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2008 Honda Accord Coupe - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2008:

  • The Honda Accord is all-new for 2008

  • Sedan is classified as a Large Car by the EPA

  • Standard stability control and side curtain air bags

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine gets Variable Cylinder Management

  • Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (PZEV) rating, even for V-6 engine

  • Hybrid model is discontinued; diesel option may appear in 2009 or 2010

  • Bluetooth hands-free communication offered for first time

  • On sale September 2007 as coupe or Sedan
Overview
In 1976, Honda introduced the Accord to America. The little 3-door hatchback was a bit bigger and more powerful than the Civic, while riding on a wheelbase shorter than today's Honda Fit. Over the years, the Accord grew larger as its loyal customer base grew older, adding a sedan body style in 1979, becoming the first Japanese-nameplate car to be manufactured in the U.S. in 1982, taking the title of best-selling car in America in 1990, and ultimately dropping the original hatchback configuration for a coupe and a station wagon. In 1998, the wagon vanished and the Accord sedan graduated from the compact car class to the midsize segment. This year, after 32 years on the market, the all-new Accord is larger than ever-classified as a Large Car by the EPA in sedan form-and offers more interior space, more horsepower, and more standard features than ever before.

All 2008 Honda Accords are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper Limited Warranty. The Powertrain Limited Warranty is extended for 5 years/60,000 miles. A Corrosion Limited warranty is in effect for 5 years/unlimited miles.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Honda Accord is offered in both sedan and coupe body styles. The sedan is available in six trim levels: LX Sedan, LX Premium Sedan, EX Sedan, EX-L Sedan, EX V-6 Sedan, and EX-L V-6 Sedan. The coupe is available in four trim levels: LX-S coupe, EX coupe, EX-L coupe, EX-L V-6 coupe.

Standard equipment on the LX sedan includes power windows, locks, mirrors, and cruise control. A 160-watt stereo with CD/MP3, 6 speakers, and an auxiliary input jack is also included. The LX Sedan features 16-inch steel wheels with wheelcovers. The LX Premium Sedan includes the Premium package with 16-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power driver's seat, one-touch front passenger window, security alarm, and a chrome exhaust outlet. The EX Sedan adds a more powerful engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, moonroof, CD changer, heated side mirrors, power lumbar support for the driver, and Active Noise Cancellation technology. Adding the Leather package creates the Accord EX-L Sedan, which has leather seats, a premium audio system with XM satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, exterior temperature display, and automatic headlights. The EX V-6 Sedan and EX-L V-6 Sedan are equipped with the more powerful 268-hp engine and several more amenities.

The LX-S coupe shares much of its equipment with the LX Premium Sedan but adds 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension with shock tower brace, CD changer, and Active Noise Cancellation technology. The EX coupe mirrors the similarly trimmed EX Sedan; however, to get an 8-way power driver's seat on the coupe, buyers must select the EX-L model. The EX-L coupe drops the 4-way power front passenger's seat found on the similarly trimmed Sedan model, but gains 18-inch alloy wheels. The EX-L V-6 coupe adds the V-6 powerplant. For sportier driving, a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission is available for the EX-L coupe, and on this model the V-6 engine is tuned to deliver more torque at low- and mid-range speeds for livelier response, Honda says.

Powertrain
The LX and LX Premium Sedans are equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 hp. The LX-S coupe, EX Sedan, and EX-L Sedan share the same 4-cylinder engine, but it's tuned to produce 190 hp. On all of these models, a 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 5-speed automatic optional. Accord V-6 models have a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 268 hp, making this new Accord the most powerful Honda-badged model ever built. The V-6 engine is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission, but a 6-speed close-ratio manual is available on the Accord EX-L V-6 coupe. EPA fuel economy estimates for 2008 range between 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the 4-cylinder engine, and 17 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the V-6 engine. All three Accord engines meet the stringent standards for a Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (PZEV).

All 2008 Honda Accords are equipped with 4-wheel-disc brakes with anti-lock control (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist, and stability control as standard equipment. The new Accord rides on a double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Variable Gear Ratio steering is designed to provide lighter and quicker response at low speeds, and better on-center stability and feel at higher speeds, the automaker says.

Safety
Equipped with Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, the new Accord is predicted to manage frontal collision energy better than the previous model. Dual-stage front air bags, dual-chamber front side-impact air bags, and side curtain air bags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System are standard, along with active front head restraints. Every Accord has front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters, and all five seating positions are equipped with 3-point seat belts and head restraints. The 2008 Honda Accord has been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It scored a "Good" rating for both the frontal offset and side-impact test-the highest scores offered by the IIHS. That, in conjunction with offering electronic stability control, lands the 2008 Honda Accord an IIHS "Top Safety Pick" designation for 2008.

Technology
The big news on the technology front for the 2008 Honda Accord is the Variable Cylinder Management system that lets the V-6 engine run on six, four or three cylinders, depending on driving conditions, to help conserve fuel and increase mileage. This feature debuted on the 2005 Odyssey minivan, and now it helps the Accord V-6 with an automatic transmission achieve an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway. As it did last year, the Accord offers an optional voice-activated navigation system with Zagat Survey information for restaurants, hotels and attractions, in addition to other features. What's new is Honda's Bluetooth Hands-Free-Link communications feature, previously offered only in Acura models. Finally, all Accords-except for the LX and LX-P Sedan-have Active Noise Control for a quieter interior.

Available Trims for the 2008 Honda Accord Coupe

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
2.4 LX-S (M5) 5 speed manual $21,860 190-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/31
2.4 EX (M5) 5 speed manual $23,160 190-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/31
2.4 EX-L (M5) 5 speed manual $25,160 190-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/31
3.5 EX-L (A5) 5 speed automatic $28,310 268-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 19/28

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