2008-2009 Honda Accord Sedan

This auto review blog page includes: 08-09 US model Honda Accord Sedan Review. Accord Test Drive & Road Tests. Interior & Exterior Accord Technical Specifications(specs) & Features. Available Accord Variants, Accessories & Color Options. Official EPA estimated Fuel(gas) Economy or Mileage(mpg) ratings. Accord Dealer Cost & On-Road Sale Price for available trims. Accord Gallery for High Resolution(res) Photos, Pictures(pics) & Videos(vids).




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Honda Accord Sedan

Overview: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan
The all-new eighth generation Accord Sedan is here. With more style, more luxury and more sophistication than ever. Americans have bought nearly 10 million Accords since 1976.

The newest version comes with several "firsts", including four-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control and steering wheel-mounted stereo controls included on all models, a 70-litre fuel tank that's the largest ever, the most powerful engines with the best fuel economy, and the largest cabin, which the EPA in the U.S. classifies as a large sedan due to its volume.

Like most Accords sold in the United States, the new sedan will be built primarily (80 percent) in Marysville, Ohio, with the remainder being imported from Japan.

Highlights: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

  • This is the largest, most luxurious Accord ever.

  • Accord offers three engines:
    a 2.4-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder with 177 hp in LX models.
    A 190-hp EX version.
    And a new 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6
  • The new V-6 features the latest generation of Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology
  • The new one-touch power moonroof
  • The driver’s seat has eight-way power adjustment to fine tune a perfect fit (all but LX).
  • New Accord comes with Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)
  • Standard 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) makes 08-09 Accord safer
  • Every Accord also features standard front, front side and side curtain airbags
  • New for ’08, active front head restraints to help reduce whiplash injuries in a sufficient impact.
  • Also new for Accord, an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recognized the Accord Sedan as a 2008 "Top Safety Pick."

Options and Pricing: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

Pricing options by starting MSRP

Honda Accord


LX Premium



















MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $635.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary. Prices subject to change. Source: Honda(Feb-08)

Features: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

Accord LX Features:
The Honda Accord LX Sedan comes with a 177-hp, 2.4-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine, Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system and double wishbone front and independent multi-link rear suspension. Air conditioning with air-filtration and illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls add interior refinement. The list of standard safety features is a long one, including: Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, Advanced Compatibility Engineering ™ body structure (ACE™), anti-lock braking system (ABS) , front side airbags, side curtain airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Daytime Running Lights (DRL), active front head restraints and more.

Accord LX Premium Features:
Value for money with a bit more style and comfort. The Honda Accord LX Premium Sedan adds to or replaces LX features with: 16" alloy wheels, a security system, a chrome exhaust finisher, auto-up/down driver's and front passenger's windows, illuminated window switches and 8-way power adjustment for the driver's seat.

Accord EX Features:
For those seeking more power, refinement and comfort, there is the Honda Accord EX Sedan. Adding to or replacing LX Sedan features, you'll enjoy a 190-hp, 2.4-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine, a front shock tower bar and 17-inch alloy wheels for increased performance. Premium interior extras include a one-touch power moonroof, heated power side mirrors, a driver's seat with power lumbar support, and blue ambient console lighting.

Accord EX-L Features:
If you are looking for more Luxury than go for Honda Accord EX-L Sedan. In addition to EX features, you'll get leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 270-watt AM/FM/6-disc in-dash premium audio system, XM® Satellite Radio, multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto-on/off, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition—including Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® capability.

Accord EX V6 Features:
Its 268-hp, 3.5-liter, i-VTEC® V-6 engine puts the Honda Accord EX V-6 Sedan way ahead of the pack. And the V-6 features Honda's Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) technology, which allows dual benifit of power and better fuel efficiency. In addition to all the standard features of the 4-cylinder EX Sedan, the EX V-6 also includes fog lights, chrome door handles and dual exhaust.

Accord EX-L V6 Features:
In addition to the power of the EX V-6, the Honda Accord EX-L V-6 ups the luxury quotient with a leather-trimmed interior, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, passenger's seat with 4-way power adjustment, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a 270-watt AM/FM/6-disc in-dash premium audio system, XM® Satellite Radio, and HomeLink® remote system.

Audio System: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

Trim LevelPower (watts)AM/FMCD PlayerXM® Satellite Radio*Speakers
LX160StandardCD Audio System


LX-P160StandardCD Audio System


EX160Standard6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer


EX-L270Standard6-Disc In-Dash CD ChangerStandard7
EX V-6160Standard6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer


EX-L V-6270Standard6-Disc In-Dash CD ChangerStandard7

*Required XM® Radio monthly subscription sold separately after 90 day trial period.

