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1986, 1987, 1988, Honda Accord

The 1986 Accord kicked off the car’s design generation with a new look, larger dimensions and power. The result was an Accord managed to be both sportier in new top-line LXi trim, more The same could be said for the Honda line, which was expanding to include nifty Civic-based coupes — sports cars called CRX as well as an upscale compact and sedan sold separately a new brand name, Acura.

All testified to Honda’s roaring in North America. Indeed, the would soon be making money in the New World than it did in Yet despite the model proliferation, the remained Honda’s chief Even the ’86s, for all their changes, maintained the key attributes made Accords so appealing to consumers.

The 1989 addition of coupe models further Accord’s popularity.

1986 Accord

Most cars as all new really aren’t, but the 1986 Accord truly was. the only things carried were front-wheel drive and mounted four-cylinder engine. new styling, announced by hidden complemented the usual low-slung stance and brought larger

Wheelbase went up a sizable 5.9 to 102.4, which helped rear-seat space. Length to 174.8 inches on hatchback and to 178.5 on sedans.

The new models also a bit wider (66.7 and heavier by 100-200 pounds on body style and equipment. and rear axle widths broadened, which combined a redesigned four-wheel independent to improve handling and roadholding were already quite for a family compact.

Models comprised of coupes and sedans in DX and nicer LX trim, plus new LXi The four-cylinder engine retained a overhead camshaft, but was a clean-sheet displacing 2.0 liters instead of LXi models came with new electronic multiport Programmed Injection and claimed 110 horsepower, a new for Accord.

Other models had a carburetor and 98 horsepower.

Both teamed with five-speed and optional four-speed automatic Among several new convenience were a fold-down rear for sedans (with security on the rear parcel shelf) and power antenna and door for LX and LXi models. The LXi duo included a power sunroof that was unavailable on models.

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The midrange LX versions proved to be the popular of the new Accords, offering LXi features for not much more than the plain DX versions. testing an ’86 sedan, Guide found that higher prices and only performance and fuel economy, the LX remains an excellent buy that’s enhanced by its new, larger As always, its spirited character and mechanical and ride refinement set it from the compact herd.

The also liked a test LXi for its zippier performance and all-round It’s sporty enough to the costlier, stiffer-riding Prelude as the ‘enthusiast’s’ Honda, and that’s a lot.

1987 Honda

The third-generation Honda Accord was little changed for the sophomore model year. Hatchback gained automatic front belts in line with a new mandate that at least 10 of a manufacturer’s cars have restraints. As in other cars, attached between inboard and tracks on the windshield pillars.

Closing the doors caused the to run along the tracks (via motors) into proper opening the doors automatically them out of the way. This led to the nickname mousebelts. They meant as a convenience, but still separate lap belts fastened

Aside from this, new and a reoriented power-door-lock switch, the Accords were ’86-model

1988 Honda Accord

LXi models and the addition of a notchback body style headlined the Honda Accord story. The new offered the same three levels as other models and essentially two-door sedans a different rear roofline. body style was suggested and by Honda’s U.S. arm.

It the fact that, unlike and European consumers, most thought hatchbacks, however looking, were too much utilitarian station wagons; also preferred the security of a trunk over a hatchback’s cargo area. Interestingly, the coupe proved quite a hit in partly because it was built at Honda’s Ohio plant and had a certain foreign mystique locally produced Accords did

Honda had always planned to this body style the U.S. — the first automaker to do so. What it didn’t on was the high demand among Japanese youth for American-built with left-hand drive, not the conversions that would be sent to that market.

Honda via Wieck The notchback Accord, designed by Honda was new for 1988.

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Every 1988 Accord received subtle changes, plus structural intended to improve driving and quietness. Also new were rear lap/shoulder belts to lap belts. Sedans added front shoulder-belt anchors.

but not least, LXi models upped fun-to-drive factor by adding 10 for 120 in all, plus a firmer with larger front and anti-roll bars, 14-inch wheels to replace 13s, and tires.

1989 Honda

The return of a plush SEi sedan was the for the 1989 Honda Accord. As in it signaled the end of one design generation and the arrival of the next. This SEi was basically an LXi sedan gilded standard leather upholstery and a Bose-brand stereo system.

The third-generation Accord would be a act to follow. Consumer Guide in termed it the class of the compact an outstanding all-around buy among cars. Attractions include room for four, adequate space, a comfortable driving superb outward vision, workmanship and good fuel [W]e rate the LX sedan as the Accord buy on a value-per-dollar basis.

strong resale value and marks for reliability sooth of the sticker shock, the Accord is pricey for a compact. Part of the stems from rapid escalation. as the dollar weakened the [Japanese] yen. But mostly, demand for a very good car it a seller’s market for Accords.

situation would change in later years, but not as much as the car See the next page to learn about the evolution of the Accord.

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