Honda Ac­cord is sportier, fuel ef­fi­cient and ready for fun

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For nearly four decades, the Ac­cord has set the bench­mark for ve­hi­cles in the mid­size sedan class, his­tor­i­cally the most pop­u­lar class of ve­hi­cle with Amer­i­can car buy­ers.

Ac­cord is widely rec­og­nized as a seg­ment-defin­ing prod­uct, de­liv­er­ing class-lead­ing in­te­rior space and su­pe­rior er­gonomics along with out­stand­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency, re­fined and re­spon­sive driv­ing dy­nam­ics and top-class safety per­for­mance. As one im­por­tant bell­wether of its suc­cess, the Ac­cord has been named to Car and Driver mag­a­zine’s “10Best” list a record 29 times, a feat un­matched by any other au­to­mo­bile of any type.

Ac­cord was the first Honda model and first ve­hi­cle from a Ja­panese au­tomaker to be man­u­fac­tured in Amer­ica and has been in con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion at the com­pany’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant us­ing do­mes­tic and glob­ally sourced parts since Novem­ber 1982. It has also been pro­duced in the com­pany’s plants in East Lib­erty, Ohio; in Birm­ing­ham, Ala.; and in El Salto, Jalisco, Mex­ico. Honda has pro­duced more than 10 mil­lion Ac­cords in North Amer­ica for both lo­cal and global markets.

In 2012 Honda launched a com­pletely reengi­neered 9th-gen­er­a­tion Ac­cord as a 2013 year model. The 9th-gen­er­a­tion re­design fea­tured a spa­cious and airy pas­sen­ger cabin wrapped in a tauter and tai­lored de­sign with a smaller ex­te­rior foot­print than the model it re­placed.

The Ac­cord also de­liv­ered more sport­ing and re­fined road man­ners, a higher qual­ity in­te­rior and a host of new tech­nolo­gies. It fea­tured the first ap­pli­ca­tion of new di­rect-in­jected 4-cylin­der en­gine tech­nol­ogy, a new con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT), and new two-mo­tor hy­brid sys­tem. The Ac­cord Hy­brid, fea­tur­ing the two-mo­tor sys­tem, launched with the high­est EPA fuel econ­omy rat­ing of any mid­sized sedan in Amer­ica.

The 2013 Ac­cord was also one of the first main­stream sedans in Amer­ica to in­cor­po­rate ad­vanced driver-as­sis­tive fea­tures, in­clud­ing Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing and For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing.

The 2016 Ac­cord marks a fur­ther ad­vance­ment of the 9th-gen­er­a­tion Ac­cord lineup. Build­ing on the foun­da­tions es­tab­lished by the 2013 model, the more so­phis­ti­cated, sportier, yet highly fuel ef­fi­cient 2016 Ac­cord fea­tures a fur­ther re­fined de­sign, a more rigid body and up­graded chas­sis, and up­sized wheels and tires on se­lect mod­els.

All 2016 Ac­cords can also now be equipped with Honda Sens­ing as a stand­alone op­tion on all trims ex­cept Tour­ing, which fea­tures Honda Sens­ing as stan­dard equip­ment. Fur­ther changes in­clude the ex­panded use LED ex­te­rior light­ing, and new pre­mium fea­tures and tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing the first com­bined ap­pli­ca­tion of Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto1 to a Honda model and among the first high-vol­ume cars to ap­ply the two sys­tems in the mar­ket­place.

Ad­di­tional new avail­able fea­tures for 2016, de­pend­ing on model and trim, in­clude re­mote en­gine start, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, rain sens­ing wipers, rear seat heaters, and a 60/40 split and fold­ing rear seat. The Ac­cord Sedan and Coupe, de­pend­ing on trim, also fea­ture new ex­te­rior color and in­te­rior fab­rics and decor; and the Ac­cord Coupe adds a new line-top­ping Tour­ing model to match its Sedan coun­ter­part.

Ex­te­rior, in­te­rior de­sign

The Ac­cord Sedan and Coupe both get a ma­jor facelift for 2016. In place of the pre­vi­ous wrap-around front bumper is a more sharply creased and in­tri­cately struc­tured front fas­cia, the lower por­tion of which tucks into large in­take-like meshed ar­eas that house new LED fog lights (Sport trim and above).

For the Ac­cord Sedan, a more sharply creased and con­toured alu­minum hood re­places the steel ver­sion on ear­lier mod­els and meets up with a brighter, more pro­nounced front grille. The new more ex­pres­sive face of Ac­cord is com­pli­mented by a sharply sculpted rear bumper fas­cia and new LED tail­light de­sign. The Ac­cord Coupe also boasts more sport­ing and ag­gres­sive front and rear fas­ciae, a new grille, and restyled head­lights and tail­lights.

