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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