• Honda Inspire

The Honda Accord is a sedan from the Japanese automaker Honda. Since 1976, eight generations have passed.

Since the first generation Honda Accord has evolved both in terms of its dimensions from the template of a compact sedan than a family sedan, at the level of its equipment and its quality engines, which helped to make this model a reference to the North American market. This sedan quality, however little was sold on the French market, compared to cars in the same segment and comparable periods.

The first generation Honda Accord was marketed in 1976 3 door body and a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 68hp. The Agreement is greater than the Civic with a length of 4.12 m and a wheelbase of 2.38 m, for an approximate weight of 910kg.

In 1977, the range is enriched by a body 4 doors.

In 1978, the Accord is equipped with air conditioning on the LX finish.

In 1979, the range is complemented by a new 1.8-liter engine of 72hp.

In 1980, the automatic transmission 2-speed box is replaced with a 3 speed.

In 1981, the SE finish with leather seats.

(1) L4 transverse engine 4 cylinders.

The second generation was first released in Japan and Europe in 1981 and in North America from 1982. This is the first Honda manufactured on American soil at the plant in Marysville, Ohio. Since its inception and for 15 years, the Agreement is a reference among Japanese models. The significant improvement of quality control has helped make this model one of the most reliable in the U.S. market, which is always the case today.

In Japan, a similar model is sold at the same time, under the name Honda Vigor.

Compared to the first generation cockpit and exterior have been upgraded but EK1 CVCC engine of 1751 cm3 (75hp) is retained. This engine block has still been reworked to reduce the fuel consumption of around 15%. The Agreement incorporates all the aesthetic values ​​of the time: wool rugs, velvet interior and chrome inserts. It is available in the following colors: silver, beige and blue sky. LX finish offers a digital clock and allows a decrease in fuel consumption by reducing weight. Japanese and European models receive aerodynamic headlamps, while North American models are equipped with rectangular headlights and rear tags in accordance with U.S. law.

In 1983, a new gearbox 4 speed is optional. SE finish (Special Edition) appears in the catalog. This finish includes leather seats, electric windows, sunroof and electrically operated locking system. A new color is optional: slate gray.

In 1984, models produced in America are equal as those produced in Japan. The body is slightly restyled (grille), the restyled models are also called second series of the second generation. A new ES2 CVCC engine, 1829 cm3 86hp completes the range. LX finish is completed with: a velvet interior, a radio cassette stereo, air conditioning, brakes and direction to management electronic, electric windows, electric locks, a digital clock, an antenna placed on the roof rods black protection installed on both sides and integrated bumpers, hubcaps and wheels similar to those of Audi 5000. the United States sedan slate gray is a success, waiting lists never end. By against silver, beige and blue sky are removed from the catalog and replaced by a white color.

In 1985, the SE-i finish joined the catalog of options. This finish shows the components of the SE finish and adds more: tinted windows, high-end audio system and 14-inch wheels, but also a new fuel injection engine (hence the addition of the-i the label SE) 12 valve 1955 cm3 110hp. The engine block is the first not to have the CVCC technology, it is also the base engine Honda in the 1980s.

The third generation Accord is sold in Japan and Europe in 1985 and in the rest of the world in 1986. This model has an attractive, appearance close to the second generation design. The differences are at the retractable headlights (like a Toyota Sprinter Trueno), original for a sedan, but also specific taillights. A version with fixed headlights appeared in 1987 for the European and Japanese markets.

This Agreement is the first Honda to use a dual-wishbone suspension front and rear – a technology used by more on the Civic and Prelude in 1988 and the Integra in 1990 – although more expensive than the MacPherson system, this device provides better stability and handling of the vehicle. Standard Agreement is equipped with anti-roll bar. Disc brakes front and rear dual piston (model Japanese Si) or disc brakes front and rear single piston or disc brakes front and single-piston rear drum brakes are optional. ABS is optional on models with disc brakes, but not for the North American market. The basic models are available with steel wheels and 13-inch premium alloy wheels with 14 inch.

