The Honda Accord has been one of America’s favorite cars ever since it came out and the Honda Accord 2016 seems like it’s no exception. It quenched America’s thirst for mid-sized sedans and has been on several “Top Ten Best Cars of The Year” lists. It has some tough competition to face from Ford and Chrysler but the 2016 Accord comes in a pretty more chic package than ever. This package holds plenty of eye-candy that isn’t there just for the looks; it’s as functional as it is pretty. The changes in this year’s model aren’t just expected ones; Honda goes further and does a makeover of the base-four cylinders CVT and even a suspension change for greater handling experience.
And now it is probably one of the best family mid-size sedan for money can buy. We try to express our opinion.
2016 Accord release date: already available in showrooms
What’s new for 2016 refreshed Accord?
Nothing much. There are only a minor improvements – a bit redesigned front and rear, full LED lights (except the cheapest trim), retuned suspension and new firmware on multimedia with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration platforms. And it is more than just something unnecessary – it simplifies using multimedia and other controls a lot, mainly thanks to well responsive touchscreen. Intuitive integration app providing by Google and Apple simply makes infontainment system even better to use.
Honda Accord was only slightly renewed for 2016 model year
Also read about 2017 Honda Accord
2016 Honda Accord Review: two personalities
From this year on, Accord comes with 2 possible body types – 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe. From the technological point of view, both cars are nearly identical. However, it gives you slightly different impressions and obviously has another target buyer. Let’s find out the recipe of Accord popularity.
Honda Accord Sedan: family guy
First of all, what was so special about the latest generation Accord. The 2016 Honda Accord is the 9th generation and houses refreshments that loyal fans would certainly enjoy. The new and improved grille design with its new aluminum hood and redesigned tail-lights are sure to win the hearts of people through the exterior. On the inside, the 2016 Accord houses a four base cylinder engine capable of 185 horsepower and it can be coupled with a continuously varying transmission (CVT). The Accord Sedan is also offers a V6 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The interior is airy and comfortable. The large windows offer a great viewing experience. The dual screen infotainment screen is a little complicates and the learning curve with it is a little too steep, but overall it’s still a joy to work. The 2016 Honda Accord Sedan is offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring trims. The base LX models offers climate control, Bluetooth, Pandora Music Streaming and threaded SMS viewing capability.
Unlike the European version of Accord of the nearest past, mainly has sporty look and feel, US version of Honda Accord keeps the overall design feel of big and comfortable sedan which costs less than looks for almost a ten years. The latest generation Accord offers the same design for both markets. That is why there are almost a perfect balance between these two excesses. Accord looks neat, confindent and well-built.
New Accord looking very neat and sporty at the same time
Except one or two minor drawbacks, the interior of 2016 Honda Accord looks impressive. High-quality materials, elegant design. The overall feel of front panel is something durable and well-built.
Center console has 7-inch display on top which uses mainly for trip computer and multimedia. Below, between vents there is audio controls, simple and intuitive. You can’t say so about the touchscreen when it is about audio controls. There are no volume knob, for example, which made you look at the screen while driving. What is more, Honda interface is a bit complicated in comparison with abovementioned smartphone integration systems.
Regarding the main characteristic of any family sedan – interior volume – everything is perfect in 2016 Accord. There are plenty of legroom and headroom for the front passengers. Rear seat are probably one of the best in class. However, Accord front seats are a bit less comfortable in long rides.
Sound insulation is way better compared to the previous generation car, along with visibility.
Trunk size is nearly average in class – a bit less than 16 cubic feet, and most trim levels equipped by 60/40 folding rear seats.
The interior is one of the best in class in terms of quality of materials used
2016 Honda Accord Sedan is available in 5 trim levels.
LX trim has a plenty of features in standard, including auto lights, dual zone climate, power mirrors and all power windows, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity with 4-speaker audio system. It has almost everything you need, moreover, some features like climate control are rare in basic-trim cars.
2016 Honda Accord Sport has slightly different exhaust system that brings a bit more power from the engine, 19-inch rims LED daytime running lights, small rear spoiler, dual exhaust pipes, gearbox shift paddles behind the steering wheel. So it brings more fun and sporty look to the car.
EX trim in addition has 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, sunroof, keyless entry, 8-way power driver seat, touchscreen infontainment with smartphone integration. You may call it LX+ trim. It is middle-range trim level and one of the most popular options for Accord.
EX-L trim adds more premium-like equipment to the car, no wonder if “L” stands for Luxury in abbreviation. It has leather heated seats, power seat for passenger, advanced rear-view camera and is available with more powerful V6 engine.
