The 2018 Honda Accord will represent the 10th generation of this popular midsize car line that dates back to 1976. Like a middle-aged child star, the current Accord bears little resemblance to its original iteration, back when it was a smallish compact hatchback, styled to resemble the larger U.S. cars of the period. A sedan followed in 1979, and the Accord would grow considerably in length and power over time. A coupe was added to the line in 1988, and a station wagon version subsequently came and went, though a modern-day version of it remains as the quasi-crossover Honda Crosstour .
It appears the design team has taken the handsome look of the award-winning 10th-generation Civic and scaled it up for the Accord. Key design traits include the angular front end and fastback roof.
Since initiation, Honda has offered several different car body styles and versions of the Accord, and often vehicles marketed under the Accord nameplate concurrently in different regions differ quite substantially. It debuted in 1976 as a compact hatchback, though this style only lasted through 1989, as the line-up was expanded to include a sedan, coupé, and wagon. By the Accord's sixth generation in the 1990s, it evolved into an intermediate vehicle, with one basic platform but with different bodies and proportions to increase its competitiveness against its rivals in different international markets. For the eighth generation of the Accord released for the North America market in 2007, Honda had again chosen to move the model further up-scale and increase its size. This pushed the Accord sedan from the upper limit of what the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines as a mid-size car to just above the lower limit of a full-size car, with the coupe still rated as a mid-size car. The current ninth generation Accord for the North America market is again classified as a mid-size car, falls just short of full-size car classification with the combined interior space of 119 cubic feet (3. 4 m3).