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2016 Honda Accord: Evolution of a mainstream classic (CNET On Cars, Episode 75)

What's changed in the newest Honda Accord, which nation's cars are the best to crash in and the amazing gall of the VW diesel tech scandal.

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In this episode:

  • The new 2016 Honda Accord didn't do major surgery, but what it did makes a much better car. New face and rump, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an excellent powertrain, simple adaptive shocks and a well-priced basket of driver assist tech. My favorite Accord in years.
  • The Smarter Driver will be intrigued by the transatlantic trade battle that surfaced crash safety weakness in US cars versus their counterparts in the EU. It threatens a hoped-for 650 percent boost in US car sales into the European market. We look at differences in crash-worthiness between cars on either side of the Atlantic.
  • Car seats that read your rump to tailor drive modes and modify your mood are not far away as we show in Car Tech 101.
  • Your emails this week were centered on the audacity of the VW emissions scandal, which I really do believe is like no other in modern carmaking history. As of this post, VW just had its first grilling on Capitol Hill and still seems a long way from any answers for the 480,000 US owners of what are now highly non-compliant vehicles.

As always, keep those emails coming; I read every one.