The agreement is available with different engines:

The interior is available in several finishes a spartan luxury level. Japan Agreement is sold with optional leather interior, heated seats, heated mirrors, digital dash and air conditioning. The "Aerodeck" version 3 doors body like a break for the Japanese and European markets, has seats "Recaro". To keep the image builder cheap Honda these options are not available for export.

Worldwide Agreement is available in several body: 4 door sedan, 2-door coupe, 3-door and 3 door "Aerodeck" resembling a break (not available in the United States and Canada).

In North America, the Accord is offered with four trim levels. In entry-level DX finish, available on the sedan and 3-door version, includes a speed controller, a rear window deicer, a digital clock, windows manually operated door mirrors with manual control system manual locking, audio system, rearview mirror and unpainted bumpers.

LX finish is the mid-range. In addition to the facilities of the DX finish, it includes air conditioning, electric windows, electric mirrors, power locks, a stereo AM/FM cassette, bumpers painted in body color, rear armrest and larger anti-roll bars.

DX and LX finishes are available with A20A1 engine of 98hp.

In 1986 carbureted engines are identified by the letters BS and injection engines with the letters BT.

The high quality finish, LX-i includes a power sunroof (coupe and sedan only), 14-inch alloy wheels (sedan only), anti-roll bars at the rear and audio cassette players. This finish is available with an engine injection 110hp (A20A3).

In 1988, the marketing of cut leads to a restyling of the sedan bumpers, front (headlights, grille, hood), rear lights. Other changes are made such as:

The Accord Coupe is the first car brand to be assembled exclusively in the United States and imported into Japan.

SE-i finish is available from 1989, it includes leather seats, glass holders, a Bose audio system, tinted windows, alloy wheels of 14 inches, a dual output exhaust and disc brakes. It is available in sedan and coupe in two colors.

In 1989 appears the fourth generation Accord, built on the chassis base CB. For the first time, it is not available in 3-door version. Another first in Japan, it is distributed through the Honda Clio network. In Japan, a neighbor model (slight variation to the Agreement) named Ascot is released at the same time. Meanwhile, the Honda Vigor changing his side to become a model in its own right, receiving a motor 5 cylinders in line.

This is one of the first cars in the world with transparent glass lighthouse and 4 wheel steering (4WS 2.2i). All non-US models are powered by a 4 cylinder 2.2 liter electronically controlled injection.

This generation direct descendant of the first generation Acura Legend. Larger than the previous generation, it approaches the dimensions of the Ford Taurus. Yet it is still ranked among the "compact". The LX and EX-i-i finishes third generation are not renewed. On the North American market, it is proposed finishes DX, LX, EX and EX-R (Canada only). In some countries, the EX finish is also called "Extra". The 4-cylinder engine 125hp input range is available in finishes DX and LX. DX on finishing speed controller is removed and the air becomes an option. As for the LX finish, it retains the same equipment as the previous generation. Finally, the EX finish, available with a more powerful engine of 10hp through the expansion of the exhaust and the exhaust manifold includes alloy wheels of 15 inches, a sunroof, leather improved interior, dual exhaust, the anti-roll bars at the rear and a radio cassette.

To comply with the safety regulations NHTSA, in 1990 all models are equipped with safety belts with automatic release. This system 1992 is replaced by the installation of inflatable airbags ("airbag").

New options are available as an automatic transmission 4-speed electronically controlled and coupled to a hydraulic clutch, CD player, 6-CD changer, front fog lights, alarm system, storage,…

In 1991, Honda launched the wagon version built in Marysville and exported to Europe (LHD and RHD). The break is only available in LX and EX finish, it features a series of side airbag, driver, additional side. A new SE finish enriches the catalog and includes: high-end leather interior, an automatic transmission, ABS, two colors (silver metallic body and black interior British graphite or metallic blue body and interior ivory) and airbags, driver and passenger. SE finish is only available in sedan with a new engine of 140hp.

