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2008 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan



  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Correct. It could be the squirrel has gotten tired and is whistling Dixie! Lol

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  • khoeykhoey Posts: 35
    Motor Trend has a video review on their site, and the reviewer stated that the car had XM Nav Traffic. That was a mistake.

    Honda holds that out for Acura. Hey, there has to be some reason to get you to pay an extra 10K for virtually the same car.
  • There is XM traffic but it just gives you reports by city, theres no real time traffic associated with the GPS. One thing that really bothers me that I just found out is that when you use the NAV it does not announce street names. I thought this would be a basic feature of the GPS. My magellan works great announcing the street to turn on. The honda just says " turn right 200ft", which blows to me based on the price you pay. Also the blue tooth integration with the cell phone isnt that great. It works maybe 50% of the time with the call going out through the speakers. It works much better on incoming calls though. I just thought I would share those annoyances, as I have had my EX L V6 for a month now.
  • You're correct, it doesn't have true "text to speech". However, it does call out the names of interstates/highways. Which makes me wonder, if it has the capability to speak certain road names then why can't/doesn't it do it for all roads? Could Honda change it so that it speaks all the road names via a DVD upgrade?

    As far as the blue tooth. Mine has worked every time so far. Both with inbound and outbound calls.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Someone told me it can be set to announce the street names, but you have to go into the settings to configure that option.
    I definitely would not consider it at all if it cannot read the street names for you.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Not according to the 2008 Accord's Navigation Manual.
  • I don't see that option anywhere. I have read the manual also. If anyone knows if that is an option let me know, I don't see it anywhere. I totally agree, there is no reason with all the talking that car can do why it can't announce the street name, like you said it announces the highways.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Anyone care to bet about Text To Speech (TTS) showing up in Accords in the 2009 or 2010 model year? My shirt pocket size Garmin nüvi 350 has it.
  • khoeykhoey Posts: 35
    There is absolutely a setting. I think it's in "routing and guidance". If you set it to the max setting , instead of "take the next right turn" it will say "take the next right turn onto main street".

    My new coupe's nav, as well as the three others i've owned, does this.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    I'd appreciate your navigating me to the specific page(s) of the 148 pages in the 2008 Accord Navigation Manual that describes the ability to change the system to say "take the next right turn onto main street"
  • Apparently it does have TTS. Check out page 77 in the navigation system manual. Its under "Guidance Prompts". You can select MIN., NORMAL, or MAX. The system allows you to adjust the number of guidance prompts before each maneuver. MIN. setting gives one prompt b4 a maneuver. NORMAL, which is the factory default, gives three prompts b4 a maneuver. MAX also gives three prompts, but the first two include the street name.

    If if works like the manual implies, it will be cool. I'm going to try it right now and report back.
  • Yes, it works. The 1/2 mile prompt and the 1/4 mile prompt include the street name, but the final prompt shortly before the turn does not include the name.

    Ex. "In a half mile turn right onto Main Street". "In a quarter mile turn right onto Main Street". "Make the next right turn".

    If you are traveling somewhere where the turns are occurring in less than 1/4 mile (like a neighborhood) it will only give the final prompt, which does not include the street name.

    To change the setting:

    1. select Setup
    2. Guidance Prompts
    3. Max
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    That's great. I just don't understand why they would have buried the TTS feature there without making it very clear to the user. I also can't understand why that is not the default setting, as it is (the only and best possibility) with the higher end portable units.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Because at times people may not want too much voice guidance (or too little). So, the middle ground is the default.
  • Thanks, that's a great tip, trying to remember what to say to the voice system and know all the little nuances of the thing is daunting, every little bit helps.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    "people may not want too much voice guidance (or too little)"

    I've used navigation system voice guidance since December 2003, both with and without a system that speaks street names. I've yet to experience too much voice guidance. The more the merrier. Bring it on!
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Honda has to think everybody, not one extreme or another. They have given you a choice to select the extreme you want to pick, while taking the middle ground themselves. It makes sense to me. Next you might complain about the volume control of the guidance voice. :P
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Next you might complain about the volume control of the guidance voice.

