Honda Ac­cord raises its game with dy­namic styling, chas­sis up­grades

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The al­ways pop­u­lar, bench­mark-set­ting Honda Ac­cord re­ceived a ma­jor mid-model cy­cle re­fresh for the 2016 model year. The ve­hi­cle fea­tures dy­namic new styling, a re­vised and up­graded body and chas­sis, and Honda’s first-ever ap­pli­ca­tion of avail­able Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto.

The Ac­cord also ben­e­fits from the ad­di­tion of Honda Sens­ing, among the most com­pre­hen­sive suites of safety and driver-as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies ever of­fered in the mid­size car class, along with a host of avail­able new fea­tures and tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing HD Ra­dio, heated rear seats, front and rear park­ing sen­sors and more. For model year 2016 the Ac­cord Coupe also gets a new top-of-the-line Tour­ing trim, while the Sedan in Sport trim and Tour­ing ver­sions of the Sedan and Coupe get the first-ever ap­pli­ca­tion of 19-inch al­loy wheels on Ac­cord.

“The best is get­ting bet­ter with the launch of the re­designed 2016 Ac­cord,” said Jeff Con­rad, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of the Honda Di­vi­sion. “With more cus­tomer-rel­e­vant tech­nol­ogy, an even more re­fined and sporty ride and top-class fuel econ­omy and safety rat­ings, the 2016 re­design keeps Ac­cord at the top of its class.”

Ac­cord has been named 29 times to Car and Driver mag­a­zine’s cov­eted “10Best” list, more than any other au­to­mo­bile, and Ac­cord is the top sell­ing car in Amer­ica to un­der-35-yearold car buy­ers. The 2016 Ac­cord, with its next-gen­er­a­tion Ad­vanced Com­pat­i­bil­ity En­gi­neer­ing (ACE) body struc­ture and avail­able Honda Sens­ing tech­nol­ogy, re­ceived the high­est avail­able crash safety rat­ings from the U.S. gov­ern­ment — a 5-Star Over­all Ve­hi­cle Score from the NHTSA — and tar­gets a sim­i­lar top rat­ing of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the (IIHS (when equipped with avail­able CMBS).

2016 Ac­cord Sedan mod­els equipped with a 4-cylin­der i-VTEC en­gine and CVT get a 1-mpg bump in their high­way EPA fuel econ­omy rat­ings, to 37 mpg, due in part to the ap­pli­ca­tion of a lighter weight and re-sculpted all-alu­minum hood, along with new aero­dy­namic el­e­ments and fric­tion-re- duc­ing fea­tures.

EX­TE­RIOR, IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGN

Both the 2016 Ac­cord Sedan and Coupe get a ma­jor facelift with sportier, more so­phis­ti­cated styling, front and back. In front is a more sharply creased and in­tri­cately struc­tured bumper fas­cia with out­side edges that tuck into large side in­takes con­tain­ing new LED fog lights. On the Ac­cord Sedan, a new alu­minum hood with sharper char­ac­ter lines meets up with a brighter, more ex­pres­sive front grille. In the rear, the Ac­cord Sedan gets restyled LED tail­lights and a sim­i­larly ag­gres­sive rear bumper fas­cia re­design.

All Ac­cord mod­els feature restyled al­loy wheels, while Ac­cord Sedans in Sport and above grades get up­sized wheels and tires. The Tour­ing sedan also gets a new side-sill gar­nish and rear deck spoiler. Ac­cord Coupe mod­els also ben­e­fit from a more stylish and ag­gres­sive front and rear fas­cia and new grille de­sign. The new styling is com­ple­mented by the ex­panded ap­pli­ca­tion of LED day­time run­ning lights (Sport and above trims), LED tail­lights (all mod­els) and LED fog lights (Sport and above).

The Ac­cord also gets a re­vised ex­te­rior color pal­ette, in­clud­ing a new Kona Cof­fee Metal­lic for the sedan (all trims) and Deep Blue Opal Metal­lic for the Coupe (all trims).

The 2016 Ac­cord cabin also fea­tures new fab­ric and color schemes, de­pend­ing on model and trim, in­clud­ing a new gloss black in­te­rior trim for the Ac­cord Sedan LX and Sport and Coupe LX-S; new seat fab­ric and leather seat bol­sters, and a car­bon fiber-style in­stru­men­tal panel gar­nish for the sedan in Sport trim; a new tri-coat seat fab­ric for the EX sedan; and new wood grain-style in­stru­ment panel gar­nish for the sedan in EX and above trims.

BODY, CHAS­SIS UP­GRADES

The 2016 Ac­cord’s sportier de­sign is matched by its im­proved dy­namic per­for­mance. Ac­cord body rigid­ity is in­creased through the ap­pli­ca­tion of mul­ti­ple body stiff­en­ers, a stur­dier rear bulk­head and a thicker front shock tower bar and is

com­pli­mented by the ap­pli­ca­tion of new high-per­for­mance shock ab­sorbers for all mod­els, as well as a re­tuned elec­tric power steer­ing sys­tem. The afore­men­tioned, all-alu­minum hood on Ac­cord Sedan not only pro­vides up­dated char­ac­ter, but also im­proves both ef­fi­ciency and dy­namic per­for­mance.

