With its new larger size and bold, sophisticated styling, the 2008 Honda Accord Sedan aims to become the benchmark in its category. More dynamic and emotional in design than any previous Accord generation, the 2008 Accord Sedan grows more expressive in its sedan style with more a substantial front end with a distinctive 6-sided grille, taller hood line, more aggressively arched fenders, unique upper and lower style lines along the body sides, and a dynamic sweeping roofline with chrome window trim.
For 2008, the new Accord Coupe dramatically breaks from the Accord Sedan with 100% unique sheet metal, glass and exterior lighting that creates a rakish and aggressive appearance. From its recessed grille, projector-beam halogen headlights and flared wheel arches to its 18-inch wheels – a first for Accord and the biggest ever for a Honda automobile – the Accord Coupe V-6 pushes Accord to new levels of excitement.
2008 Honda Accord Sedan
To stand out among expressive midsize competitors such as the Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat, styling for the new Accord had to be more expressive and dynamic. The designers sought to create a new Accord style that is:
The Accord Sedan design is both sharp and strong, with a powerful-looking stance. Starting at the front, the Accord Sedan's nose is pushed out and raised for dynamic character, and incorporates a strong 6-point grille surrounded by chrome detail, sharp and wide headlights, and well-defined wheel arches that provide a strong stance and muscular tension.
The hood line is taller by more than two inches, and together with the more upright appearance of the grille surface, results in a particularly strong character. The flow of the Accord's dynamic lines is intentionally reminiscent of the Honda S2000 sports car.
The fender lines are broad, like strongly muscled shoulders, with prominent character lines that sweep along nearly the entire body sides, and wrap across the trunk lid. Besides providing visual distinctiveness, these character lines convey strength and structural depth.
For the first time the Accord Sedan is classified as a Large Sedan by the EPA.
Its increased size brings passenger volume to 106.0 cu. ft., a 3.3 cu. ft. (3.2%) increase over the 2007 Accord Sedan's 102.7 cu. ft. of passenger volume. As a result, the new Accord looks, feels, and simply is more spacious – with improved ingress and egress as well.
In fact, the new Accord is larger in all key exterior (and interior) dimensions. By comparison to the 2007 Accord, it is three inches longer, its wheelbase is up 2.3 inches, its track width is an inch greater, and overall width has increased by over an inch. 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 Coupe.