Good Car for Big Boys - 2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6 Long-Term Road Test

2008 Honda Accord Long-Term Road Test

2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6: Good Car for Big Boys

February 26, 2008

When my neighbor came to my door to talk about the 2008 Honda Accord EX-L he filled the entire doorframe. My son thinks he looks a bit like the Newman character in "Seinfeld." He's actually a larger version of Newman, much taller and an extremely friendly guy.

"I want that car!" he said, pointing to our long term Honda Accord. "I want that exact car!" (He has a tendancy to say everything at least twice.)

"I thought you were driving that Caddy," I answered, referring to a brand new CTS I'd seen him in...

"That's a rental," he said. "And I don't like it. The door piller hits me in the shoulder." Then he turned and pointed at the Honda again, "I want that car. I want that exact car."

I knew that the new Accord was much bigger than the previous generation (the trunk is nothing short of cavernous) but I had no idea it could handle someone as tall as my neighbor. But here was living proof of it.

Turned out my neighbor was negotiating a lease for a Honda with a local dealership. We ran the numbers on my home computer using Edmunds basic lease calculator. It turned out that the $309/month payment he was being quoted required a $4,000 down payment.

My neighbor left a bit discouraged to find out it would require so much cash out of pocket to swing this deal. But he had a plan: "I'll ask them to crunch the numbers. That's what I always say."

After he left I turned to my wife and said, "I sure hope he gets that car." She added, "That exact car."

Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Editor @ 8315 miles

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