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2008 Honda Accord

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2008 Honda Accord Review

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While the Honda Accord-versus-Toyota Camry debate hasn't sparked nearly as many family feuds or bar-room brawls as Ford vs. Chevy, Coke vs. Pepsi or Mac vs. PC, it is nevertheless one of consumerism's biggest rivalries. Their continuous run as the two best-selling cars in America (the Ford F-150 pickup is the best-selling vehicle) extends back to the second millennium, and they combine to account for roughly 40 percent of sales in a segment that numbers about 20 nameplates. As American, Korean and other Japanese manufacturers continue to roll out worthier and worthier competitors, however, choosing the right midsize sedan is no longer as straightforward as flipping a coin.

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With styling and performance that splits the difference between the sportier Nissan Altima and softer Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord embodies the very balance that attracts so many buyers to the midsize sedan segment in the first place. In terms of all-around quality and refinement, the Accord registers off the chart.

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In a category that offers sportier, softer and lower-priced options, the same well-rounded nature that makes the Accord so appealing to many can make it less attractive to some.

What's New for 2008

The all-new, eighth-generation Honda Accord is roomier, more powerful and more refined than ever, but the proven formula remains unchanged (save for decidedly bolder exterior styling). The coupe variant is the sportiest ever.

Driving the Accord

Driving Impressions The refinement with which the 2008 Honda Accord Sedan delivers its distinctive brand of relaxed enthusiasm is almost uncanny. In pulling away from a stop, plodding along in traffic and...

passing on the highway, the throttle responds to your right foot as if reading your mind, seamlessly delivering exactly as much or as little power as you want. Steering, likewise, is perfectly weighted and the car tracks straight down the highway requiring very little driver input, thanks in part to variable-ratio steering that improves both high-speed cruising and parking-lot maneuverability. Rounding out a theme, braking feel, response and feedback are also top-notch. Topped off by a familiar blend of comfortable cruising and eager handling, the 2008 Honda Accord continues to do the same 'ol thing better than ever.

Excellent Throttle Response
Even though throttle response isn't exactly a feature, the Accord responds so naturally to the driver's gas pedal inputs that we're compelled to note it here.

Voice-Controlled Navigation System
The Accord's intuitive DVD-based navigation system---featuring an 8-inch screen and Zagat restaurant ratings---is further enhanced by an accurate and easy-to-use voice-recognition system.

2008 Honda Accord Details
Interior

That the inside of the all-new 2008 Honda Accord feels so familiar is a tribute to the outgoing model. An interior volume increase big enough to move the Accord into the EPA's Large Sedan category helps provide room for wider seats and a big, two-arm center console. Every Accord features steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a dial-controlled eight-inch LCD display, while EX models and above offer blue ambient console lighting and highway-hushing active noise control. There are plenty of bins and cubbies throughout and the backseat and trunk qualify as roomy in every dimension.

Exterior

A bolder front end, deeper side sculpting and more pronounced fender flares give the all-new 2008 Honda Accord Sedan a crisper, more substantial look. It's also three inches longer than its predecessor and five inches longer than the Toyota Camry. The base models come well-dressed, and climbing the trim ladder nets different wheels, chrome door handles, chrome exhaust finishers, fog lights and a rear spoiler (coupe only). Beneath it all is Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that improves collision compatibility with SUVs, among other advantages. The 2008 Accord Coupe shares the same design elements but to a much sportier effect.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The standard equipment list for a 2008 Accord LX sedan includes air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA sound system, auxiliary audio input and steering wheel-mounted audio controls (illuminated). Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, as well as stability and traction controls and a sophisticated braking system.

Optional Equipment

Features not included in the Accord's base sticker price include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system with voice recognition, leather seats, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone compatibility, a 270-watt premium audio system, six-CD changer and XM Satellite Radio.