While all mod­els fea­ture restyled wheels, the Ac­cord Sedan in Sport and Tour­ing trims get larger 19-inch (+1 inch for Sport, +2 inch for Tour­ing) wheels and tires and a new side-sill gar­nish. The Tour­ing sedan also gets a new rear deck spoiler. For the Ac­cord Coupe, EX and EX-L grades get larger 18inch (+1 inch) wheels and tires, while the new line-top­ping Coupe Tour­ing rolls on the same 19-inch tires as its sedan coun­ter­part. All mod­els, Coupe and Sedan, fea­ture the ex­panded use of LED light­ing – LED tail­lights for all mod­els, LED head­lights for the new Tour­ing Coupe, and LED day­time run­ning lights (DRLs) for Sport and above trims.

The Ac­cord also gets a re- vised ex­te­rior color pal­ette with the ad­di­tion of a new Deep Blue Opal Metal­lic for the Ac­cord Coupe, as well as new fab­ric and color schemes, de­pend­ing on model and trim, in­clud­ing:

New glossy pi­ano black in­te­rior trim for Ac­cord Sedan LX and Sport and Coupe LX-S

• New car­bon fiber-style dash­board trim and new cloth seat fab­ric with leatherette bol­sters for the Sedan in Sport trim

• A new me­ter de­sign on Ac­cord Sedan Sport and all Coupe mod­els

• New tri­cot seat fab­ric for Ac­cord Sedan EX

• New wood grain-style dash­board trim for Ac­cord Sedan EX and above trims

• New metal-style dash­board trim for Ac­cord Coupe EX and above trims

Body and Chas­sis Up­gradesThe 2016 Ac­cord’s sportier de­sign is matched by its im­proved dy­namic per­for­mance. Ac­cord body rigid­ity is in­creased for all mod­els and is com­pli­mented by new high per­for­mance dampers, and a re­tuned elec­tric power steer­ing sys­tem that de­liv­ers even more lin­ear and pre­cise re­sponse. The Ac­cord Sedan also gets a new alu­minum hood, re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ous steel hood, ben­e­fit­ting both fuel ef­fi­ciency and dy­namic per­for­mance.

Within the Sedan lineup, the pop­u­lar Sport trim re­ceives up­graded per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties cour­tesy of larger front brakes, 19inch (+1 inch) wheels and tires, and re­tuned Ac­tive Sound Con­trol; like­wise the line-top­ping Tour­ing trim (Coupe and Sedan) also ben­e­fits from the same larger front brakes and 19-inch wheels and tires, and for the first time is fit­ted with Am­pli­tude Re­ac­tive Dampers and hy­draulic sub­frame bush­ings, which pro­vide for a more sup­ple ride. This com­bi­na­tion of these new body and chas­sis fea­tures and engi­neer­ing changes is de­signed to give each model a more clearly de­fined and dis­tinc­tive dy­namic feel­ing within the Ac­cord lineup.

The Ac­cord also gets new Straight Driv­ing As­sist tech­nol­ogy that helps re­duce the driver’s work­load when driv­ing on a crowned or canted road sur­face.

Honda Sens­ing

All 2016 Ac­cords can also now be equipped with Honda Sens­ing, among the most com­pre­hen­sive suite of ad­vanced safety and driver-as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies in the com­pet­i­tive class. Honda Sens­ing is of­fered as a stand­alone op­tion on all trims ex­cept the Tour­ing, which fea­tures Honda Sens­ing as stan­dard equip­ment. Honda Sens­ing is com­prised of the fol­low­ing tech­nolo­gies:

• Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion Brak­ing Sys­tem (CMBS) with sen­sor fu­sion tech­nol­ogy

• Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing (LDW)

• For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing (FCW)

• Lane Keep­ing As­sist Sys­tem (LKAS)

• Road De­par­ture Mit­i­ga­tion (RDM)

• Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol (ACC)

All 2016 Ac­cord mod­els also fea­ture a stan­dard Multi-An­gle Rearview Cam­era and Ex­panded View Driver’s Mir­ror. The Tour­ing trim adds new auto high-beam head­lights that en­hance night­time vis­i­bil­ity and driv­ing con­ve­nience.

Au­dio, dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence

The Ac­cord au­dio and dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence is also sig­nif­i­cantly up­graded with the ap­pli­ca­tion of a new 7-inch touch­screen Dis­play Au­dio in­ter­face (EX and above trims) 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 an 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.

The lower 7-inch Dis­play Au­dio touch­screen is paired with an up­per 7.7-inch dis­play screen and steer­ing-wheel con­trols. The up­per screen can dis­play au­dio set­tings, turn-by-turn direc­tions (from em­bed­ded nav­i­ga­tion when so equipped or from An­droid Auto or Ap­ple CarPlay navi apps), time and trip in­for­ma­tion (e.g. range, trip dis­tance), LaneWatch and Rearview Cam­era dis­plays, in­com­ing calls, SMS text mes­sages, and park­ing sen­sor alerts.

