Honda is offering us our first look at the refreshed 2016 Accord sedan that brings with it changes to the exterior and interior design, and new tech features.
You can tell it’s the updated Accord from the new and more complicated – if you ask us, “sportier and more sophisticated” – if you ask Honda, face with the very Acura-like headlamps that are full-LED in Touring trim, chrome grille, redesigned bumper with LED fog lights on Sport trim and above, and the re-sculpted hood.
There are less notable changes at the back where Honda gave the 2016MY new LED taillights and a restyled bumper. All Accords get fresh wheel designs up to 19-inches in size, while the Touring models features a new deck lid spoiler as well.
Inside, the 2016 Accord is the first Honda to feature the firm’s new infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that are operated through a new and larger 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface.
Honda’s mid-size sedan continues with a two-screen setup, as there’s an even larger 7.7-inch high-res screen positioned above the Display Audio unit giving access to things like audio settings, turn-by-turn directions, LaneWatch and Rearview cameras and incoming calls.
Other tech upgrades include the available Honda Sensing package that bundles a suite of safety and driver-assistive systems, including: Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
Also for 2016, all Accords get a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and, for the first time, new auto high-beam headlights on the Touring trim.
From the EX and above, you now get remote engine start, 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio and Homelink remote as standard, while Sport and above trims feature a new 60/40 split and folding rear seat instead of the previous one-piece design. Finally, the Touring grade gains heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors and new rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The updated Accord will continue to offer two engine choices when it goes on sale in the US this August, including a 2.4-liter four-pot connected to either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a 6sp manual, and a 3.5-liter V6 hooked up to a 6-speed automatic or 6sp manual. A hybrid version is scheduled to launch early next year.