2008 Honda Accord review & road test
Engine, Comfort, Economy, Space, Quality
Unusual suspension, complex interior
We all know the story about the ugly duckling. Have you ever stopped to think whether it applies in all fields of life? Certainly in the world of motoring, it happens forwards and backwards.
I mean, just take a look at the latest version of the Subaru Impreza. That's the Ugly Duckling story in reverse if ever there was one.
But has the interior upgraded, or degraded? Well, an all-new design awaits, and at first glance, all seems well.
Still, once you work out where everything lies, it's easy enough to use. And the satellite navigation is probably one of the most comprehensive units you'll find on the market today.
So the electronic gizmos are there for anyone who wants to have a play. But for others who just want to travel, the story is good.
Rear seat passengers will have little complaint (apart from the centre seat which is a little high), with foot, head, and legroom all being acceptable. The front seats, too, are supportive, roomy and comfortable.
The handling, therefore is very good, but slalom work would tend to make you sick. Why is it then that over bumps it feels stiff? At least the brakes are good, and the electronic stability control (VSA) works well.
From about 3500rpm it's piling on steam, and once it reaches 5000rpm it's well and truly in its stride and hauling along. But, the funny thing is, it doesn't sound like a Honda engine. We were expecting a very refined unit, and what we got had a metallic bark to it, with a hint of harshness. Still, it sounds tuneful, and purposeful, all at the same time.
The changing from six cylinders to three and back again is completely imperceptible, too. The only way you'll realise is with the small green Eco light coming up on the dash. Make it your goal to see how long you can keep it on for. And it runs on standard 91RON fuel, too.
The five-speed auto which the engine bolts to does a reasonable job, but can be a little sharp in changes. It's also a little slow in responding to the paddle-shift inputs. However the throttle response is a nice, if a little sudden in stop-start traffic.
On the whole, the car is an all-round contender in our market. It's let down a little in areas, but so are all the cars in this price-range. As a competitor to local luxury offerings, the Accord acquits itself well.
With six airbags as standard, plus ABS, traction and stability control, you know it's going to be safe. Add good fuel economy, good space, good quality and good looks, and you've got a good deal.
Accord-ingly, this is a very good car.
2008 Honda Accord
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- Engine: 3.5-litre V6
- Power: 202kW @ 6200rpm
- Torque: 339Nm @ 5000rpm
- Transmission: Five Speed Automatic
- 0-100km/h: Not tested
- Fuel Consumption: 10.0 litres / 100km (Combined)
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 70 litres
- Fuel Type: 91RON Unleaded Petrol
- Airbags: Front, Side, & Curtain
- Safety: ABS, VSA, EBA, EBD,
- Tyres: 225/50R17 94V
- Weight: 1,650kg
- Wheels: 17-inch