• Mar 27, 2008
Click above for gallery of the Euro-spec Honda Accord

Honda's Euro-spec Accord Tourer (a.k.a. wagon) has taken home the the 51st international Red Dot Award for high quality design, marking the third time that Honda has managed to win this award. Back in 2001, the S2000 brought home the trophy and in 2006, it was the current-generation Civic nabbing the honor. The Red Dot Award for design is a big deal in international circles, and while there are awards for products in 11 categories, there's only one Transportation award. Honda winning three times, including two-in-a-row, is remarkable.

While our Accord is a different animal entirely, the Euro-model Accord is available here, albeit in sedan form only, as the 2009 Acura TSX. It's amazing that an award-winning design as classy and elegantly understated as that of the European Accord could share so much in common with the polarizing lines of the redesigned 2009 Acura TSX.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's great, I have a Subaru forester, I guess it's a crossover but its probably the smallest one you can get. In fact parked beside a Toyota Matrix, the Matrix appears slightly bigger. The new matrix, that looks great! though its pushing the limit of the cheese factor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bleech. Americans don't like wagons for a lot of reasons:

      1. Your dad drove a Country Squire back in the 70's.

      2. Economy cars sold in the US over the past 35 years are almost defined as being wagons/hatchbacks. Americans don't like "economy" anything.

      3. All else being equal, most people find the sedan form to be more pleasing to the eye than the wagon.

      4. A sedan with a locking trunk offers far more security. I drive with my $1500 set of golf clubs in my car and a trunk is far more secure than in plain sight in the back of a wagon where they're a mere brick-toss away from being stolen.

      So now you know.
        • 6 Years Ago
        4. Any modern wagon has a cargo cover that hides the cargo compartment. Anyone who wants to break into your car just to see what might be in the trunk/under that cargo cover won't have much more problem getting into a trunk than into a wagon.

        3. Most Americans like "American Idol" and think McDonald's is great food, too.

        1. Actually my mom had the wagon, and it was a '73 American Motors Hornet Sportabout. White, with blue plastic seats, a straight 6 and a 3-speed on the column. That particular car has no bearing on why I like my 250 hp AWD sportwagon.

        I realize I'm not the typical American buyer, but then neither is the Miata driver. More high-quality wagons would be a good thing, because I'm not buying some tippy-tall "crossover."
      • 6 Years Ago
      God thats hot. Americans are stupid. Bring that thing over here with a diesel and Id consider it
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm an american and can say. I do like cars and I do like to haul stuff. So I like the idea of a wagon. the wife does not, so we have an SUV which she had mainly drove, because I prefer the feel of a car.

      I would ask why not...most american want to haul, and they want fuel economy. THE crossovers are not a style I'll be bamboozled into buying. I want a car that can haul...hatchback, wagon or whatever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow that is one hot-looking wagon. Bring it over here, and I would seriously consider buying a Japanese car for the first time (have owned three German cars, two British Cars, a French car, and three American cars, not counting my wife's rides.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, after driving three German cars, two British Cars and a French car, something Japanese would be quite an epiphany (no, you really DON'T have to take your car to the shop once a month to keep it running).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Haha actually yeah both British cars and one of the German cars involved monthly trips to the shop. But the most reliable car I've owned was the '96 Mustang Cobra Convertible, never had any mechanical problems. Sold it too soon, but I really wanted that new 2000 CLK430, which began my addiction to German cars...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, the Euro Accord styling is 1000 percent better than the US version. I HATE the US version!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "xxx Honda, how can I help you?"
      Hi, I'd like to get the Euro-Spec accord wagon, please
      "Sorry, we don't sell them in the US"
      That's okay, go right ahead and order one up. Blue please
      "I said we don't sell them in the US"
      Don't worry! Totally cool with me. Blue, B L U E color please.
      *click*
      • 6 Years Ago
      "It's amazing that an award-winning design as classy and elegantly understated as that of the European Accord could share so much in common with the polarizing lines of the redesigned 2009 Acura TSX."
      Say what? The classy & understated Euro Accord is a carbon copy of the "polarizing" TSX.....
      Now if you meant the TSX grill is polarizing, well that's understandable.
      BTW, the wagon rocks. (I'd like one with a diesel)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Other than the grille, how exactly are the new TSX and Euro-spec Accord different? I merely glanced at both galleries, but I think the differences must be fairly subtle -- they certainly don't jump out at me. Granted the new Acura grille is fairly hideous -- but I'm not sure that alone is enough of a reason to praise the Accord but slam the TSX: "It's amazing that an award-winning design as classy and elegantly understated as that of the European Accord could share so much in common with the polarizing lines of the redesigned 2009 Acura TSX."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Um, the TSX isn't available in a wagon. That's the big deal here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This would be parked in my garage if it was available in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Accord Touring is certainly svelte, and joins the line of wagons that are better looking than their sedan counterparts (eg current BMW 5 series wagon), but the sedan is just as polarizing and ungainly as the TSX. Acura tried to jump up to A4 size and ended up just plumping up the formerly crisp lines into a chubby bunny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Saab meets Dodge Journey.
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