This month, we’ll be taking a look at the Honda Accord for our Make/Model Spotlight. This car is quite the common sighting on virtually every street in America, and for good reason. It is an affordable car that offers little frills but does offer reliability to the owner. Along with the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry, it is what you would call a “sensible” car purchase. Despite its modest disposition, there still is quite a rich history with the Honda Accord.
The Honda Accord
The Honda Accord has been in existence since 1976. The family-focused car has been around in the United States since 1970’s but became the first car from a Japanese manufacturer to be produced in the U.S. in 1982. The four-door sedan version has been one of the best-selling cars in the country since 1989. It was the best-selling Japanese car from 1982 – 1997. It has even made it on the “10 Best” list of “Car and Driver” a whopping 30 times.
In 1976 the Honda Accord was introduced as a three-door hatchback. Soon after, a four-door sedan version was introduced with more power and slightly different trim features in certain markets. The second generation Accord came about in 1982, the same year production began at the Honda plant in Ohio. Mechanically similar to the first generation, the second generation modernized aesthetics, both interior and exterior. The unforgettable trend of shag carpet was a popular feature during the second generation.
The third generation lasted from 1986 – 1989. The exterior design was popular around the globe as were the hidden headlamps. Another first for the third generation was the inclusion of double wishbone suspension. This would be the first Honda vehicle to include it.
Throughout the years Honda has consistently made notable changes to the Accord mechanically, structurally, and with focus on design. The constant changing of the vehicle has enabled it to remain one of the most popular vehicles on the road as well as one of the most reliable vehicles on the road. Currently in its ninth generation, the Honda Accord remains one of the most popular choices within the sedan category. The tenth generation is scheduled to be introduced in 2018.
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