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2008 Honda Accord EX-L CoupeThe latest Accord coupe is dangerously close to being an Acura--and that's good for you.
^B00:00:00 >> For the longest time they were the trio of boredom, the Accord, the Camry, and the Taurus. Then the Accord said, I'm out of here. Here's the evidence, the Accord Coupe EX with a V6. Let's check the tech. ^M00:00:12 [ Music ] ^M00:00:17 >>The Accord had been growing up for ages, but this is the pinnacle of that process. The Coupe EX, V6, with a navigation package. Look around this cabin. This is really nice, mature, quality fit and finish. They still have button-itis. This is an Acura-Honda thing going on here. Let's take a look at the screen. I'll wake it up with the menu button. And there, I start to cringe. This is out of date. Now of course, I'm referring to the interface and the way it all looks. The hardware seems to have moved along rather well. I'm getting a little faster response than I think I used to on this system. Ah, there's almost no delay in here. Bang, bang, bang. Things are really happening quick. But once you get out to the main screen, boy, that is Playschool, Fisher-Price all the way. I just don't like the look of that. For a car that's this nicely refined, that just looks cheap. Let's get functional. How do we enter, say, a destination on this guy? Go back to the menu. Let's see, let's go to Palo Alto here. I'm rotating - now here is one of the annoyances I have on Hondas. This is unique to them. These letters are not possible. That's why they're grayed out. They just don't make sense in the predictive text database. But I have to click over them. Why am I clicking over something that I can't click on anyway? It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. We'll do University. Oh, that opened up pretty quick, didn't it? Okay, good prediction on that. So there's what our nav looks like. You've got the map and then, overlaid on the right, you've got this helper screen that's going to give you your directions and your close up of what your next action is. Let's talk entertainment system now, and that's a pretty short discussion 'cause there's not a whole lot going on here in terms of options. The base system's pretty good. Seven speakers, of which one is a sub, so really it's a six speaker system, 270 watts, AM/FM. XM is also standard, no Sirius on this guy. And you've got a built-in, six-disc, integral changer right here. Now, no iPod adapter available in this vehicle - remember it's a Honda. They can't give you all the toys; otherwise they eat away at Acura. We do have aux jack over here in the console, so good basic connectivity. Bluetooth, hands free is base on this high trim accord, so that's nice. So let's get down to what really makes this car unusual for an Accord, and the fact that it feels kind of BMW-like in it's solid, engineered road car manners. Our car is the model that comes with the six-speed manual gearshift. It's a meaty bunch of gearshift here without being too much of a rock crusher. I mean it's doable and usable in every day city driving. The power comes off a 6 cylinder, V-6, 3.5-litre, IV tech 24-valve gas engine. It does about 268 horsepower and 248 foot-pounds, but they're very smoothly available. It's a Honda, for crying out loud. It's basically a watch on wheels. Okay, let's price our Accord EX V6 Coupe. Now, much as Elvis has left the building, once you buy the Accord at this level, the Accord has left the 20 thousands. 31,100 but that includes almost everything I've showed you. Your only options are back up sensors in the rear. You can get a remote starter. Both of those are about 500 bucks. Otherwise, good to go. ^M00:03:16 [ Music ]