Within the sedan lineup, the pop­u­lar Ac­cord Sport trim re­ceives up­graded per­for­mance cre­den­tials cour­tesy of larger front brakes, up­sized 19-inch wheels and tires and re­tuned Ac­tive Sound Con­trol; while the line-top­ping Ac­cord Tour­ing (sedan and coupe) 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 that pro­vide for a more sup­ple ride. The Ac­cord Coupe EX and Coupe EX-L also get 18-inch (+1 inch) wheels. This com­bi­na­tion of new body and chas­sis fea­tures and en­gi­neer­ing changes is de­signed to give each Ac­cord model a more clearly de­fined and dis­tinc­tive dy­namic feel­ing within the lineup.

The Ac­cord also gets new Straight Driv­ing As­sist tech­nol­ogy that uti­lizes the Mo­tion Adap­tive Steer­ing sys­tem to help re­duce the driver’s work­load when driv­ing on a crowned or canted road sur­face by pro­vid­ing an au­to­matic counter-steer­ing force.

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 class. Honda Sens­ing in­cludes Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion Brak­ing Sys­tem (CMBS) with For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing, Road De­par­ture Mit­i­ga­tion (RDM) with Lane Keep­ing As­sist (LKAS) and Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol, and is avail­able as a stand­alone op­tion on all trims with the ex­cep­tion of Tour­ing, where Honda Sens­ing is in­cluded as stan­dard equip­ment.

Also, all 2016 Ac­cords feature a stan­dard Multi-An­gle Rearview Cam­era and Ex­panded View Driver’s Mir­ror and, for the first time on Tour­ing trim mod­els, new auto high-beam head­lights that en­hance night­time vis­i­bil­ity and driv­ing con­ve­nience by de­fault­ing to the high-beam set­ting and au­to­mat­i­cally switch­ing to low beams when an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle is de­tected.

AU­DIO OP­TIONS

The Ac­cord au­dio and dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence is also sig­nif­i­cantly up­graded with the avail­able ap­pli­ca­tion of a 7-inch Dis­play Au­dio touch­screen in­ter­face fea­tur­ing one of the first vol­ume pro­duc­tion ap­pli­ca­tions of both Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, plus avail­able Hon­daLink As­sist (e911) and HD Ra­dio. The in­tu­itive and easyto-use ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen lets users swipe, tap and pinch – just like on a tablet or smart­phone – to con­trol the ve­hi­cle’s au­dio sys­tem, dis­play set­tings and other ad­vanced fea­tures.

Ac­cord Sedan and Coupe EX and above mod­els in­cor­po­rate Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, of­fer­ing a mul­ti­tude of new func­tions and fea­tures, in­clud­ing smart­phone-linked nav­i­ga­tion, au­dio stream­ing, voice-con­trolled SMS text mes­sag­ing and more. The new larger 7-inch touch­screen is paired with an up­per 7.7-inch high-res­o­lu­tion In­tel­li­gent Multi-in­for­ma­tion Dis­play (i-MID) screen with steer­ing wheel-mounted con­trols. The i-MID can dis­play au­dio set­tings, turn-by-turn di­rec­tions, time and trip in­for­ma­tion, LaneWatch and Rearview Cam­era dis­plays, in­com­ing calls, SMS text mes­sages, and park­ing sen­sor alerts.

UP­GRADED FEA­TURES

The Ac­cord value propo­si­tion is also bol­stered by new stan­dard and avail­able fea­tures: Ac­cord EX and above trims (Sedan and Coupe) with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion get re­mote en­gine start, 7-inch Dis­play Au­dio touch­screen and HD ra­dio. Sir­iusXM satel­lite ra­dio and Homelink re­mote, pre­vi­ously on EX-L and Tour­ing, are now stan­dard on EX and above trims.

Sport and above trims in the sedan lineup also get a new 60/40 split and fold­ing rear seat, pre­vi­ously a one-piece fold­ing de­sign. The Ac­cord Coupe EX adds a 10way power driver’s seat (pre­vi­ously 4-way with man­ual height ad­just­ment), while the Coupe EX-L adds a two-po­si­tion driver’s seat mem­ory func­tion. The Ac­cord Sedan in Tour­ing trim gets heated rear seats, front and rear park­ing sen­sors and new rain-sens­ing wind­shield wipers.

AD­VANCED POW­ER­TRAINS

The Ac­cord Sedan and Coupe are of­fered with two ad­vanced Honda en­gines: a di­rect-in­jected (DI) 2.4-liter in­line i-VTEC 4-cylin­der and a 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 that is the most pow­er­ful en­gine of­fered in a Honda sedan to date. Avail­able trans­mis­sions in­clude a sporty and fuel-ef­fi­cient 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.

ABOUT HONDA

Honda of­fers a com­plete lineup of Honda cars, trucks and ser­vice through a net­work of more than 1,000 Honda deal­er­ships within the United States. Eight Honda auto plants in North Amer­ica, in­clud­ing four in the U.S., have the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 1.92 mil­lion au­to­mo­biles each year. In 2014, more than 97 per­cent of the Honda and Acura au­to­mo­biles sold in the U.S. were pro­duced in North Amer­ica.

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