and ES. Although you get folding seatbacks to: extend cargo space, they cannot be locked, leaving you with the security of a hatchback.
At the top of the line, you can turn this into quite a luxury car.
engine size: 2.0, 2.5 liters engine type: I-4, V-6 horsepower: 125, 170 transmission: 5-sp.manual, 4-sp.auto brakes: Disc/drum(4-cyl.), disc/disc (V-6) w/anti-lock optional price range: $16,200-$24,000
Honda Accord www.honda.com
As one of the most popular cars in America, it’s the Accord’s job to make a lot of people very happy. That’s a performance Honda takes seriously. The car is reliable enough that most owners never see their dealer again after driving off the lot. Performance and economy reach that happy medium where it’s difficult to complain. There just isn’t much to dislike here. For 1998, the Accord is all new and designed to keep its hard-earned reputation intact. Styling on the sedan is a bit more bland than before, but Honda makes up for that with increased power and greater interior room. For those who insist on more automotive beauty, the coupe version gets all different sheet metal and a slightly, shorter, sportier wheelbase.
Your choice is between a peppy four-cylinder or a very smooth V-6. Honda doesn’t offer factory options, so you choose one of the five trim levels with the equipment you prefer.
Regardless of your choice, you get a car with a refined suspension that combines good handling with a smooth quiet ride.
engine size: 2.3, 3.0 liters engine type: I-6, V-6 horsepower: 135 (DX only), 150, 200 transmission: 5-sp.manual (4-cyl. only), 4-sp. auto brakes: Disc/drum, disc/disc, anti-lock price range: $15,500-$23,000
Nissan Altima www.nissanmotors.com
A mainly new Altima has become somewhat larger than before, although it remains just a bit smaller than competing cars. This gives it an advantage in nimble handling and in another important area- pricing. Despite some serious improvements, it costs less than before.
Although there’s no V-6, the Altima’s four-cylinder engine is the largest in this class. Four trim levels start with the reasonably well equipped XE. Power windows and mirrors, tilt steering wheel and remote trunk and fuel filler door releases are included. The more popular GXE gains such pleasant features as air conditioning and a CD player. The SE is the sporty version, with four-wheel-disc brakes, plus remote keyless entry and a more potent audio system. The GLE is the most luxurious, with leather upholstery and a power driver’s seat. All but the XE get split folding rear seats to expand the trunk. The interior feels of high quality and the driving experience is very comfortable. Simply a handsome car that gives you plenty of features for the money.
engine size: 2.4 liters engine type: I-4 horsepower: 150 transmission: 5-sp.manual, 4-sp.auto brakes: Disc/drum, disc/disc (SE only), anti-lock optional price range: $15,460-$22,000
Chrysler Concorde www.chrysler.com
Once again Chrysler proves its styling leadership. An all- new Concorde seems to combine the best features of British and Italian design, with some good old-fashioned American know-how thrown in. To go along with all this appearance enhancement are a pair of new