16 Best Family Cars: 2016 Honda Accord
The 2016 Honda Accord is the prototypical family sedan with its roomy interior, high quality and reliability ratings and solid resale value. But Honda isn’t just resting on its laurels as a mid-cycle refresh has added a bit more style, a richer interior and several features like a split-folding rear seat that had previously been missing from the mix.
The facelift has given the Accord a look that could be mistaken for a model from Honda’s more upscale Acura division. The nose sports a solid chrome bar grille and LED lighting, while the cabin has been upgraded with premium materials and a more streamlined design. The body structure is also stiffer, which pays dividends in a quieter and more comfortable ride.
Solid Drivetrain, Good Economy
Power comes from either a standard 185 horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine or a powerful 278 horsepower 3.5-liter V6. While some lower trim levels, including Sport, come with a 6-speed manual mated to the 4-cylinder engine, Honda’s seamless CVT transmission is available and standard on the higher trim levels; V6 Accords get a 6-speed automatic. But for most families, the 4-cylinder engine delivers sufficient power and returns fuel economy of 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway.
Honda now offers additional safety features in the Honda Sensing option across the board that includes such features as adaptive cruise control, lane departure and forward collision warnings, collision braking and road departure mitigation and lane keeping assist. While Honda has finally added a split folding rear seat, the rear aperture for the pass through is still limited and the seatbacks don’t fold completely flat. And while there are USB ports and power points up front, there’s no similar accommodation in the rear if you’re looking plug in devices to keep the little ones in back entertained.
Still, the backseat has plenty of space and the trunk can hold nearly 16 cubic feet of cargo. While loaded Accords can cost $35,000, a 4-cylinder LX with an automatic starts at just $23,725. The overall comfort and convenience of this benchmark sedan makes it a solid choice for family car duty.
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