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The ninth-generation Honda Accord was introduced in 2013 and included a hybrid model. A plug-in hybrid followed the next year, but did not return for 2015. As before, Honda continued with both the coupe and sedan body styles, even as its competitors, including the Nissan Altima, were offered only as sedans. Both Accord body styles are available in EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels. The Accord Coupe also includes an LX-S trim, while the Accord sedan has LX and Sport trims.
Both the coupe and the sedan offers more refined styling than the previous generation model, with a sporty front fascia accented by projector-beam halogen headlights, a notched bumper and scalloped openings for the available LED fog lights. On the sides, both the coupe and the sedan have upper and lower character lines. The coupe's beltline sits higher than the sedan. At the rear, the Accord has an integrated spoiler lip, wraparound sport LED tail lamps and one or two chrome exhaust finishers, depending on the trim level.
The current generation Honda Accord introduced the company's "Earth Dreams" technology, representing a line of more efficient and powerful engines and transmissions. The standard engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired with a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The four-cylinder Accord is EPA-rated at 27 mpg/36 mpg city/highway. The V6 model is EPA-rated at 21/34 mpg city/highway.
Both body styles seat five. Alloy wheels, all-season tires, an integrated rear window antenna, body-colored side mirrors and chrome embellishments are standard exterior features. Also available are LED fog lights, keyless entry, a power moonroof and power side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators and heated side mirrors.
All Honda Accord models are equipped with power accessories and come with standard dual-zone automatic climate control. A tilt and telescopic steering column, cruise control and cloth seats are standard. Leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats are available in the EX-L trim and above.
All models come with a front charge port; a center console charging port is included except with the base model. A USB audio interface and a 12-volt outlet are standard. All models provide Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary input jack and Pandora compatibility. Navigation is a package upgrade with the EX-L and is standard with the Touring edition.
Front seat room is excellent with both the coupe and the sedan. The rear compartment with its fold down seat offers excellent room for three in the sedan, but is best suited for two with the coupe.
Standard cargo volume measures 13.4 cubic feet in the coupe and 15.5 cubic feet in the sedan.
Competing models include the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Legacy, Mazda6, Chrysler 200, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat and Hyundai Sonata.
With a long history of cars offered, consumers can find a generous selection of used Honda Accords dating to the early 1990s. The greatest selection of used cars may be found from the sixth generation on, beginning with the 1998 model.
The sixth-generation Honda Accord was offered from 1998 to 2002, the seventh-generation made its debut in 2003 and lasted through 2007, the eighth-generation model was built from 2008 to 2012.
The sixth-generation model included two- and four-door models. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine was standard and a 3.0-liter V6 was available. The base engine was paired with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. The V6 came paired with a four-speed automatic only.
The seventh-generation Accord was powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with five-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The 3.0-liter V6 returned and came paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The first Honda Accord Hybrid was also offered and came paired with the V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. After three years, the original hybrid was canceled due to slow sales.
The eighth-generation Accord continued with the coupe and sedan, and kept the base engine. However, the V6 was replaced with a new one displacing at 3.5 liters. It came paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.