The Ultimate Honda Accord Page

Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda released the Accord in 1976. Initially released as a hatchback, the Accord family branched out to also include a popular sedan, coupe, wagon, and crossover. With nine different generations of designs spanning multiple decades, Honda has succeeded in keeping up with consumer demand for a versatile, mid-size automobile. The Accord also meets demand for fuel efficiency and style.

First Generation: 1976 to 1981

1976: The first Honda Accord was a two-door hatchback coupe, weighing in at about 2,000 pounds. This car had a 93.7-inch wheelbase, and it featured comfortable seating and user-friendly instrumentation. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine sat under the hood, which gave the car 68 horsepower. The engine featured a CVCC head design, which ensured cleaner combustion. This car had a five-speed manual transmission, and it had an AM/FM stereo and rear wiper/washer with rear defrost.

1977: Honda did not change the Accord at all in its second year of production.

1978: In 1978, Honda added a luxury package, dubbed the LX. This package included air conditioning, a digital clock, and velour upholstery.

1979: The Accord lineup grew in 1979 with the addition of a four-door sedan. The wheelbase was the same as that of the hatchback, but the sedan was almost 9 inches longer. Only one trim level was available for the sedan, but this model came with a tachometer, power steering, and a bigger radiator.

1980: Honda Accords in North America got a few tweaks to the bumper trim, grilles, and tail lights in 1980. Honda also added an option for a three-speed automatic transmission with this model year.

1981: Honda introduced the SE luxury trim level in 1981. The Accord SE sedan had leather seats, alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, and a stereo with a cassette deck. Minor changes were also made to the instrumentation to introduce pictograms instead of words on the warning lights.

Second Generation: 1982 to 1985

1982: The first model year of the second generation of Honda Accord involved significant changes. Honda increased the wheelbase by 3 inches and the length of the cars by 2 inches to enhance the rear seating area.

1983: Honda replaced the transmission in the Accord in 1983; this model year had a four-speed automatic transmission. No other changes occurred in this year.

1984: In 1984, new Accords had a 1.8-liter engine that revved up the horsepower slightly to 86. This model year also involved exterior modifications with replacements to the grille, headlights, and bumpers. Honda also introduced the LX sedan, which offered luxury features such as a four-speaker stereo with cassette deck, power windows and doors, and air conditioning. Sedans came in Stratos Blue, Regency Red, Columbus Gray, and Greek White. The hatchback was available in Copper Brown, Regency Red, and Graphite Gray.

1985: In 1985, Honda added the SE-i to the lineup, which offered a fuel injection engine that gave the car more power. Additional features added to the LX included leather seating, alloy wheels, and bronze-tinted glass.

Third Generation: 1986 to 1989

1986: Honda changed the headlights with the introduction of the third generation of Accords. The 1986 Accord was also 3 inches longer, with a wheelbase expanded by 6 inches. The 1986 LX sedan was 200 pounds heavier than its predecessors, and it was more aerodynamically designed. Sedans at three trim levels and hatchbacks at two trim levels were available. The engine was also replaced with a 2-liter version.

1987: No changes were made in 1987.

1988: Honda added a coupe body style in 1988, which featured a trunk instead of a hatchback and came in two trim styles. The sedan of this year had a few modifications to the bumpers and taillights.

1989: To end the third generation, Honda released a special luxury SE-i model. This vehicle had a Bose stereo system with cassette deck, remote stereo controls on the steering wheel, 14-inch alloy wheels, and leather seats.

Fourth Generation: 1990 to 1993

1990: With the fourth generation of Accords, Honda discontinued the hatchback. With a wider wheelbase, these cars also weighed more, coming in just under 3,000 pounds. Honda paid attention to blind spots with this model, increasing the window area. Three trim packages were offered in this model year. The LX included air conditioning, cruise control, a stereo cassette system, and power controls. The EX also featured alloy wheels and a power moon roof.

1991: The top story in 1991 was the release of an Accord wagon, available at both the LX and EX trim levels. After folding down the second row of seats, this vehicle offered almost 65 cubic feet of space. This model also featured driver's-side airbags, but the sedan of this year did not. The SE for this year offered leather seating, anti-lock brakes, and a more powerful engine.

1992: In 1992, all Honda Accords were given standard driver's-side airbags. Honda also discontinued the SE for this model year. Nominal modifications were made to the bumpers and grille.

1993: The SE returned for the final year of the fourth generation in both the sedan and the coupe. The SE sedan had a passenger-side airbag available. All of the SEs had leather seats and a Bose stereo.

Fifth Generation: 1994 to 1997

1994: With the fifth generation, Honda focused on enhanced power and safety. All models now had both driver and front passenger air bags. The body was redesigned to be more aerodynamic, and the structure was made stronger. The DX and LX models had an option for anti-lock brakes, and all engines received an upgrade in this model year to give them more power.

