The Honda Accord arrived on the scene at just the right time around 1976, when a recent oil crisis and new knowledge about fossil fuels spurred interest in more economical cars. The first-generation Accord was released as a companion to the smaller Civic and immediately became a hit among American buyers in the form of a two-door hatchback.
A defining feature of the Accord was its innovative engine, which delivered plenty of power (relative to the time period; keep in mind at this time, top muscle cars barely scraped the ceiling of 140 horsepower) while being cleaner and more efficient. In fact, the Accord’s original engine didn’t even require a catalytic converter to meet government emissions standards.
The Honda Accord model history has displayed a few changes throughout the next decade or so – more luxurious trim levels, a sedan body style, and new-and-improved transmissions and engines. But a major overhaul happened around 1986 when the Honda Accord got a bigger, better makeover with a quieter, more aerodynamic design and a stronger engine. 1987 saw the introduction of the Accord Coupe as the nameplate earned itself a reputation for sporty handling.
1998 saw the beginning of the modern era for the Accord, with more aggressive exterior styling and the availability of a coupe or sedan body type. Over the next several years the Honda Accord would pick up options like a plug-in hybrid or a variety of powerful engines, but overall it’s never changed from a successful, affordable, do-it-all kind of car. A car you can find at Apple Tree Honda today!