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An all-new design for 2008, the Honda Accord Sedan makes EnerGuide’s list when you buy it with the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine.
The two-door Coupe version rates the same fuel economy with the four-cylinder, should you prefer its sportier looks. (The Accord Hybrid model has been discontinued.)
The Accord is bigger than its predecessor, which you really notice when three people are in the back seat. However, I find that the front seats get very hard, very quickly, and the rear seatback folds as a single unit, so you can’t carry oversized cargo plus a rear-seat passenger.
There’s no shame in taking the four-cylinder over the available V6: it’s very quiet, with no sound of strain on acceleration, and it’s a good, strong engine that fits this size of car nicely.
A five-speed manual is the default transmission; the optional five-speed automatic is well-suited to the engine and keeps the revs down during highway cruising for better fuel economy.
Overall, this is a well-done car. Its steering is very responsive, with a variable ratio that makes it easier to spin around parking lots. It’s great on the highway, where it’s stable and well-planted.
Even the base model includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic stability control, active head restraints, and side and curtain airbags.
Something to note: Accord also comes with a 3.5-litre V6 that uses Variable Cylinder Management, which shuts off two or three cylinders under light cruising load.
While its 11.0 L/100 km city rating is higher than the four’s, its 6.7 on the highway is practically the same.
PRICE: $25,090 – $32,690
FUEL RATING: City 9.4, hwy. 6.4 L/100 km
WHAT’S BEST: Roomy interior; nice handling; good performance
WHAT’S WORST: Hard seats; single-folding rear seat