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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; five stars, side impact protection--driver; three stars, side impact protection--passenger; five stars, rollover resistance
Good," all crash tests
occupants are better protected
Car and Driver
Visibility is good all around in all models
the Accord is an IIHS Top Safety Pick
As is the case for most Hondas, the 2008 Honda Accord provides excellent levels of safety.
"On the bright side, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Accord Good--its highest rating--all around in crash tests," reports Mother Proof, adding that the 2008 Honda Accord Sedan "is an IIHS Top Safety Pick." This is significant, because IIHS standards are particularly stringent. According to Car and Driver, the 2008 Honda's "body structure...utilizes Honda's 'Advanced Compatibility Engineering' designed to better disperse energy upon impact in a frontal collision, which essentially means occupants are better protected if encased in the eighth-generation Accord."
Cars.com reports that the 2008 Honda Accord is equipped with "six airbags, including side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags," as well as "Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability system, all-disc antilock brakes and active front head restraints"--all standard equipment.
Nonetheless, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2008 Honda Accord Sedan only three stars for rear side impacts—but awarded it five stars in all other tests.
ConsumerGuide reports that "visibility is good all around in all models" of the 2008 Honda.
The rear side impact rating is a concern, but occupants are safer in a 2008 Honda Accord than in many other vehicles.