Fuel Economy: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

Epa Mileage Estimates/Capacities*
5-Speed Manual Transmission (City/Highway/Combined)22 / 31 / 25
5-Speed Automatic Transmission (City/Highway/Combined)21 / 31 / 2419 / 29 / 22
Crankcase (qt.)5.65.3
Coolant System (qt., MT/AT)8.6 / 8.5NA / 9.1
Fuel (gal.)18.5
Required FuelRegular Unleaded

* Based on 2008 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models.

Standard Safety Features For All Variants of 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

  • 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
  • Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
  • Adjustable Front Seat Belt Anchors
  • Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat Belt Reminder
  • Dual-Stage, Dual-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
  • Dual-Chamber Front Side Airbags with Passenger-Side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Side Curtain Airbags
  • Driver's and Front Passenger's Active Head Restraints
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • Outboard Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Child-Seat Tether Anchor (Rear-Center)
  • Child-Proof Rear Door Locks
  • Emergency Trunk Opener

Specifications: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan & Coupe

2008 Honda Accord General Specifications & Features

Type2-door, 5-passenger midsize coupe
4-door, 5-passenger midsize sedan
LayoutFront engine/front-wheel drive
Engine2.4-litre I4, DOHC, 16 valves
3.5-litre V6, SOHC, 24 valves
Horsepower177 @ 6500 rpm (LX sedan)
190 @ 7000 rpm
268 @ 6200 rpm
Torque (lb-ft)161 @ 4300 rpm (LX sedan)
162 @ 4400 rpm
248 @ 5000 rpm
Transmission5-speed manual/6-speed manual/5-speed automatic
Tires LXP215/60R16 all-season
Tires EX, EX-LP225/50R17 all-season
Tires EX-L V6P235/45R18 all-season
Curb weight LX sedan1468 kg (3236 lbs)(M/T)
1496 kg (3298 lbs)(A/T)
Curb weight EX sedan1523 kg (3357 lbs)(M/T)
1550 kg (3417 lbs)(A/T)
Curb weight EX-L sedan1533 kg (3380 lbs)(M/T)
1539 kg (3393 lbs)(A/T)
Curb weight EX V6 sedan1621 kg (3573 lbs)(A/T only)
Curb weight EX-L V6 sedan1637 kg (3609 lbs)(A/T only)
Curb weight EX coupe1491 kg (3287 lbs)(M/T)
1518 kg (3346 lbs)(A/T)
Curb weight EX-L coupe1504 kg (3315 lbs)(M/T)
1511 kg (3331 lbs)(A/T)
Curb weight EX-L V6 coupe1566 kg (3452 lbs)(M/T)
1623 kg (3578 lbs)(A/T)
Wheelbase Sedan2800 mm (110.2 in.)
Wheelbase Coupe2740 mm (107.8 in.)
Length I4 sedan4930 mm (194.0 in.)
Length V6 sedan4935 mm (194.2 in.)
Length Coupe4849 mm (190.9 in.)
Width Sedan1846 mm (72.6 in.)
Width Coupe1848 mm (72.7 in.)
Height Sedan1476 mm (58.1 in.)
Height Coupe1432 mm (56.3 in.)
Ground clearance sedan146 mm (5.7 in.)
Cargo capacity sedan397 litres (14.0 cu. ft.)
Cargo capacity coupe338 litres (11.9 cu. ft.)
Fuel consumption 2.4City: 9.4 L/100 km (30 mpg Imp)
Hwy: 6.4 L/100 km (44 mpg Imp)
Fuel consumption 3.5City: 11.0 L/100 km (26 mpg Imp)
Hwy: 6.7 L/100 km (42 mpg Imp)
Fuel consumption 3.5 6MTCity: 12.6 L/100 km (22 mpg Imp)
Hwy: 7.8 L/100 km (36 mpg Imp)
Fuel typeRegular
Warranty3 yrs/ 60,000 km
Powertrain warranty5 yrs/100,000 km
Side airbagsStandard
Curtain airbagsStandard
Anti-lock brakesStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Assembly locationMarysville, Ohio

Official Press Release: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan & Coupe


08/21/2007 - TORRANCE, Calif -
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.

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. The coupe is further individualized with an aggressive stance and unique proportions that create a muscular, sporty demeanor.

"The all-new Honda Accord has become more advanced and refined with a new level of engineering sophistication," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "As the Honda brand's flagship automobile, the Accord is designed to exceed expectations with premium technology, a more spacious interior and increased power, while retaining the fun-to-drive character and innovative feel that has always distinguished the Accord."

