2008 Honda Accord EX V6 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Honda Accord - Road Test Specs

2008 Honda Accord Sedan

(3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2008
StyleEX-L V-6 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$28,060
As-tested MSRP$28,695


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,471 (212)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)268 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)248 @ 5,000
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot HXMX4
Tire size, frontP225/50R17 93V
Tire size, rearP225/50R17 93V
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc
Brakes, rearRear disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.6
0-60 mph (sec.)7.1
0-75 mph (sec.)10.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.5 @ 91.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.8
@ Full throttle (dB)72.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith VSA off, the Accord feels as if it slowly doles out power from a standstill -- as if wide-open throttle isn't provided until about 20 mph. Once there, the front tires spin ever so slightly, but I noticed that the transmission was short-shifting at 6,000 rpm in Drive. I made a few runs shifting it manually closer to redline, but it made no measurable difference in the acceleration times. Shifts were not particularly smooth (some fore/aft head bob) nor sophisticated (e.g. no breathing off throttle between shifts).
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsPedal could be firmer, but it was easy to modulate nonetheless. The ABS pulses rapidly and there was no detectable fade through the pedal. No drama.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsThere's no electronic meddling with the VSA off, yeah! The Accord howls around the skid pad, but sticks remarkably well, with mild understeer. Very little steering correction required to maintain line. The steering feels unnaturally light, however, and a little disconnected. In the slalom, there's a useful amount of oversteer in the transitions which makes it entertaining, but not as controlled as it could be. The rear gently and predictably steps out progressively more at each cone, and timed well, gives this front-driver uncommon sportiness. Unfortunately, the tires give up before the chassis does. In the end, it's entertaining, but doesn't make an excellent number.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)79
Wind (mph, direction)4.2 NW

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/29 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)24.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,616 (3,572 as tested)
Length (in.)194.3
Width (in.)72.7
Height (in.)58.1
Wheelbase (in.)110.2
Legroom, front (in.)42.5
Legroom, rear (in.)37.2
Headroom, front (in.)39.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.0 cu-ft
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Not specified


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceOptional
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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