By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor
KBB Expert Rating: 9.4
The Accord has been Honda’s centerpiece sedan for nearly four decades. It not only continually sets the benchmark for all other family sedans, it has one of the most loyal followings in the industry. Honda’s 2016 Accord sedan and coupe offer exceptional value, yet they don’t ask buyers to sacrifice in the areas of styling, features or performance. Sure, you’ll find sportier styling and a better warranty with the Kia Optima or Hyundai Sonata, all-wheel drive from the equally regarded Subaru Legacy and Ford Fusion, and equally strong resale and reliability from the Toyota Camry. But with the Accord, be it the sporty coupe or sub-$24,000 LX, buyers get more than just features, comfort and value. They get peace of mind.
Easy-to-use instrumentation, class-leading reliability and excellent resale values are the 2016 Honda Accord’s obvious bright spots. An extended lineup, including a sporty coupe and the KBB-award-winning sedan, provides a welcome variety of choice rarely found in the Accord’s competition.
If you need the added traction of all-wheel drive (AWD), you’ll have to look to a Ford Fusion, Chrysler 200 or Subaru Legacy. Those seeking a powerful turbo or high-mileage diesel will have to turn to the Kia Optima and VW Passat, respectively.
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Honda’s 2016 Accord sedan has a revised front fascia and a more rigid body. Remote start is offered on the EX, while the Touring gains LED headlights, auto high beam, heated rear seats and rain-sensing wipers. All trims can now be equipped with the Honda Sensing package.
The driving experience behind the wheel of any Honda Accord for 2016 depends greatly on the model. The bread-and-butter Accord is the 4-cylinder with the CVT automatic transmission, a combination...
... that delivers surprisingly quick acceleration, excellent fuel economy and smooth operation. Even with four passengers onboard acceleration is strong, as is power for passing and merging. Those who desire even better performance will find the optional 278-horsepower V6 provides it in abundance with only a few mpg sacrificed in fuel economy. On the road, the Accord feels solid and steady, with a quiet cabin, a smooth ride and handling that is competent but not as athletic as in the Ford Fusion or Chrysler 200.
Available as a stand-alone option on all trims (standard on Touring), this suite of advanced safety features includes collision-mitigation braking, lane-departure and forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and road-departure mitigation.
HONDA'S CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (CVT)
Plenty of carmakers offer CVTs these days to improve fuel economy, but the Honda Accord's available CVT is one of the smoothest, responsive CVTs in the business. It's almost imperceptible in its operation, which is a huge compliment for a CVT automatic.
Step into Honda’s 2016 Accord sedan, and its 5-passenger cabin will feel familiar yet sophisticated. The familiar part comes from its roominess, excellent outward vision and easy-to-reach controls. Among the nicer touches is a standard 8-inch screen that sits prominently in the dash to relay audio, phone and navigation information. EX-L models and higher have a secondary screen for touch-operated audio and Bluetooth wireless streaming. The front seats are supportive and comfortable. Rear seats in the sedan are roomy for two adults (three in a pinch) and – not surprisingly – tighter in the coupe.
Over the past few years the midsize-sedan segment has become something of a beauty contest. We've seen prominent grilles, swoopy body creases and elongated headlight housings stretched farther than string cheese. Some of the designs look great upon introduction but age quickly. The 2016 Accord sedan bucks the pursuit of trendiness in favor of more contemporary lines. It may not be the flavor of the month, but the 4-door Accord sedan remains handsome and will likely age well. The 2-door Accord coupe brings added visual appeal with its forward stance, sloping roofline and arrow-like rear-window treatment.
Even if you spend the least on a Honda Accord LX sedan for 2016, you'll get a well-equipped car with an 8-inch color display with rearview camera, dual-zone climate control and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with Pandora, Bluetooth connectivity and USB input. Sport models get a power driver’s seat, 18-inch alloy wheels and a slight power increase. EX models include a power moonroof, smart-key entry and heated side mirrors, while EX-L models gain leather seating, upgraded audio and heated front seats. Top-line V6 Touring models have Honda Sensing as standard plus heated rear seats and rain-sensing wipers.
With the exception of opting for an automatic transmission in lower models instead of a 6-speed manual, major options for the 2016 Accord are obtained by moving up trim levels. Among the most desired features are satellite navigation, the V6 engine, a 7-speaker/360-watt audio system, 18- and 19-inch wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather seating, the multi-angle rearview camera, HomeLink remote system, LED headlights, blind-spot display and adaptive cruise control. Accessories for further personalization include a sport grille, underbody kit, rear spoiler, remote engine-starting unit and illuminated doorsill. The Honda Sensing safety system can be ordered on any trim.
Two engines and three transmissions are offered in gasoline-powered versions of the 2016 Honda Accord. The base engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that makes a healthy 185 horsepower (189 in Sport versions). Optional is a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that makes the Accord surprisingly quick. In the sedan, 4-cylinder engines are linked to a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT automatic, while V6 engines use a 6-speed auto. In the coupe, the V6 can be connected to a satisfying 6-speed manual. Fuel efficiency is a strong point for the Accord, with 4-cylinder models rated up to 37 mpg and the V6s returning an admirable 34 mpg.
185 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm (189 horsepower for Sport models)
181 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm (182 lb-ft for Sport models)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 mpg (manual, sedan and coupe), 27/37 mpg (automatic, sedan), 26/35 mpg (automatic, coupe and automatic Sport sedan)
278 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
252 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg (manual, coupe), 21/34 mpg (automatic, sedan), 21/32 mpg (automatic, coupe)
The 2016 Honda Accord starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $22,925 for an LX sedan with manual transmission. The automatic transmission is an extra $800. At the other end of the spectrum, a 2016 Accord V6 Touring sedan starts over $35,000. At these prices, Honda’s 2016 Accord is in line with key rivals such as the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion and Chevy Malibu. Undercutting the starting price of Honda's family sedan are the Mazda6 and AWD Subaru Legacy, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and VW Passat. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their new Accord. In the years ahead, the Accord is expected to have excellent resale value, on par with the Camry and Legacy and better than the Fusion, Malibu or Altima.