An available 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine produces 268-horsepower - the most ever for any Accord - while introducing a new generation of fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology and achieving a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV*) rating. The VCM system operates in six-cylinder mode for power and 4- and 3-cylinder modes for efficiency, resulting in an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating of 19/29* miles per gallon (Accord Sedan V-6).

Also new for Accord, an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure enhances frontal collision compatibility with vehicles of different sizes and bumper heights. Additional safety equipment standard to all Accord models includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), also known as Electronic Stability Control; side-curtain airbags; dual-chamber front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), active front seat head restraints, anti-lock brakes and more.

The Accord is available in sedan and coupe body styles with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6 engine choices. Available transmissions include a 5-speed manual (standard with all 4-cylinder engines), a 5-speed automatic (standard on sedan V-6 models, available with all 4-cylinder engines and V-6-powered Accord Coupes,) and a 6-speed manual transmission (exclusive to the Accord Coupe EX-L V-6 6MT).

Sedan trim levels range from the well-equipped Accord Sedan LX and plus-featured LX-P (177-horsepower 4-cylinder engine), to the nicely-equipped Accord Sedan EX (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or 268-horsepower V-6 engine), to the premium and upscale Accord Sedan EX-L (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or 268-horsepower V-6 engine). Coupe trim levels range from the well-equipped Accord Coupe LX-S (190 horsepower 4-cylinder engine), to the nicely-equipped Accord Coupe EX (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine) to the premium and upscale Accord Coupe EX-L (190-horsepower 4-cylinder engine or 268-horsepower V-6 engine).


Premium quality with a simple, modern and spacious design describes the philosophy behind the Accord's interior. The larger Accord Sedan total interior volume of 120.0 cubic feet (+3.3 cubic feet compared to 2007) moves the EPA classification from the midsize sedan class to the large sedan class. The additional space is intended to provide "equal" seating comfort for front and rear passengers. Rear legroom of 37.2 inches (+0.4 inches) approaches the impressive second row legroom of the Honda Pilot SUV (37.4 inches). The wider interior (+1.5 inches) allows the front seats to be positioned farther apart to allow for a wide center console more commonly associated with the finest luxury vehicles.

The Accord interior is designed for a dynamic, intuitive and upscale presence, starting with an easy-to-read information display on every vehicle. A zone styling approach separates operation-related instruments (top) and information-related instruments (lower). At night, the controls are further separated by color to distinguish between climate controls (aqua green) and audio controls (white). Classically-styled gauges for the speedometer and tachometer are perfectly round (instead of being truncated at the bottom). Steering wheel audio controls are standard on every Accord. Careful attention was paid to the symmetry of the exterior and interior of the vehicle - including sight lines related to the dashboard height and the visual presence of the hood to the driver.

Redesigned front bucket seats are larger, and feature substantial lateral support to complement the Accord's sporting side. The fold-down lockable rear seatback increases cargo-carrying versatility; the sedan includes a lockable pass-through.

Three impressive audio systems are available - all with MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) playback capability and an auxiliary input jack. The standard system features 160 watts, a single-disc CD player and six speakers. A Radio Data System (RDS) displays information broadcast by participating radio stations that often includes call letters, station type and programming information.

The Accord Sedan EX and Coupe LX-S add a 6-disc in-dash changer. The premium audio system, which comes standard on Accord EX Coupe and Sedan EX-L models, has a six-disc CD changer, 270 watts total amplification and seven speakers including an 8-inch subwoofer. XM® Satellite Radio is standard equipment on all Accord EX-L models.

The latest-generation of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice activation (available on EX-L) uses an 8-inch screen and an interface dial for user input. Features include the Zagat Survey™ guide for restaurants, nightlife, hotels and attractions. Navigation-equipped models also include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®.


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. Dimensionally, the Accord Sedan's overall length of 194.1 inches (4-cylinder models, V-6 models add 0.2 inches for front spoiler lip) is 3.0 inches longer than the 2007 model. The width of 72.7 inches is 1.1 inches wider, and the height of 58.1 inches is 0.9 inches taller. Even though the size is larger in every dimension, the vehicle's torsional rigidity has increased by 20 percent as a result of advanced body construction that uses 48 percent high-tensile steel - the most high-tensile steel by volume of any Accord to date. A significant benefit to the advanced body construction is that total vehicle weight increased only by approximately 5 percent despite the larger size, greater rigidity and added features.

The Accord Coupe styling radically breaks from the sedan with a uniquely aggressive image. Its long hood, sleek roofline and muscular lines suggest power and a heightened agility compared to the sedan. Dimensionally, the Accord Coupe's overall length of 190.9 inches is 3.2 inches longer than 2007 model, its width of 72.8 inches is 1.2 inches wider, and its height of 56.4 inches is 0.6 (LX-S) to 0.7 (EX, EX-L) inches higher. Compared to the 2008 Accord Sedan, the Accord Coupe is 3.2 inches shorter in length, 1.7 inches shorter in height and 0.1-inch wider.


