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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
There's ample headroom and legroom, even for taller adults
The Accord feels as it always has, like a very high-quality midsize, midprice vehicle
The cabin has an upscale Acura aura
Road & Track
A legacy of class-leading quality and comfort is held up in the 2008 Honda Accord Coupe.
ConsumerGuideAuto says the 2008 Honda Accord Coupe's front seats are more comfortable and supportive than in previous Accords: "There's ample headroom and legroom, even for taller adults." Climbing in and out of the cabin is easier, thanks to the larger door openings and higher roof. Rear legroom has increased as well, "though seating is still best left to children."
Car and Driver has very few complaints about the Accord Coupe but notes, "we'd like to see more differentiation in the cabin from the Accord sedan." Cars.com praises the Accord Coupe's cabin for its tight fit and finish and use of high-quality materials that rival those found in Honda's luxury brand, Acura. Edmunds reports that "the Accord feels as it always has, like a very high-quality mid-size, mid-price vehicle" but wishes that Honda would have carried over the previous Accord Coupe's touch-screen navigation system; the new nav system has an "iDrive-like" control knob and more than 30 buttons surrounding it, which makes the system "intimidating."
As with most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, Road & Track praises the 2008 Honda Accord Coupe's high-quality materials and fit and finish. "The cabin has an upscale Acura aura that comes from finely tailored sport bucket seats, a choice of silver or wood accents, a coupe-only three-spoke steering wheel and Honda's straightforward controls and instrumentation." They also note that the driver and front passenger sit farther apart with a wider center console between them, and the dash arrangement makes the driver and the shotgun passenger feel as if they're in separate compartments.
Popular Mechanics commends Honda for including an active noise-canceling exhaust system and active motor mounts that keep the exhaust notes down to a minimum inside the cabin and smooth out any vibration.
TheCarConnection.com drove a 2008 Honda Accord Coupe with all the trimmings and came away quite impressed at the comfort of the front seats. Among other advantages, they feature an expanded range of motion. The larger cabin means more space between front-seat occupants, filled with a larger center armrest. The backseats aren't easy to get in, but are reasonable for short trips for two adults. However, our test car had a noticeable rattle in the passenger seatback that proved that no car, even one as reliably well assembled as the Honda Accord, is without flaw.
The 2008 Honda Accord Coupe is roomier and more comfortable than its predecessor, but rear seating access and legroom remain only acceptable.