2016 honda accord – DOC637835
Honda has pulled the covers off its newest, most technologically advanced version of the popular Accord. Heavily refreshed for the 2016 model year, the Accord now boasts an updated look inside and out, with a host of new features and gadgets. Most of the mechanicals carry over from the 2015 car; the Accord still offers two stout engine options fitted with a manual transmission, a conventional six-speed automatic, or a CVT. Honda seems set on shaking the Accord’s bland reputation as a family sedan with this refresh, and from the looks of things, bland is nowhere to be seen.
The new Accord enjoyed its reveal party in the fitting location of Silicon Valley in California. The technology epicenter is home to companies like Google and Apple – both of whom now have their latest car-centered tech inside the Accord. Yep, both Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are present. The mobile device-compatible software integration now allows users to connect their iPhone or Android devices to the Accord’s infotainment system and display a condensed version of their phones’ interfaces.
Of course, Honda Sensing is offered. It now comes with Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control. All trim levels can be optioned with Honda Sensing, while the range-topping Touring model gets it as standard.
The Accord has been one of the best selling sedans for decades, but will the new improvements be enough to keep its position on the leader board?
The new Accord sedan and coupe get a welcomed refresh for their front and rear fascias. The styling is much more angular and aggressive, with a bolder grille, a new aluminum hood, and LED-encrusted lights. In fact, the design is downright Acura-looking, even down to the beak-like grille. Around back, the tail enjoys a longer yet sharper chrome accent piece running above the taillights. Those taillights are also new and give the car extra horizontal dimension thanks to their long LED piping. A matching chrome piece resides along the lower section of the bumper, giving the car more flash. The side profile and doors remain basically intact from last year.
The Sport trim and above come with LED fog lights, while the Touring comes with full LED headlights. All models have LED daytime running lights. Every model also has restyled wheels, with the Sport and Touring trims get larger 19-inch rims.
Honda has updated its lower touchscreen to a larger 7-inch unit. The screen is paired with the upper 7.7-inch screen. Working in conjunction, both screens offer an intuitive display of information from GPS navigation to song titles. The lower screen even allows multi-gestures like swipes, pinches and taps.
Honda has updated its lower touchscreen to a larger 7-inch unit.
More specifically, the upper screen takes care of audio settings, turn-by-turn directions, the rearview camera, incoming calls, SMS text messages, and parking sensor alerts. That rearview camera is also new for 2016 and offers what Honda calls its Multi-Angle view.
Other features include a new auto high-beam assist for the headlights. Available on the Touring trim, the system works to keep the high-beams from blinding other drivers while automatically turning the high-beams on in dark areas.
All trim levels besides the base LX now have a 60/40 split folding rear seat, where the previous seatback was all one piece. The Touring trim now also has heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
It’s clear to see Honda has put technology at the forefront of the Accord’s 2016 refresh.
The Accord’s two powertrains carry over from last year without any advertised changes. That means the base engine is the 2.4-liter four-cylinder offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
The base engine is the 2.4-liter four-cylinder offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.
The four-cylinder features direct fuel injection and Honda’s i-VTEC valvetrain system and makes 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque in every trim level except the Sport, which sees an increase of four horsepower and one pound-foot of torque.
The optional engine is Honda’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6. The V-6 also uses the i-VTEC technology but is combined with a multi-port fuel injection system. The all-aluminum engine makes a respectable 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque.
The EPA rated the 2015 Accord with the 2.4-liter at 24 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined with the six-speed manual transmission. Opt for the CVT and the EPA estimates moved up to 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined. The V-6 with the six-speed automatic was rated at 21 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined.
Don’t expect those numbers to change much in light of the new visual and tech updates, though.
Honda has yet to release pricing for the 2016 Accord, but it’s expected that both the sedan and coupe will stay relatively close to their current pricing structures. The base LX sedan starts at $22,105 while the range-topping Touring model starts at $33,630. The Accord Coupe starts at $23,775 in its base LX-S trim and ranges to $32,550 for the EX-L equipped with the V-6.
2015 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry and the Accord have long been throwing jabs at each other from opposing sides of the same ring – each landing solid punches on the other year after year. However, it is usually the Camry that wins out when the sales tallies are counted. Toyota has given customers even more reasons to choose the Camry since its 2015 refresh. A new, much more expressive design pulls the Camry away from the boring box, though the new Accord now has a far more luxurious appeal to it also.
Like the Accord, the Camry is offered with both a four-cylinder and a V-6. Sadly, those who want to row their own gears or want a coupe will have to choose the Accord as the Camry offers neither. Still, the Toyota proves to be a solid competitor against even this new and improved Honda.
