What the web thinks of the new Honda Accord
The Honda Accord has come a long way since it debuted in 1976 as a 3-door hatchback. The latest eighth-generation Accord debuted in 2008, and now features things the '76 Accord never would have dreamed of like leather trim, GPS Navigation, and the most powerful engine in a Honda Accord yet with a 271-horsepower V-6. Available as either a coupe or a sedan, the base Honda Accord starts at $20,905.
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We know you're busy. Perhaps you're a longshoreman at the Port of Tampa or run the front desk of a dog hotel in Scottsdale. Point is, you don't have a lot of time to research a car. That's why we've brought you the "Best of the Web" when it comes to reviews and automotive resources, and given you a short and visual summary of what they had to say about the Honda Accord. Enjoy!
Review from: MyRide.comSense of predictability and control in everyday drivingTransmission shows a high degree of refinement, providing ultra-smooth powerSedan has a lack of visually distinctive styling from peersIn the backseat of the coupe leg room and head room are in short supplyTo some, quality is measured by the amount of fine leather and alloy trim found in their new vehicle, but for others, quality is summed up with descriptors such as "solid" and "durable." For those people, the new Accord should be right up their alley.
Review from: Roadandtrack.comCoupe version of the Accord by far the sportiest everInstruments and controls are straightforward and easy to useNoise cancellation system addresses helps quell tire and wind noiseLacks 6-speed automatic transmission common in this class[T]he Accord remains a safe bet when it comes to recommending a car to friends and family. And with this infusion of performance and style, especially in the coupe version, the Accord is certainly worthy of inclusion on your own personal shopping list.
Review from: Autoblog.comThe 3.5L V-6 couldn't be smootherNAV system to quite easy to use with minimal menu navigationIncredibly comfortable and supportive front seatsSlightly intrusive trunk hingesIf there is a single element I would take from the Accord and apply to every other vehicle on the road it is the front seats.
car reviews by moms, for momsFelt very safe driving in threatening conditionsLots of convenient nooks and crannies for myriad of mommy thingsLarge interior makes it tough for short drivers to make easy contact with rear passengersMemorizing dash button functions might take weeks!As I got acquainted with the Accord’s interior, I felt as though it met all my checklist needs, but it didn’t thrill me in any way. It’s kind of like when you and your girlfriends used to discuss the boys in your class — some guys seemed to work well on paper, but no one was interested in them.
Review from: Jalopnik.comRide absorbs all but the worst roadsPacks space for five and their luggage into a reasonably svelte shapeNav screen can't be viewed pretty much anytime the sun is above the horizonHandling is floaty and imprecise at speed; don't expect to enjoy the experience.The 268bhp V6 does 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. That's ridiculously fast for a practical, mid-size car. 15 years ago this would have outrun most Porsches. We just wish it didn't try and light up the front wheels with such ferocity every time your right foot starts feeling heavy.
Buying tips from: Thecarconnection.com if you'll be swapping your Accord in a few years for a new car, buy an automatic-equipped sedan for top resale value. Honda's navigation system is one of the best on the market--but it's not that much better than a $200 GPS. Accord sales have slipped less than sales of other family sedans--there are rebates, but don't expect the fire sales you'll see at other brands. The Accord is a smart alternative to the more expensive Nissan Maxima and Lexus ES350, but watch the expensive options--or you'll spend just as much.
Ratings from: Fueleconomy.govCombined Mileage: City Mileage: Highway Mileage: Gasoline type: Carbon Footprint: (Annual tons of CO2) Honda Accord Sedan 4-cyl, 2.4 L, Maunal 5-spd
Ratings from: Safercar.govFrontal Driver RatingFrontal Passenger RatingSide Driver RatingSide Rear Passenger RatingRollover Rating 2009 Honda Accord 4-DR
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