1994 Honda Accord -- Interior
The challenge the designers and engineers of the new Accord set for themselves was to create an interior that was clean, comfortable, roomy, luxurious and secure, yet still functional and ergonomically correct. Major changes to the interior include the following:
||Completely new interior with greater comfort, luxury and style-Seats have higher quality fabrics and greater comfort, greater interior width|
||Redesigned switch gear and controls-Improved brake and steering feel. Secondary switches: ventilation, radio, etc. relocated for easier access.|
Packaging and Design
The Accord interior uses a two-tone color scheme. The upper, darker section is designed to create a snug, secure atmosphere as it sweeps around the cabin at shoulder height and incorporates the instrument panel, driver's and front seat passenger's SRS units, upper side-impact pads and door latch releases. The darker color scheme also helps minimize glare. The intent of the lighter colored lower section of the interior is to create a comfortable, roomy feeling.
In order to improve comfort and appearance, the Accord's seats have been completely redesigned. Cushioning materials, seat firmness, anatomical fit and quality have all changed. The fabrics have been upgraded and a leather-trimmed interior is available on the EX model. The frame and pad shape was redesigned to give more thigh support. The lumbar support was lowered 10 mm and the hip, back and shoulder cushions of both the front and rear seats were reshaped for better posture. The side bolsters on the Coupe front seats are larger for better support and a sportier appearance. The front seat on the EX model has a power-operated height adjustment and incorporates an adjustable lumbar support. The back sides of the front seats are concave, which creates more knee room for the rear seat passengers, and incorporate storage pockets. There is also more room under the front seats for rear seat passenger s feet.
Both front and rear door linings have been redesigned so that they have a cleaner, more luxurious look. In addition, they incorporate side-impact protection at shoulder and hip level.
The rear floor has been lowered an additional 7 mm. EX and LX Sedan and EX Wagon models have a fold-down rear seat center armrest and both the Sedan and Coupe have a locking, fold-down rear seatback. The seatback on the Wagon has a 60/40 split. The front seat head restraints are adjustable and the rear seat head restraints are fixed.
All front and rear outboard seating positions have retractable 3-point seat belts. The center position of the rear seat has a lap belt. The upper front seat belt anchors on the Sedan and Wagon are adjustable for height. As on the previous Accord, the inboard front seat belt anchor moves with the fore and aft adjustment of the seat, which makes for a better, more comfortable fit.
The designers of the new Accord wanted to improve the ease of operation, quality and appearance of its instruments and controls. The instrument panel is completely new and has a sportier, more performance-oriented look. Sight lines to all controls and instruments are direct and unobstructed. All essential gauges, meters and warning lights are grouped in a central podirectly in front of the driver. A side-by-side, full-circle tachometer and speedometer dominate the center of the pod and are flanked on either side by the coolant and fuel gauges. The shift indicator has been moved from its previous position, at the right side of the panel, to a central position directly between the tachometer and speedometer, making it easier to read at a glance. The directional signal lights, brake warning light, SRS status light, high-beam indicator, check engine light and seat belt reminder light have also moved closer to the driver's line of sight. The instrument panel visor extends farther out over the panel to help minimize glare and the defroster outlets have been set deeper into the instrument panel to minimize distracting reflections.
In the new Accord, secondary controls have been relocated to make operating them easier and more natural. The heating and ventilation controls have been moved from the center console to a higher position next to the instrument cluster and also closer to the driver's reach and line of sight. The remaining console controls, such as the radio, cigarette lighter, ashtray, etc., have also been moved closer to the driver. In addition, the console is now sloped, rather than vertical-faced, making access to the lower part easier. Below the AM/FM High-Power stereo cassette (standard on EX and LX models) is a space that will accept a CD player (a hands-free cellular phone is also available). The ashtray is sized so that it will function as a parking gate card holder. The parking brake handle has been angled and moved closer to the driver.
Power window and power mirror adjustment switches on the EX and LX models are still located in the driver's door armrest; however, they are now slightly angled toward the driver, for easier access. Even the inside door latch handles have a larger radius, so that they can be more easily grasped. A coin bin, cruise control master switch (EX/LX), power moonroof switch (EX) and panel dimmer are located just to the left of the steering wheel. As with the previous Accords, the directional signal, headlight and wiper/washer controls are located on convenient stalks on either side of the steering wheel.