The 1980s Honda Accord Started the Midsize Sedan As We Know It

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1980s Honda Accord review! The 1980s Honda Accord is the start of the midsize sedan as we know it– and today I'm going to examine it. I'll reveal you all the peculiarities and features of the Accord, and I'll show you all the fascinating features of it. Then I'll get out and drive the Accord and evaluate the driving experience.

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CHAPTERS:
00:00 THIS …
00:30 Purchase it on CARS & BIDS!!!
01:06 Short History
02:17 Introduction
03:26 A Very "80s" Interior
04:48 The Number Of Horn Buttons?
05:11 Gauge Cluster
06:46 Other Interior Quirks & Characteristics
08:18 The Original Owner's Manual … Oh Dottie.
10:19 Surprising Luxuries
11:44 Rear Seats
12:31 Prioritize Ashtrays
13:04 More Back Seat Quirks & Characteristic
16:02 Dealership Installed Accessories
17:29 Chrome Change
18:20 Tiny Wheels
19:01 Front Hinged Hood
19:35 Trunk
20:33 Driving Experience
24:35 Final Ideas
25:00 Doug Score

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The 1980s Honda Accord Started the Midsize Sedan As We Know It

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55 Comments

  1. This car rocked. Not only is it so cool to see a “normal” car preserved like this, but I also loved getting to flip through the annotations in the owner’s manual because we got this really special look into someone’s life

    1. While it is a very cool car, I think the Ford Taurus started the midsize sedan as we know it today. The Accord wasn’t even “midsize” at the time.

    2. @Stephen J Is all of this only true if one ignores the entire continent of Europe and all the cars it has produced?

  2. I have started to appreciate how people take care of these older cars no matter the value. This old Honda looks like it has just came out of the factory yesterday.

    1. I worked as a valet for years and after a while at it ferraris and other exotics become regular cars and cars like this become way more interesting because they’re even more rare

    2. This car looks like it’s had more touch ups and play bars than most modern supercars. It’s just so clean.

    3. There’s something impressive about saving a car that was meant to be disposable. 75k miles is barely broken in for a Honda. This averaged less than 2000 miles per year. I can’t imagine buying a commuter car and basically not driving it.

    4. Picked up an 89 accord Lxi with only 38k miles and one owner. I have had more people stop me in the two weeks with this car than any other car I’ve owned. It’s relatable and no one kept them stock and in great shape

  3. My first car, after graduating from college, was an 87 Accord sedan 5 speed. So much fun to drive! And it looked so much cooler than this one, the model it replaced. The pop up headlights were so cool! One other car I looked at before it was a Chevrolet Beretta, and the Accord immediately seemed so much more advanced. Steering was precise. Visibility was tremendous. The hood disappeared, and the trunk was huge. Sometimes I still miss that car.

  4. This brought back a lot of memories as my Grandma owned a 1984 Accord LX sedan with an auto. Same charcoal gray color too. I used to borrow it during high school when my car was in the shop. It wasn’t fast of course, but it was very comfortable for an early 80s car.

  5. I owned a fairly base model one of these. So easy to work on, extremely reliable. Rust or crashes was the only thing that killed them. I had a late 80’s Prelude too, that thing was ahead of it’s time. Digital speedo, a weird bar graph thing for the tachometer, pop up head lights, retractable sun roof. Again, easy to work on and ran like a Swiss watch. Honda and Toyota really hit their stride in the late 80’s and 90’s. Toyota 4wds are some of the best vehicles ever made. I daily a ’93 Hilux Surf. It’s 30 years old and everything still works like factory. It was a golden era for those two brands.

    1. Ohh the Preludes…..wow, I rode in one, and it was just like that…..eventhough it was from the 90’s 😀

  6. I was raised in one of (almost) those, (it was an 86 : it had pop-up headlights!) and all the family loved it. It felt so perfect for a family of four. Now, seeing it, I wonder how we could take such long trips with it, cramped in this tiny and lovely tin can.

    I remember quite vividly that, back then, people were predicting that cars would get smaller, and smaller, and smaller.

    1. We had a 1982, and I remember taking a trip from WV to western Florida. It was alittle tight, but it’s all we knew, and it was fine.

  7. This model was very rare in Australia. This is because it was fully imported, and imported cars at the time attracted very high import duties (40-50%). There were also import quotas which restricted how many cars were allowed to be imported. Our model had different headlights, though, and we were only offered one trim level.

