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Although the sedan has some awkward detailing, outside, it does have very good and efficient powertrains, good handling, and IMO, the best midsize interior bar non. Plus the coupe fixes all of the faults of the sedan's exterior. It also means you get to choose from more than just 4-door body style...and you get a 6-speed manual available with the V6 coupe.

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The dash design would keep me out of considering the Accord. It looks like it wants to jump out and hurt you.

I. Hate. The. New. Honda. Interiors. Nuff Said?

I'll let it be said I hate digital gauges... no personality.

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I. Hate. The. New. Honda. Interiors. Nuff Said?

I'll let it be said I hate digital gauges... no personality.

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Those are pretty nondescript gauges too, they just have chrome rings...like every...other gauge cluster recently.

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I thought the dash design of the previous Accord was great Best in class. But this new one is very awkward. It seems like different elements of it are unnecessarily creeping into the passenger space. I get uncomfortable just looking at pictures of it.

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With its introduction as a 2008, the Accord gains a one-year advantage in novelty over the current generation Camry, which continues to look fresh in its sophomore year. Camry also comes under attack in 2008 from the laudable new Chevrolet Malibu.

:pokeowned: I love that last line.

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I thought the dash design of the previous Accord was great Best in class. But this new one is very awkward. It seems like different elements of it are unnecessarily creeping into the passenger space. I get uncomfortable just looking at pictures of it.

Does it strike fear into your heart and threaten to do horrible things to you in the night? :P

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I'm sure the Accord does everything it was designed to do very very well. Unfortunately, the one thing it wasn't designed to do was excite the driver.

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I'm sure the Accord does everything it was designed to do very very well. Unfortunately, the one thing it wasn't designed to do was excite the driver.

Despite being universally praised as being the best handling, most fun to drive of the midsize sedans?

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IIRC The Camry SE has been reviewed as the better handler now in atleast one publication.

I doubt the Malibu is any more of a drivers car than the Accord or Camry SE, thats just not what the segment is all about.

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Dodgefan, you keep saying the Accord is midsize, but it changed classes in 2008. It's now classified as a large sedan and should be compared to the Maxima, Avalon, etc.

I know traditionally the Accord was a Camry fighter... just like the Maxima was in the 1990's. The Altima eventually filled that spot. The Accord has now grown up with the Maxima. The only thing that keeps the Accord in Camry's class is the available 4-cylinder. That, and the fact Honda no longer has a midsize car.

With the Fit in play, the Civic could grow up in its next gen to fill the spot, including its first V6... or maybe Honda could introduce another version of the European Accord (along with Acura's TSX) into the US and sell it underneath the US Accord?

Something to think about... How long does Honda think people will want a coupe version of a large sedan?

Size comparisons between the volume-brand large FWD cars:

Avalon:

Interior Volume: 106.9 cu. ft.

Overall length 197.6 in.

Overall width 72.8 in.

Wheelbase 111.0 in.

Curb Weight: 3610 lbs

Maxima:

Interior Volume: 103.6 cu. ft.

Length: 194.4 in.

Width: 71.7 in.

Wheel Base: 111.2 in

Curb Weight: 3,579 lbs

Accord V6:

Interior Volume: 106 cu. ft.

Length: 194.3 in

Width: 72.7 in.

Wheel Base: 110.2 in

Curb Weight: 3616 lbs

Impala:

Interior Volume: 104.5 cu. ft.

Length: 200.4 in

Width: 72.9 in.

Wheel Base: 110.5 in.

Curb Weight: 3711 lbs.

Taurus:

Interior Volume: 108 cu. ft.

Length: 201.8 in.

Width: 74.5 in.

Wheel Base: 112.9 in.

Curb Weight: 3643 lbs.

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Camry V6:

Interior Volume: 101.4 cu. ft.

Length: 189.2 in.

Width: 71.7 in.

Wheel Base: 109.3

Curb Weight: 3516 lbs.

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I. Hate. The. New. Honda. Interiors. Nuff Said?

I'll let it be said I hate digital gauges... no personality.

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I love a combo of the two--like Cadillac's have. I'd love a digital readout inside the analog speedometer. But that's just me.
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I. Hate. The. New. Honda. Interiors. Nuff Said?

I'll let it be said I hate digital gauges... no personality.

