Honda is rolling out it’s most high-tech Accord yet and it’s only fitting the big debut take place in Silicon Valley.
Thursday, Honda introduced a refreshed 2016 Accord loaded with advanced technology in the US tech hub. The 2016 Accord, in dealerships this August, will be the first Honda model and among the first cars on the market to offer both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
“Where else to introduce the most technologically advanced midsize sedan, the 2016 Accord, than in Silicon Valley,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of the Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Customers want their vehicles to be more intelligently integrated with their smartphone-powered lives, and we are committed to delivering that experience starting with Accord, retail car buyers’ most popular vehicle the past two years.”
First, let’s talk about the obvious changes in the looks department. The 2016 Accord Sedan and Coupe get an updated, dare we say edgier style. There’s also a new aluminum hood with sharper lines and in the rear, the Accord gets restyled LED taillights and an aggressive rear bumper fascia redesign. Some models also have an option of LED fog lights, spoilers, and new, larger 19-inch wheels and tires.
Tech-wise, the Accord comes with a new Display Audio touchscreen interface, along with Honda Sensing™, which is a suite of safety and driver-assistive features. The 2016 Accord also adds HD Radio®, heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a number of other new features and technology to be revealed in coming weeks.
Also, all 2016 Accords feature a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and, for the first time, new auto high-beam headlights, available on the Touring trim, help with nighttime visibility and driving convenience by defaulting to the high-beam setting and automatically switching to low beams when an oncoming vehicle is detected.
The Accord will continue to offer two Honda engine choices, one is a direct-injected (DI) 2.4-liter inline i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder and the other is a 3.5-liter VTEC™ V-6 that’s the most powerful engine offered in a Honda sedan to date. Available transmissions include a sporty and fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the 4-cylinder engines, unique 6-speed manuals for the 4-cylinder and V-6 engines, and a 6-speed automatic for V-6 models.
A new Honda Accord Hybrid is also in the works, with details on it still to come. Meanwhile, the 2016 Accord arrives in dealerships in August.
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