The 1996 Honda Accord was one of the model-year entries of the fifth generation of production for the best-selling mid-size car, which lasted from 1994 to 1997. Three trims were available: the base DX, the luxury-oriented LX and the top-level EX. The sedan body style got all three trims, while the coupe and wagon versions of the car received only the LX and EX trim. In addition, there was a 25th Anniversary sedan positioned between the DX and LX.
Engines, Transmissions and Fuel Economy
While the DX and LX trims got a 2.2-liter, 130-horsepower in-line 4-cylinder engine with 144 foot-pounds of torque, the EX trim got an engine with 15 more horses and 56 more foot-pounds of torque. An option for the LX and EX sedans was a 2.7-liter 170-horsepower V-6 engine with 178 foot-pounds of torque. Choice of transmission was between a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic--both with the overdrive feature. Depending on engine and type of transmission, the '96 Accord got between 19 and 25 miles per gallon (mpg) for city driving and 25 to 32 mpg for highway driving, with a 17-gallon gas tank.
With standard seating for up to five people, the interior dimension ranges of the 1996 Honda Accord were 36 to 39 inches for headroom, 31 to 43 inches for leg room, 54 to 56 inches for shoulder room and 48 to 53 inches for hip room. The wagons had the most room, followed by the sedans, then the coupes. Air conditioning and AM/FM radio were some of the interior features on the '96 Accords, with all trims but the DX also getting cruise control and cassette deck. Only the EX versions of the car got a standard sunroof.
Of the three body styles available, only the coupe had two doors; the sedan and wagon had four. Curb weight differed according to trim and transmission type, with a range of around 2,800 to 3,300 pounds. The wheelbase was 107 inches, length was 185 to 188 inches, width was 70 inches and height was 55 to 56 inches. The wagons were slightly longer and higher than the other body styles. The DX trim got 14-inch wheels while those of the LX and EX were 15 inches. Only the EX got standard alloy wheels.
Safety, Braking and Handling
Every 1996 Honda Accord had driver and passenger airbags. Honda added anti-lock braking on the EX versions. The car had two front ventilated disc and rear drum brakes, and the independent front and rear suspension was of a wishbone design with coil springs.
The price of the 1996 Honda Accord mainly depended on the trim and body style. The sedan version had the widest manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) range--from $15,100 for the base DX Sedan to $25,100 for the EX Sedan with a V-6 engine. The MSRPs of the LX and EX coupes were $17,890 and $20,400, respectively, while that of the LX and EX wagons were $18,990 and $22,430, respectively. As of 2010, Kelley Blue Book estimates the price value range of the 1996 Accord at around $4,400 to $5,700.
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