Honda Accord 1993 Review
But thinner development budgets and reliance for survival on big sales in the United States have turned Honda into a cautious company - too cautious in my book.
Look no further than the new Accord for evidence of the constraints imposed by unavoidable spending cuts and an all-too-keen eye on US customer research. The Accord has been designed with strong input from middle America - Honda's research and development centre in Ohio - and joins the mob of curvaceous medium-sized family cars.
Half the components have been retained from the previous model, including the 2.2-litre engine in the base-model EXi, although it has had some improvements to mid-range torque and fuel efficiency. Lacking a V6, Honda has opted to boost performance for the other two Accord models - VTi and VTi-S - by adding what it calls "balanced VTEC", a middle-of-the-road single-cam version of Honda's variable valve timing and electronic lift technology.
The VTEC operates only on the inlet valves and the engine slots between the rip-snorting twin-cam VTEC (Integra, CRX and NSX) and the fuel-sipper version (Civic VEi), offering fuel-efficiency at lower revs and better performance as the revs build up.
I have tested the EXi and VTi-S, both with Honda's impressively smooth four-speed automatic transmission - although a manual gearbox would be my choice.
In the VTi-S, performance is rather sedate as you start to accelerate because one of the inlet valves on each cylinder is virtually closed and the other has a low-lift short-duration cam profile. While initial acceleration is lazy, the Accord moves along nicely and its tried-and-true double wishbone suspension provides the comfortable ride expected in a family car. Cornering is precise with mild understeer when pushed.
The automatic VTi-S costs almost $45,000 and comes with an impressive array of equipment, although a manual gearbox would save you $2000. For an extra saving of $6000, you can have exactly the same car without the airbag, anti-lock brakes and leather trim. That's the VTi.
Do away with cruise control, the sunroof, two of the six speakers, alloy wheels and VTEC, and you can keep a further $4000 in your pocket by choosing the EXi.
Honda Accord Sedan
ENGINE: 16-valve, single overhead camshaft, multipoint fuel-injected 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, front-drive. VTEC for VTi and VTi-S. Carry-over engine with the step up to VTEC technology which provides a mild boost.
POWER: VTEC, 107 at 5500rpm, torque 198Nm at 4500rpm. This car misses a V6 engine or more-powerful four when stacked up against its competitors.
SUSPENSION: Independent four-wheel double wishbone with front and rear stabiliser bars and gas-pressurised dampers. Can't quibble with that set-up; it provides the comfort needed for a family and the handling demanded by Honda owners.
WHEELS: 15-inch alloy.
TYRES: 195/60 radials. The wheels are big enough, but the tyres could be wider.
PRICE: EXi $32,650; VTi $36,700; VTi-S $42,800. Autos: add $2000. All Japanese imports are pricey, but value for all Honda models has been improved in the past year.
Range and Specs
|(base)||2.2L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO||$3,850 – 5,610||1993 Honda Accord 1993 (base) Pricing and Specs|
|EXi||2.2L, ULP, 5 SP MAN||$3,410 – 5,280||1993 Honda Accord 1993 EXi Pricing and Specs|
|EXi (4WS)||2.2L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO||$5,060 – 7,370||1993 Honda Accord 1993 EXi (4WS) Pricing and Specs|
|VTi||2.2L, ULP, 5 SP MAN||$4,070 – 6,050||1993 Honda Accord 1993 VTi Pricing and Specs|