Honda Debuts 2016 Accord Facelift, We Visually Compare It With The 2015MY

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.

2016 Honda Accord Facelift

2016 vs 2015 Honda Accord

  • Kash

    I don’t love the rims on it with such a tall gap over it, but it looks good, just looks like an Acura more than ever.

    • eye.surgeon

      I don’t think the target audience for mainstream midsize sedans shares your preference for the slammed look.

      • dumblikeyou2

        agreed, but the slammed crowd have a panache for Accords; for Honda and Acura in general.

      • Kash

        i don’t like slammed cars either nor did i say anything about slamming it, but they could still cut the gap in half and it’d look much better.

        • Rick Alexander

          I agree RigneyLV. The new BMWs, Mercedes, Audis, as well as Infinitis, all have considerably smaller gaps in the wheel well. Their cars aren’t slammed, but definitely look better aesthetically IMO. Here’s a new Merc as an example.

        • eye.surgeon

          That gap is there for a reason. Several reasons actually. One of which being ride comfort, another being the ability to traverse a speed bump or pull into a sloped driveway. These are mainstream sedans, people who buy these don’t even know what wheel gap is.

          • Kash

            if the germans can make a car with a much smaller gap that still rides more comfortably than this with it’s massive gap then the gap has nothing to do with ride comfort. Those same cars can go over speed bumps and go everywhere this car can go.

          • robby g


    • Mobis21

      Exactly correct.


    they should just dump Acura with models like this and the new Pilot and just call the new NSX A HONDA

    • Grumpy

      They are being belended, but Acura is no luxury brand. It’s a premium brand. Simmilar like the difference between a Toyota Avalon and a Lexus ES or Nissan Pathfinder and a Infiniti Qx60.

      • Rick Alexander

        The terminology you’re using is marketing jargon Grumpy. The words “luxury”and “premium” can be applied to either brand. These car companies just want you to associate the different brands with luxury or economy so they can charge you an extra $5,000.00+ for a vehicle which in many cases is very similar mechanically. Now if you’re comparing a Honda Accord to a BMW 3 series, or Audi A4, then you might have a case. But even then, considering the price difference between a Honda and a similarly optioned BMW, are you really getting $10,000.00+ in extra performance from your supposed premium competition?

        • Grumpy

          Off course it is, but consumers use these terminology to differentiated classes of vehicles.

          The price based comparison is reflected in the R&D of the two cars. A FWD car is cheaper to develop than a car that comes in RWD and AWD. Not to mention the mechanical differences between the two. That increases the price. Even if the interior may not be filled with tech or as appealing, that’s where the price difference comes from.

          The cars i mentioned are twins. They are identical in construction. Even economical brands have their premium cars. Impala, Avalon, Maxima are examples. Similarly, Luxury brands have premium cars as well. The difference between the GS and the ES is an example. It’s a term for the segment that fits between Economical and luxury.

          • Rick Alexander

            Which two cars did you mention that are twins? If you mean Acura and Honda, they’re the same companies, but neither company produces a car in North America at present, that are identical. Acura was created to compete with Lexus (Toyota), Infiniti (Nissan), and Genesis (Hyundai). I’m pretty sure you already knew that, but my point is you said Acura is not a luxury brand, and this is precisely the reason Acura was established. Acura was created to give North Americans an excuse to pay premium money for cars that are essentially higher quality Honda product.

          • Grumpy

            It may have been established to be a luxury brand, but their products are not on par with the luxury brands. When was the last time you heard any Acura being a proper competitor to to the Germans? You said it yourself, Infiniti and Genesis (Hyundai) are competitor. Both of which aren’t luxury brands. Only until recently has Infniti crossed the boundary with the Q60. Not saying they are bad cars. They really aren’t. But they aren’t in the luxury tier yet.

          • Rick Alexander

            All your points are valid Grumpy, but you’re proving my point. The reason Acura and the rest of the Japanese Automobile industry don’t compete well with the Germans, isn’t because they don’t make quality cars, but more because people are image conscious. They are more concerned with the badge than the beef. Again, I think the Germans make great cars, they’re just incredibly overpriced. The reason they’re overpriced, is because people have bought into the facade that the Germans do it better. I’m not hating on the Germans either. I actually own a Mercedes, but I bought it because I liked the car not because it was German. I actually was looking at an Infiniti G37, but someone beat me to it. The Mercedes ended up being my second choice. In my opinion, the G37 was a better driver than the Mercedes C Class, and came better equipped. More bang for the buck too.

          • robby g

            I would have bought the infiniti too. I have always thought of Infiniti as a upscale luxury car compared to my nissan maxima.

