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Sometimes you just want a serene drive that gets good mileage and comes off the forecourt leaving you some money from  a $30,000 budget. Surely, that is not too much to ask. The 2009 Honda Accord may be the answer to sedans such as the 2009 Mercedes Benz C300 that sometimes asks too much from the consumer.2009 c300 cdc.jpg

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The new 2009 Honda Accord comes in under $30,000 and offers great fuel
economy. It does not carry the visual weight of a BMW 3 Series and it
does not have the legroom of a Mercedes Benz C Class, but it does give
you a fantastic option that will not overturn your bank balance.

Having dropped the hybrid, Honda launched a diesel version that is
emissions-compliant in all US states and offers pretty good fuel
economy itself. When set alongside the 2009 Mercedes Benz C300, the
Honda definitely offers a more economical package from top to bottom.

The gap between luxury and economy has shrank, not unlike the US economy. Do the positive qualities offered in an Accord, in a time of penny-pinching, take away from the allure of a Mercedes luxury sedan?


2008 Honda Accord Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Honda
Accord LX Sedan ($20,360); LX-P Sedan ($21,360); LX-S Coupe ($21,860);
EX Sedan ($23,060); EX Coupe ($23,160); EX-L Sedan ($25,060); EX-L
Coupe ($25,160); EX V6 Sedan ($25,960); EX-L V6 Sedan ($28,060); EX-L
V6 Coupe ($28,310)
Engines: 177-hp 2.4-liter I4; 190-hp 2.4-liter I4; 268-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions: 5-speed manual; 5-speed automatic; 6-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard): two-stage
front airbags, dual-chamber front side airbags, side curtain airbags,
active front head restraints; electronic stability control, antilock
brakes, tire pressure monitors, daytime running lights
Safety equipment (optional): none
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Marysville, Ohio; Sayama, Japan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Honda Accord EX-L Sedan ($25,060)
Standard equipment: leather
upholstery, dual-zone climate control, power steering, power disc
brakes, power windows/locks/heated mirrors, moonroof,
tilt-and-telescope steering wheel w/illuminated controls, heated front
seats, power driver’s seat, sliding-top console, cruise control, floor
shift, active noise cancellation, 17-inch alloy wheels, 270-watt sound
system/CD changer, auto-dimming rearview mirror, six airbags,
electronic stability control
Options as tested (MSRP): voice-activated navigation
Destination charge: ($635)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $27,895
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 2.4-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 190 @ 7000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 162 @ 4400
Transmission: 5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 21/31 mpg
Wheelbase: 110.2 in.
Length/width/height: 194.1/72.7/58.1 in.
Track, f/r: 62.2/62.2 in.
Turning circle: 37.7 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.0/56.6/42.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.2/54.3/37.2 in.
Cargo volume: 14.0 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent, coil springs
Suspension, r: independent, coil springs
Ground clearance: 3386 in.
Curb weight: N/A
Tires: P225/50VR17
Brakes, f/r: vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal.


2008 C-Class Model Line Overview
Model lineup: Mercedes-Benz C300; C350
Engines: 228-hp 2.8-liter V6; 268-hp 3.5-liter V6
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic; 6-speed manual
Safety equipment (standard): frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags; electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, Pre-Safe
Safety equipment (optional): none
Basic warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Sindelfingen, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport
Standard equipment: N/A
Options as tested (MSRP): N/A
Destination charge: N/A
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): N/A
Layout: rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 268 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 258 @ 2400
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: N/A
Wheelbase: 108.7 in.
Length/width/height: 180.4/69.7/57.0 in.
Track, f/r: 60.4/60.5 in.
Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 37.1/52.3/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.9/54.9/33.4 in.
Cargo volume: 17.6 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: N/A
Suspension, f: independent, coil springs, gas struts, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r: independent. five-link with coil springs, gas shocks, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3498 lbs.
Tires: P225/40ZR-17 front; P245/40ZR-17 rear
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gal.

 
 
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