I can't stand the Civic sedan steering wheel. At least they put the 3-spoke on the Sedan Si.

The new Accord fairs favorably to the new Malibu, IMO.

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The dash design would keep me out of considering the Accord. It looks like it wants to jump out and hurt you.

Exactly what part wants to jump out and hurt you? I went and sat in the new Accord and the interior is very nice. Reminds me of something you'd find in a luxury car.

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Despite being universally praised as being the best handling, most fun to drive of the midsize sedans?

I thought that award went to the Mazda 6 or VW Passat? Even if those two drive equal to the Accord, they are more visually exciting.

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I know I'm one of the few who likes the new Accord, but I must dispute the claim that its the best handling. I'd say things have changed with it growing in size. The Accord definitely has the best interior in its class, though, and I've now seen the Malibu's in person. I'd say there's no contest there unless you're blind and refusing to actually sit and compare. The Accord's interior feels more expensive than it really is.

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I can't stand the Civic sedan steering wheel. At least they put the 3-spoke on the Sedan Si.

Only in the Coupe... there is the 4-spoke monstrosity in the sedan.

I went and sat in the new Accord and the interior is very nice. Reminds me of something you'd find in a luxury car.

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Glad to hear, cause if I wanted an Accord interior that looked like that, I'd have to shell out over $30,000. That's near-lux territory.

I'll admit, the interior is growing on me, and I'm finding the exterior less offensive. Problem is, I find the base/near base trims to be boring and I want something a little classier like a trim with wood, some accent lighting, etc.

I did some pricing since I'm going for a new car soon, and it's just so expensive to own one. If I wanted an 4-cylinder EX (and I'd love a V6, but who the hell can afford it), I'm hitting $24,000.

I thought that award went to the Mazda 6 or VW Passat? Even if those two drive equal to the Accord, they are more visually exciting.

From what I hear, the Mazda6 and Passat are both tops when it comes to being fun to drive, but I have to say having driven I4 and V6 Accords (albeit not the 2008), they are definitely more fun to drive than any GM product in the "around midsize" game (I know it just jumped up a class).

Sigh... what to buy, what to buy? :scratchchin: LOL

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Only in the Coupe... there is the 4-spoke monstrosity in the sedan.

The Civic Si Coupe and Sedan have the same 3-spoke steering wheel, which is the same as the base Civic coupe. The base Civic sedan is the one with the 2-spoke monstrosity. :AH-HA_wink:

Not sure why we're talking about the Civic though. :blink:

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The Civic Si Coupe and Sedan have the same 3-spoke steering wheel, which is the same as the base Civic coupe. The base Civic sedan is the one with the 2-spoke monstrosity. :AH-HA_wink:

Not sure why we're talking about the Civic though. :blink:

Oh, you're right! We got on the topic of the Civic when we were talking about steering wheels.

Gotta say, I dislike this steering wheel as much as I hated the previous generation Impala's.

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IIRC The Camry SE has been reviewed as the better handler now in atleast one publication.

... at the expense of ride quality. It might get better numbers on the test track, but the Accord has a better ride-and-handling compromise. The EX 4-cylinder I drove reminds me of a 5-series, in that it was firm and communicative but still very comfortable and composed. The SE-tuned Camry is on the jittery side, IMO, especially in the back.

A pet peeve I have with the Camry is the amount of steering kickback, while not providing any real steering feel.

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Speaking of midsize fun-to-drive, the Fusion is underrated IMO. It drives a lot like the last-gen Passat - soft suspension tuning, but good steering and light on its feet. If anything it's even better, because the back end feels a lot more planted, not in the form of stiffness or damping, but in individual wheel control (?). Perhaps the rear multilink design allows a soft ride and control, avoiding the floatiness found on many twist beam (old Passat FWD) or strut (Camry) cars.

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I'd assume the Fusion is pretty fun-to-drive. I test drove the Milan a while back, and it was very satisfying. Honestly, it might not have a best-in-class interior, but it offers nav, and in the upper trims it's nice enough for me. If I didn't get my 01 Aurora, I could have gone for a Milan if I had the money.

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I drove a Milan for a day, a Premier 4 cylinder automatic, and I was very happy with the handling, ride, quietness and amenities.
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Well after finally seeing a new Malibu in the flesh, I can say it's hands down the best looking midsize car.

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