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US-market 2016 Honda Accord update revealed

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Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Honda | posted July 27, 2015 14:07

Honda USA shows the 2016 Accord with styling and tech updates

Honda USA has revealed the refreshed 2016 Accord packed with a restyled exterior and new tech features.

Described as the most “high-tech” Accord ever, Honda USA Executive Vice President of the Automobile Division John Mendel said that the vehicle is integrated with new technologies in order to deliver what the market wants.

"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," said Mendel.

Up front, the 2016 Accord gets new Acura-like LED headlights, a restyled grill, a re-sculpted hood and a sportier bumper integrated with fog lamps. 

Rear of the 2016 Honda Accord

The rear of the 2016 Accord is fitted with revamped LED taillights, dual exhaust pipes and a new chrome bar design. The vehicle is finished off with 19-inch wheels.

Interior of the 2016 Honda Accord

Inside, the 2016 Accord features a 7-inch ‘Display Audio’ infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which are designed to support seamless smart phone integration.

Apple CarPlay simply mirrors your iPhone onto the vehicle’s infotainment system. With CarPlay, you can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages as well as listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri.   

On the other hand, Android Auto takes the things you want to do with your smartphone while driving. It features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and other apps.  

The 2016 Accord also has steering wheel-mounted controls, multi-angle rearview camera and 7.7-inch high-resolution screen that displays audio settings, turn-by-turn directions, trip information and parking sensor. The vehicle can come with a number of tech upgrades which includes forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Under the hood, Honda USA said that the 2016 Accord is powered either by a direct-injected 2.4-liter inline i-VTEC engine or a 3.5-liter V6 VTEC unit. The 2.4-liter engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual while the 3.5-liter is connected to a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.