Accord Touring V6 is a best value mid-size performer
The 2016 Honda Accord is not very much changed from the 2015 model – following the traditional Honda philosophy that incrementally improving an already very good product is the best strategy. With 2014 sales of 388,374 units and over 320,000 so far in 2015, customers obviously love the Accord and Honda, wisely, made only a few carefully considered changes for the 2016 model year.
For 2016, the Accord lineup has four trim levels starting with the LX priced just over $20,000 to the EX-L at just under $29,000 (all with 4-cylinder engines) followed by two V6 equipped models, EX-L V6 at $30,645 and the top-of-the-line Touring V6 at $34,580.
We recently spent a week with a new 2016 Honda Accord Touring V6 in and around Austin, Texas. Our test Accord Touring V6 came – with its sumptuous White Orchid Pearl and Ivory Leather interior – very complete for a single package price of $35,400 including delivery.
Not having test driven an Accord sedan for a couple of years and, frankly, were very impressed at just how premium the 2016 Accord Touring V6 presents itself with the best that Honda offer can offer in a mid-size sedan. The 2016 Touring delivers freshened styling, reliable Honda performance, an abundance of driver and passenger amenities in a generous cabin space plus the well-regarded Honda safety features – all wrapped up in one price point – no extras necessary.
New in Accord for 2016
The changes for the 2016 Accord adhere closely to their incremental change philosophy with just a couple of exceptions. You would have to line a 2015 model up to the 2016 to see the differences.
On the outside, particularly up front, you will note a more expressive look with subtle changes to the grille, headlights, LED daytime running lights, and bumper styling plus available new LED fog lights on the top two trims. The same touches have been applied to the rear features (including a revised rear fascia and LED lighting) such that, at a quick glance, one could think one was looking at a more expensive European branded sedan. In fact, that observation was made to us more than once by others during our weeklong drive of the Accord Touring V6. The new and bolder wheel styles overall plus a new 19-inch size alloy wheel on the Touring, complete the exterior look giving it a much fresher appearance when compared to the 2015 version.
Inside, the 2016 Accord also looks very much like the 2015. But there is some style and material tweaking on the top trim levels. We noted that the combination of the White Orchard Pearl exterior and Ivory Leather interior of our test Accord Touring V6 was so well executed that we could not help but find ourselves comparing it, again, to more expensive European brand sedans.
Powertrains are the same as 2015 with an in-line 4-cylinder engine in the lower trims and the very capable Honda 3.5L 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine powering the top trim levels. For our money, the V6 is the best choice for the Accord. It delivers 278 horsepower with 252 lb.-ft. of torque and features Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that enables the engine to run seamlessly on just three cylinders when cruising with a commensurate impact on fuel economy.
Fuel economy rating for the V6 is 21/34 mpg city/highway and 26 mpg combined. The V6 is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a Sport Mode. Running about half our week in the more aggressive shifting Sport Mode, our Accord Touring V6 achieved overall fuel economy better than rated – 27.2 mpg combined.
Underneath, the 2016 Honda Accord is equipped with MacPherson Strut front suspension and Multi-Link rear suspension along with Electric Power Assist Rack and Pinion Steering. All trims feature a new and more rigid body construction with the top trim levels getting a revised suspension and larger brakes to improve driving dynamics. The ride and handling of the Touring V6 – equipped with the new 19-inch wheels – was comparable to the characteristics of much more expensive sedans.
Already well featured with technology, the 2016 Accord is upgraded to include, standard on the top trims, a new 7-inch touchscreen (in addition to the 8-inch top stack display) with Apple Car Play and Android Audio smartphone application functions added.
For driver convenience the new Honda Sensing package is available (standard on Touring) which includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking and Road Departure Mitigation systems. Also available (standard on Touring) is Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. In addition, all Accord trims feature Vehicle Stability Assist, ABS Braking with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution and Tire Pressure Monitoring.
The Multi-Angle Rear Camera (also standard) offers three views the driver can select from – Normal, Top Down and Wide Angle all with Dynamic Guidelines. Also included on the higher trim levels is the remarkable Honda Lane Watch which gives the driver a right side view of the road alongside and behind them each time they signal to turn right giving them a clear view of what is alongside or just behind in the blind spot.
2016 Honda Accord Touring V6
Our 2016 Honda Accord Touring V6 was every bit as well equipped (including those already mentioned) with other standard or optional features – all for that one price – as compared to premium sedans costing thousands more.
Outside our Accord Touring V6 featured an Aluminum Hood, One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt, Power Heated Side Mirrors with Integrated Turn Signals, Auto On/Off LED Headlamps with Auto High Beam, Body-Colored Decklid Spoiler and Side Sills and Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers.
The Touring V6 also includes Remote Start, Push Button Start, Hill Start Assist, Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Control. Inside are Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control with Filters, Leather-Wrapped Tilt and Telescopic Steering with Wheel Mounted Controls, Map Lighting, Lighted Mirrors and 12-volt Power Outlets. The cabin is hugely spacious both front and rear with Leather Trimmed Seating that is also heated front and rear. The Driver seat is 10-way Power with the Passenger seat 4-way power.
The infotainment features of the Accord Touring are substantial. The system uses two well placed displays for monitoring and control – an 8-inch High Resolution i-Mid WVGA display plus 7-inch High Res Display Audio with a customizable Electrostatic Touch Screen. The heart of the audio is a Premium 360-Watt, 7-Speaker with Subwoofer system with Honda Satellite Navigation with Turn by Turn Directions, Voice Recognition and Honda Digital Traffic.
The system includes HondaLink, Bluetooth connectivity and streaming audio, MP3, SMS Texting, Pandora, SiriusXM, HD Radio along with the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also features Speed Sensitive Volume Control and USB Charging Ports in the center stack and console.
We will keep it simple and straightforward like Honda does. The 2016 Honda Accord Touring V6 is one of the most complete and best values for a mid-size sedan in the market. If you are shopping mid-size sedans, be sure to drive the Accord Touring V6 and compare. You will be glad you did.