In May 1976, Honda Motor Co debuted an economy car a grade up from the Civic, and this mid-size Accord model has been a successful mainstay in the Honda stable for many years. The first generation model was available either as a 3-door hatchback or 4-door sedan. The engine options at the time were a 1.6L inline 4 and a 1.8L four. Both the Japanese and American Accords were assembled in Sayama, Japan.
Model year 1982 saw the introduction of the second generation model. This was the first generation USDM Accord to be built in Marysville, Ohio. In Japan, the second gen’s debut coincided with the debut of the similar Honda Vigor. Dimensionally, this model changed as well: exterior length was down by 40 mm to 4410 mm, versus the first gen’s 4450. Many of Honda’s models employed “CVCC” technology in their engines, as did the Accord. But 1984 saw an introduction of electronic fuel injection (EFI) to the Japanese Accord lineup. The American EFI version came in 1985.
The third generation Accord debuted for 1986, and this generation saw the introduction of the 2-door coupe. In Japan, there were several different versions of the Accord: CA1 (with the 1.8L A18A), CA2 (with the 1.8L B18A), CA3 (with the 2.0L B20A), and the ’87-up CA5 with the 2.0L A20A. American and Canadian versions ranged from BA, CA5, and CA6. The CA6 was the 1988 Accord Coupe, similar to (or same as) Japan’s ’88 CA6 coupe. The North American VINs for the Accord actually started either with “JHM” or “1HG”, denoting “American Honda Motor”. Some ’87 to ’88 models started with “2HG”. For example, the first 6 digits of the VIN of a 1988 Accord coupe would go something like “JHMCA6” or “1HGCA6”.
September 1989 saw the debut of the CB series Accord in Japan. This prompted the 1990 model Accord in North America. For this generation, a station wagon was introduced, and the 3-door hatchback was discontinued. The engine lineup included four inline-4s. They were the 1.8L F18A, and three F-series’s, F20A (SOHC), F20A (DOHC) and F22A (SOHC).
1992 saw a refresh to the Accord model. Notable cosmetic changes included a restyled front splitter (front bumper), conversion to amber turn signals on the front, and restyled tail-lights. This refresh would last until the end of the model’s run in 1993.
The CD series Accord debuted in most markets in September 1993. The body style choices remained the same from the previous generation: 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and station wagon. The engine options also varied depending on the year and trim. The CD3 got a 1.8L F18B, and the CD5, CD6, CD7, CD8, and CD9 models got the 2.0-liter or larger “F-series” engines. Model year 1995 saw the introduction of a V6 into the Accord lineup. The CE6 Accord LX-V6/EX-V6 got the 2.7L C27A4 shared with the Acura Legend. The Accord got a mid-cycle refresh for 1996, and the 1997 model (the final year for the “CD” generation) remained relatively the same.
The Accord underwent a renewal for its sixth generation in August 1997, for the 1998 model year in North America. This series is referred to as the CG. At the same time, in Japan, a slightly different model, the CF/CL debuted. The CL was the high-performance Euro-R, something North America did not receive. Although a wagon variant existed in the lineup in Japan, for North America the wagon was discontinued, leaving only the sedan and coupe. While the Sayama plant in Japan built both the JDM and USDM Accords for this generation, the Marysville plant built only the USDM version. Upon its introduction, the Accord was available only as a sedan, but gained a coupe model one year in. The 1.8-liter was discontinued, and the engine lineup consisted of 2.0-liter or larger. The Accord got a refresh in 2001, and continued production through 2002.
The CM series Accord debuted in September 2002 for North America. Initially, the engine options were 2.4L K24A4 and the 3.0L J30A4. They produced 160 and 240 horsepower, respectively. In 2005, the US got a hybrid model, which employed a 3.0L V6 (not the same as the J30) paired to a 144V electric motor. Total system output was 255 horsepower @ 6000 rpm. The Accord was refreshed in 2006, and the base motors from before were altered for higher power output. The 2.4L upgraded to the 166 hp K24A8, and the 3.0L V6 to the 244 hp J30A5.
Model year 2008 saw the start of the eighth generation Accord. It was slightly larger than its predecessor, being 4950 mm long and 1847 mm wide. The chassis codes varied depending on the model and engine combo. The CP2 got the 2.4L K24Z2/K24Z3 (sedan); the CS1 the K24Z3 (coupe); CP3 the 3.5L J35Z2 (V6 sedan), and the CS2 the J35Z3 (V6 coupe). The Accord got a refresh in 2011, and the generation ran production through 2013. There were no hybrid models for this generation.
The ninth generation Accord debuted in model year 2013. This model was shorter (4862 mm) and wider (1849 mm) than the previous generation. While Honda did declare the Accord (at least since the last model) would not have (or need) a hybrid variant, in model year 2014 the Plug-in Hybrid debuted. The maximum combined city/highway EPA rating was 46 MPG (5.1 L / 100 km). US production would be limited to 1,030 units.
The Accord was refreshed in 2016, but the Plug-in Hybrid was discontinued. The refreshed model in this generation would last only until 2017, before the end of its production run followed by the introduction of the tenth generation Accord.