2016 Honda Accord Coupe

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The 2016 Honda Accord Sedan is one of just a couple of cars that defines what a mainstream midsized car is. It is a car that is aggressively unaggressive, designed to be enjoyable but not to push any boundaries that might limit its commercial appeal. It’s the “Everybody Loves Raymond” of cars. But Honda also makes a coupe version of the Accord , and since Toyota doesn’t make a coupe version of the Accord’s mortal enemy, the Camry , the Accord coupe doesn’t have as much competition as its sedan sibling. Honda can therefore take more risks with the coupe and build something more interesting, or at least something that looks more interesting.

The Accord got a facelift for 2016, and this is most noticeable on the coupe. Mechanically, not too much has changed, but that isn’t surprising for a mid-cycle refresh of a hugely popular car. The changes are mostly in the styling, which was unobjectionable but a bit dull in the old car, and has become much more aggressive in the 2016. It might not offer performance that will rip your face off, but a coupe with an available 278-horsepower V-6 and a six-speed manual transmission is still more fun than 90 percent of the cars on the road.


Honda Accord Coupe

Honda Accord Coupe

Honda Accord Coupe

The update to the Accord has given the coupe a much sportier look. Not everyone is going to like it, but a lot of those that don’t probably weren’t planning on buying one anyway. New LED external lighting gives the car more of the kind of look you’d see on more expensive cars, specifically Acuras , though not exclusively. The aerodynamics are more aggressive, and the car has been given an aluminum hood to save weight. These are good sporting touches, but the sportiness stops short of becoming absurd; after all, this is not a sports car.

Exterior Dimensions


Honda Accord Coupe

Honda Accord Coupe

Honda Accord Coupe

This a very roomy car for a coupe, and although backseat passengers would surely prefer a four-door for ingress and egress, they won’t be uncomfortable once they’ve settled in, and it could be so much worse. The front seats, which are bound to get far more use in any coupe, are essentially the same as those in the sedan, and this is a good thing. The whole design is made to be as accommodating as possible to as many people as possible, and it accomplishes this well. The car comes with both Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay for the optional infotainment system, which is absolutely the best way to go for these kinds of things, seeing as your smartphone is already basically an infotainment system that you carry around with you. Honda is also now including Honda Sensing as a standalone option for trims that don’t include it as standard. This is actually a whole suite of driver aides, including Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning. All of these will theoretically make your driving safer, and though they aren’t new, Honda’s offering them as a standalone option is new for 2016, so you don’t have to buy it bundled with a bunch of options you may not want anymore.

The added sportiness of the exterior has not carried over to the interior, and there aren’t any sport seats or other boy racer touches inside. The 2016 model is quieter on the inside than the outgoing model, another example of how this isn’t a sports car. The lack of sportiness in the interior raises the question of how this car should be classified. Perhaps it would help to think of it as a grand tourer for a lower price bracket than those from Bentley or Aston Martin . It’s comfortable, offers good luggage space for long road trips and is powerful enough not to be a chore to drive. Sounds like a grand tourer to me.


Honda Accord Coupe

There are two options available when it comes to engines for the Accord, and these are unchanged from 2015. The Accord has been available with either a four-cylinder or a V-6 for decades, and the current options are a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6. The V-6 will obviously cost you noticeably more, but the real tragedy of the four-cylinder is that certain trims are available only with a CVT. There is technically a six-speed manual available for the lower trim levels, but you can count on having to really hunt around to find one when it comes time to buy. When it comes to the V-6, you can also get a six-speed manual, but if you’re unable to locate one you’ll end up with a pretty good six-speed automatic instead of a soul-crushing CVT. Honda makes a good manual, and you should absolutely look for an Accord equipped with one before buying, but if you can’t find one or don’t want one, keep in mind that the V-6 is going to be better to drive for more reasons than just the extra power. Lastly, the V-6 will make the sprint to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, very respectable. There is no hybrid model for 2016, but there be one once again 2017.

Drivetrain Specifications


Honda Accord Coupe


Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The closest competitor that the Accord coupe ever had was the Nissan Altima coupe, but since 2013 was the last year for that particular car, the Genesis Coupe becomes one of the closer competitors. The Genesis is a sportier car than the Accord, and the base engine is a 3.8-liter V-6 that is quite a bit more powerful than the Accord’s. But the car isn’t actually much faster and what you gain in performance you lose in subtlety and refinement. That said, it is a V-6 coupe that comes in a few thousand less than the entry level Accord V-6.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

Yes, the Mustang and the Accord are clearly aimed at different crowds, but maybe they shouldn’t be. Both are roomy coupes that come with available four-cylinder and V-6 options and both have sporty exterior styling. Pricing is even fairly similar, but in truth, the Accord coupe has its niche pretty much to itself, and you have to start thinking a bit more abstract to find things to compare it to.


