Winner of numerous awards, the Honda Accord is a safe, reliable and popular car. They’re still in production today, and sales reflect the vehicle’s continued popularity. We here at Cars and Miles are all fans — so let’s take a look at how the Honda Accord became the number three bestselling Honda of all time.

Generations 1 – 3

The Honda Accord has been in production since 1976. The car series debuted as a two-door hatchback, and a four-door sedan with 72 horsepower was added in 1977. The vehicles’ fuel-efficiency and power steering were huge selling-points.

The second-generation Accord was released in 1982 with several notable changes:

  • Its sedan model became the first Japanese car ever assembled in the United States
  • It featured an optional in-car navigation system and came in sky blue, silver and beige
  • It reached 101 horsepower, furthering the car’s popularity and making it the best-selling Japanese car in the United States

The car’s fame would continue with its third-generation debut in 1986. These cars were bigger and sportier than the second-generation, and they came with hidden headlamps and double wishbones. Several new body styles were introduced, including the two-door coupe and three-door hatchback. This generation’s Accord would go on to win the Car of the Year Japan award.

Generations 4 – 6

By 1989, the Honda Accord officially qualified as a midsized car, and there were several big changes once again:

  • The hatchback was replaced by a station wagon
  • A low belt line, roomier interior and 2.2-liter SOHC four-cylinder engine were introduced
  • The car became famous for durability — notably, a man named Joe Cicero became famous when his 1990 Accord hit one million miles with its original transmission and engine

The fifth-generation Honda Accord debuted in 1994. This generation became known for its variable valve timing and lift electronic control (VTEC) technology, which would be used in future generations. New V6 models, which could reach 160 horsepower, were on the road in 1995.

The Honda Accord’s sixth generation, which was released in 1997, featured a redesigned chassis and bodywork. Several safety measures were also implemented, including antilock brakes and dual airbags.

Generations 7 – 9

In 2002, the Honda Accord’s seventh generation was once again larger and more powerful than its previous generation. This was also the first car in the world to meet California’s Super Ultra Low Emission (SULEV) standards. Famously, professional MMA fighter Ronda Rousey recently sold her 2005 Accord LX to a fan for $21K.

The eighth generation marked the sedan’s transition into the large-car category while the coupe remained on the high end of midsize. These models, launched between 2007 and 2012, continued to win awards for their safety and emissions levels. Two engines were available: a 2.4L four-cylinder and a 3.5L V6.

The ninth generation was released in 2013, and it continued to roll out more updates:

  • A sleeker design that would provide more interior room for drivers
  • Implementation of Earth Dreams (EDT) power-train technology to improve fuel efficiency

The Honda Accord Today

The Honda Accord entered its tenth generation in 2018, and it continues to achieve consistently high rankings. With a 10-speed automatic transmission and turbocharged engines, the Accord impresses as much as its predecessors.

The Accord is an iconic model, and it seems likely to remain an industry competitor. With 40 years of history and consistently high rankings, we’re looking forward to what the eleventh generation will bring.