2008 Honda Accord – Official Specs

2008-honda-accord-coupe-red We’ve had spy shots of the Accord coupe, the Accord sedan, and even some interior shots. What we haven’t had is hard numbers – what size engines, how many horsepower, how many gears? These are questions that we all wanted answers to, and we don’t have to wait any longer. I’m going to cut to the chase – here you go –

2008 Honda Accord Specs

  • 177 HP 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 190 HP 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 268 HP 3.5 liter V6
  • 4 cylinders are available with 5 speed auto or 5 speed manual
  • The V6 gets either a 6 speed manual ( Coupe only ) or a 5 speed auto ( coupe or sedan )
  • FWD ( of course )
  • ETA on dealer’s lots? Middle of September, 2007

The Accord is without question, the most important vehicle that Honda has in their lineup. Honda *must* get the Accord right, or everything goes downhill. With the new redesign for 2008, the exterior is much more aggressive, which some will like and some won’t. I’m not going to try to talk you into liking how it looks – that’s up to you entirely. But from a hardware standpoint, wow.

2008-Honda-accord-sedan-white First Toyota put 268 HP in the new Camry – which put it at the top of it’s class. Then the new Altima bumped the bar up to 270 HP. I thought Honda would come in slightly less, with a greater focus on MPG.  Indeed, at 268 HP, the new Accord matches the Camry and comes in just under the class leader Altima.  EPA ratings with the 5 speed auto are 19 MPG city / 29 MPG highway. That strong highway number is due in part to VCM ( Variable Cylinder Management ) technology, which shuts off half the cylinders in certain situations on the highway.

Offering two 4-cylinder choices is a mighty strange choice – neither of Honda’s major competitors are doing this. If you want four cylinders, you can either get 177 HP or a whopping 190 HP, though there’s no word on in the 190 HP variant requires premium gas to run.

While the hardware specs are interesting for sure, the interior is where it’s at. The Accord moves up from “midsize” to “full-size” class based on interior volume – and more space inside is always a good thing. The sophistication level gets a bump up as well – the new interior really impresses.

Check out tons of pics at Kicking Tires.

Update: Corrected horsepower ratings 8/28/07.

Published on August 21, 2007 in Honda

Previous post:

Next post: