I was given a loaner Camry and I remembered being very surprised. I thought, "why is this car such a best-seller when it's so boring to drive?" Of course, shortly thereafter I realized that was almost certainly the reason for its popularity. Sometimes it's hard for me to keep in mind that most car buyers are not enthusiasts.
The ride quality is very smooth and absorbs bumps well, but sacrifices handling response to do so. Compared to the Accord, it's like a boat on land. It's much quieter, however, and that combined with the plush ride is probably why the average buyer goes for the 'Yota.
By far, the Camry's interior was the most disappointing feature. The dashboard, lit up at night, looked like a cheap motel room alarm clock. For those of you who think the Accord's dash is too hectic, welcome to the future. Cars will only add more standard features and pretty soon most dashboards will be just as busy. However, they will probably not be as thoughtfully laid out as the Accord's. Upon first glance it seems overwhelming, but after a week of use you will most likely appreciate the button placement. In my experience with automobiles, Honda has one of the best records for ergonomics and intuitiveness.
But I am also critical of the timing belt issue (the J35 is quite versatile but dated), as well as the lack of HID projectors outside of the V6 coupe. The front end of the car looks a little labored, but it may have to do with new pedestrian safety regulations. I also feel Honda studied BMW intensely: the taillights are heavily reminiscent of the 5-Series, and the Hoffmeister kink in the rear window panel is quite a direct copy. The taillights in the JDM Honda Inspire (which is their version of our Accord) are slightly different and look very similar to the 7-Series.
There is no such thing as "the perfect car", but the '08 Accord is a well-tuned conglomeration of compromises. Honda has once again chosen to utilize double-wishbones on all four corners. Sharp handling, adequate power, cavernous interior, excellent standard features. It's also quite impressive that such a powerful six-cylinder could achieve Partial-Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) rating, though only available in 15 states.