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Jalopnik has scored some primo spy shots of the 2008 Honda Accord. Super-shutterbugs Brenda Priddy & Co. captured both the sedan and coupe out in the open as they were being prepared for a photo shoot. As you can see by looking at the coupe (click image at right for full views), it's basically a dead ringer for the concept car Honda trotted out in Detroit, only the production version's got a nicer-looking lower front fascia. Around back, the concept's through-the-bumper exhaust has been replaced by a conventional setup. The sedan also receives the new face and its profile is now graced with a BMW-esque kink in its C-pillar. Head to Jalopnik to see all the pics, then weigh in with your opinions.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Vanilla sells... for now that is.

      The 2008 Malibu is way way much better looking inside andout. When Consumer Reports starts to praise US corporation (GM, Ford, Chrysler, just so we don't make a mistake here), Honda will get it. Their design is so.......can't find a word for it.

      Will it ever happen ? I"ll bet you it will. CR likes underdogs. People like underdogs. Like in wrestling, you will always have a tendency to take side for the poor beaten-up guy. CR already started to say not so nice things about Toyota, (The Yaris in particular).

      Honda still rides on a well deserved reputation, like Maytag did. Just so you know, Maytag just faces formidable competition nowadays. The competition caught up.

      Praising the underdogs and criticise the big guy sells tons and tons of magazines. The big guys are now Japanese.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a sonata.
      Jap always copies Korean.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Accord coupe is slick and what the racer boys should like. The sedan must be comfortable for 5 people, so can't be too low nor coupe-like in its roof design.

      The '08 Accord sedan looks fine for the kind of car it is--a superior car considering its price. My guess is that its driving dynamics will be first rate--the current Accord is excellent and the new one will be even better. All it needs to do is be better than the Camry and I bet it will be.

      My only complaint is that there's no protective rub strip on the side. I very much dislike the current trend in designing cars with no protection against door dings. After a few times in a shopping center parking lot, the sides of these cars will look like relief maps.


        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. Eliminating rub strips certainly is decontenting IMO. Too many new cars look like refrigerators with slab-sided doors.

        I've seen a couple of new Camrys with rub strips that were the color of the car and appeared to be applied professionally, so the strips must be offered as an option, but rarely purchased. I think a strip improves the Camry's design. The new Camry has an unfinished look to me--like an entry-level car instead of the higher-level one.

        Of course, the latest BMWs and Mercedes S-Class have dropped rub strips, too, so I suppose it's considered stylish because those brands go stripless.

        I had a 1985 Pontiac Sunbird (company car) that didn't have enough power to pull a whore out of bed, but it had a wide, black rubber rub strip mounted intelligently where door dings were likely to occur, but never did because the strip blocked the dings.

        The Pontiac's rub strip looked good on that car, too. Unfortunate that one of Pontiac's most distinctive and useful styling cues disappeared. I think much of Pontiac's appeal disappeared along with the strips.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's with that stupid huge seam in front of the hood on the Accord coupe. It looks like the hood is misaligned. Why didn't they just start the hood at the grill like the sedan and eliminate that seam?

      • 7 Years Ago
      Horrors .. looks just like the Hyundai Sonota.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This Accord is FUGLY at best. Like someone said on another forum this car has no identity. Its like some lab experiment gone horribly ary. This car looks like a million other cars fused together. I see Hyundai, Saturn, Pontiac, BMW, Ford, and Toyota/Scion in this contraption. Worse off it now looks like an old peoples car...the very thing everyone said the Camry was lol. I can easily see Grandma Edna driving this thing. This doesn't even look like a masculine far for a man to drive. If I had to get this thing I would get the darkest tint available because I would be so embarrassed to be driving it. For you fools who actually think this piece of crap will dethrone anything ESPECIALLY THE CAMRY you all must be the same idiots who voted for Bush because all I see is the new Impala and Altima outselling this eyesore. The Camry will still be #1 by a long shot. The Fusion will probably outsell this crap. Yuck Honda, aweful job.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks good to me!

      It's got a nice quiet classiness to it that's pure Honda, but not too over the top. A definite improvement over the current model, IMO.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Handsome enough. I'll take it with the European 50-mpg diesel engine, a 6-speed manual, and sport suspension.
      • 7 Years Ago
      reminds me of scion tc
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am sure it will drive like a Honda, but it looks like a design that could have already been on the market for 5 years now from any other non luxury brand on the planet. I know boring sells in the middle market, but I think this will create a gap between current Civic owners looking to trade up to something bigger. The current Civic is a cutting edge small car and this new Accord is geriatric in the middle market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's an improvement over the current model. That's not hard; nothing can match the current model for ugliness. It's not nearly as sexy as the third-gen (85-89) and fourth-gen (90-93) models, but still it's an improvement over what's currently on sale.

      I like the sedan's front end a lot; it looks like a mischevious (maybe even evil) smirk. Almost like it's saying "I know your secret", or something similarly mischevious.

      And just because I feel like it, I'll pick apart the styling cues:

      The roofline, C-pillar kink, and the streak going through the side bear a strong resemblance to the BMW 3-Series.

      The door handles were taken straight from Honda's own Legend (aka Acura RL).

      The taillights come from the BMW 5-Series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hated it (the sedan) when I saw the initial camo spy shots. My mind has not changed for the final "reveal."

      Oh well, time to check out the V6 Altima, the G35, etc., for my new set of wheels.

      By the way, if Honda doesn't offer on the Accord a Bose-level stereo, some kind of manual shifting option w/automatic (dare I dream: paddle shifters) and other things now commonly found on Altimas, etc., it may face some real trouble in the marketplace. Honda has already fallen way behind in this regard.

      I liked my '03 Accord sedan when I bought it (and still have it for now), because it was different. There's nothing really "different" about this '08.
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