Honda has finally unveiled the next generation of the Accord, its ultra-popular midsize sedan. The car often signals what consumers are looking for in a car, considering that Honda builds it to be a big crowd pleaser. The result is something that seems to be a little bit of a mixed bag.
The most obvious changes are to the Accord’s cosmetics. While some of the exterior design choices for the past few generations have been called questionable by many, it seems that this time around Honda leaned on its Acura team heavily for inspiration. In fact, the chrome bar on the front grille and the LED headlights/taillights almost look like they were lifted right off the Acura TLX. It’s an interesting move, considering that not too long ago Honda announced it would officially divide Honda and Acura operations to create more brand distinction. Now, the 2016 Accord seems to be muddying the waters more than ever before.
The interior has a pleasing look that’s more upscale than ever before. One of the things that Honda is really pushing about the new Accord is that it’s the most technologically-advanced version of the car yet. That’s unsurprising, considering that the same could be said about the latest generation of just about every vehicle on the road today, because that’s what consumers want. Still, there’s no denying that Honda has loaded the sedan with quite a few tech toys, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a road departure mitigation system and a rearview camera with multiple angles.
As before, buyers will have two choices when it comes to the engine. One is the brand’s 2.4-liter that’s used on a myriad of Hondas and Acuras. The other is the latest 3.5-liter V-6, which is more powerful than the previous iteration. Honda’s also emphasizing that the new generation is the most powerful ever.
Other new upgrades are included on the 2016 Accord. All trims from the EX and above with the automatic transmission also have remote ignition. Touring sedan models come with heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers and parking sensors at both ends.