The agreement is slightly restyled in 1992. Thus, the front and rear adopt more rounded shapes. The coupe and sedan receive a new grille, new headlights, side skirts molded and new wheels. SE finish is no longer offered. EX finish is available with the 140hp engine and is complemented by an anti-theft radio system as well as ABS. On LX and EX finish the lumbar support is abandoned in favor of the driver armrest. A "gold" kit is added to the catalog of options.

To celebrate 10 years of production in the United States, Honda sells a special series available in three colors: arctic white, black pearl and green pearl. This series is based on the LX finish which is added to the ABS, disc brakes, alloy wheels 15 inches, side protection moldings painted and automatic transmission.

SE finish is reintroduced on the sedan and coupe. This finish includes dual airbag, a Bose audio system, automatic transmission, an ivory leather interior, side protection moldings and painted a specific spoiler on the coupe. In Canada, the SE finish also includes heating and heated exterior mirrors seats. The coupe and sedan are fitted with special alloy wheels. All models sedan SE finish are made in Japan and cut finish SE United States (the flap of 2/4 Japanese doors is added to this model only). The sedan is available in two colors: metallic silver and green pearl. Cut himself is available in two colors: metallic silver and blue Atlantic.

A version with retractable hardtop is marketed in Japan under the name Ascot Innova. This version takes a different design inspired by the 1991 Honda Prelude.

In 1993, Honda sells the fifth generation chassis designed on the CD and opts for a more upscale presentation. Wider but shorter than its predecessor, the Agreement is no longer recognized as "compact" in North America. In Japan, she comes and oversee the Ascot and Rafaga models.

This is the first agreement that U.S. and European models are distinct. Sedan for Europe meeting in Britain in the Swindon plant. This model does not rest directly on the CD chassis, but rather an evolution of CB chassis already used for the Honda Ascot Innova. The coupe and wagon are, meanwhile, built in the United States. The British automaker Rover, Honda partner, markets during this same period a model on the basis of the Agreement called Rover 600.

North American Agreement is available in finish DX, LX and EX for the United States and EX-R finish for Canada. This generation is accompanied by improved automatic 4-speed, a more ergonomic cockpit with dual airbags as standard and side reinforcements. EX finish is available with a 4-cylinder VTEC engine 2.2-liter (145hp announced for it actually makes 130hp) and includes ABS (optional on LX), 15-inch alloy wheels (which are actually 14 inch steel), disc brakes, anti-rear roll bar and a leather interior (optional). The Agreement is designated Foreign Car of the Year in the United States. The coupe looks exactly like the sedan version and 2 doors for the last time the break is marketed in America.

In 1995, the 2.7-liter V6 engine (C27) Acura Legend is available on the U.S. market to compete with the V6 models of the Ford Taurus, Mazda 626 and Toyota Camry. With the V6 ship a dual exhaust, automatic 4-speed, alloy wheels 15 inches and a special grille. The rest of the range changes very little, apart from the color palette. New Zealand V6 engine is replaced with a 4 2.4-liter with the EX finish.

In 1996, the Accord features a more upscale design bumpers more rounded, slightly modified front, new headlights and new taillights. All engines are designed according to the requirements of the federal office (OBD II). Increased competitiveness, management Honda decided to use a common platform for all sixth-generation Accord, while providing body and dimensions for each market.

1997 Honda sells a version of "Special Edition" (nothing to do with SE finish). It is available in three colors: metallic gray, red San Marino and black pearl. It includes a security system, a system of keyless entry, CD player, side moldings painted protection, special alloy wheels, a sunroof and an automatic transmission. This version is available with all the engines in the LX finish.

The sixth generation is marketed from 1998.

This Agreement is assembled in the United Kingdom in the Honda/Rover factories and undergoes a slight facelift in 2001, marking including the disappearance of the power antenna in favor of a conventional antenna.

