Overview of the Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is a large family car available in either Saloon or Tourer styles.
It began life in 1976 (and hence is one of the most popular used Honda cars due it's longevity) and has evolved into a vehicle which is focused on build quality and reliability.
There are three different engines to choose from which include a 2.0-litre 154bhp petrol unit, a 2.4-litre 198bhp petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel with either 148 or 177bhp. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard and all but the more powerful diesel are available with an optional five-speed automatic.
The 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel saw alterations result in a 9g/km drop in carbon dioxide emissions for the six-speed manual saloon and an 11g/km reduction for the automatic model. All engines in the line-up meet Euro 5 legislation.
The Accord’s Saloon and Tourer models have body styles featuring muscular lines around the wheel arches, bumpers, grille and bonnet.
The headlights have a sharp look with the model’s amber indicators now in a clear finish.
The highest specification Accords have hi-tech lights and active cornering illumination with a high beam support system. The grille has been altered with the two central spars finished in the same chrome material as the outer grille. The cooling duct and fog light recesses on all models have been re-styled.
The rear of the Saloon model has reversing light and indicators in the same red finish as the fog light.
The look of the Saloon is completed with a light chrome finish above the rear licence plate on most models and dark chrome on Type S grade cars.
Honda also offers 17-inch alloy wheels as an upgrade on ES and ES-GT models.
The Accord’s platform is shared by both the Saloon and Tourer with approximately 75 per cent commonality between the two. They have an identical 2705mm wheelbase and both models are 1840mm wide.
Underbody air flow management reduces drag and there is a chin spoiler, front and rear strakes ahead of the wheelarches, an engine undercover, and middle and rear undercovers. A front spoiler reduces front lift. There is a rear boot spoiler.
Aerodynamic changes for 2011 included a larger front air dam, underfloor and a rear subframe cover.
A range of paint colours include Alabaster Silver, Graphite Luster metallic and Celestial Blue Pearl. Also offered are Cobalt Blue, Crystal Black, Polished Metal, Milano Red, Premium White and Basque Red.
Honda engineers from Japan worked closely with their counterparts in Germany and the UK to refine the dampers of the Accord to cater for European road conditions.