The larger Accord Sedan total interior volume of 120. Additionally, the Accord has active front seat head restraints that are designed to help reduce the severity of neck injury in the event of a rear collision. We've raved about this voice-command system before. Up front, thereis ample headroom even with the sunroof. Most of its commands are intuitive, and it has on-screen help to show you the available commands. You can also opt for the 2. The coupe is further individualized with an aggressive stance and unique proportions that create a muscular, sporty demeanor.
TheV6 engine comes in two versions based on transmission choice. With the Accord Coupe, we first drove to a destination using our own route, then drove using the navigation system's suggested route, and compared how long each route took. The suspension felt tuned more for sport than comfort, as the Accord Coupe stayed relatively flat in the corners. Thisengine will operate on three cylinders during light load and cruise tomaximize fuel economy. The Accord is available in sedan and coupe body styles with 2.
The all-new 2008 Honda Accord moves the world of mainstream transportation in a refined, dynamic and sophisticated direction with an expanded range of innovative technologies designed for more power, greater efficiency and enhanced safety across the entire lineup of sedans and coupes. To really test out the Accord Coupe, we took it along some of our favorite roads, giving it a workout in the twisties. Our preferred routes were faster than the navigation system's for each test, but only by 2 minutes. The Accord coupe isavailable in three models. But where the sedan's power is held in check by the five-speed automatic transmission, the coupe's six-speed manual lets you use everything the engine has to give. We entered Dovre Club, and it found our favorite bar.
The car has two separate voice-command systems, which can lead to confusion. The Bottom Line Fun and practical to drive, the 2008 Honda Accord Coupe is sporty and looks good. This route, according to Google maps, was 5. Steering wheel audio controls are standard on every Accord. Its long hood, sleek roofline and muscular lines suggest power and a heightened agility compared to the sedan. In total, these power plants represent the most powerful and advanced technologies of any Accord in history, and are also projected to deliver excellent real-world fuel economy performance. Exterior Intended to convey a prestigious presence, the Accord Sedan embraces a traditional three-box shape that emphasizes both a dynamic and athletic feel with the sophistication of a timeless sedan form.
The Accord Coupe styling radically breaks from the sedan with a uniquely aggressive image. We slogged through traffic on The Embarcadero, then dealt with more on the freeway. The automatic noise cancellationsystem produces a 180-degree out of phase sound over the radiospeakers to cancel uneven firing sound pulses during 3-cylinderoperation. Under the hood Although the cabin electronics in the 2008 Honda Accord Coupe are identical with those in the 2008 Honda Accord Sedan, the driving experience is very different. This route was 6 miles, a half mile longer than our route, and took longer, at 24 minutes and 2 seconds. Over rough pavement in the city, though, we felt every vibration.
Around the hairpins we had to crank the wheel over a few times to make the turn, but with a downshift to second before the turn we had plenty of power on the other side. The Accord Coupe wheelbase of 107. Rear seat headroom is also tight. It's not a stellar rating, but still better than many other cars with 3. The car required some finesse on these hill starts--with its V-6 the front tires easily spun free.
But we also love its looks and give it top marks for design. Two sets of buttons on the steering wheel control the two voice-command systems. Ride is firm, but soft enough to be comfortable for day longdrives. Where the latter came in at a very impressive rating from the California Air Resources Board, the Accord Coupe only earns a , still good, but not quite as impressive. This route would take us from the northeast corner of San Francisco down to a central southern area. . The 268 horsepower make their presence known when the driver asks for them.
Passenger-side seatbelt reminders and daytime running lights are also standard equipment. Switching between V6 and 3-cylinder mode is seamless,indicated only by the dash display. With a six-speed manual like this, most other faults can be forgiven. We paired an iPhone to it, one of the phones listed as compatible on the , and were able to import the iPhone's address book into the car. Honda has balanced the Accord handling very well. Every exterior panel on the coupe is distinctive, sharing only doorhandles and outside mirrors with the sedan. It is rated at 6.
You could argue that the difference is negligible, but we found some of the roads the navigation system chose, such as Market Street, to be particularly poor. The last couple of blocks on Market, before our turn onto Second Street, were especially slow. Many of the most common controls are duplicated on thesteering wheel and if you choose the Navigation system option you canalso use voice commands to control features. Completely redesigned for 2008 with increased dimensions for a more spacious interior, the sedan styling theme expresses a powerful presence with sharp and strong character lines. Its navigation system, while basic, gets the job done, and it has added features such as Bluetooth cell phone integration.
The 2008 Accord Sedan also comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, or16- or 17-inch aluminum wheels depending on model. Unfortunately, it still relies on a separate voice-command system, with its own set of buttons on the steering wheel. The last part of this route took us along Cesar Chavez and then up Valencia Street, ending across the street from the Dovre Club. The Accord interior is designed for a dynamic, intuitive and upscale presence, starting with an easy-to-read information display on every vehicle. Honda manages to keep the torque steer to a minimum--we felt it mostly during high rpm shifts from first gear to second gear. The Good The 2008 Honda Accord Coupe combines attractive styling, a fun six-speed manual transmission, a very useful navigation system with the best points-of-interest database in the business, and a practical voice-command system.