Since making its first appearance on U.S. roads in 1976, the Honda Accord has grown considerably larger and more luxurious in each succeeding model year. Accord debuted as a compact and is now considered a mid-size car by some measurements and a full-size one by others. Honda's Accord is sold all over the world'”though with different body styles in different countries. Perennially one of the best-selling cars in the United States, the Honda Accord was the first Japanese car to be manufactured in this country.
2008 - 2011 Honda Accord
The eighth generation of the Accord in the U.S. (debuting in 2007, as a 2008 model) is the largest and most luxurious issue of the car to date. Available in sedan and coupe bodies, engines include a 177-horsepower 2.4-liter four and a 190-horsepower version of this same engine. Both are available with a five-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. The optional gearbox is a five-speed automatic.
The Accord's V6 makes 271 horsepower (model year 2009 and later, 268 in '08 models) from 3.5 liters and transfers it to the front wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available with V6-powered coupes. While only top of the line models offer leather upholstery, Bluetooth, and an optional navigation system, all come with a full array of safety equipment'”including side curtain airbags and stability control.
2007 - 2003 Honda Accord
Seventh generation Accords debuted in 2002, as 2003 models and were also available as coupes and sedans. The Accord Coupe was more performance-oriented, fitted with a 240-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 and a six-speed manual transmission. To emphasize its sportiness, Honda applied 17-inch wheels, a strut tower bar, perforated leather seating, carbon fiber dash pieces, and an upgraded 180-watt stereo system. For 2006 and 2007, this powertrain combination was offered in the sedan as well. The mainstream Accord sedan ran a 160-horsepower 2.4-liter four, with either a five-speed manual, or a six-speed automatic. The 3.0-liter V6 was the 'big'? engine for the sedan. Side-curtain airbags were optional. A hybrid version of the Accord debuted in 2005. Its powertrain produced 255 horsepower. The hybrid Accord didn't sell very well though, due primarily to its higher price and relatively lackluster fuel economy. In 2006, the Accord lineup got a styling update, more power and stability control.
1998 - 2003 Honda Accord
Expanding considerably in size over its predecessors, the sixth-gen Accord was available in North America in coupe and sedan forms. Engine choices were a 135-horsepower 2.3-liter four, a 150-horsepower 2.3-liter four, and a 200-horsepower 3.0-liter six. You could get an Accord fully equipped, or barely equipped. The base DX model came with no audio system, no air conditioning, manual windows, manual locks, no cruise control, rear drum brakes, and 14" steel wheels. At the other end of the spectrum, the EX featured a sophisticated climate control system, power everything'”including the sunroof, a single-disc radio/CD player, alloy wheels, keyless entry, rear disc brakes, ABS, and upgraded cloth. Leather was optional for the sedan. This generation was facelifted in 2001. The previous generation's wagon was discontinued. The coupe version of 1998, featured its own distinctive styling features and was marketed as somewhat of separate model to infuse it with a more youthful energy. If '98 to '03 Accords fall into your price range, pay careful attention the transmissions. Notoriously prone to failure (particularly when mated to the V6), the gearboxes were the subjects of a class-action lawsuit against Honda. Airbag problems are another thing to consider with this generation of the Accord. The cars were recalled to replace the driver's side bag, which tended to deploy with too much force. If you're looking at an Accord in this product cycle, make sure the bag was replaced.
Which brings us to the admonition we offer in all of our articles about used cars. Always make sure you get any car you're seriously interested in buying inspected by a trusted professional mechanic, one specifically familiar with that make and model, before you buy it.