Honda Accord Generations
2018 - Present Honda Accord (10th Generation)
The current Honda Accord debuted for 2018 and marked some significant changes for the long-running model line. The coupe variant was dropped, leaving the Accord available only as a four-door sedan. Also, the V6 option was eliminated, replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower. Most trims have a 1.5-liter turbocharged four with 182 or 190 horsepower, depending on trim.
Unlike most of its peers, a manual transmission remained available on both engine variants. A gas-electric hybrid model returned, powered by a four-cylinder engine and producing 212 horsepower.
Externally, the Accord adopted a lower, sleeker profile that made it appear more sporty than the previous model.
2013 - 2017 Honda Accord (9th Generation)
Honda substantially revised the Accord for 2013 and reduced its external size while maintaining most of its interior space. Engines got more powerful and efficient, with the four-cylinder model adopting a continuously variable transmission to boost efficiency.
The V6 gained a six-speed automatic, while the top-level coupe could also be equipped with a six-speed manual.
Significant new features included standard backup cameras, forward-collision-warning, lane departure warning, and the LaneWatch camera system. Honda also improved the crash protection of the Accord significantly over the previous model but managed to address concerns that the old one was too big and boring to drive.
A hybrid returned as an option, this time using a four-cylinder engine. Also -- for the first time -- Honda offered a plug-in hybrid Accord. Only available in 2014 in certain states, the PHEV model was a flop. Instead, the hybrid returned in 2016 with a more efficient powertrain.
2008 - 2012 Honda Accord (8th Generation)
The Accord was greatly enlarged for 2008, with the sedan qualifying as a Large Car by the EPA. The length increased by as much as four inches and width by three inches.
The base model was now the LX, and it used a 177-horsepower four-cylinder engine, while the EX and higher trims got a 190-horsepower version of the four-cylinder.
V6 models produced between 268 and 271 horsepower, all mated to an automatic, except for the EX-L Coupe that could be had with a six-speed manual.
New features that debuted with this model included a rearview camera with a navigation system and a USB connection.
2003 - 2007 Honda Accord (7th Generation)
For its seventh generation, Honda increased the size of the Accord coupes and sedans, as well as gave it a more upscale appearance and new technology.
While the four-cylinder engine gained a few horsepower, bumping it up to 160, the V6 gained 40 horsepower to produce 240 – a class-leading number at the time.
For the first time, satellite navigation, electronic stability control, and side curtain airbags could be had on an Accord. LED taillights were even introduced during this generation’s run, previously something found only on luxury cars.
In 2005, an Accord Hybrid was offered for the first time. It used the V6 mated to an electric motor, providing good performance but not much more efficiency than a regular V6.
1998 - 2002 Honda Accord (6th Generation)
Honda revised the Accord again for 1998, making it larger and more powerful. The wagon was discontinued, but the coupe adopted more distinctive styling over the more generic-looking sedan.
All models grew larger, and the Accord was firmly considered a midsize car by the EPA, alongside other popular models like the Ford Taurus and Toyota Camry.
The four-cylinder engine grew to 2.3-liters but made the same power, while the new 3.0-liter V6 offered 200 horsepower, among the highest output of any midsize sedan.
Four-cylinder models still offered a five-speed manual, but most models received a four-speed automatic.
On the safety front, side airbags became available on specific models.
The Accord, briefly, was the best-selling car in the U.S again, in 2001.
1994 - 1997 Honda Accord (5th Generation)
In its fifth generation, the Accord grew even more refined. The angular design was replaced by a more curved shape that was reminiscent of the Prelude sports coupe of the time.
As before, coupe, sedan, and wagon models were offered. Dual airbags were now standard, as was a wider availability of anti-lock brakes and other safety features.
A 2.2-liter four-cylinder with between 130 and 145 horsepower was offered. But for 1995, the Accord sedan was for the first time made available with a 2.7-liter V6 engine with 170 horsepower.
Still one of the most popular vehicles sold in the U.S., the Accord changed very little in this generation.
1990 - 1993 Honda Accord (4th Generation)
Honda updated the Accord for the 1990s with more refinement and room, a winning trend since the previous model eventually marched to be the best-selling car in the U.S.
The coupe and sedan grew again by another six inches in length and were also noticeably wider. The hatchback was dropped, but a five-door wagon soon took its place to compete with the likes of the Ford Taurus and Toyota Camry.
All Accords were now fuel-injected, powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder with up to 130 horsepower on the new EX model.
Features such as leather upholstery and a sunroof were now part of the options list, as well as some models that received a high-end Bose audio system and anti-lock brakes.
In 1992, the Accord received a driver’s side airbag.
1986 - 1989 Honda Accord (3rd Generation)
The Accord grew substantially with the third generation, moving firmly out of its economy car roots and competing with mainstream sedans.
As well as a hatchback, a two-door coupe was added for 1988.
But the sedan remained the most popular version, and it grew roughly six inches longer than the previous model. It also boasted more sophisticated styling, complete with sports car-like pop-up headlights. The body was also made more aerodynamic to improve styling and interior noise, while interior space was usefully expanded.
A redesigned suspension made the Accord better to drive at high speeds, which gave it a reputation for being fun to drive among enthusiasts.
A new 2.0-liter engine produced 98 horsepower with a carburetor or 110 with fuel injection.
1982 - 1985 Honda Accord (2nd Generation)
Honda continued with its popular format with the next Accord. Buyers got more power and more room, as well as more technology.
Models offered items like a cassette player, velour upholstery, and power windows and locks.
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine now produced as much as 86 horsepower and could be had with a four-speed automatic. In 1985, the limited production SE-i model was among the first mainstream cars to come equipped with electronically controlled fuel injection, allowing the engine to make 110 horsepower.
This generation Accord is significant because it was the first to be built in the U.S.; Honda established an assembly plant in Ohio in 1982, helping its factory in Japan supply Accords for the American market. Since then, Honda has become one of the largest auto producers in the U.S.
1977 - 1981 Honda Accord (1st Generation)
On the heels of the success of the Civic, Honda sought to add another model to its U.S. lineup. Introduced for 1977, the Accord offered more room, power, and equipment than the economy-minded Civic.
While the first Accord hatchback (a sedan was added for 1978) was only about the size of a modern VW Golf, it offered equipment more commonly found on luxury cars. These included full cloth seats, AM/FM radio, a digital clock, air conditioning, and power steering. Even a five-speed manual was standard, although a two- or three-speed automatic was available.
A Special Edition model also received power windows and leather upholstery. Initially, the power came from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produced 68 horsepower, using emissions-cutting technology from the Civic.
But the Accord found favor with buyers who wanted excellent fuel efficiency and a vehicle that offered greater luxury than the typical Japanese economy car.
Honda would follow the first Accord up with another hit in the second-generation model.