The honda accord has been one of the best selling cars in the US for over 20 years, its currently in the middle of its 9th generation production available as 4 door sedans and 2 door coupes. The Honda Accord Sedan is offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims, while the Coupe available in LX-S, EX, EX-L, and Touring models.
The 2016 Accord features a couple of updates as expected, its headlamps, grill and front bumpers have been revised. The aerodynamics of the vehicle have been tuned, with a lightweight aluminium used in the hood build
The 2016 has a revised dashboard tech, the 2 screens stacked on one another in previous versions now have clearly defined roles and information sharing between them is much better, efficient and quicker to learn its use.
Overall system speed in the 2016 Accord has improved greatly with rapid response to taps and adequate sensitivity allowing pinching, zooming and dragging icons on the home screen
Android Auto and Apple car play connectivity are now supported. Connecting a Android (5.0 and above) or iPhone through the standard USB port rapidly charges the device and the Honda infotainment display gets replaced with Google or Apple’s interface respectively.
The phone interfaces comes with navigation apps which are quite useful and support in-dash control got audio streaming and simplified controls. Voice commands for hands free calling and text messaging are also available by holding the voice command button on the Androids steering wheel.
The 2016 accord has a 2.5% reduction in coefficient drag and better aero dynamics as a result of tailoring trim and enhancements on the exterior. Outside theres a new alloy wheel design, LED daytime running light and taillights.
Honda sensing, a suite of driver assist is available on the 2016 including a LaneWatch blind-spot monitor that shows a wide view of the passenger side of the vehicle on the touchscreen when the turn signal is flicked
Design, Interior and styling.
The automaker aims to make the 2016 accord luxurious and modern, with a smart interior placing the instrument panel low, pushed forward out of corners and important controls placed high. The back seat space is excellent with a roomy trunk and a very nice interior that can compete with those of luxury brand sedans, the cabin has Active Noise control and Active sound control both cancelling out road noise. Sedan models and coupe models have leather upholstery, power adjustable front seats and heated rear seats are available only in sedan models. .
The 2016 Accord sedan has a big trunk with 15.8 cubit feet cargo space while the coupe has 13.7 cubic feet. Both have standard one piece folding rear seat-back and the sedan has a 60/40 split folding rear seat
The 2016 Accord styling is inspired by the 10th generation civic concept with LED headlights, turn signals, and taillights, optional 19 inch wheels and a steeper descending hood that makes the 2016 Accord easy to identify. There are 3 new exterior colors for the sedan: Kona coffee, Luna silver and San Morino red, and for the coupe: deep opal metallic and lunar silver
Specs and Performance
All 2016 Accord models are front wheel drive and most have a 2.4 liter four cylinder engine rated 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The sport trim have dual exhaust with 189hp and 182 pound-feet torque. Unlike other CVTs the 2016 Accord does well almost feeling like an automatic transmission. With its G-Design shift logic revs rise quickly then it creates the feeling that its locking onto gears along the way
Honda still has the V-6 model, the 278 horsepower V6 is paired with a 6 speed automatic transmission with manual transmission available in coupes. Efficiency is aided by full i-VTEX and variable cylinder management. The electric power steering in the 2016 accord works well mostly due to its linear weighting, good sense of center and feedback on road surface.
The 2016 Honda Accord comes with dual zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 8 inch infotainment display, multi angle rear-view camera and a four speaker audio system. Additional features include power moon roof, push button start, navigation, satellite radio, HD radio and a seven speaker audio system. The Accord also has optional driver assistance and safety features which include lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, front and rear parking sensors and LaneWatch.
Honda has demonstrated a continuing passion for quality, reliability and efficiency with the 2016 Accord. The right mix of engine and transmission with luxury behind the wheels makes the Accord exciting. Previous generation Accord owners wont be disappointed and many will be glad at the prospect of another long relationship with a new Accord.