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Honda Accord generations

What is the Honda Accord?

Here in the UK the Honda Accord model range came to an end in 2015, when the final models sitting above the Civic family were discontinued. 

But, depending on where else in the world you live, the Accord is still very much part of Honda's model mix and now in its tenth-generation, with a legacy of bodystyles in its colourful history.

Honda Accord Tourer Mk8 front three-quarter

Known for their engineering expertise, the Japanese brand’s cars have become recognized as paragons of reliability, and the Accord models are no exception. 

From a UK-market perspective, the final Mk8 range of Accords competed against mainstream opposition such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, but were also regarded by some as being a cut-above and hence could be legitimately seen as alternatives to the likes of the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

At-a-glance 2008-15 Honda Accord specs

  • Top speed: 126-141mph
  • 0-62mph: 7.8-11.1 seconds
  • Fuel economy: 32-53mpg
  • Emissions: 138-201g/km of CO2
  • Boot space: 406-1,183 litres

Which versions of the Honda Accord were available?

Launched in 2008 and hallmarked by fabulous build quality, the eighth-generation models looked like sportier evolutions of their predecessors and similarly were available in two bodystyles. For more traditional customers was the four-door Honda Accord Saloon, with a more practical-but-plush estate version marketed as the Honda Accord Tourer.

Eighth-generation Honda Accord Tourer rear dynamic

Honda didn’t provide an enormous range of choice on the engine front for the Mk8 Accord: petrols came in 2.0- and 2.4-litre forms, both with i-VTEC variable valve timing.

More popular in such a relatively large car was the very highly regarded 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel – when fitted to sportier Accord Type S models, it produced 178hp.

What is the Honda Accord Type R?

Only available with the four-door saloon bodywork of the sixth-generation Accord, there was a high-performance version of Honda's family favourite. As with all of Honda’s Type R models, the hottest Accord  was a high-performance family car capable of taking on some of the best sports saloons at the turn of the millennium.

It used a 2.2-litre petrol engine with 212hp and a 7,200rpm redline, and easily identifiable courtesy of its huge rear wing, scarlet badging, Recaro racing seats.

Sixth-generation Honda Accord Type R front static

Accord Type Rs built from 2001 saw the 0-62mph acceleration benchmark time drop from 7.0 to 6.7 seconds, so it was no slouch, but it was much more of a road-focused car with front-wheel drive than the boisterous, rally-derived Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution series and WRX-specification Subaru Imprezas.

Honda Accord styling and engineering

Honda Accord 2010

While Honda Accords were usually rather conservatively styled, the eighth-generation version – and its Mk7 predecessor – had a sportier, more chiseled appearance.

Not only was this more in tune with European tastes than its North America-only cousin also sold under the Accord name, it allowed Honda to sell it to US and Canadian customers under its more upmarket Acura brand, where it was known as the TSX.

In true Honda form, build quality itself was excellent, but the materials used for the cabin tended to be harder and less squidgy than those found in European rivals.

Was the Honda Accord good to drive?

Honda Accord 2010

While there was no question marks over the Accord’s engineering integrity, it was nevertheless not as engaging to drive as its key rivals, notably thee Ford Mondeo and BMW 3 Series. Type S models might have looked the part, but their appeal was predominantly skin-deep.

Comfort was more of the watchword here – providing you avoided the largest of alloy wheel sizes. Consider the Accord to be a refined cruiser and it’s unlikely to disappoint.

How much does the Honda Accord cost?

Depending upon the age, mileage, engine and trim level of the Mk8 Honda Accord you’re considering, you can expect to pay from a little less than £3,000 to around the £16,000 mark.

Inevitably, this means it’s comparatively higher than not just its common-or-garden Mondeo and Insignia alternatives, but also – thanks to its reputation for longevity, often more than you’d expect to pay for a comparable Audi, BMW or Mercedes.

This-generation Accord’s reliability remains a strong point: see what drivers of it think with out owners’ reviews.

Honda Accord 2010

Honda Accord Model History

Seventh-generation Honda Accord (2003-08)

Honda Accord Mk7

Out went the softened looks of the model it replaced, and in came an aggressive, sharper-suited Honda Accord for its Mk7 guise. 

First came the Accord Saloon, followed a few months later by the slab-sided and sheer-tailed Accord Tourer, marking a return of the estate body after skipping a generation.