The Accord coupe is a great car with a limited appeal. It does several things well, but none outstandingly. It’s comfortable, but those looking for a luxury coupe will go for a 2016 Audi A5 or BMW 4 Series . It’s quick, but when a V-8 coupe from any of the Big Three American carmakers costs the same as an Accord V-6, it won’t take any buyers away from the outright performance market either. But this isn’t to say that the Accord coupe doesn’t have a place; the Accord balances the things it does better than just about any car ever has. It’s understated and a great way to enjoy driving without calling too much attention to yourself, something that some people value highly.


  • looks that finally walk the line between boring and flashy
  • better performance and handling than you’d ever expect
  • extremely well thought out cabin


  • jack of all trades, but master of none
  • styling might be going too far in the sporty department
  • CVT as the only option for some trims

Press Release

For nearly four decades, the Accord has set the benchmark for vehicles in the midsize sedan class, historically the most popular class of vehicle with American car buyers. Accord is widely recognized as a segment-defining product, delivering class-leading interior space and superior ergonomics along with outstanding fuel efficiency, refined and responsive driving dynamics and top-class safety performance. As one important bellwether of its success, the Accord has been named to Car and Driver magazine’s “10Best” list a record 29 times, a feat unmatched by any other automobile of any type.

Honda Accord Coupe

Accord was the first Honda model and first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be manufactured in America and has been in continuous production at the company’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant using domestic and globally sourced parts since November 1982. It has also been produced in the company’s plants in East Liberty, Ohio; in Birmingham, Alabama; and in El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico. Honda has produced more than 10 million Accords in North America for both local and global markets.

In 2012 Honda launched a completely reengineered 9th-generation Accord as a 2013 year model. The 9th-generation redesign featured a spacious and airy passenger cabin wrapped in a tauter and tailored design with a smaller exterior footprint than the model it replaced. The Accord also delivered more sporting and refined road manners, a higher quality interior and a host of new technologies. It featured the first application of new direct-injected 4-cylinder engine technology, a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), and new two-motor hybrid system. The Accord Hybrid, featuring the two-motor system, launched with the highest EPA fuel economy rating of any midsized sedan in America. The 2013 Accord was also one of the first mainstream sedans in America to incorporate advanced driver-assistive features, including Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.

The 2016 Accord marks a further advancement of the 9th-generation Accord lineup. Building on the foundations established by the 2013 model, the more sophisticated, sportier, yet highly fuel efficient 2016 Accord features a further refined design, a more rigid body and upgraded chassis, and upsized wheels and tires on select models. All 2016 Accords can also now be equipped with Honda Sensing™ as a standalone option on all trims except Touring, which features Honda Sensing™ as standard equipment. Further changes include the expanded use LED exterior lighting, and new premium features and technologies, including the first combined application of Apple CarPlay®1 and Android Auto1 to a Honda model and among the first high-volume cars to apply the two systems in the marketplace.

Honda Accord Coupe

Additional new available features for 2016, depending on model and trim, include remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, rear seat heaters, and a 60/40 split and folding rear seat. The Accord Sedan and Coupe, depending on trim, also feature new exterior color and interior fabrics and decor; and the Accord Coupe adds a new line-topping Touring model to match its Sedan counterpart.

Exterior and Interior Design

The Accord Sedan and Coupe both get a major facelift for 2016. In place of the previous wrap-around front bumper is a more sharply creased and intricately structured front fascia, the lower portion of which tucks into large intake-like meshed areas that house new LED fog lights (Sport trim and above). For the Accord Sedan, a more sharply creased and contoured aluminum hood replaces the steel version on earlier models and meets up with a brighter, more pronounced front grille. The new more expressive face of Accord is complimented by a sharply sculpted rear bumper fascia and new LED taillight design. The Accord Coupe also boasts more sporting and aggressive front and rear fasciae, a new grille, and restyled headlights and taillights.

While all models feature restyled wheels, the Accord Sedan in Sport and Touring trims get larger 19-inch (+1 inch for Sport, +2 inch for Touring) wheels and tires and a new side-sill garnish. The Touring sedan also gets a new rear deck spoiler. For the Accord Coupe, EX and EX-L grades get larger 18-inch (+1 inch) wheels and tires, while the new line-topping Coupe Touring rolls on the same 19-inch tires as its sedan counterpart. All models, Coupe and Sedan, feature the expanded use of LED lighting – LED taillights for all models, LED headlights for the new Touring Coupe, and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) for Sport and above trims.

The Accord also gets a revised exterior color palette with the addition of a new Deep Blue Opal Metallic for the Accord Coupe, as well as new fabric and color schemes, depending on model and trim, including:

New glossy piano black interior trim for Accord Sedan LX and Sport and Coupe LX-S

New carbon fiber-style dashboard trim and new cloth seat fabric with leatherette bolsters for the Sedan in Sport trim

A new meter design on Accord Sedan Sport and all Coupe models

New tricot seat fabric for Accord Sedan EX

New wood grain-style dashboard trim for Accord Sedan EX and above trims

New metal-style dashboard trim for Accord Coupe EX and above trims

Body and Chassis Upgrades

The 2016 Accord’s sportier design is matched by its improved dynamic performance. Accord body rigidity is increased for all models and is complimented by new high performance dampers, and a retuned electric power steering system that delivers even more linear and precise response. The Accord Sedan also gets a new aluminum hood, replacing the previous steel hood, benefitting both fuel efficiency and dynamic performance.