Four finishes are available in France:

(1) European models.

(2) Cut only.

(3) Engine provided by Rover.

(4) L4: 4 cylinders in line engine/V6: V-6 engine

(5) Characteristics for the sedan equipped with a 4 speed manual doors.

The seventh generation is sold since 2002 in the European market. The model sold in Europe, produced in Japan, is totally different from the North American market.

For Europe, the Accord is available in 4-door sedan (4.67 m) appeared in 2002 and appointed break Tourer (4.76 m) appeared in 2003. Agreement is equipped with 4-cylinder petrol engines 2 liters (155hp) and 2.4 liters (190hp), but also diesel since 2004/2005 with the 2.2 liter 140hp; This engine is the first diesel engine designed by Honda. Standard Agreement is especially equipped trajectory correction (ESP), traction control, a variable power assisted steering, 6 airbags ("airbags"), automatic air conditioning, remote central locking, a 4 HP audio system, a 12 V socket, a multifunction steering wheel, electric windows front and rear.

End of 2005, the body is slightly retouched, including the grille with the integration of a bar in the center. The European Agreement has occurred in Japan, where it is also distributed but rather small amount.

The Accord sold in Japan is that broadcast in Europe. Japanese range does not include diesel and therefore comes only in petrol: A 2-liter 152 or 155hp, 2.4-liter 160 or 200hp and a sportier version Euro-R with 2 liters is increased to 220hp. It is also available with AWD.

Japan, the U.S. Accord is also distributed under the name Inspire. Then it is an imported model.

The North American model is completely independent of European and Japanese style. It is powered by a 4 cylinder 2.4 liter 166hp and a 3-liter V6 244hp. Note that the North American market, European and Japanese Agreement is sold under the Acura brand, under the name of TSX, while the U.S. becomes Agreement Honda Inspire in Japan.

Honda IMA launched a version of its seventh generation Accord only in North America. Equipped with a 3.0 liter petrol V6 253hp coupled to an electric motor developing 16hp.

The U.S. Accord also received a coupe version launched a few months after the sedan. The coupe version is restricted to the North American market, where it competes with Toyota Solara, Nissan Altima Coupe, etc..


(253 + 16)

(1) L4: 4 cylinders in line engine/V6: V-6 engine

(2) Characteristics for the sedan equipped with a 4 speed manual doors.

4p 7th generation Accord European and Japanese version.

4p 7th generation Accord European and Japanese version.

Accord Tourer European and Japanese version.

Accord Tourer European and Japanese version.

Agreement 4p 7th generation U.S. version.

Agreement 4p 7th generation U.S. version.

Accord Coupe.

Accord Coupe.

As the seventh generation Accord, the eighth version is completely different depending on whether it is studied in the United States (and mainly for North America, Australia and China – where it is produced-) or if it is produced in Japan (and which is then intended in particular for Europe).

In Japan, both versions coexist, the U.S. version is called Honda Inspire. Both Agreement are available in traction which, in Japan, is a special feature, the majority on this market also offer versions 4WD models.

Australia also are offered two Agreement, the version sold in Europe, so produced in Japan, being called Accord Euro.

In the United States, the so-called "European" version is still available at Acura TSX under the name. Since 2009, it is available in V6 and break since 2010, whereas previously only the sedan was released.

In all cases, the U.S. version has only petrol engines (4 and 6 cylinders) while the Japanese version can be fitted with a diesel, but then only for Europe.

The eighth generation Accord does not yet have a hybrid version, the production will start in October 2013 on the American version, it will have a 320hp V6 and a 40kw electric motor on the rear axle.

Note: The sales agreement include those of Sedan versions (since 1979) Hatchback (1976 to 1989), Coupe (since 1988), Wagon (1991 to 1997) and Hybrid (2005 to 2007). Sales of the Accord Crosstour (since 2009) are not taken into account.