About two years ago, a clever set of renderings refreshed our memories of the Honda Civic timeline by revisiting the ten generations to show the remarkable evolution of the compact car. Fast forward to 2020, the same people at Budget Direct auto insurance sent us a new batch representing the Civic’s big brother – the Accord.
First generation (1976-1981)
Just like the Civic, the larger Accord also spawned a total of ten generations, with the original launched in 1976. It was first released as a three-door sedan before the introduction of the four-door sedan in 1979. The Power came from a 1.6-liter with a respectable power of 68 hp sent to the wheels via a five-speed manual. The sedan arrived with a beefier 1.8-liter and was also equipped with power steering.
Second generation (1981-1985)
The first Japanese car assembled in the United States, the second-generation Accord was larger than its predecessor and had a noticeably different look with boxy styling. It gained an optional four-speed automatic transmission in 1983 and upgraded its engine from 1751cc to 1830cc to unlock 86 hp. More oomph was added in 1985 with the arrival of the Accord SEi and its 101 hp injection engine.
Third generation (1985-1989)
Once again, the Accord received an increased imprint for its third iteration, which came with a third body style in the form of a sleek coupe. It was mechanically superior to its predecessor, with Honda double-wishbone suspension on both axles as well as a more aerodynamic body. Honda further increased the engine size, to a 2.0-liter unit with 98 hp on tap with carburetor or optional 110 hp with fuel injection. Oh, did we mention there were retractable headlights?
Fourth generation (1989-1993)
With the risk of looking like a broken record, the fourth-generation Accord has been enlarged once again, fully qualifying for mid-size sedan status. Honda improved the practicality of the car with the addition of a wagon which replaced the sedan. A newly developed 2.2-liter engine was rated at 130 hp for the flagship EX model. There was even a sport mode for the four-speed automatic transmission, allowing the driver to select gears manually. Unfortunately, he lost the nifty retractable headlights.
Fifth generation (1993-1997)
The fifth-generation Accord saw the addition of VTEC for the 2.2-liter engine and the sedan’s first V6, a 2.7-liter unit developing 170 horsepower and 165 lb-ft (224 Nm). The versions fitted with the larger engine had a few design changes up front to distinguish them from the four-pot models. Honda lengthened the wheelbase for more rear legroom and came up with a sportier design.
Sixth generation (1998-2002)
Gone is the family body style with the sixth generation model, with only the surviving coupe and sedan. The two-door model was developed in North America and had a slightly shorter wheelbase than its four-door counterpart. Front airbags were standard, with side airbags available at an additional cost. The base engine was a 2.3-liter with 135 hp, while an optional 3.0-liter V6 had 200 hp.
Seventh generation (2002-2008)
For its seventh iteration, the Accord has more powerful engines across the range. Even the base four-cylinder now produced 160 hp, while the 3.0-liter VTEC V6 produced 240 hp. Both got a bit more horsepower later in the life cycle when an electrified V6 was added with a combined output of 253 hp. The coupe allowed customers to order the V6 engine with a manual transmission for the first time.
Eighth generation (2008-2012)
By creating greater visual differentiation between the sedan and the coupe, Honda further increased the size of the Accord for the eighth generation. The V6 engine – which now makes 268 hp – was again offered with a three-pedal setup. It was propelled into the full-size car category by the EPA and spawned a hunchbacked Crosstour fastback for the 2010 model year for added functionality. The oddly shaped version was two inches wider than the sedan and added around 300 pounds (136 kilograms) in weight.
Ninth generation (2013-2017)
Not necessarily a full-fledged next-gen car, the Accord Mk9 was more of a complete refresh of its predecessor. The sedan gained a Sport variant with a standard six-speed manual transmission and a bit more power than the regular four-cylinder models, as well as dual exhaust tips and bespoke wheels. Honda has been going back and forth with the hybrid version, which managed to achieve an EPA rating of 48 mpg thanks to its electrified four-cylinder engine.
Tenth generation (2017-present)
As for the current generation Accord, the coupe followed the dodo path with the V6. The base 1.5-liter turbo engine is good for 192 hp while the larger 2.0-liter produces 252 hp, with a hybrid version also available with 212 hp. The electrified model does 48 mpg in the combined cycle. Even though it is larger than the model it replaced, the tenth generation model has reduced from 110 to 176 pounds (50 to 80 kilograms) depending on the trim by using more aluminum and steel at very high resistance.