    Actually, I was thinking about that yesterday when I read that. How is it controlled? My StreetPilot has a handy thumb wheel to turn "Carmen" (my friend named the female voice in my GPS Carmen Garmin) louder or softer.
  • Does the LX-P have manual lumbar support?
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Not sure about Accord, but in TL it is via set up.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Thanks anyway!
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 24,890
    saw a black coupe on the road today. Looked very sharp, and until I took a 2nd look, and noticed the badge, I thought it was something higher end and more exotic.

    For some reason, from a rear 3/4 view, it reminded me of a Bentley! Not something I have ever heard about a Honda before!

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • Can anyone give me some advice on sedan leather interior? Which looks the best?
    I am strongly considering the polished metal with black interior? However that white diamond pearl looks stylish with the ivory leather ? I want an upscale look but actually I am a little concerned about the light color? I am a family person with kids and a dog that will be riding often . Someone help me out. I have already made my mind up on the v-6. By the way what does anyone think of the gray it seems a little light in the pictures. It seems like the black interior goes better with the polished metal color.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    "Next you might complain about the volume control of the guidance voice"

    There is an adjustable control for the guidance voice volume on my 2004 Accord's setup screen.
  • I have the polished metal metallic with the gray interior and it looks great. I have two kids in car seats in the back also, I have the seat protectors from under them though. They have had a few accidents back there but clean up is a breeze. I think that color combo looks really sharp. My two cents.

  • This really is a matter of personal preference. I have the black leather in my 08 EX-L V6 and it's holding up well over the 10 weeks I've had it. Dust shows up more on this than the white your considering, but it cleans up easily. I agree that the white has a richer look than the black but over the 5 years I tend to keep my cars I felt the black would age better.
  • gotoyotagotoyota Posts: 280
    Not speaking as an Accord owner but as someone who also has kids (young kids) I would say the black interior will be easiest to live with in terms still looking good, even with a "kids touch." Our Odyssey has light gray and our Sienna we bought to replace it has the tan. I would've chosen black if I could have but it's not offered. Both of those colors are pretty average for how they hold up in a family car. My Maxima has a black interior that still looks clean after 10+ years. Gets a little warm in the summer, but sure looks sharp - and it does hold up very well. If you look, there's dirt there, but it doesn't jump out at you like it does in the lighter shades. That polished metal/black interior is gorgeous and very elegant - I say get it!
  • gotoyotagotoyota Posts: 280
    That's a good point - you do see the dust a lot more... but it does clean up easily and over time, the black seems to look better and if you get the carpet dirty, you don't have to worry about it leaving a spot that is darker than the rest of the carpet. I prefer the look of a black interior any day - just my opinion. :shades:
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    Yes, I really like a black interior too. It would be easier to take car of. But, I have thought about getting tan interior. It looks quite nice, I wish they would give you more contrast in the sedan interior like they did in the coupe, by offering a tan with black carpet. That looks sharp. Also, I do think the black exterior would show age more over time than other colors, simply because it shows every flaw, line, swirl. Unless you are really keeping up on the finish with wax/wash. I have seen so many black cars that look horrible, because you can see all the swirl marks, and can tell they haven't put any time to the finish. Nothing worse than a black car sitting in the sun, showing all of the flaws. White, would not show as much, but seems to me it doesn't show too much natural shine like the other colors either. I am thinking of getting a black/black or Black/tan, but don't know if I want that kind of responsibility of keeping up the paint. I have silver now, so I'm spoiled with its lower upkeep. I really hate that Honda did not offer more upbeat colors.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Yes, black colored cars look bad as the car gets older. It only looks great when the car is brand new and has no swirl marks or even dust. It can start to look bad even on cars that are less than a year old.
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