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

By Jill Amadio

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

For 2003, the Accord is completely updated and redesigned. Withstepped-up power from a new 3.0-liter, V6 engine in its LX and EXsedans, the Accord pumps out 240 hp, compared to 200 hp from theTaurus' similarly-sized engine. Honda's base engine in thismodel line is a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder with 160 horsepower, whileFord's base engine is a 3.0-liter, V6 with 155 horsepower. TheAccord's performance boost is in line with its new, snazzierstyling. There's also more space and storage, dramaticallyimproved seating, increased legroom, tilt and telescoping steering,and a voice-activated DVD navigation system.

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