Honda Accord Overview
Incredibly popular since the day it was introduced, the Honda Accord is a staple in the car market today. It started as a compact 3-door hatchback, and has evolved into the mid-size sedans we know so well today. Let’s take a look at the Honda Accord through the years, a car that has truly set and raised the bar of automotive craft time and time again.
Honda Accord Through the Years
1st Generation (1976 – 1981)
- The initial base price of the Accord was $3,995.
- The first gen Honda Accord was initially sold as a 3-door hatchback.
- It was first powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that produced around 68 hp.
- In 1979, Accord added a 4-door sedan option.
- Honda added a luxury SE trim toward the end of the first generation.
- In 1980 Honda upgraded the 1.6L engine to a 1.8L.
2nd Generation (1982 – 1985)
- U.S. production of the Accord began in 1982.
- Honda dramatically updated frontal design, with rectangular headlamps, rectangular grille, and a centered Honda emblem.
- A 4-speed automatic transmission replaced the 3-speed automatics.
- The Accord’s engine was a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that produced 86 hp.
3rd Generation (1986 – 1989)
- New frontal design featured pop up headlamps and a much thinner grille.
- The Accord grew significantly, adding around 200 lbs.
- Honda increased the engine to a 2.0L, and it produced around 100 hp.
- Base price for the Honda Accord was $8,429.
4th Generation (1990 – 1993)
- The Accord was the best-selling car in American between 1990 & 1992.
- Honda made the Accord larger, and added softer, rounded styling cues.
- Fuel injection, rather than carburetors, became standard across the lineup.
- In 1992, Honda added a driver’s side airbag, eliminating the need for automatic seatbelts.
5th Generation (1994 – 1997)
- The base Accord engine now produced 130 hp.
- Dual front airbags were standard across the lineup.
- In 1995, the first V6 Accord engine was made available: a 2.7L V6 that produced 170 hp.
6th Generation (1998 – 2002)
- Accord grew “over the summer,” and was now considered a mid-size vehicle, rather than a compact vehicle.
- Engine options were a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine producing 150 hp or a 3.0L V6 producing around 200 hp.
- Notable features included six-disc CD changer, traction control, remote keyless entry, antilock brakes, and more.
7th Generation (2003 – 2007)
- The 7th generation Accord bulked up, featuring either a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine producing 160 hp or a 3.0L V6, now producing 240 hp.
- Transmission options included a 5-speed manual, 5-speed auto, or 6-speed manual.
- Honda debuted an Accord hybrid in 2005.
8th Generation (2008 – 2012)
- Once again, the redesigned Accord grew larger and more powerful.
- Honda offered two inline 4-cylinder engines, and one V6 engine
9th Generation (2013 – )
- A Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid joined the Accord family in 2013, only to be discontinued in 2015.
- In 2015, Accord received a mild refresh, adding a bold new grille, hood, and taillight design.
- In 2016, the Honda Accord won the 2016 North American Car of the Year Award.
- Today, the Accord comes standard with automatic climate control, multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth, 8-inch display screen, and more
- Optional features available today include Honda Sensing safety features, memory driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, automatic bright/dimming headlamps, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more.
Honda Accord Fast Facts
- NFL quarterback Andrew Luck allegedly drove a 2008 Honda Accord.
- The Honda Accord was the first Japanese car manufactured in the United States.
- Joe LoCiero, AKA Million Mile Joe, drove his 1990 Honda Accord on the original engine the odometer reached 1 million miles! Honda put on a parade in his honor, and gave him a brand new Honda Accord.
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