Honda Accord History


Since its introduction in 1976, the Accord has been Honda’s flagship car and one of the most popular vehicle models among consumers. It’s been named on Car and Driver’s 10 Best List more than any other vehicle in history due to its excellent combination of fuel efficiency, reliability, innovative features and strong resale value.

Whether you own a 1988-1999 or 2000-2016-era Accord, treat it right by using OEM Honda Accord parts. While there are many Honda parts websites on the Internet all claiming to be the best, you’ll soon see that there’s no better place to find OEM parts and accessories than Honda Parts Unlimited! Shop for Honda parts online below and make sure to check out our current parts specials!

Please view our video below to learn about some of the Honda Accord’s top career highlights and milestones.


1ST GENERATION (1976-1981)

The first-gen Honda Accord debuted as a three-door hatchback in Japan, and a year later when it was introduced in the U.S., it gained a four-door sedan body style. Features like AM/FM radio, cloth seats, intermittent wipers, power steering, air conditioning and a 72-horsepower engine were included.

2ND GENERATION (1982-1985)

The second-gen Accord was the first to be built in the U.S. Features popular at the time were included, such as chrome accents, velour interior trim and shag carpet. A later refresh added power brakes, steering and windows. An Electro Gyrocator, the first-ever automatic vehicle navigation system, was optional. Federal lighting regulations also now mandated the use of headlamps, so U.S. Accords came with rectangular headlamp units unlike those sold in other countries.

3RD GENERATION (1986-1989)

Notable additions to the third-gen Honda Accord included hidden headlamps and front and rear double wishbone suspensions, which offered more precise handling and improved stability. Where the rubber meets the road, buyers could get either 13-inch steel wheels or 14-inch alloy wheels on upper trims.

4TH GENERATION (1990-1993)

Fourth-generation Honda Accord models, which were no longer offered as three-door hatchbacks, were built on a “CB” chassis and had larger dimensions. An all-new aluminum engine with electronic fuel injection was introduced and new optic reflectors were used in the headlamps for the first time. Also noteworthy, the Honda Accord now featured an electronically controlled rear engine mount on models with an automatic transmission. More dealer installed Honda accessories and parts like a car cover, sunroof visor and center armrest became available.

5TH GENERATION (1994-1997)

With a new “CD” chassis, the Accord grew even larger in size. An improved four-speed automatic transmission with Grade-Logic shift technology eliminated “gear-hunting” and added safety features like reinforced side-impact beams and dual airbags improved passenger protection. A V-6 engine debuted on the 1995 Accord and equipped vehicles gained a separate hood and taller front fenders to accommodate the taller engine.

6TH GENERATION (1998-2002)

The 1998 Honda Accord Coupe was the first to receive a differentiated look from the sedan. It gained new wheel, front fascia and rear taillight designs. This was also the first Accord generation to receive cabin air filters as a standard feature. Unique gold-finish dealer-installed Honda Accord accessories were optional, such as wheel center caps and exhaust tips. Along with a 2.3L I4 engine, a new 3.0L V-6 SOHC VTEC was standard on select trims.

7TH GENERATION (2003-2007)

The Accord continued to grow in size in its seventh generation and 2003 Accord Coupe models also grew in terms of power and aggression. Coupes received 17-inch wheels, carbon-fiber trim and a 240-horsepower V-6. Models with the four-cylinder engine began using a timing chain rather than a timing belt and all Accord models now featured five lug nuts on the wheels instead of the previous four layout. In 2005, the Accord Hybrid debuted and offered 255-horsepower using a V-6 and electric motor.

8TH GENERATION (2008-2012)

Once again larger than its predecessor, the 2008 Honda Accord was categorized as a full-size car by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition to the sedan and coupe, a Crosstour fastback body style was added to the 2010 Accord lineup. New four-cylinder and V-6 engines were introduced and both offered greater power and efficiency. In addition, new cylinder-deactivation technology allowed the Accord to utilize three, four or six cylinders depending on the driving situation. A hybrid powerplant was no longer available beginning in 2008. The Accord gained notable features like an MP3 player in 2008, a USB audio interface in 2012 and an optional rearview camera in 2011.


A new Earth Dreams four-cylinder and continuously variable transmission were introduced on the 2013 Honda Accord and the hybrid returned in 2014. A Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid appeared in the lineup for only one model year. Accord’s front double wishbone suspension was swapped out for a MacPherson strut suspension and the car utilized a larger percentage of high strength steel. New safety features debuted in 2013, including forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and LaneWatch blind-spot monitoring.


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