2015 Hyundai Sonata
Look up the definition of “underdog” in the dictionary and the Sonata’s picture might as well be posted there. Hyundai is still proving itself as a worthy automaker that moves decent and desirable vehicles. The 2015 Sonata is a shining example of that. With interior room to spare, fantastic fit and finish, and some impressive powertrain options, the Sonata gives both the Camry and Accord a hard fight. Shoppers would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn’t at least consider the Sonata before choosing either of the more (traditionally) mainstream choices.
The Accord has always been a top seller in both the sedan and coupe segments. Honda’s improvements for the 2016 model year should only help the Accord’s standings against its rivals. With its more Acura-like looks, loads of technology features, LED exterior lights, and upgraded wheel designs, the Accord is set for a bright future. It will be interesting to see if it can topple the Camry while fending off the up-and-coming Sonata.
The 2016 Accord will hit dealers in August and Honda has promised news regarding the Accord Hybrid on a later date. Stay tuned.
- Smart new exterior looks
- Upgraded technologies inside
- The manual survives another year
- No powertrain updates
- Looks like an Acura. Is that bad?
- No major interior changes
Honda introduced a refreshed 2016 Accord loaded with advanced technology in Silicon Valley today, the first time the company has launched a new vehicle in the U.S. tech hub. Coming to market in August, the 2016 Accord will be the first Honda model and among the first high-volume cars in the marketplace to feature both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. These and other major upgrades to technology and features make it the most high-tech Accord ever.
The 2016 Accord Sedan and Coupe receive dynamic new styling, a new Display Audio touchscreen interface, and Honda Sensing™, the most comprehensive suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies in the midsize car class. The 2016 Accord also adds HD Radio®, heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a number of other new features and technology to be revealed in coming weeks. Details on the Accord Hybrid will be announced at a later date.
“Where else to introduce the most technologically advanced midsize sedan, the 2016 Accord, than in Silicon Valley,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of the Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Customers want their vehicles to be more intelligently integrated with their smartphone-powered lives, and we are committed to delivering that experience starting with Accord, retail car buyers’ most popular vehicle the past two years.”
Exterior and Interior design
The 2016 Accord gets a major facelift with sportier, more sophisticated styling, front and rear. In front is a more sharply creased and intricately structured bumper fascia with outside edges that tuck into intake-like meshed areas that house new LED fog lights (Sport trim and above). A new aluminum hood features sharper character lines that meet up with a brighter, more expressive front grille. In the rear, the Accord gets restyled LED taillights and a similarly aggressive rear bumper fascia redesign.
While all models feature restyled wheels, the Accord Sedan (Sport and Touring trim) and Coupe (Touring, new for Coupe) get new, larger 19-inch wheels and tires. The Touring sedan also gets a new rear deck spoiler. 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.
All 2016 Accords also can now be equipped with Honda Sensing™, among the most comprehensive suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies in the class. Honda Sensing includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and is available as a standalone option on all trims with the exception of Touring, where Honda Sensing is included as standard equipment.
Also, all 2016 Accords feature a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and, for the first time, new auto high-beam headlights (Touring trim) that enhance nighttime visibility and driving convenience by defaulting to the high-beam setting and automatically switching to low beams when an oncoming vehicle is detected.
Display Audio with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
The Accord audio and digital experience also is significantly upgraded with the application of a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, on EX and above trims, as well as available HondaLink™ Assist (e911) and HD Radio. The intuitive and easy-to-use capacitive touchscreen lets users swipe, tap and pinch—just like on a tablet or smartphone—to control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings and other advanced features.
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are designed to support seamless smart phone integration and offer a multitude of new functions and features.
Apple CarPlay® takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. Apple CarPlay® is compatible with iOS 7.1 or later and iPhone 5 or later.
Android Auto™ was designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way through touch and voice to minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road. Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous popular apps.
To take full advantage of these new systems and features, the 2016 Accord’s new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen is paired with an upper 7.7-inch high-resolution display screen and steering wheel-mounted controls. The upper screen can display audio settings, turn-by-turn directions, time and trip information, LaneWatch™ and Rearview Camera displays, incoming calls, SMS text messages when stopped, and parking sensor alerts.
The Accord value proposition is further bolstered by new standard and available features: Accord EX and above trims (Sedan and Coupe) with automatic transmission get remote engine start, 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen and HD Radio. SiriusXM satellite radio and Homelink remote, previously on EX-L and Touring, are now standard on EX and above trims. Sport and above trims in the sedan lineup also get a new 60/40 split and folding rear seat, previously a one-piece folding design. The Accord Sedan in Touring trim gets heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors and new rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The Accord will continue to be offered with two advanced Honda engines: a direct-injected (DI) 2.4-liter inline i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder and a 3.5-liter VTEC™ 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.