Honda Accord (2008 – 2015) Review

Honda Accord (2008 – 2015) At A Glance

3/5

+Refined and rides smoothly. Well thought out interior. Ideal with 2.2 i-DTEC engine. Robust build quality.

-2.0-litre and 2.4-litre i-VTEC engines with automatic gearboxes less impressive. No hatchback version.

Insurance Groups are between 23–28
On average it achieves 93% of the official MPG figure

The Honda Accord saloon straddles an ever-widening divide between mainstream family cars such as the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat and executive machines like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Almost caught in limbo, the Accord is pricier than the former and misses the classy buyer appeal of the latter.

This is not to say the Accord lacks quality, after all it is a Honda. The detail of the build and excellence of the materials is beyond reproach, yet the Accord doesn’t carry off the appeal of Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz and the dash layout is showing its age all too clearly.

There is plenty of space inside the Accord, however, so you’ll have no trouble carrying the family or friends in the front and back seats. The restrictions of a saloon body hamper its luggage carrying aspirations though, plus the boot is not as spacious as some rival saloons.

There’s no faulting Honda’s generosity with equipment in the Accord. Covering ES, ES GT, EX and the sporty Type S, all have plenty of life’s luxuries and the two upper trim levels come with leather upholstery as standard.

Depending on the trim you choose, there’s a choice of three engines and manual or automatic gearboxes. The 2.0 and 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engines are smooth and potent, while the 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel is offered in 150PS and 180PS outputs and both are willing.

Matching the engines’ keen efforts is handling that shows Honda knows all about cornering grip. However, the steering is low on feel and the suspension is too unsettled on most roads for the Accord to be considered among the finest in any class.

Honda Accord 2008 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Honda Accord (2008 – 2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

93%

Real MPG

24–58 mpg

MPGs submitted

198

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How long does it take to replace a clutch?
"What labour time is required to change the clutch in a Honda Accord?"
According to CheckATrade: The average time taken to replace a clutch is usually between three to five hours, but in some cases, it can take as long as 10 hours.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Are used BMW 3 Series really expensive to own?
"I read about the BMW 3 Series being reliable, but servicing, repairs and - I imagine - insurance is a lot more expensive than for non-premium cars. I see lots of these high-mileage, diesel cars looking nice with good MoT history and an affordable price tag. Which cars would be a good alternative? Thanks a lot."
On the one hand, the BMW 3 Series is popular with police forces because of its indestructibility and high-mile capability. On the other hand, an older 3 Series (diesel models in particular) will require a fair bit of regular maintenance and yes, this will be costlier than in a mainstream choice. Parts will be a bit pricier than something like a Volkswagen Passat and servicing (especially at a main dealer) could be more expensive. Insurance will depend on factors like your age and driving experience. If you want a practical estate car that'll be cheap to run, look at something like a Toyota Avensis or Honda Accord.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which is the best used family saloon?
"We need to replace our SEAT Altea. We have a £4500 budget and two growing children, but only a small commute. I'm taken with the idea of a Volkswagen Passat, SEAT Exeo, Honda Accord or Toyota Avensis. I know the Avensis is probably the sensible choice, but can't help feeling the driving experience itself may be lacking compared to the others. Also, what's your experience concerning the auto boxes in each? Many thanks."
The Honda Accord and Toyota Avensis are the sensible choices. Both have a good reputation for reliability. The auto box in the Honda isn't particularly refined, but we have received very few complaints in regards to reliability. The Avensis uses a CVT which again is reliable but occasionally noisy under heavy loads. Avoid diesel is your commute is less than 15-miles, a modern diesel engine is not designed for low-mileage runs.
Answered by Dan Powell
Why does my engine management light come on when I drive 30 - 40mph in my 2008 Honda Civic 2.2 i-DTEC?
"My 2008 Honda Accord 2.2 i-DTEC hesitates and surges when I drive 30 - 40mph, eventually resulting in the engine management light coming on. The Honda garage diagnosed low fuel pressure and changed the air filter and fuel filter but it didn't cure the problem. It's now back in and has had an injector fuel return pressure regulator and the fuel pump changed. It's still not working, can you help?"
What they have done is cheapest fixes first. I would guess that the fuel pump they changed was the low pressure fuel tank lifter pump. What remains is the very expensive high pressure fuel pump.
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