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Honda Accord Through The Years

Honda Accord Through The Years

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)

1976 Honda Accord

  • 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)

1982 Honda Accord

  • 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)

1986 honda accord

  • 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)

1990 honda accord

  • 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)

1994 Honda Accord

  • 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)

1998 Honda Accord

  • 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)

2003 Honda Accord

  • 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)

2008 honda accord

  • Once again, the redesigned Accord grew larger and more powerful.
  • Honda offered two inline 4-cylinder engines, and one V6 engine

9th Generation (2013 –        )

2016 Honda Accord

  • 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.

million mile joe

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Caroline Rex

She's a graphic designer by trade, but loves writing blog posts on the side. As a closet car fanatic, Caroline enjoy sprinkling knowledge about the unique ins and outs of the underdogs of the auto world. #neonsruletheworld

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