2016 Honda Accord Goes High-Tech, Supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Honda has introduced a refreshed 2016 Accord, which will be among the first high-volume models to support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration technology. Additionally, all versions of the updated Accord will be available with an optional package of safety technologies that Honda calls HondaSensing.
Calling the new Accord "sportier" and "more sophisticated," Honda has revised the car's front and rear styling, and all versions receive new wheel designs, including a new 19-in. aluminum wheel that will be standard for Sport
and Touring versions of the car. The aluminum hood is reshaped, all versions have LED taillights, and most trim levels will have LED running lights and fog lights. The Accord Touring is equipped with LED headlights, similar to those on Acura products.
Standard equipment on the refreshed Accord includes a multi-angle reversing camera and an expanded-view mirror for the driver's side of the car. The Accord Sport adds a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and the Accord EX is equipped with a larger Display Audio infotainment system featuring a 7-in. capacitive touch screen supporting tap, swipe, and pinch gestures similar to a smartphone or a tablet computer.
The new Display Audio system is equipped with HD Radio, satellite radio, and HondaLink services, including HondaLink Assist, which is an emergency calling service that activates following a collision in order to speed rescuers to the scene of an accident. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included with this new infotainment system.
Connect a supported iPhone to the Display Audio system using Apple CarPlay and the touch screen transforms into a version of your smartphone screen, providing easy access to commonly used applications. Apple CarPlay also incorporates Siri voice activation of various functions. Android Auto operates in a similar fashion with Android devices.
The Accord EX also gains remote engine starting and a HomeLink universal garage door opener for the 2016 model year. Upgrade to the Touring trim level and the Accord includes heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, and front and rear park-assist sensors.
All versions of the new Accord can be optioned with HondaSensing, a package of safety technologies that includes an adaptive cruise control system with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, and a lane-departure warning system with lane-keeping assist and road-departure mitigation features. Honda will continue to offer its LaneWatch system for the 2016 Accord, which uses a camera to show the driver what is in the car's right-side blind spot. LaneWatch is included with the Display Audio system.
Continuing from last year, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is the base engine, available with a choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A 3.5-liter V-6 engine is available on certain trim levels, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual transmission is also offered with the V-6 motor, but only in the 2-door coupe body style.
Additional details about the new 2016 Accord will be available closer to the car's arrival at dealerships in August 2015.