Honda Motor Company began as a motorcycle engine producer in Japan in 1946. The company expanded operations to include automobile production and opened its first retail location in the United States in 1959. Throughout the 1990s, Honda improved its line of fuel-efficient compact models available in the U.S.
The Civic line is Honda's symbol of compact stylish design and front-wheel drive fuel efficiency. Available body types include the DX hatchback and sedan, an LX sedan, a sporty CRX coupe and a wagon. Early 1990 models have more refined body styles than earlier offerings and they incorporate an available 1.5-liter 16-valve engine. All models built in the 1990s feature an independent suspension on each wheel and they incorporate fuel-injected engines. The LX sedan offers features such as power windows and locks, intermittent windshield wipers and additional options not available on other earlier Civics. Mid-90s Civic engines increased to 125 hp and have additional safety features such as anti-lock brakes and driver-side airbags on certain models. The EX type trim model, introduced in mid-decade, is built with a 1.6-liter engine. Throughout the remainder of the decade, Honda continued to refine features of the Civic, such as offering air-conditioning and improved handling with modified suspension and wheel designs.
Accord models are larger than the Civic and early 90s models feature a standard 2.2-liter, 125-hp engine. Body trim models include DX, LX and EX, which features a 130-hp engine. Accord models from the decade are available as a coupe with a notchback or a sedan. In addition, electronic automatic transmission control and motorized front shoulder belts characterize the Accord offerings. The Accord wagon began production in the 1991 model year with available leather seats, a 140-hp engine and anti-lock brakes. Mid-90s Accord improvements include new body styles, increased engine power, advanced transmissions and standard driver and front passenger airbags. A V6 engine is available in Accords built in 1995 and later. The Accords of 1998 have a complete body style reconfiguration providing additional seven-cubic feet of space for occupants, which moves the car from compact status to a mid-size vehicle.
The Prelude model line characterizes Honda's effort to improve sales through offering more than a basic automobile like the Civic and Accord. Honda offers the Prelude only as a two-door coupe style. The company engineered a wider body style for models throughout the 1990s. Standard Prelude engines from the early 90s are four cylinders with 135 hp. Preludes from model year 1992 offer a more powerful 160-hp engine with an increase in 1993 to 190 horsepower. Some Preludes from early in the decade feature a four-wheel steering system. Preludes from the early- and mid-1990s are recognized as well handling front-wheel drive cars with poor interior styling, such as a confusing dashboard display and insufficient storage space. Models of the late 1990's feature an improved exterior style with headlights that retract into the vehicle's fenders and a 200-hp engine.
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