Under the Hood

The jewel of the Accord Sedan's three-engine lineup is a new 3.5-liter V6 featuring an updated version of Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that saves fuel by allowing the engine to run on six, four or three cylinders, according to demand. On manual transmission-equipped V6 Accord Coupes, the engine loses VCM and gains increased low- and mid-range power, making it the most powerful engine ever offered in a Honda sold in this country. A freer-breathing exhaust system is the biggest difference between the two four-cylinder engines. A five-speed automatic transmission is available on four-cylinder models and is standard on V6 models. Four-cylinder models sold in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont qualify as Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles.

2.4-liter in-line 4
177 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 (manual), 21/31 (automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
190 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 (manual), 21/31 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29

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2008 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 1055 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

This is my 5th Accord. I have emjoyed each one.

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great price, good gas mileage, fun to drive, relia"

Cons: "The color choices have left me wanting more"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have enjoyed every one of them. Each had its own pros and cons. But after buying 5 Accords over a 30 year period must mean that I think they are good cars that are very reliable , great transportation. They have all been very good cars. Now I think it is time for a new car. Don't know if it will be another accord. We haven't really talked about which car we would like to have. I did think I wanted a Mercedes but they are out of my price range. I think I am good for now. Hubby wants to retire in a year or two but I'm thinking there are many things I need instead of a new car. Nothing really jumps out and grabs me. I am sure there are good things and bad things about all cars so for right now, I'm fine right where I need to be at this time."

Outstanding automobile!

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned this Accord since new, and the only problem I've noted is premature wear of the rear brake pads. Other than that, my V6 Accord is ultra reliable, and looks as good as any new vehicle I've seen. I'd buy another Honda in a heartbeat!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Overall Car!

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, roomy, comfy"

Cons: "Very large, Ok acceleration, not nimble"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I really do like my Honda Accord. It is very roomy and super duper reliable! I have never had a problem and I purchased the car with 4 miles on it! I like the style but I feel like it could be a little better. After 5 years it is starting to show its age but it does still look classy. The one thing that bothers me a bit is it seems a little sluggish at times and it is not really very nimble. I have the 4 door version and it is a large car. A bit more pep and this would be the perfect car. This is the only reason I have considered trading in my Accord for a faster more nimble car."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Sports GT segment

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Engine, transmission, interior space, economy."

Cons: "None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"If this car was touted by Honda as a Sports GT, it would be the top car in the market segment by virtue of its combination of appearance, power & handling, and interior & trunk space & bang for the buck. However, Honda makes no effort to market it separately from the Accord Sedan, and so most people do not consider it apart from the family car category."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good vehichle; noisy ride from first mile driven

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Reliable except for brake issues"

Cons: "Noisy ride, irritating so."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I like driving this car, but had to have rear brakes replaced twice. There was a recall, but not until after I had spent quite a large sum having brakes repaired. In addition, while I love the ride overall, it is one of the most noisy autos I have ever driven. It always seemed as though I could hear outside traffic noise regardless of how tightly the windows were closed. I purchased the auto brand new from the showroom floor and would likely purchase another Honda, but I would listen more carefully for external noises. On a poorly maintained road, I almost lost my mind because of the noise. Even after multiple trips to dealerships, no one found anything wrong causing the loud ride."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

The 2011 Honda Accord Coupe is a beauty

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Beautiful 2 door Honda Sport Coupe. Reliable."

Cons: "Good Luck trying to find one. The owners keep them"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2011 Honda Accord Coupe - Best All around car

"The most reliable car I have ever owned. I get a lot of comments on my 2 door "black beauty". Just put new tires and rims and it looks like a new car. Wow factor. All leather seats, nav works great and I just updated it, sound system is spectacular and I even use the smooth CD changer with my old CD's. Tech connections and Bluetooth and the "lady talks to me". Could not ask for a better car. Dependable with great gas mileage and just enough performance. For a 4 cylinder it drives smooth and has never let me down. The 2011 Honda Accord was a great year for this make and model. You will be lucky to find one...just like mine. Good Luck!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

2011 Honda Accord Coupe - Best All around car

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