Within the Sedan lineup, the popular Sport trim receives upgraded performance capabilities courtesy of larger front brakes, 19-inch (+1 inch) wheels and tires, and retuned Active Sound Control; likewise the line-topping Touring trim (Coupe and Sedan) also benefits from the same larger front brakes and 19-inch wheels and tires, and for the first time is fitted with Amplitude Reactive Dampers and hydraulic subframe bushings, which provide for a more supple ride. This combination of these new body and chassis features and engineering changes is designed to give each model a more clearly defined and distinctive dynamic feeling within the Accord lineup.

Honda Accord Coupe

The Accord also gets new Straight Driving Assist technology that helps reduce the driver’s workload when driving on a crowned or canted road surface (see Chassis section for more details).

Honda Sensing™

All 2016 Accords can also now be equipped with Honda Sensing™, among the most comprehensive suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies in the competitive class. Honda Sensing is offered as a standalone option on all trims except the Touring, which features Honda Sensing as standard equipment. Honda Sensing is comprised of the following technologies:

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with sensor fusion technology

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

All 2016 Accord models also feature a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. The Touring trim adds new auto high-beam headlights that enhance nighttime visibility and driving convenience (see Safety and Driver Assistive section for more detail).

Display Audio with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto1 Overview

The Accord audio and digital experience is also significantly upgraded with the application of a new 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface (EX and above trims) featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, as well as newly available HondaLink Assist (e911) and HD Radio®. Smartphone pairing is now simplified with a single USB cable connection, no longer requiring an HDMI cable connection. The new Display Audio system serves as the interface for new Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, offering a multitude of new functions and features, including smartphone-linked navigation (Apple Maps or Google Maps), audio streaming, voice-controlled SMS text messaging and more.

The lower 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen is paired with an upper 7.7-inch display screen and steering-wheel controls. The upper screen can display audio settings, turn-by-turn directions (from embedded navigation when so equipped or from Android Auto or Apple CarPlay® navi apps), time and trip information (e.g. range, trip distance), LaneWatch and Rearview Camera displays, incoming calls, SMS text messages, and parking sensor alerts.

2016 Accord Major Engineering Changes and Feature Upgrades

Body and Chassis

Increased body rigidity courtesy of multiple new stiffeners, a thicker front shock tower bar and sturdier rear bulkhead

Retuned electric power steering

Aluminum hood (Sedan models)

New high performance dampers (all except Touring trims)

New high performance Amplitude Reactive Dampers (Touring trims)

Hydraulic rear subframe bushings (Touring trims)

Retuned Active Sound Control for sportier acceleration sound (Sport Sedan)

18-inch (+1 inch) aluminum wheels and tires (EX and EX-L Coupe)

19-inch aluminum wheels and tires (Sport sedan +1 inch and Touring trims +2 inch)

Larger front brake (Sport Sedan and Touring trims)


Honda Accord Coupe

Newly styled front and rear fasciae (all models)

Restyled aluminum (previously steel) hood (Sedan models)

New wheel designs (all models and trims)

Expanded application of LED lighting

New exterior color options and interior decoration

Rain-sensing wipers (Touring trims)

Front and rear parking sensors (Touring trims)

Side sill garnish (Sport and Touring Sedan)

Rear deck spoiler (Sedan Sport and Touring trims)


7-inch touch screen Display Audio system (EX and above trims)

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay® (EX and above trims)

HondaLink Assist

Expanded application of SiriusXM Radio (added to EX)

New HD Radio® (EX and above trims)

8-way power driver’s seat (added to EX Coupe)

Driver’s memory seat (added to EX-L and Touring Coupe)

60/40-split and folding rear seat (added to Sport and above Sedans)

Remote engine start (CVT/AT EX and above trims)

Heated rear seats (Touring Sedan)

Safety and Driver Assistive

Honda Sensing™ technologies including Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCE).

Auto high-beam headlights (Touring trims)

Front and rear parking sensors (Touring trims)


The Accord Sedan and Coupe are offered with two advanced engines – a direct-injected 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, and a 3.5-liter V-6 that is the most powerful engine offered in a Honda sedan to date. Available transmissions include a sporty and fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the 4-cylinder engines, unique 6-speed manuals for the 4-cylinder and V-6 engines, and a 6-speed automatic for V-6 models.

Advanced Safety Performance

In keeping with Honda’s commitment to safety, the 2016 Accord features the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies designed to expand the driver’s situational awareness while sensing and responding to potential road hazards, including other vehicles, road obstacles and even pedestrians, even to the point of mitigating the possibility or severity of a collision

The 2016 Accord is expected to receive the highest safety ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating in all crash modes.

Honda Accord Coupe

The Accord incorporates Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, designed to more efficiently absorb and disperse the energy from a frontal collision, along with new ultra-high-strength door rings designed to help better protect occupants.

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