Look very closely; what you see in front of you is not a new Acura, but rather the Honda Accord, which the Japanese manufacturer as lightly refreshed for 2016. Yes, it looks more in-keeping with other models in the line-up, but it’s the addition of some new tech to the popular mid-size sedan that’s really notable.
On the esthetic front, the most recognizable addition is the new headlight treatment, whose new LED DRLs take their cues from other models in the line-up like the CR-V crossover and popular Civic compact. A newly-shaped hood and new grille—that really does remind of Honda’s upmarket Acura brand—complete the major changes to the front fascia.
Light retouches can be found out back, most notably in the form of a subtle spoiler on some versions, and new taillights.
However, the reveal of the 2016 Honda Accord happened in Silicon Valley for good reason: popular tenants of the region—Google and Apple—have become an integral part of Honda’s mid-size.
After the Hyundai Sonata, the Accord is the second car available at retail to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. These applications allow you to pair your phone with the car, at which point a mirror image of your device is displayed on the 7-inch infotainment screen. Then, apps like Google Maps, Spotify, and others (the list of CarPlay and Android compatible apps is growing every day) can be pinched and swept to your heart’s content.
Other more traditional tech is also coming to the Accord; featured like active collision prevention, adaptive cruise-control and lane-change indicators will all be available.
A new multi-angle back-up camera will also be offered.
Mechanically, the ’16 Accord receives no changes; the 3.5-litre V6 and 2.4L four-cylinder will still be offered, with a hybrid on the way. The new Accord should be arriving in dealers by August.
Specifications: 2016 Honda Accord
Starting Price: 24,350 $
Engine: 4L 2,4 litres – 185HP, 181 lb-ft of Torque
Fuel Economy: 10,3 l/100 km City, 7,2 l/100 km Highway
Cargo Space: 447 litres
Competition: Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima