Honda Accord Sedan History
The Honda Accord nameplate has been in production since 1976 and has grown to be an iconic family sedan here in the U.S. despite its Japanese roots. The Accord has been among the best-selling vehicles in America since its creation, including a 15-year run from 1982-1997 where it was the best-selling Japanese vehicle in the U.S. Today, the Honda Accord remains one of the world’s most reliable vehicles and heightens Honda’s reputation.
Despite the inception of the Accord name in 1976, a sedan variant wouldn’t be offered until 1981. The Honda Accord sedan really took hold in the American market as the Accord entered its second generation in 1982. That would begin the Accord’s 15-year streak as the best-selling Japanese car in the States, and not coincidentally, in 1982 the Accord became the first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be produced in U.S.
The Honda Accord has seen a total of nine generations in its almost four decade-long run.
The Honda Accord recently underwent a complete redesign to enter its ninth generation, and in addition to new advanced features and a more sculpted exterior design, Honda has engineered exciting new engine options, the pinnacle of which is a plug-in hybrid powertrain found in the Honda Accord PHEV. The revolutionary Honda-pioneered powertrain continuously alternates between three drive modes – all-electric, gasoline-electric, and engine direct-drive – in order to maximize efficiency.
- Green Car Journal’s 2014 Green Car of the Year
- KBB.com’s 2014 Best Resale Value Award
- Named to Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars list a record 28 times
- Winner of Cars.com/USAToday’s 2013 Model Year Midsize Sedan Showdown
- ALG’s 2013 Residual Value Award
- 2013 All-Star by AUTOMOBILE Magazine