Gone was the Accord Hatchback, and the high-performance Type R – instead, British customers were limited to a range 2.0- and 2.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engines, together with a 2.2-litre CTD-I diesel.

Find out what the Mk7 Honda Accord is like to live with by browsing our owners’ reviews and find used examples for sale.

Sixth-generation Honda Accord (1998-03)

Honda Accord Mk6

As before, the core models of the sixth-generation Accord were built at the firm’s plant in Swindon.

Unusually, first to the Mk6s to arrive was the American-built, two-door Accord Coupe, this time with sharper styling and the availability of a 3.0-litre V6 engine.

This was soon followed by the booted four-door Accord Saloon, followed in 1999 by a similarly styled five-door Accord Hatchback.

This time around the saloons and hatchbacks featured a VTEC-equipped petrol-only range of engines, comprising of 1.8-, 2.0- and 2.3-litre four-cylinder units, with a rorty 2.2-litre exclusively for the Accord Type R.

Equipment levels were generous, especially for the leather-lined interior of the Accord Type V.

Discover how easy the Mk6 Honda Accord is to live with by reading our owners’ reviews and search-out examples for sale.

Fifth-generation Honda Accord (1993-98)

Honda Accord Mk5

For the Mk5 Honda Accord, the make-up of the range was even more complex than the model it replaced.

Arriving first in 1993 was the Accord Saloon, an elongated four-door built in Britain, which shared its underpinnings, much of its engine range, its door panels and interior with the Rover 600 Series.

Sportier versions featured a 2.2-litre VTEC engine of Honda’s own design rather the turbocharged petrol from the Rover 620ti, but the British marque’s L-Series turbocharged diesel found its way under the Honda’s bonnet.

Two other bodystyles were also offered, with a choice of 2.0- and 2.2-litre petrol engines, both imported from Honda’s American plant.

The Accord Coupe was a not-especially-sporty two-door, while the Accord Aerodeck was a reasonably roomy five-door estate. Both arrived in 1994.

Is the Mk5 Honda Accord a reliability nightmare? Find out with our owners’ reviews and check out used versions for sale.

Fourth-generation Honda Accord (1989-94)

Honda Accord Aerodeck Mk4 front three-quarter

With a smoother, more aerodynamic body and the availability of four-wheel steering on the top-of-the-range models, the Mk4 Honda Accord arrived in 1989.

First to reach the UK was the Japanese-built four-door Accord Saloon, followed two years later by a new Accord Aerodeck – this time around an American-made five-door estate.

These were joined in 1992 by a two-door Accord Coupe, also originating from Honda’s American plant.

No sporty versions were offered, and all Accords were fitted with petrol engines.

Third-generation Honda Accord (1985-89)

Honda Accord Mk3

First of the Mk3 Honda Accords to reach the UK in autumn 1985 was the four-door Accord Saloon, with a range of carburettor and fuel-injected 2.0-litre petrol engines.

Topping the line-up was the semi-sporty Accord 2.0i-16, fitted with a 16-valve cylinder head – still quite a novel feature in the mid-1980s.

More interesting – both at the time and now – was that the three-door hatchback had morphed into a long-roof shooting brake, along the lines of the Reliant Scimitar GTE and Volvo 1800 ES.

Badged Accord Aerodeck, the unusual coupe-meets-estate had a wrap-over tailgate with an unusual glazed panel in the roof. It arrived in January 1986 but was discontinued in 1989 and wasn’t directly replaced.

Second-generation Honda Accord (1982-85)

Honda Accord Saloon Mk2 front three-quarter

Mechanically very similar to its predecessor, but with more contemporary bodywork, two versions of the Mk2 Honda Accord were available.

Quickly becoming the core offering in Britain was the four-door Accord Saloon, sold alongside the coupe-like three-door Accord Hatchback.

All models were fitted with a 1.6-litre engine, with an additional 1.8-litre upgrade arriving alongside a mild facelift in 1984.

First-generation Honda Accord (1977-82)

Honda Accord Saloon Mk1 front three-quarter

It’s easy to forget how modern the Mk1 Honda Accord was when deliveries of the three-door Accord Hatchback arrived in 1977, featuring front-wheel drive at a time most of its European rivals still sent power to the rear.

The Honda’s appeal was broadened in 1978 when a four-door Accord Saloon version joined the range. 

Not only could most of its European alternatives match the engineering prowess, few could touch the Honda’s build quality and reliability, either.