1995: In 1995, Honda introduced the first V6 engine to the Accord family. The LX and EX sedans had an option for a V6 engine. These sedans needed a longer nose to fit the V6 engine, and Honda also added chrome trim to the grille. The manual transmission in the EX wagon was discontinued in this year.

1996: Following suit of the LX and EX V6 models, the four-cylinder-engine models received the same chrome-trimmed grilles. Bumpers were remodeled, and taillights were made larger in 1996. The EX wagon received a roof rack and revamped wheels.

1997: For the final year of the fifth generation, the LX received a CD deck and a moon roof.

Sixth Generation: 1998 to 2002

1998: Honda reverted to the sleeker lines of the fourth generation Accords to launch the sixth generation. The sedan weight was just under 2,900 pounds. The sedan now offered 7 cubic feet more space inside the cars, which set the Accord officially as a mid-size automobile. The wagon was discontinued, which left just the sedan at three trim levels and the coupe at two trim levels.

1999: New fabrics on the seats and folding side mirrors for the LX and EX trim levels were the only modifications in the 1999 model year.

2000: Honda equipped the 2000 Accord with an ignition-disabling device to keep the engine from starting without the original manufacturer key.

2001: Accord sedans received a revamped grille insert, new taillights, and new turn signals in 2001. Side airbags were available for all models in this year, and the front airbags were improved. The EX models received a standard six-disc CD player. About halfway through this model year, Honda released a special value package for the DX, which added exterior trim, wood interior accents, floor mats, air conditioning, a CD player, and an automatic transmission.

2002: Both the coupe and sedans had options for the SE trim level in 2002. Some of the options included with this trim level were anti-lock brakes, remote keyless entry, 15-inch alloy wheels, power height adjustment for the driver's seat, and upgrades to the audio system.

Seventh Generation: 2003 to 2007

2003: The shape and feel of the Accords in the seventh generation changed to become fuller. Engine options included a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed manual transmission or a 3-liter V6 with a five-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission was also an option for the V6 coupe. With DX, LX, and EX trim levels, consumers had options for basic, moderate, and full luxury Accords. EX models also had an option for a navigation system.

2004: In 2004, EX models with four-cylinder engines had the option for side curtain airbags. EX models with leather seating were also outfitted with satellite radio.

2005: Honda expanded side airbags in the front seat and head curtain airbags to be available for all trim levels in 2005. This year also marked the introduction of a hybrid Accord, which was paired with the Accord V6 engine.

2006: Some external modifications were the highlight of 2006. Honda reshaped the front and back fascia, also installing new taillights. Honda also retired the DX trim level, replacing it with a comparable VP level.

2007: No changes occurred in the 2007 model year.

Eighth Generation: 2008 to 2012

2008: New shapes for both the sedan and coupe set the stage for an exciting eighth generation. The wheelbase got wider and the length got longer with this generation, which increased the cabin space. Eighth-generation sedans also weighed in at nearly 3,300 pounds. The sedan body lines became sharper, and the coupe became sportier.

2009: A slight modification to the V6's output in 2009 increased the horsepower to 271.

2010: Honda introduced the Crosstour Fastback coupe in 2010, which was dubbed a "crossover wagon." Extra cargo capacity and seating for five were the main selling points of this model.

2011: Minor appearance modifications occurred in 2011 to all models and trim levels, such as new grilles, front bumpers, and rear deck lids for the coupe. Reorganization of instrumentation was also done to make the controls more user-friendly.

2012: Honda made the USB audio interface a standard option for every model in 2012.

Ninth Generation: 2013 to Present

2013: Instead of going for bigger and better in 2013, Honda opted to make these new models slightly smaller. The sedan got 3.5 inches shorter, and the wheelbase decreased by 1 inch. The coupe was also a little smaller than its predecessors. Although the overall car size became smaller, Honda was able to keep passenger room nearly unchanged and even increased trunk capacity in the sedan. Six trim levels were released with this model year. Base Accords had a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A 3.5-liter V6 engine was also available. All models also featured a standard navigation, Bluetooth, and audio system.

2014: Only minor changes occurred in 2014, including replacement of the seat fabric and modifications to the rearview mirror.

2015: Honda reorganized the options for the various trim levels with 2015. The EX coupe now had the option of adding Honda's LaneWatch camera system. All four-cylinder EX-L trim packages also received a HomeLink universal remote.

2016: A bold redesign in the bumper, grille, and headlights was a key change in 2016, and the rear of the coupe was tweaked slightly. The interiors of the 2016 models were virtually unchanged.

2017: In 2017, Honda opted to keep most models without significant changes. One additional trim level was released in 2017, called the Accord Sport Special Edition. This model featured leather heated seats with red stitching and a unique badge on the exterior of the car.

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