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The History of the Honda Accord

The History of the Honda Accord

Do you know that the Honda Accord is one of the oldest cars in production? It has entered thirty-third year of production. Introduced in 1976 as a hatchback, the Honda Accord has evolved significantly over these years. Let’s take a look at the history of the Honda Accord.

First Generation: 1976 to 1981

The first iteration of the Honda Accord was a three-door hatchback powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 68 horsepower. The car price was around $3,995, and it had a host of standard features like a five-speed transmission, rear window defroster, remote rear hatch release and many other features.

Second Generation: 1982 to 1985

The car was redesigned in 1983, and now it had an all-new larger body with a four-speed automatic transmission. In 1984, the company increased the engine size from to 1.8 liters, which increased the power generation to 86 horsepower. In 1985, Honda introduced an SEi model that featured fuel injection technology. 

Third Generation: 1986 to 1989

By the year 1986, the Honda Accord was an established car in its segment. The company made a few improvements, like double-wishbone suspension. The Honda Accord also got two new engines: a carbureted 2.0-liter engine delivering 98 horsepower and fuel-injected engine delivering 110 horsepower. The company also offered multiple trim levels, and the two-door coupe was introduced while the hatchback was phased out.

Fourth Generation: 1990 to 1993

In the year 1990, the company made big changes to the Honda Accord model. Its wheelbase and length increased and it entered the category of a mid-size sedan. A new 2.2-liter engine generating 130 horsepower was introduced and the automatic transmission got a sport-shift mode.

Fifth Generation: 1994 to 1997

The car’s front end was redesigned, and the new Accord had a long nose and restyled grille which gave the car a sporty look. In the year 1995, the Honda Accord received its first 2.6-liter V6 engine which generated 170 horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque.

Sixth Generation: 1998 to 2002

The overall look and performance of the Honda Accord got a major uplift. The company introduced a new body and engine for coupe and sedan. Standard safety features like airbags and environmental awareness related technologies were part of the new Honda Accord.

Seventh Generation: 2003 to 2007

For its seventh generation, Honda redesigned the Accord to make it look more stylish and increase interior space. The capacity of the base engine was the same as the V6.  The company also introduced a powerful version of a V6 engine generating 240 horsepower. By 2005, a new 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering a total of 253 horsepower arrived in the Accord lineup.

Eighth Generation: 2008 to 2013

The eighth-generation Honda Accord had aggressive styling and a V6 engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, generating 268 horsepower.

Ninth Generation: 2013 to Now

The ninth generation of the Honda Accord is noted for the introduction of the hybrid model in 2014. The car features a 141-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson engine and two electric motors, giving the Accord Hybrid up to 50 MPG in the city and almost 200 horsepower.

There is no doubt that the Honda Accord is an automotive icon in its own right. If you find the car attractive, you can always buy the new 2019 Honda Accord which is one of the best sedans money can buy.