2016 Honda Accord
With the new 2016 edition, Honda aims to solve most issues flagged by users within the previous model. And with its extended userbase (Accord is one of the most sold vehicles in Canada and US), Honda definitely had plenty of feedback.
Available trim levels
Honda Accord is available in 2016 both as a mid-sized sedan and coupe. The coupe version reviewed here comes with 3 trim levels: LX-S, EX and EX-L for the 4-cylinder units. However, Touring trim becomes available once you choose the V6 over the standard 4 piston engine.
The base trim comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, auto-adjustable headlights and LED-based taillights, full power accessories as well as automatic climate control. A 7.7 inch infotainment screen controls various settings including a 4-speaker audio system powered by a CD-player with Bluetooth connectivity.
On the other side of the shelf, the V6 Touring trim lifts the bar quite high. Along with all the equipment offered in LX version, Touring boasts 19-inch wheels, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, automatic high beam control LED headlights and surround parking sensors. Leather upholstery is fitted on the inside, along with a 7-speaker premium sound system and a 7 inch touchscreen (not replacing the 7.7 infotainment display).
Powertrain and performance
Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine is able to produce 278 hp and 341 Nm of torque, all pushed down to the wheels by a six speed automatic gearbox. Even so, EPA estimates a 10.9 l / 100km combined fuel economy. The engine is proudly one of the fastest in the segment, as the Touring is able to reach 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and accelerates up to 241 km/h.
Except a few small areas, the inside of the 2016 Honda Accord features high quality materials that appeal to touch. Touring trim benefits from leather upholstery, although it may occasionally reflect sunlight directly into the driver’s eyes.
Touch-screen looks sleek and is works both with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, even though it may be a little difficult to navigate through menus. A better soundproofing is obvious on the 2016 Accord; compared to its earlier versions, tire and engine noises are well damped.
A generous amount of glass, relatively thin pillars and a low belt line provide increased visibility which is not so common within the segment; at least not in recent releases.
Front and side curtain airbags are available on all trims; stability and traction control systems are present as well, completed by four anti-lock brakes. Touring trim benefits from Honda’s Sensing package features, including collision detection with automatic braking, lane departure intervention and a LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system. The 2016 Honda Acord Coupe Touring received maximum safety rating in government testing.
While being exceptionally agile when equipped with the V6 unit, users may find it disappointing that there is no way to downshift through gears manually. Steering feels light at first, but it proves to be crisp and precise once you get a sense of it. Rough surfaces are dealt in a delicate manner by the suspension dampers, offering a quality ride on the overall.