2016 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord gets a substantial update for 2016. The sedan's fascia has been revised and its steel hood has been swapped for a lighter aluminum piece.

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2016 Honda Accord

Our example is a midtier EX-L model equipped with the four-cylinder engine.

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The Accord is available with LED fog lights and daytime running lights. At the top-tier Touring trim, even LED headlights are available.

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Under the hood, we find a 185 horsepower Earth Dreams four-cylinder engine that displaces 2.4 liters.

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The four-banger's 181 pound-feet of torque reaches the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaves like an automatic transmission, but with infinite gears.

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Honda says that it has tweaked the Accord's suspension to be sportier than before. The 2016 model feels fairly agile despite its full-size mass.

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All Accord models are front-wheel drive.

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Though not equipped here, high-trim Accord models can be had with the Honda Sensing suite of driver aid technologies.

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Rather than Honda Sensing, our example is equipped with the automaker's Lane Watch camera system.

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When the turn signal is activated, the camera displays a view into the passenger-side blind spot.

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Lane Watch can also be manually triggered by pressing a button at the end of the turn-signal stalk.

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When equipped with Honda Sensing, the Accord also gains lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning.

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A Sport trim level is available with slightly more powerful 189 horsepower tune of the 2.4-liter engine.

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At the top of the range, the I-4 is upgraded to a V-6 engine good for 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque.

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The rear is also restyled, but the tweaks are more subtle at this end of the sedan.

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Across the board, the 2016 Accord's chassis is said to be stiffer.

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The electric power steering has been revised for this model year. Now, it feels a bit less artificial.

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I wasn't a fan of Honda's two-tiered dashboard tech, but the 2016 model reorganizes the system to make better and more intuitive use of the dual displays.

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The interface features three home screens that can be swiped among. Curiously, there are only enough menu options and icons to fill up one of those screens.

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The home screen shortcuts can be organized and rearranged by holding and dragging with a fingertip.

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When a compatible Android device or Apple iPhone, the lower display will change to an Android Auto or Apple CarPlay interface, respectively.

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The upper display works in tandem with the Android Auto interface, showing auxiliary turn-by-turn information and the currently playing song.

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Honda's system also features a loosely populated suite of apps, including a calculator and a Web browser, that can be used when the car is parked. These apps hint that the infotainment system is underpinned by some version of Android.

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USB connectivity is standard and the port feature full 1.5A charging to rapidly juice smartphones or portable devices.

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Instrumentation is simple and features a small monochromatic display nested into the central speedometer.

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An ECON button found on the lower dashboard puts the Accord into its most efficient mode, helping it get as close to the 31 combined mpg estimate.

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The EPA reckons that the 2016 Accord with the CVT will do 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

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Keyless entry and start are nice convenience touches.

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Honda's steering wheel controls are intuitively organized and easy to use.

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The Accord's interior isn't luxuriously appointed, despite the EX-L model's leather trim, but it does look solidly made and handsomely styled.

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Small technology upgrades and the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have made Honda's two-tiered dashboard a much more pleasant experience.

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