Honda took the covers off its 2016 Accord during a press event at its Silicon Valley Innovation Center, showing off a car with a restyled front-end, LED lighting all around, and new cabin electronics. Driveline options carry over from the previous model year.
Honda retains its dual-screen approach to its infotainment interface, called Display Audio, using a touchscreen below and an LCD above. However, this new interface appears to eliminate some of the menu duplication and use both screens in a more sensible fashion.
The Accord can be optioned with navigation, using stored maps in the car. The main map is seen here on the touchscreen, and turn-by-turn directions, audio and other information can be displayed on the upper LCD.
Plugging an Android phone into the car's USB port enables Android Auto, using the phone's processor, GPS and data connection to power features such as navigation, audio and messaging. Shown here is Android Auto's standard tiled interface.
Android Auto uses Google Maps for navigation, showing on the Accord's touchscreen. The upper LCD shows audio information from Android Auto.
Here's the expanded view for music playing on the phone through Android Auto. Drivers can use voice command just as they would on their Android phones.
Plugging in an iPhone activates Apple CarPlay, with CarPlay's multicolored icon interface showing on the touchscreen. The lower part of the upper LCD shows audio information from the phone.
Siri is the primary means of controlling Apple CarPlay, giving access to navigation, audio, messaging and random questions.
Apple CarPlay uses the Apple Maps app, shown on the Accord's touchscreen.
The Apple CarPlay screen shows options similar to what you find in an iPhone's audio app.