Given that we've already supplied you with a huge clue, there probably aren't too many prizes for guessing which Japanese car features a coupe variant built in Ohio and a saloon and hatchback range hailing from Swindon. The Honda Accord is a car that for many years had an image as something of a granny chariot, but the fifth generation model, built from 1998 changed all that. Here was a car that was dynamic, good looking, practical and as reliable as a Swiss watch. Used Accords are one of the best buys around - so well built they'll rarely let you down, but not so much in demand that values have gone through the roof. Well, not in the most part.
It wasn't until the fifth generation Accord arrived in 1998 that Honda really had a full-sized class competitive car. Before that Accords had either been too small or too soft and with Korean budget cars eating into that market, the Accord had to shape up or ship out. It shaped up. In Summer 1998, the Coupe was replaced by an all-new US-built model with 2.0-litre four cylinder and V6 powerplants. The saloon range meanwhile, was replaced by an all-new Swindon-built model line-up in October 1998. This, by far the best Accord incarnation yet, offered buyers the choice of 1.8 or 2.0-litre petrol engines, plus a rorty 2.2 in the potent Type R performance variant, which reached the UK early in 1999. Later that year, trim designations for the entire range were changed and five-door hatchbacks became available, matching most saloon versions model for model. However there was no Type-R hatchback nor was there a saloon equivalent of the luxury Type-V hatch.
2001 saw a mild facelift for the Accord range with the amount of models available pared back to simplify things for the customer. That staple item of facelift targets, the front grille, was altered, with a revised 'H' badge and a smarter finish in gunmetal grey. The other facelift favourite, the bumpers, were also made deeper, giving the impression of a lower, sportier car. The rear light covers sport some rather odd horizontal white highlighting. The interior also came in for some minor fettling, with improved seat fabrics and reshaped cushions, a grey metallic instrument binnacle and some improved quality trims and grains.