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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|2008 Honda AccordBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings||2003 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (GS)||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5||4-Door Sedan GL Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sdn|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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