We're going to try some sports analogies here (we think), but sports elude us unless it's the Annual Krauss Competitive Trampolining event. Then we're glued, baby, glued.*
There's a difference between winning because you beat your opponent and winning because your opponent made a bad call. And while a win is a win is a win, one surely must be more satisfying.
Case in point is the all-new-for-2008 Honda Accord. Looking a little (to us) like the new Sebring, the Accord still exudes high quality, but based on almost every review we've read, it's sort of a dud.
Here's one example (from the link above):
It's taken 32 years, but the rest of the auto industry has caught up with -- and in some respects, passed -- the Honda Accord.Fallen to the back of the pack? It's not just behind the... well, Mr. Phelan (the reviewer) doesn't mention which other cars specifically you should look at ("anything else in its class"), but every car in the class is better?
The all-new 2008 Accord isn't a bad car, but it's no longer the one car you should consider before buying anything else in its class.
It's fallen back to the pack. And not the front of the pack, for a number of reasons that include some surprising and troubling interior fit and quality flaws in the EX sedan I tested.
Let's take for granted Mr. Phelan is right and that the Accord has stumbled. Badly.
Is that as satisfying to GM and Ford as building a car better than the Accord when the Accord is at the top of its game?
Anyway, go, Detroit, and boo for Honda for dropping the ball some.
*By glued we really just mean sticky. Also, that's a snap of the 2008 Honda Accord. Yay or nay?