• May 11, 2007
Ace spy photographer Chris Doane happened upon a very lightly disguised 2008 Honda Accord sedan development vehicle doing some hot weather testing, and fortunately for us had his camera on him (we think he sleeps with a Canon under his pillow). The Accord is certainly one of Honda's most important products, and we can see from these shots that the sedan will look similar but not identical to the Accord coupe that was unveiled as a concept last January in Detroit and has already been spotted out in the wild. Brenda Priddy & Co. notes the sedan is lacking the honeycomb grille from the coupe and certain lines of the body are different. In our estimation, it's a fairly vanilla design, which is in keeping with this car's purpose of appealing to the largest demographic possible in the midsize sedan segment.

While this mule was likely a four-cylinder model, we expect a new 3.5L V6 from Honda for the Accord with at least 270 horsepower when the car debuts later this year. Expect lower emissions, however, and tricks like cylinder deactivation to increase the car's fuel economy at the same time. The four-cylinder, meanwhile, will likely have around 180 horsepower. Production of the new Accord should start in September or October with deliveries to dealerships arriving not long after.

Check out higher resolution spy shots of the 2008 Honda Accord sedan from various angles by viewing the gallery. For reference, also check out the high-res gallery of the Accord Coupe Concept by clicking here.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Does anybody else think Autoblog readers are so ridiculously focused on style? How many "stylish" Accords have their been since its inception? Despite Honda's lack of design sense, the Accord still does what it's supposed to do very well - be a reliable family car.

      If style is your #1 priority, please look elsewhere.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Embarrassing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I thought Koreans copy Japanese, now Japanese copy Koreans. But Japanes and Koreans have one in common. NO TASTE AT ALL AND NO SENSE FOR BEAUTY!
      Stop these idiots annoying us with horrible products. Stop buying these products!!! Sick people who still keep on buying cars like that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hah,
      even Honda couldn't resist copying the Altima

      1st Buick intoduced the Lucerene (Altima/G35 look alike), then VW introduced the Passat Altima, then pics of the Hyundai RWD looking liek an Altima/G35, and now Honda Accord Altima.

      heheh, looks like everyone is still shooting for the looks of the Altima and with so many look alikes the look will start to get old soon.

      • 7 Years Ago
      the rear picture- (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-honda-accord-spy-shots/239801/) really makes me realize how protruded the headlamps are. The pictures of the concept that I took at Detroit in january didn't have bulging headlamps like that. Does anyone recall if any pre-production shots of the coupe have bulging headlamp plastic? That is wayyyy too camry-esque for me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @22 "Anyone else seeing some 3 series in the profile?"

      Nope, but throw a fin antenna on it, and it kinda could look like a 5 Series in that middle picture.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And someone lost his job... Apparently preventing these spyshots is truly a business itself.

      In Lapland, someone can quite often see these disguised monsters..

      WBR,

      V.

      http://www.villedesign.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like the Coupe is the only way to go with the new Accord. The coupe's design style transfered horribly to the sedan. Maybe a uncamoed version will change my opinion. But I'm still waiting to see the interior of one of these!!! Thats just as important as the exterior IMO.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know if anyone actually recalls, but when the new Sonata came out the same haters were screaming about how Hyundai copied Honda.

      Anyway, from what I see it looks like this will look a lot more tame compared to the Camry, which is a shame since it used to be that the Accord looked sportier than the Camry.

      I also have a feeling that Honda won't follow Toyota's tracks with the Accord, just like how they did with the CR-V. In LA I noticed CR-V's pop up everywhere more quickly compared to Rav4's. Yes the CR-V has a butt ugly front but the rest of the compact SUV looks sweet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new Honda Sonata.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hyundai's new flagship sedan! Are you kidding me? Is this really supposed to be more appealing than the Camry, Altima or Maxima?
      • 7 Years Ago
      coupe? yay.

      this sedan? bo-ring.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Korean..Sonata..Hyundai..Saturn..Malibu? My first thought was BMW 5 Series. You may have to squint a little, but the resemblance is there. Link to rough Photoshop hack:

      http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa114/jkx22/BMWAccord.jpg
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks a hell of lot better than a Camry. I liked the looks of the late 80s` early 90s` Accord. Back then it looked better than most everything else. Me being an American car fan. I`d buy an Impala or Fusion first and very well could end up with the better car. Both beat a Camry in my book. Honda is a tougher act to follow than Toyota.
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