Touring trim is the top trim for 2016 Accord. It has full LED headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, parking sensors in front and rear, and navigation system. It even has a heated rear seats, which is nearly a unique feature for mid-size family sedans.
All trim levels mentioned above except the Touring top-trim might be equipped with the special Honda Sensing package with a bunch of safety features like adaptive cruise control. The built-in navigation system is also in optional equipment list.
Honda Accord Coupe: sporty though practical
The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe isn’t that all different from the Sedan. The interior of the coupe may lack in practicality because it has a more pointed tail and the side sheet metal, but they are just there to make the coupe have its own identity. Both models still rock a V6 engine and a four base cylinder, with its direct inject technology generates 185 Horsepower. The other different feature the coupe offers is a six-speed manual gearbox. This is automatic in the Sedan. The Coupe is offered in LX-S, EX, EX-L and Touring models.
Differences from Accord sedan
Besides the cosmetic differences and absence of extra 2-doors, Accord Coupe eqipped with a bigger wheels in basic LX-S trims (also has more audio speakers) and EX-L V6 Coupe has 18-inch wheels instead of 17″ of sedan. The car doesn’t have a Sport trim level, probably because it is already sporty enough.
Honda Accord specs: standard set
Just like new Honda Pilot and many other Honda models, 2016 Accord comes with a very limited types of powertrains. The car comes with 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed manual or CVT or 3.5L V6 with 6-speed automatic transmission. Layout is front-wheel drive only, so there are 3 possible variants in total.
The first engine provides 185 horsepower and 181 lb ft of torque. It is comparable with most of competitors in mid-size sedan class. Accord Sport has slighltly more powerful engine – 189 hp and 182 lb ft of torque. 6-speed manual transmission comes as standard only in LX trim. For the rest it is CVT.
V6 engine is the same as Pilot has, 278 hp and 252 lb ft of torque. It comes with conventional six-speed automatic transmission. This option is more premium-like and made Accord one of a few cars equipped with powerful V6 in the segment.
Honda Accord engine lineup is powerful yet fuel efficient. However, lack something in a middle between standard 2.4 and V6
Despite using a relatively large engines without turbocharging, 2016 Honda Accord shows impressive results of EPA tests on fuel consumption. For instance, CVT-equipped 2.4 Accord got 31 mpg combined (27 mpg for city and 37 for highway). Whilst much more powerful Accord with V6 also showed spectacular figures – 26 mpg combined, 21 mpg in city and 34 mpg in highway. So, Honda Accord is one of the most fuel efficient mid-size sedan on market. Without tiny turbocharged engines.
The car performance is impressive as well, Accord with I4 and CVT catapulting from zero to sixty in less than 8 seconds (7.8 to be exact), V6 Accord doing the same in just 6.1 seconds. Both times are one of the best in segment.
One of the quickest car in mid-size family sedan segment. Only 6.1 sec to 60 mph for 3.5 V6 Accord
2016 Honda Accord price range
The pricing range for Accord is the following: basic LX trim sedan with manual transmission without options starting at $22,105 MSRP and up to $34,580 for full-packed Honda Accord Touring. Coupe version is more expensive – starting from $23,775 to $34,125 for top trim version with V6.
Also read about 2016 Pilot release date
Hybrid version of 2016 Honda Accord
The 2016 Honda Accord is not available In a Hybrid model yet. The Accord plug-in hybrid model was discontinued in June, 2015 along with Civic hybrid. It was done because enough level of fuel efficiency was reached by using conventional engine technologies. However, there was certain speculations that plug-in electric vehicle will be introduced after new fuel cell car. Even though it is still unclear whether it would be a Civic/Accord based hybrid or completely new model.
2016 Honda Accord standard colors
The Honda 2016 is available in:
- Basque Red Pearl II
- Champagne Frost Pearl
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Obsidian Blue Pearl
- Kona Coffee Metallic
- White Orchid Pearl
2016 Honda Accord pictures
|2016 Honda Accord|
|Engine type||DOHC 16V I4/DOHC 24V V6, direct fuel injection|
|Power/torque||185 hp@6400 rpm/278 hp@6000 rpm; 181/252 lb-ft|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/CVT (I4) or 6 speed automatic (V6)|
|Cargo volume||15,8 cu ft|
|0-60||7,8 sec (I4); 6,1 sec (V6)|
|Top speed||131 mph (V6)|
|PRICE RANGE: $22,105-$34,580 (sedan)|
|Competitors: Ford Fusion, Mazda 6, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu|