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USA TODAY 08 Accord review

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The optional V-6 engine has a cylinder-cutoff feature designed to run on three cylinders, four, or all six. Previously, it was a choice between three and six.

There hasn't been a three-mode cylinder deactivation system since the 1981 Cadillac V-8-6-4, which proved unreliable and was discontinued after a year.

Honda says there's no chance of that.

What a stupid statement, and one that ignores the flawless existence of a massive number of two-mode cylinder deactivation systems in a multitude of vehicles.

On the other hand, Honda is still kind of backward about certain features. No backup camera at any price, nor automatic on-off headlights. To get a simple trip computer to track your fuel economy or tell you how many miles you have to find a fuel station before you run dry, well, you have to get the pricey navigation system in the pricey EX-L (the EX model with leather upholstery).

Seriously. That's horrendously lame for a car that can leave the lot with GPS, heated seats, leather, moonroof, and a $32,000 pricetag.

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What a stupid statement, and one that ignores the flawless existence of a massive number of two-mode cylinder deactivation systems in a multitude of vehicles.

Seriously. That's horrendously lame for a car that can leave the lot with GPS, heated seats, leather, moonroof, and a $32,000 pricetag.

A backup camera seems like it would be superflous (I can understand the utility of one in a massive SUV or van, but a midsize sedan??? But common features like automatic lights and a trip computer I would think would be there...

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A backup camera seems like it would be superflous (I can understand the utility of one in a massive SUV or van, but a midsize sedan??? But common features like automatic lights and a trip computer I would think would be there...

I could care LESS about auto headlights.

A trip computer, however, is a must-have for me.....

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I could care LESS about auto headlights.

A trip computer, however, is a must-have for me.....

Trip computers are cool. I really like the set-up on my brother's GTI, you can scroll through the usual inst. mpg, avg. mpg, trip odometer, trip time, etc. and it will show you both lifetime and current data!

I also LOVE automatic headlights. How can you make an argument against them? On numerous occasions I've seen people driving around at night with their headlights OFF, just because they have back-lit gauges and they totally forget to turn them on.

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Trip computers are cool. I really like the set-up on my brother's GTI, you can scroll through the usual inst. mpg, avg. mpg, trip odometer, trip time, etc. and it will show you both lifetime and current data!

I also LOVE automatic headlights. How can you make an argument against them? On numerous occasions I've seen people driving around at night with their headlights OFF, just because they have back-lit gauges and they totally forget to turn them on.

I've seen people w/ DRLs driving around w/ the lights off at night.

That got me one time..I had an '04 Impala rental car and got in it early in the morning (5am) and drove off, didn't realize for a while that the lights weren't fully on (the DRLs operated the low beams but not the taillights). My Jeep has the automatic lights, so I'm used to them coming on automatically.

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I've seen people w/ DRLs driving around w/ the lights off at night.

Yeah, that's common too...

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I wouldn't mind a four-cylinder (190 hp) manual EX for everyday commuting. Accords have traditionally treated its drivers well, with great ergonomics (seats, driving position, visibility, switchgear, gauges) and sporting responses (firm suspension, communicative steering, positive brake feel, and linear throttle).

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I could care LESS about auto headlights.

A trip computer, however, is a must-have for me.....

Our Cobalt had both. It still amazes me that people buy cars without it. Does that mean it also does not have the battery protection like GM cars?

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Our Cobalt had both. I still amazes me that people buy cars without it. Does that mean it also does not have the battery protection like GM cars?

Battery protection?

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The roomy interior, making the car full-size, impresses me, making me wonder how competitive the Malibu will be against this.

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The roomy interior, making the car full-size, impresses me, making me wonder how competitive the Malibu will be against this.

The '08 Malibu's rear seat is one of its shortcomings, but most magazines (except CR) don't try them out anyway, so it should be ok.

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Battery run-down protection puts all the interior lights on a timer so that when the ignition is switched off, after 20 minutes interior lights (reading lights and such) will go off. Great feature, especially in minivans/SUVs for families. Automatic headlights (which the '04 Impala had, so I am not sure what Moltar is getting at) are a no-brainer: a cheap feature to add to a vehicle and very important for safety. I almost slammed into an Infiniti in my underground garage the other day - not only was I amazed that someone would pay $50k for a car like that, I was more amazed that its lights didn't work automatically.

As I have tirelessly ranted about here before, GM provides a lot of features (like automatic headlights, battery run-down protection, delayed locks, starter lock out, automatic volume on radios, etc, etc. that are great when someone lives with the vehicle. The trouble is convincing the hacks at the car magazines, CR, etc. that these items are of more every day importance to the average driver than whether someone's weenie will fit between the gaps in the door panels.

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Battery run-down protection puts all the interior lights on a timer so that when the ignition is switched off, after 20 minutes interior lights (reading lights and such) will go off. Great feature, especially in minivans/SUVs for families. Automatic headlights (which the '04 Impala had, so I am not sure what Moltar is getting at) are a no-brainer: a cheap feature to add to a vehicle and very important for safety. I almost slammed into an Infiniti in my underground garage the other day - not only was I amazed that someone would pay $50k for a car like that, I was more amazed that its lights didn't work automatically.

As I have tirelessly ranted about here before, GM provides a lot of features (like automatic headlights, battery run-down protection, delayed locks, starter lock out, automatic volume on radios, etc, etc. that are great when someone lives with the vehicle. The trouble is convincing the hacks at the car magazines, CR, etc. that these items are of more every day importance to the average driver than whether someone's weenie will fit between the gaps in the door panels.

Ah..so that's what battery protection is... my Jeep has that, the interior and exterior lights will go off after a few minutes if left on.

With the Impala, wouldn't the automatic lights have to be set in the automatic position instead of off to work? I remember specifically turning the lights on..and remember, Avis rentals tend to be not loaded, so maybe it didn't have the auto lights.

With the Infiniti, maybe the lights were set to off..at least w/ my Jeep, if the lights are turned to off, they don't automatically come on..they have to be in the automatic position.

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Ah..so that's what battery protection is... my Jeep has that, the interior and exterior lights will go off after a few minutes if left on.

With the Impala, wouldn't the automatic lights have to be set in the automatic position instead of off to work? I remember specifically turning the lights on..and remember, Avis rentals tend to be not loaded, so maybe it didn't have the auto lights.

With the Infiniti, maybe the lights were set to off..at least w/ my Jeep, if the lights are turned to off, they don't automatically come on..they have to be in the automatic position.

The last generation Impala, Malibu and others simply had automatic lights only. I have to admit that at times that was a pain (try leaving a Drive-in :lol: ) and the only way to turn the lights 'off' was to put the parking brake on and restart the engine! The current Malibu/Cobalt/Impala, etc. have the automatic position on the steering wheel stalk, so you can actually over-ride the lights if desired.

Many Japanese vehicles (and Chryslers, for that matter) never had automatic lights, even in 2007. The higher models may have it, or as part of a package, but it was not always standard. My '91 Caprice had it, for Gawd's Sake!

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my diamantes had auto headlights but i don't recall many other asian cars having them.

all my fords have them. usually its an extra cost option in a package, point is i still get them. they are usually standard on GM. why you would get a car without is bizarre. one of the best features on a car and why i lean to Gm or ford most of the time.

does accord have remote start for cold winters? E85? direct injection?

can onstar unlock your accord's doors? where is the sync system like ford sync with voice activated music selection?

the full size car bit is interesting. while it crosses the 100 cf barrier, i'm sure when i compare the interior of this thing to my 500, it will lack room and still feel like a claustrophobic midsize car. i suspect somewhere they are cheating to make that 100 ft. barrier. i don't envision it feeling that more spacious than the cramped 07 accord.

where is the 5/100 powertrain warranty?

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I still think the 2008 Malibu blows the doors off this thing in the styling department. It's o.k. for what it is, but I don't think I would seriously consider buying one.

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the full size car bit is interesting. while it crosses the 100 cf barrier, i'm sure when i compare the interior of this thing to my 500, it will lack room and still feel like a claustrophobic midsize car. i suspect somewhere they are cheating to make that 100 ft. barrier. i don't envision it feeling that more spacious than the cramped 07 accord.

Why don't you compare them? Would you ever step foot on a Honda dealership?

How do you suspect they cheated? The car's dimensions have grown in every way.

See for yourself.

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I'm not crazy about the styling of the Honda, but it looks like a winner. Definitely better than the Camry... but that's no hard task. ^_^

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Battery run-down protection puts all the interior lights on a timer so that when the ignition is switched off, after 20 minutes interior lights (reading lights and such) will go off. Great feature, especially in minivans/SUVs for families. Automatic headlights (which the '04 Impala had, so I am not sure what Moltar is getting at) are a no-brainer: a cheap feature to add to a vehicle and very important for safety. I almost slammed into an Infiniti in my underground garage the other day - not only was I amazed that someone would pay $50k for a car like that, I was more amazed that its lights didn't work automatically.

As I have tirelessly ranted about here before, GM provides a lot of features (like automatic headlights, battery run-down protection, delayed locks, starter lock out, automatic volume on radios, etc, etc. that are great when someone lives with the vehicle. The trouble is convincing the hacks at the car magazines, CR, etc. that these items are of more every day importance to the average driver than whether someone's weenie will fit between the gaps in the door panels.

