2016 Honda Accord Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Refreshed for the 2016 model year
  • Available in sedan or coupe body styles
  • Updated styling and aluminum wheel designs
  • Added standard equipment to most trim levels
  • New Honda Sensing suite of safety technologies
  • Upgraded body structure for improved crash protection
  • Improved driving dynamics and fuel-economy ratings, depending on trim level
  • Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration technologies
  • Touring version includes new rain-sensing wipers, heated rear seats, front and rear park-assist sensors
  • Revised interior fabrics, trims, and color schemes
  • New paint colors: Kona Coffee (sedans) and Deep Blue Opal (coupes)

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2016 Honda Accord Sedan photo

Introduction

Among midsize family cars, the Honda Accord reigns supreme in terms of sales to real people like you and me. Toyota might move more Camrys thanks to fleet sales to rental car companies and the like, but it is the Accord with which Americans most often decorate their own driveways.

As such, Honda isn’t taking any chances in terms of ensuring the Accord’s appeal. Three years after its last complete redesign, the 2016 Accord gets a substantial makeover designed to improve the car’s safety, technology, and value proposition.

Exterior Features

For 2016, the Accord continues in both 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan body styles, and each model receives styling updates to freshen its appearance. The Accord Coupe is also available in a new top-of-the-line Touring trim level.

Does the new Accord sedan look an awful lot like an Acura, especially in Touring trim with the LED headlight design? I think so. The Acura-style grille is the boldest element of the Accord’s revised, more aerodynamic front styling.

Most trim levels also include new LED fog lights, and all 2016 Accords feature a revised front bumper design and a new, reshaped aluminum hood. Around back, the Accord receives new LED taillights and a crisper rear bumper.

All trim levels have redesigned aluminum wheels, and the Sport and Touring versions are equipped with the largest factory-installed rims ever offered for an Accord, measuring 19 in. in diameter.

Interior Features

Inside, the 2016 Accord features revised seat fabrics, new trim panel treatments, and updated color schemes. Most trim levels enjoy expanded standard equipment lists for the new model year, and Honda installs a new 60/40 split-folding rear seat for nearly all Accord sedans, helping to improve the car’s utility.

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2016 Honda Accord Sedan interior photo Optional Features

Honda offers the Accord in an array of trim levels, and aside from powertrain selections—and Navigation and Honda Sensing option packages—additional upgrades are available as accessories through the Honda dealership.

Among the new features available for the Accord, depending on the trim level, are front and rear park-assist sensors, rain-sensing wipers, remote engine starting, and heated rear seats. A number of infotainment, active safety, and driver-assistance technologies are also new for 2016, and are discussed in greater detail below.

Under the Hood

The 2016 Accord will continue to offer a choice between a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and depending on the body style and engine selection, buyers can get a 6-speed manual gearbox, 6-speed automatic transmission, or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

For the Accord LX, LX-S, Sport, EX, and EX-L trim levels, the 4-cylinder engine is standard. It makes 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque in all trims except the Sport sedan, which produces 4 extra horsepower and 1 extra lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard in all but the EX-L, which gets the CVT that is an option for the other versions of the car.

The V-6 engine is reserved for EX-L V6 and Touring trim levels. It makes 278 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque and features fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management technology when the engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual gearbox is available with the V-6, but only for the Accord Coupe.

Honda says it expects improved fuel-economy ratings for the Accord’s 4-cylinder engine when equipped with a CVT, thanks to reduced weight and improved vehicle aerodynamics.

Additionally, the automaker says it has re-tuned the Accord’s suspension and steering, and is installing larger brakes on the Sport and Touring versions of the car. Straight Driving Assist technology debuts to help lessen the effect of crowned roads on driver effort levels, a feature that Ford has offered in its products for years.

Safety

Honda expects improved crash-test ratings for the 2016 Accord, largely due to structural enhancements to the car’s underlying architecture.

Additionally, the company is debuting a new Honda Sensing option package containing important new safety technologies, and is making it available on all trim levels, effectively democratizing safety. Honda Sensing installs adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and Road Departure Mitigation systems.

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2016 Honda Accord Coupe photo A blind-spot warning system is not offered for the Accord, but Honda’s LaneWatch technology is standard on EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels, using a camera to show the driver what is on the right side of the vehicle. For information about the left blind spot, drivers rely upon an expanded-view driver’s side mirror.

Technology

Every 2016 Accord except for the LX and LX-S versions will include a new dual-screen infotainment system design.

Up top is a 7.7-in. screen used for viewing the reversing camera image, the LaneWatch image, and the navigation system map. It also handles incoming calls and text messages, displays parking-sensor warnings, and provides access to a number of information menus.

The lower screen is touch-sensitive, and it looks and works just like a tablet computer or smartphone, supporting tap, swipe, and pinch gesture control. This screen supports smartphone connectivity, music selections, HondaLink services, smartphone-linked navigation, and the Accord’s new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technologies.

When a smartphone is connected to the system with a USB cable, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto transform the lower display screen into a version of the smartphone, complete with a selection of supported applications.