2016 Honda Accord gets a facelift — and a big tech boost inside

Tech invasion 2016 Honda Accord

Despite a refreshed face and 19-inch wheels, the biggest upgrades are in the cabin

The 2016 Honda Accord sedan and coupe get a (slightly) new look — plus a few big tech upgrades inside. Honda just pulled the covers off its new take on the popular midsizer, and the changes are, at first glance, fairly modest: The front and rear fascias have been restyled, the grille has been redesigned and upper trim level cars ride on new 19-inch wheels. Opt for Sport trim or higher, and you’ll get those all-important LED fog lights, too.

But you’ll find bigger changes inside: The 2016 Accord gets a new infotainment system built around a 7-inch touchscreen. We had a chance to test out a similar system on the 2016 Honda Pilot and found that it functions a lot like a tablet computer; to zoom in our out on a map, for example, you simply “pinch” the screen (trust us — it’s fairly intuitive).

2016 Honda Accord Android Auto Apple CarPlay integration

The tech invasion doesn’t stop there. The Accord will be one of the first cars on the market to support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The two similar systems allow you to link a smartphone to your car and use some of the phone’s features — such as weather updates, maps and music streaming services — right on the car’s infotainment screen.

Further, the Honda Sensing technology suite, which gets you lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and more, will be offered on all trim levels. It comes standard on the range-topping Touring trim.

Powertrain options remain unchanged. You’ll choose a 2.4-liter inline-four or a 3.5-liter V6 paired with either a six-speed manual, a CVT (for the four-cylinder) or a six-speed automatic (for the six-cylinder).

The 2016 Accord will go on sale in August; we’ll bring you pricing information when it becomes available.

2016 Honda Accord revealed rear 3-4

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