute of the Accord LX, or the sporty and fun-to-drive nature of the Accord Euro, you still end up with an intelligently engineered car.

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