Honda Accord

HONDA released its eighth-generation Accord in early 2008. Instantly recognisable is the fact that this is the largest model in the series’ 32-year history.

Dubbed the CP Accord, it also brings more power, space, economy, refinement, technology, and environmental friendliness, as well as a new look, to Honda’s large front-wheel drive family car.

HONDA’S ‘big’ Accord received a midlife round of styling and equipment changes during 2006.

Included in the revamp is a completely redesigned boot, plus the inclusion of satellite-navigation as standard on the V6 Luxury.

Power in the four-cylinder Accord Euro VTi has gone up from 118kW to 125kW, while the car also receives a drive-by-wire throttle.

Both the V6 and V6 Luxury add a vehicle stability assist (VSA) program to their equipment lists.

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The 2013 Honda Accord represents the start of the ninth generation. And for once, it's not bigger and heavier than the one it replaces. This is likely a response to criticism that the previous Accord had become too large and too soft. As such, this slightly smaller successor not only boasts segment-leading fuel economy but also marks a return to the sporty driving dynamics of much earlier Accords.

Under the hood, direct injection debuts for the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, adding power (now up to 185-189 horsepower) and greater fuel efficiency. Although a six-speed manual transmission is standard on nearly all four-cylinder Accord trims, most will likely be fitted with the optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The available 3.5-liter V6 provides 278 hp and is backed by a conventional six-speed automatic in all trims except for the EX-L coupe, where it can also be matched to a six-speed manual transmission.

Many other used Honda Accords you'll encounter will represent the vehicle's seventh generation -- the 2003-'07 model years. It was available as a midsize coupe or sedan and picking an Accord from this generation should be rather straightforward. Initially, there were three trim levels: DX, LX and EX. The DX was pretty sparse with features, so an LX or EX would be a better choice. Side and side-curtain airbags were typically optional on all trim levels.

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    Head restraints
    Adjusting the head restraint WARNINGS: Raise the rear head restraint when the rear seat is occupied by a passenger. When using a forward facing child restraint on a rear seat, always remove t ...

    Rollover bars
    Rollover bars WARNINGS: Keep the areas around the rollover bar covers free from obstruction. Do not attempt to reset the rollover protection system if it deploys. The rollover protection syste ...

    Manual climate control
    Air distribution control Windscreen A Footwell and windscreen B Footwell C Face level and footwell D Face level E Face level and windscreen F You can set the air distribution control to any ...