2008 Honda Accord vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Honda Accord is still one of the most well-rounded mid-size sedans, but the new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is an especially formidable competitor, with a more distinctive style inside and out and performance to match the Accord.

The best-selling Camry is competitive with the Accord in most respects, but its ride is more comfort-oriented and less sporty, and the quality of the interior materials is disappointing relative to the competition.

The Fusion appeals to a different type of buyer, with its lean, more masculine design and firmer, more athletic driving feel; it's also a bit smaller.

The Passat remains a good competitor, especially with its base 2.0T four-cylinder engine, but spotty reliability and somewhat higher running costs lessen the appeal.

Perhaps the closest competitor to the Accord is the Altima, which provides a similar mix of sporty road manners and well-controlled ride quality, plus good styling inside and out.

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MSRP From   
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Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
LargeMid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (GS)4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.54-Door Sedan GL Manual
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
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Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Transmission   
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