2008 Honda Accord Long-Term Road Test


2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6: ECOnnoying

June 27, 2008

Shh, there, in the tachometer, look! The elusive ECO light. Rarely seen and virtually impossible to photograph, the ECO light signifies that the V6's Cylinders have been Variably Managed. It's supposed to save gas or prove how great their engineers are or something like that, but in reality, it's just annoying.

I know what you're thinking, the actual cylinder deactivation process is annoying; there must be a shutter or a jolt when the system active and deactivates. Wrong. The annoying part is the light.

On. Off. On. Off. On. Off. On. Off. ARG! The bright green light is the brightest thing on the dash when illuminated and its sudden illumination triggers the eyes downward. Every time the light turns on I look down with a quick "Uht-oh, what just happened" glance. It might as well just black out the windshield every time it goes off and replace the view of the road ahead with a mural of happy kittens and panda bears playing in a green field with singing birds and factories that emit rainbows. Because really, that's all that ECO light is doing, saying "Hey, fella' good work saving the planet. You've offset enough carbons with that light pedal touch to nullify the fact that your $14 shoes were made by a factory in China that burns tires for heat."

I did manage to find a solution to the problem: Leave the transmission in 2 or D3 and the ECO light never turns on.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 13,552 miles

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