Body, chas­sis up­dates

• In­creased body rigid­ity cour­tesy of mul­ti­ple new stiff­en­ers, a thicker front shock tower bar and stur­dier rear bulk­head

• Re­tuned elec­tric power steer­ing

• Alu­minum hood (Sedan mod­els)

• New high per­for­mance dampers (all ex­cept Tour­ing trims)

• New high per­for­mance Am­pli­tude Re­ac­tive Damp-

ers (Tour­ing trims)

• Hy­draulic rear sub­frame bush­ings (Tour­ing trims)

• Re­tuned Ac­tive Sound Con­trol for sportier ac­cel­er­a­tion sound (Sport Sedan)

• 18-inch (+1 inch) alu­minum wheels and tires (EX and EX-L Coupe)

• 19-inch alu­minum wheels and tires (Sport sedan +1 inch and Tour­ing trims +2 inch)

• Larger front brake (Sport Sedan and Tour­ing trims)

Ex­te­rior up­dates

• Newly styled front and rear fas­ciae (all mod­els)

• Restyled alu­minum (pre­vi­ously steel) hood (Sedan mod­els)

• New wheel de­signs (all mod­els and trims)

• Ex­panded ap­pli­ca­tion of LED light­ing

• New ex­te­rior color op­tions and in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion

• Rain-sens­ing wipers (Tour­ing trims)

• Front and rear park­ing sen­sors (Tour­ing trims)

• Side sill gar­nish (Sport and Tour­ing Sedan)

• Rear deck spoiler (Sedan Sport and Tour­ing trims)

In­te­rior up­dates

• 7-inch touch screen Dis­play Au­dio sys­tem (EX and above trims)

• An­droid Auto and Ap­ple Car-Play (EX and above trims) • Hon­daLink As­sist • Ex­panded ap­pli­ca­tion of Sir­iusXM Ra­dio (added to EX)

• New HD Ra­dio (EX and above trims)

• 8-way power driver’s seat (added to EX Coupe)

• Driver’s mem­ory seat (added to EX-L and Tour­ing Coupe)

• 60/40-split and fold­ing rear seat (added to Sport and above Sedans)

• Re­mote en­gine start (CVT/AT EX and above trims)

• Heated rear seats (Tour­ing Sedan)

Safety and Driver As­sis­tive

• Honda Sens­ing tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing Lane Keep As­sist (LKAS), Road De­par­ture Mit­iga- tion (RDM) with Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing (LDW), Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol (ACC), and Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion Brak­ing Sys­tem (CMBS) with For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing (FCE).

• Auto high-beam head­lights (Tour­ing trims)

• Front and rear park­ing sen­sors (Tour­ing trims)

Pow­er­trains

The Ac­cord Sedan and Coupe are of­fered with two ad­vanced en­gines: a di­rect-in­jected 2.4-liter in­line 4-cylin­der en­gine, and a 3.5-liter V-6 that is the most pow­er­ful en­gine of­fered in a Honda sedan to date. Avail­able trans­mis­sions in­clude a sporty and fuel-ef­fi­cient con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT) for the 4-cylin­der en­gines, unique 6-speed man­u­als for the 4-cylin­der and V-6 en­gines, and a 6-speed au­to­matic for V-6 mod­els.

Ad­vanced safety per­for­mance

In keep­ing with Honda’s com­mit­ment to safety, the 2016 Ac­cord fea­tures the Honda Sens­ing suite of ad­vanced safety and driver-as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies de­signed to ex­pand the driver’s sit­u­a­tional aware­ness while sens­ing and re­spond­ing to po­ten­tial road haz­ards, in­clud­ing other ve­hi­cles, road ob­sta­cles and even pedes­tri­ans, even to the point of mit­i­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity or sever­ity of a col­li­sion

The 2016 Ac­cord is ex­pected to re­ceive the high­est safety rat­ings – a 5-Star Over­all Ve­hi­cle Score from the Na­tional High­way and Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rat­ing from the In­sur- ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety (IIHS), in­clud­ing a GOOD rat­ing in all crash modes.

The Ac­cord in­cor­po­rates Honda’s next-gen­er­a­tion Ad­vanced Com­pat­i­bil­ity Engi­neer­ing (ACE) body struc­ture, de­signed to more ef­fi­ciently ab­sorb and dis­perse the en­ergy from a frontal col­li­sion, along with new ul­tra-high-strength door rings de­signed to help bet­ter pro­tect oc­cu­pants.

Stan­dard safety and driver-as­sis­tive fea­tures in­clude four-chan­nel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake As­sist and Hill Start As­sist; Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity As­sist (VSA) with Trac­tion Con­trol; an Ex­panded View Driver’s Mir­ror; dual-stage, mul­ti­ple-thresh­old front airbags, driver and front pas­sen­ger Smart-Vent side airbags and side-cur­tain airbags for all out­board seat­ing po­si­tions; and Tire Pres­sure Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tem (TPMS).

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