Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
1996 Honda Accord OVERVIEW
For many years now, the Honda Accord has been synonymous with high-quality, reliable transportation that includes a high fun-to-drive index. That continues to be true for this popular model, which is the best-selling car in America in terms of retail sales and second best overall behind the Ford Taurus, which enjoys a large number of sales to company and daily rental fleets. The Accord consistently appears on Top 10 lists for magazines. It also wins consistently high scores in various quality surveys, including the J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Index, a measurement of quality after the first year of ownership. For 1996, the Accord sports modestly revised front and rear styling touches. More important, the trunk opening has been expanded by nearly five inches for easier loading and unloading. Also new for 1996, all LX and EX sedan and coupe models feature variable intermittent windshield wipers, and the stereo radio antenna is integrated into the rear window. All LX models now ride on 15-in. tires and new wheels. A 6-way power driver's seat has been added to the LX V6 and EX 4-cyl. leather models. The Accord, which last underwent a major redesign in 1994, is scheduled for a complete make-over for the 1998 model year. In the meantime, it continues to be one of the world's best sellers. Since most Accords are assembled in the U.S., that world-wide popularity has helped Honda to become this country's number one automobile exporter.