Andre Query
Automotive Editor - September 18, 2015

2016 Honda Accord OVERVIEW

Comfortable interiors, easy driving manners, and a history of strong resale value make the Honda Accord a top choice in the family sedan class. The lineup also offers a V6-powered coupe, a rarity in the class.

What's New for 2016

The 2016 Honda Accord receives a major refresh that includes a number of noteworthy additions and revisions. The most obvious of these changes include revised front and rear fascias, grille, taillights and new wheel designs. Sport trims and above also get LED foglights. Improvements continue with a redesigned interior and updated technologies including a 7-inch enhanced touchscreen interface (available on EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring) that’s compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration programs. Honda Sensing is now also available on all trim levels, and the Accord Plug-in Hybrid has been discontinued.

Choosing Your Honda Accord

As is often the case with Hondas, your choice in trim level largely determines how your Accord is equipped. That being said, there are two decisions that will need to be made: whether you want a sedan or a coupe, and whether you are interested in Honda Sensing.

Honda Sensing is a suite of advanced safety and driver-assist technologies, now available at all trim levels. Selecting this option bumps the price by $1,000 and adds Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

There are virtually no other options or packages that can be added.


The entry-level Accord starts with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission, that generates 185 horsepower and delivers an estimated 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway. Also available is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic that offers an estimated 27/37 mpg. Additional standard equipment includes Bluetooth streaming audio, a multi-angle rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, power door locks and windows, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 input, cruise control, and halogen headlights.


Choosing the Sport trim adds a slightly more powerful 189-horsepower engine, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum pedals, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, and a spoiler.


Selecting the EX trim builds on the LX trim by adding 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, Honda LaneWatch, keyless entry and start, heated side mirrors, HomeLink Remote system, a six-speaker audio system, and SiriusXM capability.


Building on the EX equipment, the EX-L adds leather upholstery, driver seat memory functions, a four-way power adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, a 360-Watt audio system with seven speakers, a 7-inch touchscreen display, power-folding mirrors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.


As the name suggests, the EX-L V6 adds on the EX-L with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 278 horsepower that delivers an estimated 21/34 mpg. It also adds dual exhaust tips and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.


The line-topping Touring builds on all the EX-L V6 offerings (minus the paddle shifters) by adding the Honda Sensing features suite, satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition, automatic LED headlights, heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors, automatic high-beams, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

CarsDirect Tip

Any trim level offers good value, so shop according to taste and budget. Drivers considering the Honda Sensing package should know that the adaptive cruise control and collision warning systems have been criticized for being a bit over-reactive. We recommend experiencing them for yourself before committing to them.

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