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Why don't you compare them? Would you ever step foot on a Honda dealership?

How do you suspect they cheated? The car's dimensions have grown in every way.

See for yourself.

i was in the honda dealer abut 6 weeks ago test driving an odyssey.

the whole place smelled of estrogen though

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As I have tirelessly ranted about here before, GM provides a lot of features (like automatic headlights, battery run-down protection, delayed locks, starter lock out, automatic volume on radios, etc, etc. that are great when someone lives with the vehicle. The trouble is convincing the hacks at the car magazines, CR, etc. that these items are of more every day importance to the average driver than whether someone's weenie will fit between the gaps in the door panels.

Yes but too many times (not all times) those features they sink money into are dubious at best (one person's opinion....MINE....)

Auto headlights? I'm not against them.....but I just don't find trouble in turning the lights on myself.

Battery run-down? Good....but most cars have that now.

Delayed locks? AAARRRRGGGHHH. Hate them. Always reprogram them to "off." I hate hitting the lock button....and nothing happens....then I stand there to wait to hear the "click" to reconfirm to myself that the car IS locked. Plus, why really have them when most people use the remote these days to lock the car?

Automatic Volume? Hate that too. Let ME adjust the volume to levels that I desire. I hate jamming to a great song at freeway speeds and then everytime you slow down cause of traffic or whatnot, the volume drops. I know you can adjust the levels that it changes....but this is a useless feature to me....and I've seen alot of cars with it ironically.

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Delayed locks? AAARRRRGGGHHH. Hate them. Always reprogram them to "off." I hate hitting the lock button....and nothing happens....then I stand there to wait to hear the "click" to reconfirm to myself that the car IS locked. Plus, why really have them when most people use the remote these days to lock the car?

On our cars at least, it chimes once only when locking activating using the driver's door. Hit it twice in succession, and it'll power lock. The purpose of that is as a reminder, "You sure you want to lock the door? Got your keys?" I admit it saved me once or twice when my fob was dead and needed a new battery. Not sure how it is on certain other cars.

Of course, to me things like bi-xenons and GPS are completely useless. I'd rather spend the navigation money on chrome wheels and a moonroof, but to each their own. That's why its good that automakers should include the basics along with the extras.

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'bi-xenons'. FU CK me. No one cares, especially on a mainstream car, and i would prefer they be be straight rather than bi anyways.

Nav? you gotta be a dumbass to pay more than like 400 bucks for NAV. Fine by me if you wanna pump money into someone's pockets for a toy, but NAV's in stores now are like 300 bucks. You are getting no value out of factory NAV, if its offered. If you gotta have it, make sure you bring your bottle of lube. Why not save the finance guy's time and just tell them up front you are going to get 'paint sealant' and scotchguard too, while you are at it.

Here IS what rocks. Autolamp. Remote Start (especially the new fob from GM where you can manage the vehicle's internal climate remotely). Heated Seats. I would imagine keyless / pushbutton start would rock. Memory seats. Autoclimate temp is nice and some folks its a must. Rainsense wipers are starting to catch on. I would like to see remote fob control of sunroof and convertible tops, or tops and windows that raise themselves if rain arrives. I still have found no one who can point me to a more useful in car system than Ford sync in mainstream cars for electronic devices and OnStar has real safety and security features no one else can touch in any segment for driver safety.

How long is it gonna be before xenons or HID is outlawed anyways? On lux cars, I see the need. But not on cheap cars like this.

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Yes but too many times (not all times) those features they sink money into are dubious at best (one person's opinion....MINE....)

Auto headlights? I'm not against them.....but I just don't find trouble in turning the lights on myself.

Battery run-down? Good....but most cars have that now.

Delayed locks? AAARRRRGGGHHH. Hate them. Always reprogram them to "off." I hate hitting the lock button....and nothing happens....then I stand there to wait to hear the "click" to reconfirm to myself that the car IS locked. Plus, why really have them when most people use the remote these days to lock the car?

Automatic Volume? Hate that too. Let ME adjust the volume to levels that I desire. I hate jamming to a great song at freeway speeds and then everytime you slow down cause of traffic or whatnot, the volume drops. I know you can adjust the levels that it changes....but this is a useless feature to me....and I've seen alot of cars with it ironically.

I can't wait to see you criticize the Pearly Gates...if you get there. How the hell can anyone bitch about delayed locks? Program the damned horn to toot once when the doors do lock. Wow. Just wow. I bet you were like dad, always complained that nobody needed power windows or a mirror on the passenger side.

Auto volume rocks. What the hell setting did you have it on? It's not like the difference if 50 db or anything....Sheesh. Yeah, but Nav and Xenon lights are SOOOOO important.

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