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2008 Honda Accord Sedan Review

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Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.

TheCarConnection.com has read the best reviews on the new 2008 Honda Accord to produce this comprehensive review. TheCarConnection.com's editors have also driven and evaluated the 2008 Honda Accord, and they used their impressions here to help differentiate the Accord from other sedans.

The 2008 Honda Accord, which has been one of the best-selling mid-size sedans for many years, has been completely redesigned for 2008. It's slightly larger all around than the 2007 Accord, and it has bolder styling inside and out, as well as a roomier cabin that's notably taller. As before, the Accord has front-wheel drive and is powered by a choice of four- and six-cylinder engines. The Accord Hybrid, which was offered in previous model years, is no longer available. The four-cylinder models can be specified with a five-speed manual transmission; otherwise, both engines get a five-speed automatic.

Many buyers will find the smooth 177-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's standard on the 2008 Honda Accord LX models perfectly adequate; the step-up 190-horsepower version on the EX models brings a little more pep to passing but doesn't have any additional oomph off the line. The especially refined V-6 makes the Accord feel like a luxury car, and it's the choice if you plan to haul around full loads of people and cargo or do much driving in the mountains. There actually isn't a big difference in fuel economy between the four-cylinder and V-6, with the four delivering up to 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and the V-6 at 2 mpg less with both. The V-6 incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which helps improve fuel economy.

The Accord has a very settled ride that soaks up all but the biggest bumps, yet it has some level of sportiness when pushed hard into corners. The steering feels a bit heavy, but the 2008 Honda Accord handles confidently. Build quality is top-notch, with no creaks or rattles, and the swooping, dual-cockpit instrument panel is in a class above. The front seats are very supportive and comfortable, and the backseat has plenty of legroom, although headroom might be limited for some. Top EX-L models pack in the luxury features, including dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and a sound system with active noise cancellation; a navigation system is also available.

Standard safety-minded features on the 2008 Honda Accord include electronic stability control, front side airbags, side curtain bags, and anti-lock brakes. The Accord performed very well, with top ratings in most crash tests, except for one hitch; in the federal government's side-impact test, an Accord sedan was given only three out of five stars--typically the lowest score awarded in the testing program. Regardless, the 2008 Honda Accord is an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2008.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
2008 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV

VERY disappointing Honda!

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Brake problems began within days of purchasing this Accord in March 2008. Rotors warped, pads wore out within 10,000 miles. . .even rear rotors and pads required replacement at 11K! Brake pedal feel was poor... + More »
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Sunday, May 3, 2015
2008 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L

2008 Honda Accord EXL like an Acura but with Honda Logos and V4

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There is something so perfect about the Honda Accord. As an everyday sedan, it doesn't scream "family sedan" like the way today's bulky Toyota Camry or Hyundai Sonotas would. As a matter of fact, competing in... + More »
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Saturday, May 2, 2015
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The 2008 Honda Accord is a wonderful car.

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Great gas mileage,nice and roomy plenty of cargo space.
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