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Honda Accord vs. Honda Civic: An Internal Rivalry

Last updated 7 years ago

In the auto industry, very few car manufacturers have mastered the art of creating the perfect internal family feud like Honda. Since Honda introduced the Civic and Accord in the 1970s, the company has seen wild success with both models. But even among Honda fans, there is a deep-seated rivalry between Civic and Accord lovers that continues today. 

The Civic

Introduced in 1973 as a practical automobile, the Honda Civic predates the Accord by just three years. It sported a small, 50 horse-power engine and was quite small.  It had an 86.6 inch wheelbase and overall length of less than 140 inches. Despite this, Honda engineers designed the Civic to fit four people comfortably. It had a bare-bones aesthetic and was marketed as the car that “will get you where you’re going.” No frills, just car.

The Accord

Honda’s introduction of the Accord in 1976, however, changed the direction of automobile production for Honda. Instead of adapting the minimalist style of its elder, the Honda Accord was marketed as the sports car that everyone could own. In its first model year, the Honda Accord was significantly larger than the Honda Civic (even as a hatchback) and sported a larger engine with 68 horses. By 1980, Honda dealerships were selling over 185,000 new Honda Accords annually.

Where are they now?

By looking at where the Honda Civic and Accord stand today, you can easily see how the rivalry would shake out. As we stepped into the late ‘90s and early 2000s, the Civic underwent a transformation from a basic commuter car into a rebellious racing automobile. On the other hand, recent Honda Accords now target higher-end car buyers and sport many of the modern comforts you would expect in a “grown-up,” luxury car.

Here at Willey Honda, we love all Hondas equally! Come take a look at our wide selection of new and used Honda cars, including, of course, Accords and Civics. Check out our website for more information on our Honda dealership and inventory!


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