Honda Accord

Front: 10
Side: 15
Pole: 2

Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Good, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Adequate, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildBritax Roemer Duo, forward facing
3 year old ChildBritax Roemer Duo, forward facing
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of driveRHD
Tested modelHonda Accord 2.0 Sport
Body type4 door saloon
Year of publication2003
Kerb weight1385
VIN from which rating appliesRating applies to latest Accord

The Accord performed well in most areas but failed to match the best in its class. It drew criticism for the design of the area where driver and front passenger’s knees might strike in an impact. Too many hazards were present, said testers. Child protection was good and the restraints used met most of Euro NCAP’s performance benchmarks. The protection it gave pedestrians was good, if no match for its smaller range-mates the Stream and Civic, which each gained three stars. The Accord is bigger and so gains less from its windscreen’s ability to cushion adult heads.

Front impact
The steering wheel airbag is a single-stage design, but worked well to safeguard the driver’s head and neck. Testers noted hard structures in the dash that would injure the driver’s knees and upper legs: there was little evidence of design effort to protect the driver’s knees. However, intrusion at fascia level was minimal and protection for the driver’s feet was good. Finally, the centre rear seat has a three-point belt, which is much safer than a lap-only type.

Side impact
An impressive protection system included a thorax side airbag and a head-protecting curtain for front and rear occupants. The Accord performed well throughout. However, impact forces reaching the dummy were channelled away by interaction between the seat and its backplate, something which would not occur in a real crash.

Child occupant
Forward-facing ISOFIX vehicle-specific seats fitted with top tethers worked well, although the 18-month-old risked neck injuries during the frontal impact. Honda advises against using rear-facing restraints on the front passenger’s seat, but there were no labels permanently visible to warn parents of the danger of death or serious injury if this was done. The adult rear belts could be locked to improve their hold on restraints without ISOFIX and instructions were given for this.

Honda says the Accord’s strategy follows that of the Civic, which achieved a higher score. But the amount of protection offered remains above average for family saloons tested by Euro NCAP.