I'm 72 years old and have owned many automobiles, old and new in the last 50
However, for the first time, I find myself hitting my head on the door's
archway on entry and exit.
It doesn't matter how the seat is adjusted, although the effect can get
better or worse.
I'm a small man, only 5'5" tall without any body distortions and can get in
and out of my other 2 automobiles, which are Saturn SL2's, without any
I am extremely disappointed and annoyed and tend to prefer driving the
Saturns in order to avoid hitting my head.
Of all the Honda owners on this board who have the 2005 Accord EX, does
anyone else have this problem?
Since it's a problem for you, I advise you to trade it in or sell it. The
Honda dealership might let you exchange it for a vehicle such as a small
SUV or mini van that is less likely to cause you problems. Does anyone
have any other options to recommend? Please post.
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Murray, I just tried this out in my 2004 EX and I think I can see why you'd
have this problem. The windshield and its frame is very steep, and
especially with the seat forward and "up," the tendency would be to get in
at a point where the rise of the window frame isn't even near where it is at
its tallest. I'm 5' 9" and have not hit my head on mine; I think I must just
be aware of it on some level and avoid it. Note that there is not as much
headroom in the EX as in the LX because of the sunroof, though I don't know
if the body frame is different and would make any difference there... Still,
all I can suggest is that you stay conscious (really!) and be aware of this.
I bet you are confusing this new car with your other cars and getting in and
out the very same way.
I have a cousin who is your age and just bought a 2005 Accord LX two days
ago. He's taller than you and I didn't see him or his wife having and such
trouble. Try adjusting the way you get in - yes, you have to duck. I hope
you get used to the new procedure and enjoy your new car. Head injuries are
Your comment regarding the Accord LX refreshed my memory.
When I took a test drive prior to the purchase of the EX, it was on an
Accord LX and I had absolutely no problems getting in and out of the
The salesperson said that they didn't have an EX available for the test
drive but that the EX and LX were physically identical. That may have been a
mistake on my part in believing that statement.
You did not make a mistake nor did the salesperson lie to you on that fact.
I don't know what else he may have told you.
The Accord LX and EX are 100% identical in dimensions. The difference
between the two are the options that are in either one.
It looks like, if I sitick with the EX, I will have to do what you suggest,
and sit down and then swivel.
Yes, in all the 16+ cars I've owned previously, I've just slid in, almost
The only other time I had to sit and then turn was when I was leaving the
hospital, as a passenger, after a hip replacement.
Murray stick with the EX you'll grow to love it.
No idea what part of the world you live in, but if live in a snowy winter
climate like I do, before swinging your legs into that nice EX bang your
shoes together to get all that shitty snow and salt off.
The interior dimensions differ. From my 2004 Accord brochure:
I'm sorry, Murray, that you didn't get to first test the EX before buying.
Do your best with it - it's got a lot of neat do-dads that the LX doesn't
[the first] Howard
Yes, the interior may differ slightly in measured room due to sunroof as
well as seat differences, but Murray is not knocking his head on the
interior. His head is hitting the door opening or upper roof rail and there
is no difference between these two models in a 4 door sedan Accord.
He may find that the angles are different from previous vehicles he's owned,
especially with the steep rake of the front windshield.
Howard (me, not you!) :)
I'm 6'1" with much of my height in my back and I don't have
this problem with my '05 EX.
I do note that the sides of the seat back come forward quite
a bit and I press against them when entering/exiting.
Perhaps this is causing you to lean forward when entering/
The driver's seat does have a separate up/down adjustment in
addition to forward/backward, and back tilt angle. The
steering wheel also adjusts in/out and up/down. It took me a
while to figure out how to adjust it all (and don't every
adjust the steering wheel while driving, WOW is that scary).
Have you tried adjust the driver's seat in this order?
(the order is important)
1. Adjust the seat as far back as is comfortable for your legs
to operate the pedals.
2. Adjust the seat height as low as possible while still giving
3. Adjust the back angle back as much as is comfortable.
4. Adjust the steering wheel in/out and up/down to whatever is
comfortable for your arms.
This is a problem with many of the newer automobiles thanks to the
heavily curved roofline and the modern way doors are made. Things we
once took for granted like being able to easily get in and out of a
vehicle now must be re-examined and checked out on test drives.
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