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.
Fifth generation (1994–1997)
In 1994, the fifth generation Accord was released based on the "CD" chassis. With styling cues again borrowed from the Honda Prelude as in 1986, the Accord gained overall size and was now classified as a "mid-size" automobile. It was also a break from the previous generation's boxy, rectangular shape. The Accord was named Motor Trend Import Car of the Year in 1994. Trim lines were back to DX, LX and EX while Canada retained the EX-R. The DX and LX received a slightly more powerful 2.2 liter 130 HP engine while the 145 HP VTEC was standard on EX models. The 4-speed automatic transmission remained an $800 option on all trims but now included a "Grade-Logic" shift program. The wagon was included in the lineup for 1994. A more streamlined rear facia and lights gave it a sportier look. The wagon was available in LX or EX trim only. All Accord models received a more ergonomic interior with standard safety features such as dual airbags and reinforced side-impact beams. The EX gained standard ABS (now an option for the LX.) Leather seating was offered on the EX as a factory option. Dealer accessories include: Fog lights, gold-finish kit, gold finish grille, cornering lamps, CD player, CD changer, security system, trunk wing spoiler, car cover, full nose mask, half-nose mask, and sunroof visor. In Australia, the fifth generation Accord proved an instant success. It set a new sales record in 1994, with 6,446 sales, or a 1% share of the Australian new vehicle market. This figure would remain unsurpassed until 2004. This generation was also the first where Honda produced the Accord in its Swindon plant in the UK for European markets. This European Accord was based on the JDM Honda Ascot Innova, which in turn was based on the fourth-generation Accord. Europe is a market where Honda did not conquer, as Japanese cars then were deemed plain and characterless. This marketing strategy sowed the seeds for future Accords, as Honda tried to accommodate customer requirements of different markets.
In 1995, the Accord debuted a V6 engine, the 2.7 L C27 from the Acura Legend in the U.S. market to compete with other V6-powered mid-size cars such as the Ford Taurus, Mazda 626, and Toyota Camry. The V6 was offered in the LX and EX versions of the sedan. Both versions of the V6 received dual exhaust, a 4-speed automatic transmission, 15" wheels and a slightly updated front grille. The Accord saw very little other changes in 1995 with the exception of a few different exterior/interior color combinations.
Some versions sold in New Zealand had a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder. The 2.7 V6 was offered in EX trim only.
In 1996, the Accord underwent the usual mid-generation facelift. Rounder bumpers, a slightly modified front facia, and rear taillights give the Accord a softer look. All Hondas now complied with the Federal Government's requirement of OBD II engine diagnostics though all three engine choices remained the same. In order to increase the Accord's competitiveness against its rivals in different international markets, Honda CEO Nobuhiko Kawamoto decided on one basic platform for the sixth-generation Accord, but with different bodies and proportions for local markets.
In 1997, Honda releases the "Special Edition" version of the Accord (not to be confused with the SE). It was offered in two colors: Heather Mist Metallic and Dark Currant Pearl. The Special Edition received a factory installed security system with keyless entry, single-disc CD player, body colored side molding, distinctive alloy wheels and a sunroof. It was only offered in an automatic and was fitted with the same engine as the LX.