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2016 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe Review 

Honda calls the 2016 Accord the “most technologically advanced Accord that Honda has ever released.”

By Rob Beintema Wheels.ca

Oct 14, 2015 4 min. read

Article was updated 7 years ago

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2016 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe at a glance

BODY STYLE: Midsize sedan/coupe.

DRIVE METHOD: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive; six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or CVT depending on model

ENGINE: 3.5-litre 16-valve SOHC V6 (278 hp, 252 lb/ft); 2.4-litre direct injection inline four-cylinder (185 hp, 181 lb/ft; 189 hp, 182 lb/ft on Sport model).

CARGO CAPACITY: Sedan, 439 litres (447 litres on LX model); Coupe, 379 litres

FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular) Sedan: 2.4-litre manual 10.3/7.2/8.9L/100 km city/highway/combines, CVT, 8.6/6.4/7.7L/100 km; 3.5-litre, automatic, 11.3/7.0/9.4L/100 km: Coupe, 2.4-litre manual, 10.3/7.2/8.9L/100 km, CVT, 9.1/6.8/8.0L/100 km; 3.5-litre manual, 12.9/8.3/10.9L/100 km, automatic, 11/4/7.3/9.5L/100 km

PRICE: Sedan: LX, $24,150-$26,450; Sport, $26,690-$28,990; EX-L CVT, $29,990; Touring, $31,090-$32,350; EX-L V6, $33,270; Touring V6, $35,790: Coupe: EX, $27,090-$29,390; Touring, $31,090-$33,390; Touring V6, $35,830-$36,830

2016 Honda Accord Coupe

Honda calls the 2016 Accord the “most technologically advanced Accord that Honda has ever released.”

For instance, both the new Accord Sedan and Coupe offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but they also have factored in older cellphones such as Samsung and LG. And that includes, believe it or not, my sainted Samsung flip phone (which I have by choice).

It was quite simple, in fact. I went to the Accord menu, paired my Bluetooth flipper to the system and – zamboango - I had contact.

As a Honda exec told me, “when we did the presentation, we talked about you. We know you have flip phone and so we included that.”

And while the younger crowd at the regional press reveal of the 2016 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe at Honda Canada HQ in Markham, ON, were more interested in the connectivity, that can all be had with a $300 tablet.

To me, buying a new car is all about safety, economy and resale value.

The Accord comes with all the mandated safety systems such as air bags, ABS, traction control and stability control.

But in addition, all 2016 Accord models are equipped standard or available with Honda Sensing which uses radar and a camera to provide Collision Mitigation Braking, which senses an impending crash with a car in front, an oncoming car and even a pedestrian.
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Also part of Honda Sensing is Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control — all technologies one finds on luxury cars.

2016 Honda Accord latewatch

Both the sedan and coupe are rated a Top Safety Pick+ from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety plus a Five-Star rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Both Accords come with a 2.4-litre inline direct injection four-cylinder on the base and mid-trim models producing 185 hp and 181 lb/ft of torque. On the top trim you’ll find Honda’s SOHC V6 with 278 hp and 252 lb/ft of torque. There is one exception being the 2.4-litre Sport model sedan with 189 hp and 182 lb/ft of torque thanks to its “High Flow” exhaust system.

2016 Honda Accord engine

Depending on trim level, Accord offers three transmission choices – a six-speed manual or CVT on the base-mid trims or the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic on the V6s.

The V6 is one of the best, if not the best, in the business with class-leading power in the mid-size sedan segment combined with the four-cylinder with CVT fuel rating of 8.6/6.4/7.6L/100 km city/highway/combined.

One of the lessons learned a long time ago in this business is make the support staff your friends. I’ve known the guys who wrangle the cars at Honda Canada for 15 years and they steered me to the Sport Sedan with 2.4-litre and CVT.

Starting at $26,690 for the manual (CVT, $27,990, automatic $28,990) the Sport is just one step up from the base LX, with the EX-L, Touring, EX-L V6 and Touring V6 priced above that with the Touring V6 topping out at $35,790.

The Sport (CVT as tested) was opulently equipped with leather/fabric seating, seven-inch display premium audio system with subwoofer, multi angle rear view camera, liberal use of LED lighting, special 19-inch alloy wheels and, my favourite, the Honda LaneWatch system that has a camera on the underside of the passenger door mirror that activates when the right turn stalk is used.

Part of the Sport trim is the use of piano black and carbon fibre look interior accents and metal enhanced sport pedals.

2016 Honda Accord interior

Both my co-driver and I initially thought we had a V6, until we popped the hood and found the 2.4-litre sitting in the engine bay.

We did not have a lot of time in the car and there was no time to try the V6 or manual, but I have already arranged for a week with the car in the future.

What we did discover was the ride, grip and handling were first rate, much of that due to a new high performance damper system with higher volume compliance bushings on the front MacPherson strut front suspension combining with a wider rear multilink rear set up with high performance dampers.

Steering is improved with new computer control logic for crisper response and a lot of work went into weight saving, which on the sedan includes an aluminum hood which saves about 18 lb.

The Sport Sedan also gets larger 12.5 in front disc brakes only found elsewhere on the top trim Touring model.

Accord has always been a mainstay of Honda and the company is wise enough not to tamper too much with a winner and enters 2016 ready reach an “Accord” with Canadian car buyers.

2016 Honda Accord rear
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