The Honda Accord is an automobile manufactured by Honda. The Accord was introduced in 1976 as a compact hatchback, with styling similar to an upsized contemporary Honda Civic. A four-door sedan was debuted in 1977.
Sixth generation (1998â€“2002)
1998 another major redesign took place for the Accord. Now in its sixth-generation, the largest Accord to date reverted back to its more conservative roots. The wagon was discontinued in North America but remained available in other parts of the world.
Since the coupe was released in 1988, it had borrowed all exterior parts including lights and body panels from the sedan. Some minor differences were hardly noticeable and coupe sales were lackluster compared with sedan sales. The 1998 Accord coupe is now known as the "Accord Coupe" and has styling cues borrowed from the exotic Acura NSX. An exclusive front facia, rear tail lights, wheels and many other body panels now set the Accord Coupe away from the more family-oriented sedan version.
The sedan keeps the DX, LX, EX, LX-V6 and EX-V6 trims while The Accord Coupe is offered only in LX, EX, LX-V6 and EX-V6 trims. On the sedan, the DX model is fitted with a 2.2 litre, 130-HP 4 cylinder engine while the LX and EX trims include a more spirited 2.3 litre, 150 HP 4-cylinder VTEC engine. All 4-cylinder models come with a 5-speed manual transmission standard with an automatic optional. The DX remains the value-oriented trim with no audio system, manual windows, manual locks, no cruise control and 14" steel wheels. The DX Value-Package adds a radio-cassette player, air conditioning, and cruise control. The LX trim adds power windows, power locks, cruise control, door courtesy lights and 15" steel wheels. The EX trim adds a power sunroof, a single-disc radio/CD player, alloy wheels, keyless entry, ABS and upgraded cloth. Leather seating is a factory installed option for the EX. All V6 sedan and coupe models receive the new 3.0 litre, 200 HP VTEC engine. The LX-V6 includes all features of the 4-cylinder LX except 16 inch steel wheels. The EX-V6 receives standard leather trim, ABS, automatic transmission, automatic headlights, and a fully automatic climate control. Some dealer-installed options include: Gold finish kit, gold finish exhaust tip(s), gold finish wheel center caps, 6-disc in-dash CD changer, tape deck, fog lights, wing spoiler, alarm system, sunroof visor, car cover and accessory chrome wheels.
The Accord Euro R / Torneo Euro R was also in 2001, featuring a 220hp H-series (h22a7) engine, and 'R' features such as Recaro seats, LSD, sports suspension, and titanium gearknob.
1999 The Accord was given foldable mirrors.
Beginning in 1998, Honda Accord keys were equipped with immobiliser microchips.
In 2001, both the Accord sedan and coupe underwent a minor facelift. A new front facia, rear bumper, side skirt alteration, new taillights and wheel designs freshen the Accord's look. The interior sees little changes with the exception of some fabric and audio configuration changes. The LX and LX-V6 now include a standard CD player, and the EX and EX-V6 now include a 6-disc in-dash CD changer with cassette player and automatic climate control. The Special Edition returns to the coupe and sedan models. It includes all the features of the LX, but adds exclusive alloy wheels, keyless entry and a 6-disc in-dash CD changer with cassette. Honda makes the decision to continue this generation of Accord an extra year. The typical Accord generation cycle was a 2:4 trend. A new model would be released and run for years 1 and 2 unaltered. It would then receive a facelift for years 3 and 4 and be replaced by a re-design and repeat. This generation will run a total of 5 years until being replaced by the seventh generation (2003) Accord. The move proved interesting for Honda because Accord sales remained steady despite the additional year.
In 2001, the Special Edition is dropped and the DX Value-Package is re-introduced.
In 2002, the Special Edition returns for the last time on the Accord.