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2008 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan

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  • fxguyfxguy Posts: 132
    No. The SE is off the table for the 08 model line.
  • I have to say wow! I think the new Accord looks great! It's not bland anymore like the feminine outgoing model, yet not so radical as the weird looking Mazda wannabe Camry. It doesn't look like it tried to copy the sporty Altima, either. This looks as if it has a little lux, a little class. It looks dead Acura- like a little cheaper RL (I think this one looks better!). The BMW 5 styling is OBVIOUS.

    I have to say "yawn". I can't get over how many people are saying this new Accord doesn't look bland. Compared to the "feminine" outgoing model -- with its bullet-like profile -- this new sedan is so borrrring. Its grille looks like it was borrowed from the outgoing (07) Malibu and the rest of the exterior brings to mind GM's "formal roofline" styling of the 70s and 80s. If my parents were still around, they would probably like this new Accord! And they used to drive Oldsmobile Cieras. Ugh.

    For the first time, I almost think GM has come up with something more attractive than Honda: I'd choose the 08 Malibu purely on the basis of styling, at least from what I've seen in pictures. As for the mechanical & reliability aspects...well, that's another story.
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Right, Grad. If you've got enough hormones the cars have no gender.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    A REAL MAN can wear a pink shirt, and drive a Miata, and still look like a man. Some guys may require a beard, to pull that off though. ;)
  • I traded a 4 cylinder Accord 2005 for a 6 cyl. Accord 2007 in July and will never look back. It's quieter, more comfortable and a blast to drive. Plus the stabilty and traction control and :) the daytime running lights make it safer, IMHO.
  • I agree, but the previous generation Accord should have had stability and traction control standard as well on ALL trim levels. Honda has always positioned itself as a safety leader - this was unfortunately not the case with the previous Accord. Their hand was finally forced in the new generation Accord by market competition.
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    "I think, right now, Honda is living off an old reputation. they are good quality cars, but once they are surpassed in quality and reliability, they have very little. And recently, Studies bu JD power and others have shown that American brands are surpassing."

    No, the only domestic that are as reliable or more reliable as Honda or Toyota/Lexus are Buick and Caddy I think judging by JD Powers surevy of 3 yr old cars from the 2004 model year. I really don;t like JD Power reliability surveys because they count a complaint such as an owner of a car complaing about a rough ride as a mechanical problem I think.
  • I agree, but the previous generation Accord should have had stability and traction control standard as well on ALL trim levels. Honda has always positioned itself as a safety leader - this was unfortunately not the case with the previous Accord. Their hand was finally forced in the new generation Accord by market competition.

    Honda is actually well ahead of its main competitor, Toyota. My understanding is that the stability control was standard on the top trim line Accords.

    No matter what Camry you get, it's an extra cost option (around $500). While I wouldn't mind paying that extra, it is an option that also requires you to buy heated seats and is very hard to find on a real Camry anywhere in the South. As far as I can find there are no Camry's in the Gulf States Toyota region which have stability control. I think the same may be true in the Southeast. However they do offer you plenty of custom racing stripes, sealant treatments and other useless add ons.

    I think the situation is much the same with the higher-priced Avalons.

    So, by comparison, Honda ain't doin badly.
  • minikinminikin Posts: 389
    Have owned both over the years. My experience has been mostly in high country with mountains, but my considered advice is to get the V-6. Little, if any, real world mileage difference and additional power flexability is phenomenal.
  • ezshift5ezshift5 West coastPosts: 853
    ...Little, if any, real world mileage difference and additional power flexability is phenomenal.

    ....amen, brother.

    The 4 cyl - - at optimum fuel efficiency - - can log circa 44; the V-6, 39 (been there) - - - about 11.5 per cent.

    The six, however, has real linear authority. (Power for those in Rio Linda - - - about 25 miles east of me)

    Just a few thoughts from this sailor.

    best, ez..
  • When coming from a car with less power AND less fuel economy (1996 Accord LX - 130hp, 23/31 MPG), the 4-cyl Accord was the best of both worlds. Better power (especially passing - the 96 LX didn't have VTEC - the 06 has iVTEC), better economy (I average 29MPG in the 06, 27 or so in the 1996 - and highway the 06 runs away with over 6 MPG better on average), and many more safety features, the 4-cyl was a no-brainer for me. V6 would have been wretched excess to me!
  • fxguyfxguy Posts: 132
    Found on another forum. All are the 4 cylinder models. Seems a little pricey to me.

    LX-P 22755
    EXL 26455
    EX 24455
    price includes destination of 635
  • No price on the LX?

    What transmission is this?
  • rysterryster Posts: 476
    For the first time, I almost think GM has come up with something more attractive than Honda: I'd choose the 08 Malibu purely on the basis of styling, at least from what I've seen in pictures. As for the mechanical & reliability aspects...well, that's another story.

    The Chevy should be just fine from a mechanical and reliability standpoint. My parents had a 2003 Impala LS and only ever had 1 recall and otherwise routine maintenance for the 40,000 miles they owned it.

    I have 16,200 miles on my 2006 Impala, and aside from a power steering issue that was repaired in a few hours (and Chevy had issued a TSB for the known problem), it has needed only routine maintenance.

    The 08 Malibu is a very good looking car and should be a success for Chevy. Honda has also put together an attractive package with the 08 Accord. When it comes time to replace my Impala, I plan to look at the Malibu and the Accord.
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    I still don;t get it when people are raving about the looks of the 08 Malibu the back end just looks too flat to me from the pics anyway.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    If you drive mostly highway at steady speed, you may not notice a BIG difference in MPG.
    If you drive in bumper to bumper gridlock and do a lot of stop and go city driving, you will save a lot of gas with the 4 cylinder. There real world mileage difference grows the more stop and go city driving you do.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Thats about $500-1000 increase. Not bad, considering new features (LX-P is more comparable to SE).
  • Thats about $500-1000 increase. Not bad, considering new features (LX-P is more comparable to SE).

    Well it's a $470 increase on the EX but a $770 increase on the EX-L. And I don't know that the new model really has that many new features that the 2007.

    $770 is a bit pricey for a new body IMO. But if you want the latest....

    Speaking of which, do we know when the new prices will be out??
  • New body, upgraded engine, more up-to-date interior (some like, some dont), I'm guessing more refinement.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Well it's a $470 increase on the EX but a $770 increase on the EX-L. And I don't know that the new model really has that many new features that the 2007.

    It does. In addition to leather wrapped steering wheel and leather trimmed heated seats, here are additional upgrades included as standard features in EX-L compared to EX...
    -Dual Zone Climate Control (versus manual AC in EX)
    -Auto-dimming rear view mirror
    -Upgraded audio system (160W/6-speaker in EX, 270W/7-speaker in EX-L)
    -XM Radio
    - And minor features like headlamp auto on/off (EX gets auto-off only) and compass.

    These are adding only $300. OTOH, auto-dimming mirror itself is a $343 accessory for 2007, now standard in EX-L and above.

    Speaking of price, my 1998 Accord EX-L was about $23.7K including destination, about a grand more than the new LX-P. And the new LX-P will put my 1998 Accord EX-L to shame in terms of feature list, except for not having moonroof and leather seats. And that is a decade later!
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