2003 Honda Accord

midsize car / 4-door sedan

2003 Honda Accord 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2003-07 models

Tested vehicle: 2003 Honda Accord EX 4-door

The Honda Accord was redesigned for the 2003 model year. The car received some rear-end styling changes in the 2006 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit only the head restraint, as indicated by smeared greasepaint.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Side

Rating applies to 2003-04 models

Tested vehicle: 2004 Honda Accord LX 4-door without optional side airbags

The Honda Accord was redesigned for the 2003 model year. Beginning with 2004 models, design changes were made to the optional side airbags for the drivers' and front passengers' chests. Beginning with 2005 models, side airbags were made standard.

Two tests of a 2004 Accord were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier, producing high head injury measures.
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
The dummy's head was hit by the window sill and window frame of the rear passenger door. These impacts produced moderately high head injury measures. Hitting the window areas should be prevented.

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head being hit by the intruding barrier.

Smeared yellow greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head hit the window sill.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2003-07 models

Seat type: EX models standard seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Rating applies to 2003-07 models

Seat type: LX models standard seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry