HISTORY OF THE HONDA ACCORD
You know what you’re getting with the Honda Accord. It’s practical, reliable and devoid of surprises. It’s like that sturdy friend you can lean on and trust to be the DD—because you know at the party, they won’t be taking their shirt off and getting wild. It’s that consistency that has allowed the Accord to remain one of the bestselling vehicles in the United States since 1989.
In case you’re not familiar with this rolling paradigm of sensibility, it’s a mid-size/full-size car that has been manufactured since 1976. While it’s best known for its four-door sedan variant, over the years it has also been offered as a coupe, wagon, hatchback and a crossover. It was also the first Japanese car to be produced in the United States. The Accord has racked up many awards, including making the Car and Driver 10Best list a record 28 times.
Sixth Generation Honda Accord (1998-2002)
The sixth generation Accord (1998-2002) blazed – or rather discreetly rolled – onto the compact car scene in late 1997. The new model increased in size, and the greasy bits were tweaked a little, but the Accords underlying character remained unchanged.
Seventh Generation Honda Accord (2003-2007)
To compensate for burgeoning Yankee waistlines, the North American version of the seventh generation Accord (2003-2007) grew again.
In 2005, a hybrid Accord was introduced. Other advances were made as well, including front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags being made available on all trim levels. Not much changed for the 2007 model year.
Eighth Generation Honda Accord (2008-2012)
By the time the eighth generation Accord (2008-2012) rolled around, it had grown to the point that it could no longer be classified as a compact car. Instead, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reclassified it as a full-size car – for the super-sized crowd.
The 2008 Accord was bigger and roomier than its predecessor. It got new 4 and 6-cylinder engines, which made more power and got better economy than the outgoing model. After the big 2008 update, the Accord went unchanged in 2009. The 2010 Honda Accord got a couple upgrades including optional rear seat ventilation ducts and Bluetooth connectivity. Finally, in 2012, the Accord got a standard USB audio interface.
Current Generation Honda Accord (2013-Present)
The current, ninth generation Accord (2013-present) was redesigned from the ground up. The 2013 Accord is sleeker and sexier than its predecessor. Curiously, although the exterior has shrunk, the interior space is roomier. The 4-cylinder engine receives direct injection and a new CVT transmission. The 6-cylinder has also been re-designed for more power and better economy.
Model year 2014 marks the introduction of the plug-in hybrid. Otherwise, the Accord is left virtually unchanged from the previous model year.
Flashy new cars may come and go like the latest pop music sensation, but the Accord carries on, tried and true. Here’s to another 39 years of practicality and dependability.
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