The all new Accord features sportier, more sophisticated and expressive styling cues. This includes restyled front and rear bumpers fasciae, a new grille and new taillight designs, as well as new aluminium wheels for all models and trims.
For 2016, development work on the ninth-generation Accord sedan body has centered on increased rear body rigidity in order to significantly improve both ride quality and handling.
The more rigid body combines with numerous chassis upgrades – including higher performance dampers, retuned electric power steering and, on Touring models, new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and hydraulic subframe bushings – to deliver even more responsive steering and handling together with a more refined ride quality.
The Accord unibody uses a high degree of high-strength, high-tensile steel. This contributes to higher body rigidity and reduced weight, which directly benefits ride and handling, interior quietness, performance and efficiency and long-term durability.
The higher end Accord EX, EX-L and Touring models include a Smart Entry system with engine start/stop button which simplifies approaching, entering and starting the Accord. The system allows the driver to walk up to the vehicle, touch the door handle to unlock the door, start the engine and shut it off at the end of the trip using a push button ignition switch, and then get out and touch the lock button on the door handle to secure the car – all without ever touching a key. The system only requires that the driver has possession of the Smart Entry key.
An optional power glass moonroof with tilt feature is also available, as well as rain sensing windshield whipers.
The new optional Honda LaneWatch™ display uses a camera located below the passenger-side mirror to display an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID).
A standard feature on all Accords is a multi-angle rearview camera with three viewing angles – wide view, normal view and top-down view. Drivers may select the preferred view according to driving conditions. All rearview camera systems also feature dynamic guidelines.
For 2016 interior refinements include new wood grain, carbon weave and glossy piano black accents for the Sedan and glossy metallic black and glossy piano black finish accents for the Coupe. Both the Accord Sedan and Coupe interiors offer spacious accommodations for five passengers, upscale style and high-quality fit and finish.
The Accord audio and digital experience is also significantly upgraded for 2016 with the application of a new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, as well as newly available HondaLink Assist (e911) and HD Radio.
Smartphone pairing is now simplified with a single USB cable connection, no longer requiring a separate HDMI cable connection. The new Display Audio system serves as the interface for new Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, offering a multitude of new functions and features, including smartphone-linked navigation (Apple Maps or Google Maps), audio streaming, voice-controlled SMS text messaging and more.
For greater convenience, many of the controls that are most frequently used are positioned on the Accord’s steering wheel within easy reach. An improved circular switch layout similar to the current Civic and CR-V models helps make operation simple and intuitive. Paddle shifters are included on a number of automatic-transmissions.
Every Accord with a CVT or automatic transmission is equipped with a green ECON button to the left of the steering wheel. When the button is pushed to activate ECON mode, several operating characteristics of the vehicle are modified for enhanced fuel efficiency. The throttle system provides more gradual response, and to save additional energy, the climate control’s fan speeds are lowered incrementally and other climate control system characteristics are altered based on the conditions.
The 2016 Accord Sedan and Coupe are offered with two advanced engines – a direct-injected 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, providing 140 kW and 247 Nm. of torque, and a 3.5-liter V6 that is the most powerful engine offered in a Honda sedan to date, with 205 kW and 342 Nm. Available transmissions include a sporty and fuel-efficient CVT for the 4-cylinder engines, unique 6-speed manuals for the 4-cylinder and V6 engines, and a 6-speed automatic for V6 models.