A connection bridged itself, unexpectedly, in my head while staring at the ass-end of a brand new Accord in front of me at a stoplight, not too long ago. One of many new Accords further proliferating in the East Bay. A moment in life where, without even meaning to, something just CLICKS in your head and you have an AH-HA moment. No matter how banal.

The Accord, for the majority of it’s life in the US, has had the same-or-similar ass. Square or square-ish tail lamps on the sedan.

With a little bit of a “break-up” in the early-mid 90s



Stylized then in the late 90s, to culminate into this pinnacle of clean and simple, handsome design:

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However, as part of “losing their way”in the 2000s, Honda went horribly, HORRIBLY wrong with even their benign bread-and-butter family car (also see: Ford Taurus)

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^^ Not sure why they thought this ugly-ass rear end was attractive.

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So they cleaned it up. But it wasn’t really that much more attractive.... It loosely hearkens back to the early-mid 90s, but primarily based on the fact that they were independent, more square-ish lamps.

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So they added the reflector line to it. Which filled the dead space, but also added unattractive lines...

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Luckily, they finally fixed it. I’m not in the market for an Accord sedan though I momentarily considered a V6 coupe. Not my style, and not the market segment I live in. But I must say, it looks more handsome NOW than it has since... the late 90s.

See a similarity in the lines?

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Thus, I feel like the Accord sedan’s styling has effectively come full-circle in the past decade.