    1. Hondas were always the premium Japanese car in Australia in the 80s and 90s. Accords and Civics cost significantly more than an equivalent Camry or Corolla (spec for spec they were about $5,000-$10,000 more) because the Camry and Corolla were made locally. Hondas were bought by people who didn’t quite want to stretch to a BMW, but wanted something better than a Holden, Ford, Toyota, Nissan or Mitsubishi (the locally made brands that dominated the market). Honda back then had the engineering excellence to back up the semi-premium position they had

  8. Living in Seattle in the early 90s these were everywhere, practically a commodity. I heard stories of people cross shopping among different dealers, saying they could save $100 by getting one at Honda of Bellevue instead of Honda of Seattle. They were the car to have in a city where space was at a premium and everything was expensive. Many regular people aspired to own a Honda, they weren’t basic or looked down on other than that they were so ubiquitous, sort of like the Tesla model 3 today.

  9. I would argue that there was a few before this. The Toyota Cressida comes to mind and there was also other ” mid size” sedans from japan from Mazda and Nissan
    This was the last year of this bodystyle Accord and was also the special edition that they used to do for the last year of production of a particular body style
    An absolutely bullet proof car though as all the Japanese sedans were…..we have to remember they were absolutely cleaning the US manufacturers clocks in this segment as were the Germans on the high end of the market

  10. Doug is the type of guy to build a time machine and bring back his future daughter to do a car review with him

    1. Her enthusiasm is definitely better than Kennan. I know the Kennan hate is exaggerated, but he needs to develop his own style ASAP if he wants to be in Doug’s videos, or he can just run the Cars & Bids channel

  11. I had a 5 speed manual SE-i. There was another factory wheel option on mine. The thing was amazingly reliable and still ran like a top when I let it go at almost 300k mi.

  12. Those service indicators weren’t reset by a button. You stuck your key in there (it’s a slot) and pushed to reset it. And I think Alanis was right about the “flow” setting – it turns off the fan but lets outside air flow in as you drove. So, sitting still you’d get nothing, but driving on a freeway would blow a lot.

    1. Also, the service indications slowly changed color as the mileage increased. Green to yellow, to red, and you could tell they were on little wheels inside the display. Very analog by today’s standards!

    2. Yep….they sure didn’t look like buttons….or maybe that is what Doug was trying to imply…..like “pushing the key” into the slot buttons HEHEHE!

    3. My 83 accord had these features as well. What was this model span? 82-85 here in America? With a slight refresh in 84?

  13. Beautiful condition, great history.

    I was so impressed when Honda first offered SE and SE-i models.

    I graduated high school in 1985 and wanted to buy a used one in college — would’ve been a huge upgrade over my 1984 Dodge Colt.

    My dad and I looked at one in my price range — but it had severe hail damage. We decided it wasn’t worth it.

    I finally got my first Honda in 2014 — a 2007 Civic EX.

  14. I have owned a 4th, 5th, 6th and currently on a 7th gen Accord (which currently has almost 300k miles!) And I loved every single last one of them! When it comes to price to car ratio, the Honda Accord is definitely a great bang for your buck!

  15. As a former owner of an 83 Accord hatchback, I can attest that the Flow button was my favorite feature on the car. The faster you’re traveling, the harder the vents would blow. I’ve been wishing for that feature on every car since! Also, it deserves mention that my 83 had no power steering, manual transmission, manual windows, basically power nothing. I bought it with a wonderful pipe smoke stain over the driver seat, and it still holds the title of my favorite car ever

  16. 10:11 Flow allowed air to come through the vents without running the blower fan. There was a air scoop above the hood, just below the wipers that caught air and forced it into the car through the vent ports (one on left and another on the right) or the flow option which went through all the vents.

  17. Thanks for showing this piece of car history. I had a first generation Accord hatchback, the one with four circular headlights. It was a gem. Still missing it.

  18. Oh man this brings back memories. My mom bought this exact car, used, low miles and in 5-speed, back in the early 90’s. So many years growing up with this car! I had totally forgotten about it, thanks for bringing me back!

  19. Doug, don’t ever change! Here you are reviewing the OG Accord!! Love it!

    I know everyone has said it already many times, but we couldn’t be more happy for your successes! Thanks for bringing us car enthusiasts such great reviews on so many quirky vehicles. 😄

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