    • robby g

      They do. In japan..

  • Awesome!

  • TheBelltower

    I don’t hate it. I don’t necessarily think the front is an improvement, just more Mr. Roboto-looking. The rear seems more Camry with the update. Which is not a good thing.

    • Say What??

      I agree. It almost looks like the grille is a spin-off of the 8th generation civic. I’m not a fan of the way it looks.

  • MarketAndChurch

    The rear 3/4 view, it looks like an E-class. Attractive enough of an update that they may not need a refresh for another 3 years, the coupe will look even better too. I don’t find it as attractive as the Legacy, Sonata, Fusion, etc. but this is huge for Honda. I want this to get an Si edition, and can’t wait to see Mugen’s rendition.

    • Nordschleife

      I was reluctant to type that but I am so glad we both agree on this. I get major E-Class from the rear 3/4 view.

  • J Hod

    decent, at least more sophisticated than the camry. its a good thing to see the upgrades made by honda yet execution is another story *cough cough a bit *cough cough tacky*. may other rims be optional

  • NeverHonda


  • Looks like an Acura… no?

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The Acura beak is back!

  • chippers

    I still like it okay but to me every single change they made was for the worse. Kind of tacky now.

  • Cabubu

    Honda cars are Sh*t i bought Accourd for my wife, took it in for service after 4 years for 105 000 they told me the the price for service was 16 000G change F brakes 3000 spurk plugs 4000 F disks 3800 service 3500, wiper blades 1800. For Honda i sold it right away to them i will never, I have A6 3.0 TDI no problem service is very cheap

    • SomeRandomCommenter

      Not sure what dealer you went to for service, but my brother never got hit like that on his Accord. Also, Audi service is very cheap? Who are you kidding…

    • TheBelltower

      I don’t know the exchange rate on those prices or why you are complaining about having to service a car after 105k. But I do know that you have a major and expensive service every 35k on Audis. At 70k, you’re definitely needing new brakes because Audi uses grippier, softer pads than Honda.

    • robby g

      16grand for service. Who you kidding. 4000 for spark plugs. Right. Did you take it to a Buggati dealer ship.

  • rob

    I’m sorry was I snoring. Once again, evolution, not revolution.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      It’s a facelift rob not an entirely new model.

      • rob

        Ok, but Honda could have changed it up some.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          They did.

          • rob


  • xDRAN0x

    they should offer an AWD version of this.

    • Benny

      That’s what TLX is for…

  • c3vzn

    They tried to go all Mazda with the “Signature Wings” on the front and back. It suits the Mazdas because they were designed for it but this implementation looks tacky.

  • The Honda Accord’s facelift is minor compared to the facelift Toyota gave the Camry last year.
    Also, why are car companies putting ugly grills in the bumper?

    • emjayay

      The Camry facelift was a desperate attempt to make it look cooler without really changing much and then advertising it as all new.

      I’ve got it! Let’s put an applique around the side windows to make it look more fastbacky and mod! Yeah, that’ll fool ’em. Awesome! How about a new widemouth grille! Yeah!

      Anyway it didn’t help.

  • BlackPegasus

    The look is very premium, but I’m not a fan of the interior.

  • Miroku

    Looks good, i like it

  • Nik

    Finally I see good looking Honda car… not like all crap design before

  • klowik

    Looks like Honda is desperate to move more sales on the Accord. That’s an Acura with Honda badge.

  • Laurenz

    I was just thinking the headlights seem audi-esque and grille but the rims WOW!

  • Grumpy

    Finallyyy. Andriod Auto. No more shitty interfaces that seem like they were made with little effort.

  • smartacus

    They should call it the Honda-Acura.
    Restructure the brand into a sub-brand like Mercedes-Maybach.

    • MarketAndChurch

      It would certainly save them billions in separate marketing and development costs. Just make it a top trim or as you said, a more premium sub-brand, even sold under the same roof.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Busier. Not an improvement.

  • emjayay

    Best cheapo facelift from the olden days:

  • Kash

    Can i just say I’m generally pleased and fairly surprised that they haven’t posted a rendering of the new Accord Coupe.

  • RayNash

    It’s a Hondacura!

  • TheBigGuy

    Love this car, but no AWD is the deal breaker. Plus the Subaru Legacy is awd and the gas mileage is 26/36. The fwd accord is 27/37. Get awd and you will see a lot more northern buyers. The new Ford Fusion has 325hp 0-60 4.9 and AWD. Honda needs to catch up.

    • Benny

      That’s what the TLX are for…

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