The Honda Accord first came out in 1976. Interestingly enough, it was the same year when Americans started considering economic cars after experiencing an oil crisis from the previous years. Since then, the Accord has established itself in the market as the car that offers everything - style, space, power, reliability, and fuel efficiency. More than 25 years later, the Honda Accord has remained a smash success generation after generation.
First generation (1976-1981)
The first Honda Accord was introduced in 1976 in the form of a two-door hatchback with a 93.7-inch wheelbase, clean body style, and comfortable interior layout. It was also packed with features including rear defroster / wiper / washer, a remote hatch release, and an AM/FM stereo radio.
In 1978, Honda launched an LX version that featured luxurious accessories such as air conditioning, velour upholstery, power steering, and a digital clock. In 1981, Honda went on a full-blown luxury trim level with the new Accord SE model. The SE featured alloy wheels, power windows and power door locks, leather seating, and a sound system with cassette deck.
Second generation (1982-1985)
The model's second generation kicked off when Accord went through another revamp in 1982. It had more room for rear seat occupants, its body was restyled, and the interiors had a more upscale look and feel. Aside from the updated look and the slight horsepower increase for its 1.8-liter engine, the Accord was basically unchanged. It had the same mechanical components from 1981. That same year, Honda started the production of Accord in the US.
Third generation (1986-1989)
The famous car model took a big jump-up market and followed a "bigger and better" theme for its third generation. The new Accord's wheelbase increased by 6 inches and 3 inches in overall length and weighed nearly 200 pounds more than its 1986 version. With its pop-up headlights and rain gutters flushed with the body for better aerodynamics, the new Accord looked sleek.
Fourth generation (1990-1993)
For its fourth generation, the Honda Accord was revamped both inside and out. It came out bigger, more powerful, and more popular. It was even voted as the best-selling car in America for three consecutive years. Replacing the previous 2.0-liter 12-valve model, all fourth generation Honda Accords sold in North America featured a new all aluminum 2.2-liter 16-valve electronic fuel-injected engine.
Fifth generation (1994-1997)
Honda developed two different versions of the Accord for its fifth generation. One was for the North American and Japanese market while the other one was made for the European Market. For this generation, Honda added a refined automatic transmission, more power for all engines, standard dual-front airbags, and the compliance with 1997 side-impact crash standards.
Sixth generation (1998-2002)
The Accord was split in three separate models for the sixth generation. These models were specially designed for the North America, European, and Japanese markets. However, the coupe was discontinued in Japan while the wagon was discontinued in North America.
Seventh generation (2003-2007)
In 2002, the next generation of the Honda Accord was launched in North America and was consisted of two separate models. One was exclusively for North America and the other one was for the Japanese and European markets. However, both models ended up being sold in many other markets eventually after Honda's Cog advertisement for the Accord became popular.