Few automakers hit a home run in the first inning.
Henry Ford did it with the Model T — right car, right price, right time. Americans embraced it for a generation.
The Accord did the same for Honda.
In a car culture that believed bigger cars were better, the small 1976 Accord proved that good things did indeed come in small packages. In subsequent redesigns, Honda transformed the Accord from a small, imported Japanese hatchback into a U.S. industry benchmark.
From 1989 to 1991, the Accord was the top-selling car here, surpassing the Ford Taurus.
As Honda grew in the United States, it invested steadily in U.S. vehicle and engine manufacturing, r&d and product planning. U.S. production began in 1982.
Each redesigned Accord was longer, wider and more spacious, catering to U.S. customers. Such innovations as double wishbone suspension and hybrid technology were offered. Sales peaked at 414,718 in 2001.
Today's car offers a 271-hp V-6 with cylinder deactivation — a huge leap forward from the 68-hp four-cylinder base engine that first caught America's attention in 1976.