With the launch of the all-new 2013 Accord, Honda is ready to celebrate the 30th year of building the midsize coupe and sedan in the U.S. To give us an idea how the car has changed over the years, Honda released this infographic showing some key statistics on the eight generations of the Accord that were built on American soil.
It's clear from this graphic that the Honda Accord has grown significantly. The first version built in the U.S., from 1982, had a wheelbase of just 96.5 inches and a featherweight curb weight of 2184 pounds. The 2013 Honda Accord sedan, by contrast, has a 109.3-inch wheelbase and weighs in at 3254 pounds. While that's a big weight gain, it's worth noting that the 2013 Honda Accord is the first model that is lighter than its predecessor -- the 2008-2012 Accord sedan tipped the scales at 3371 pounds.
It's also worth noting that Honda has endowed modern Accords with power levels unheard of when the car was first built on U.S. soil. The 1982 Honda Accord's 1.8-liter inline-four engine made just 75 hp. Today, the 2013 Accord offers a 2.4-liter inline-four engine with 185 hp, and a 3.5-liter V-6 good for 278 hp. Progress is a good thing for lead-footed drivers.
There's another way in which time has been good to the Accord. Back in 1982, the car's optional equipment list was highlighted by items like cruise control and an auto-reversing cassette player. And it wasn't until the fourth-generation Accord, sold from 1990 to 1993, that a CD player was available -- as a costly option. The 2013 Honda Accord no longer offers a cassette player, but the options list does include a backup camera, Bluetooth, push-button start, a lane-departure warning system, and a touch-screen navigation system. Interestingly enough, the 1991 Accord was the model to offer the widest array of exterior colors.
Pricing for the 2013 Honda Accord starts at $22,470 (including destination charges) for a sedan with a four-cylinder engine and $30,860 with a V-6. The 2013 Honda Accord coupe costs $24,140 when equipped with a four-cylinder engine and $31,140. The sedan hits dealerships on September 19, while the coupe will be in showrooms October 15.
You can see the entire infographic in the gallery below.