A performance-inspired double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension are designed to provide world-class chassis dynamics. The Accord Sedan wheelbase of 110.2 inches is 2.3 inches longer than the 2007 model, while the 62.2-inch front/rear track is 1.1 and 1.0 inches wider, respectively. The Accord Coupe wheelbase of 107.9 inches is 2.8 inches longer than the 2007 model (track is identical to sedan). Ultimately, the suspension design with wider tire sizes, standard ABS and standard Vehicle Stability Assist is intended to enhance driver confidence and handling performance.

The 2008 Accord Sedan also comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, or16- or 17-inch aluminum wheels depending on model. (The Accord Coupe has 17-inch aluminum wheels standard, with 18-inch aluminum wheels available on the Coupe V-6). The 17-inch wheels are the first for a four-cylinder Accord and the Coupe's available 18-inch wheels are the largest ever for a Honda car.


All 2008 Accord engines deliver increased horsepower across the board, along with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. 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. All engines only require regular unleaded fuel. Powertrain highlights include:

2.4-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine (Sedan LX, LX-P)

177 horsepower at 6500 rpm, 161 lb-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm
5-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission
Estimated EPA fuel economy of 21/31 mpg City/Highway** (Sedan, Automatic)
PZEV* or ULEV-2 emissions
Accord Sedan EX, EX-L; Coupe LX-S, EX, EX-L includes:

High-flow exhaust system with variable-valve silencer
190 horsepower at 7000 rpm, 162 lb-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm
3.5-liter, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine (Sedan EX V-6, EX-L V-6; Coupe EX-L V-6: 5AT)

268 horsepower at 6200 rpm, 248 lb-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm
5-speed automatic transmission
V CM for improved fuel efficiency
Estimated EPA mileage of 19/29 mpg City/Highway** (Sedan)
PZEV* or ULEV-2 emissions
3.5-liter, SOHC, VTEC V-6 engine (Coupe EX-L V-6: 6MT)

268 horsepower at 6200 rpm, 248 lb-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm
6-speed manual transmission
VTEC provides two intake cam profiles for increased low- and mid-range torque
Estimated EPA mileage of 17/25 mpg City/Highway**
ULEV-2 emissions


Through a comprehensive and evolving approach to vehicle safety, Honda seeks to provide a high level of occupant and pedestrian protection in all of its cars and trucks, regardless of size or price, as well as increased compatibility with other vehicles as part of the Safety for Everyone initiative introduced in 2003. Consistent with the Safety for Everyone initiative, every 2008 Accord integrates sophisticated safety technology that includes the ACE body structure; side curtain airbags; driver's and front passenger's dual-chamber side airbags with a passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); and dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags (SRS).

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. Standard active safety features include VSA, a four-wheel disc anti-lock brake system (ABS) with brake assist and electronic brake distribution (EBD), front seatbelts with an automatic tensioning system and load limiters, and a pedestrian safety design in the front of the vehicle. Passenger-side seatbelt reminders and daytime running lights are also standard equipment.


The Honda Accord was first Japanese-nameplate car assembled in the United States and calendar year 2007 represents the 25th anniversary of its manufacture here. The first Japanese-built Accord was introduced as a 1976 model, and by 1982 it was being manufactured both in Japan and in a brand-new automobile assembly plant in Marysville, Ohio. The success of the Accord set a path for Honda, and conclusively proved that assembling cars in America was a viable proposition. Seven more Accord generations followed, leading to the eighth-generation 2008 Accord.

*PZEV models are automatic transmission only, as certified by California Air Resources Board (CARB), are available in California and some Northeastern states.

**Based on 2008 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle

Accessories: 2008 Honda Accord Sedan

Exterior Accessories Interior Accessories Electronic Accessories
Wing Spoiler All-Season Floor Mats Back-up Sensors
Deck Lid Spoiler Cargo Hook Rear View Camera
18" RGR-16D HFP Alloy Wheel Painted Finish Cargo Net Honda Remote Engine Starter System
18" PSX-9 HFP Alloy Wheel Chrome-Look Finish Trunk Tray
Wheel Locks Cargo Management
Splash Guards Wood Trim
Car Cover Wood Steering Wheel Trim — For Navigation Models
Body Side Molding Steering Wheel Trim — For Non-Navigation Models
Full Nose Mask Auto Day/Night Mirror with Compass
Rear Bumper Applique Interior Illumination
Door Visors First Aid Kit
Moonroof Visor
Fog Lights

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