Thanks to all for the replies and information! My first reply post was deleted/unapproved(?), but the gist is I'll be opening my search window to 2009-2012 models.
remarks on the 4WD system, I am still weighing the pros and cons of purchasing with the 4WD. I've had a few occasions where I parked my Accord on dirt/sand and after some rain, had a bit of trouble leaving the lot. (Once, I actually had a 4Runner winch me out.) I'd definitely feel comfortable paying more, risking more points of failure, and being weighed down by 120 more pounds for the 4WD. I'll actually be relocating to Melbourne for my first job out of college--small world,
--and there is a "recreational" area where a lot of locals go mudding/drifting/shenanigans and 4WD would give some additional confidence if I visit The Compound. I also often find myself using the ol' lead foot from a stoplight, so I can only imagine the help that 4WD would provide--especially in rain.