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Midsized Matters

You can never have enough Accords and Tauruses around the office.

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This story appears in the November 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

They may not be sexy, but when it comes to purchasing a business sedan, many buyers choose a Honda Accord or a Ford Taurus. These midsized favorites have been in head-to-head competition for years, both reliable, tried-and-true workhorses for entrepreneurs who are seeking a business/pleasure/family vehicle.

For 2003, the Accord is completely updated and redesigned. With stepped-up power from a new 3.0-liter, V6 engine in its LX and EX sedans, the Accord pumps out 240 hp, compared to 200 hp from the Taurus' similarly-sized engine. Honda's base engine in this model line is a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder with 160 horsepower, while Ford's base engine is a 3.0-liter, V6 with 155 horsepower. The Accord's performance boost is in line with its new, snazzier styling. There's also more space and storage, dramatically improved seating, increased legroom, tilt and telescoping steering, and a voice-activated DVD navigation system.

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