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(The Drive)   The introduction of a foreign species forces its competitors to evolve accordingly   ( divider line
    More: Vintage, Honda Civic, Honda, Honda Accord, out CVCC Civic, Honda Prelude, Honda's cars, three-door hatch, first-generation  
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2022-08-11 8:43:51 PM  
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2022-08-11 8:59:05 PM  
I had a 77 or 78 Accord, this was in 86 or so, good car, ran great, but like most Japanese cars of that era, it was a rolling rust bucket at less than 10 years old
2022-08-11 9:12:20 PM  
Meanwhile, 35 years later, 31mpg is still higher than the average car on American roads.
2022-08-11 9:27:36 PM  
We were a Corolla family in 1976. Hondas were for fancy people. And Californians.
2022-08-11 9:44:01 PM  
"Soichiro Honda, the company's founder and CEO at the time, took Gestenberg's flippant remarks as a personal challenge. He personally air-freighted a '73 Chevy Impala-V8 and all-home to Japan and had the engineering team at Honda develop a set of CVCC heads for it. He then shipped it back to the States and submitted it for EPA testing, where it passed emissions requirements with flying colors."

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2022-08-11 11:25:01 PM  
I've had a 1982 Accord hatchback (5 speed stick), a 1995 Accord Wagon (5 speed stick), and now a 2019 Accord Hybrid ('Touring' trim).

I got 232,000 miles out of the '82, and 179,000 miles out of the '95 (some jackass behind me was watching his phone and rear ended me at speed while I was stopped for traffic in front of me.  He hit me hard enough to crack his transmission, and totaled my Accord).

I had planned to get the 2019 Accord as a 'Sport' trim with a stick, but the dealer sweet talked me into a test drive in the Touring Hybrid, and the Heads-Up display and CVT transmission seduced me.  Ah well, it's paid for, and it's the nicest car I ever had.  Got 65 MPG out of it on one trip.
2022-08-12 1:37:43 AM  
Ah, the car they made 5 different keys for the entire fleet. You just hope the thief goes from A to B and fills the car with gas
2022-08-12 10:00:31 AM  

cyberspacedout: Meanwhile, 35 years later, 31mpg is still higher than the average car on American roads.

Those are the then-current official numbers. The EPA continues to adjust the numbers down because consumers complain that they can't floor it from light to light or run 85 on the highway with the AC on and windows down and get the advertised mileage.

The EPA's fuel economy website doesn't list cars back to the 70's; the earliest accord they have is the '84, the second generation. It had a window sticker rating of 32 city/45 highway, almost the same as TFA's 31/44. The adjusted fuel economy comparable to modern ratings is 25/32.

That's a <2000 lbs tin can with a 68 ho engine.

If you look at the current much larger, safer, faster, cleaner, more substantial and better in every way Accord, it easily exceeds that. Even an AWD CR-V exceeds that.

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It's unreal how much better cars have gotten over the last 45 (not 35) years. Much of that is just since the '04-07 fuel price run-up.

A few more from Honda's stable, adding in some Hybrid options:

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2022-08-12 3:57:15 PM  
Next up? Chinese urban electric cars.
2022-08-13 2:56:37 AM  
North America now has a pickup truck infestation.
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