In the early 1990s, Honda wanted to make an Accord model with a different design and upgrade from what was in vogue. Between 1990 - 1993, they launched some of their finest and most popular Accord models. Amongst those versions, one stood out for many Nigerian car owners - the Honda Accord 1993 version. It came as a two-door coupe, four-door wagon and four-door sedan. People loved the functionalities it had, nice styling, great interior, reliability and it doesn't consume so much fuel. It was nicknamed the Honda Halla in Nigeria.
The Honda Halla came as the Honda Accord coupe and sedan
This 4th generation Honda Accord came with a unique powertrain, a 125 - 140 horsepower 2.2 liter 4 cylinder engine, anti-lock brakes and other bespoke features. Anyone who wanted one had the chance of going for a manual transmission or automatic transmission variant. Asides the road noise and plain seats, the Honda halla was the perfect car at the time.
2. Trim levels & prices of Honda Halla in Nigeria
The Honda halla comes in 3 trim levels - the DX, LX and EX. The EX is the more sporty and high end variant. It comes with more horsepower, a better engine and costs a lot more than the other trims. Aside from the DX which comes only as a four-door sedan, the other trim levels come in all three available stylings - four-door sedan, two-door coupe and four-door wagon.
Tokunbo/Foreign used Honda Halla prices in Nigeria
Tokunbo Honda Halla prices in Nigeria
Price in naira
Tokunbo Honda halla DX
₦300,000 - ₦500,000
Tokunbo Honda halla EX
₦300,000 - ₦700,000
Tokunbo Honda halla LX
₦350,000 - ₦800,000
Note that these costs for buying and clearing can be lower than what is stated if you are a good negotiator! For clearing, the prices are not fixed, and they range between 50% – 70% of the car price.
Since the Honda Halla was larger than the previous Honda Accord models being made from the 1980s, the Japanese automaker deemed it fit to include a larger engine. They also didn't come with carburetors anymore but fuel injectors. The base engine is a 2.2 liter 4 cylinder engine that puts out 137 ib-feet of torque and 125 HP. While in the high end trim, the EX, you get the same 2.2 liter 4 cylinder engine with an output of 140 horsepower. This showed the difference between the sporty trim and normal trim.
The high end trim, the EX, has 2.2 liter 4 cylinder engine with an output of 140 horsepower
You also have an option of choosing a 4-speed automatic transmission variant or the 5-speed manual transmission, but the manual remained the most popular. Keep in mind that the miles per gallon ratings are different. The manual transmission came with a 30 mpg rating on the highway and 24 mpg in the city, while the automatic transmission car has a 28 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city rating. Like a typical Accord, it doesn't save as much fuel as a Camry but it's definitely faster.
4. Interior and exterior
The vehicle has some space though can't be compared with what is obtainable in the Toyota Camry (it's main competitor) made in the same year. We will use the four-door sedan as the main variant for analysing the specs. The wheelbase is 107.1 inches, which isn't bad when compared to the Chevrolet, Subaru and Nissan cars in its class at the time. The vehicle is 67.1 inches tall and 185.2 inches long.
The interior of the Honda halla is simple and quite compact
Inside, the front leg room and head room were several inches more than the back. This was probably to make the driver more comfortable but it added discomfort for passengers. The same thing can be noticed in the 4 door wagon as well. The boot of the four-door sedan has a capacity of 14.4 cubit feet of volume. It isn't bad, though not as good as what is available now. You also enjoy good stereo, CD and cassette tape player, sunroof and cruise control (in the EX trim) and adjustable seats in the Honda halla. Window visors, arm rest, trunk lid spoiler, fog lights were also a standard.
6. How to buy and maintain Honda Halla
When you go to purchase a used Honda Halla, there are many things to look out for. If the car's automatic transmission shifts in a harsh manner, it means the car has a lot of mileage. Therefore, avoid it. Look out for clogged cooling hose too. It has been a problem with the Honda halla. This makes the car overheat. Most owners won't let you drive it for long to know if the engine overheats, so the clogged hose and air filter will give you an inkling. As stated earlier too, the hand brake can get too tight and not release. This can be fixed though, if you don't mind. But if it comes with engine noise (clearly differentiate between engine noise and road noise), avoid the vehicle.
These same things are to look out for when maintaining the car. Inspect the 1993 Honda Accord every morning before driving out. Check for leaks and blown motor fuse. If the CD changer starts refusing to eject, change it immediately. Also keep an eye on the steering because after a while it could become difficult to turn or it will respond slowly. Ensure you take the vehicle for servicing as often as possible.
The pros definitely are more than the cons in the Honda halla. It is reliable, has sensible controls, buttons aren't littered all over the cockpit, the cabin is low cowl, and it's also easy to drive and handle. There are also anti-lock brakes which weren't so common at the time, it had quite some good space and it is fuel efficient.
However, there are some minuses. When driving, you will hear the road noise so loudly. It will feel like the vehicle isn't air tight. The automatic transmission variant usually encounters problems with the gear box and it inhibits performance. The rear seat didn't have enough legroom. But all in all it is an okay ride.
Honda Accord 1993 review
Furthermore, the Honda Halla didn't do badly in crash tests conducted by the NHTSA at the time. The vehicle is safe and comes with anti-lock brakes to enhance driver safety. The seat belts are tight and so is the hand brake. But the parking brake has an issue of being too tight and won't come up or go down. But overall it is a safe car. The hydraulic clutch in the manual was redesigned to make the transmission more easy to use and the vehicle good to drive.
All in all, Honda Halla is a good car. It's rivals are the Toyota Camry, the Mazda 6 and the Nissan Maxima. It might not be as fuel efficient as the Camry, but is definitely more powerful.
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