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.
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.