2016 Honda Accord Sedan Review

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The 2016 Honda Accord rewards buyers for making a sensible choice with its fun-to-drive nature.

The Honda Accord has helped define in recent years one of America's favorite segments: the mid-size family sedan. Now, with the proliferation of SUVs on the market, the family sedan category may represent some of the best value propositions on the new car market—automakers are still competitive and the sedans are more feature-rich than ever.

It's an increasingly competitive space with strong rivals such as the stylish Ford Fusion, the value-laden Hyundai Sonata, and the reinvented Chrysler 200. But the Accord thrives to this day, largely because it appeals to both sides of the brain, with plenty of practicality and a fun-to-drive nature, either as a two-door Coupe or as a four-door sedan.

The Honda Accord Sedan is offered in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims, while the Coupe available in LX-S, EX, EX-L, and Touring models.

It's currently a few years into its ninth generation, and carries over into 2016 with a mild refresh that's most notable for a bold new grille design and redesigned taillights. Sedans also get a re-contoured aluminum hood. The Accord's design has enough flair and sophistication to stay relevant in a fashion-conscious market, but remains elegantly upright in the tradition of past generations. Honda isn't willing to sacrifice the Accord's spacious, comfortable goodness for an extra-swoopy roofline. The styling won't turn heads, but it's handsome, fresh, and recognizable as a Honda.

Interior design creates a sense of airiness with a low instrument panel and a layout that's pushed out to the corners. Important controls are well-placed, though, quite high within it. With Coupes, you give up some practicality for a performance look; they're mostly the same as sedans from the front seats forward, but their completely different, wedgier tail and side sheet metal adds up to a more dynamic stance.

Powertrains are both stronger and more efficient than they were just a couple of years ago. The base inline-4 features direct injection technology and makes 185 horsepower (or 189 hp in Sport models). It can be paired with a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Some drivers may think this CVT, with its superbly linear feel, is a regular automatic transmission. Unusually for the mid-size segment, the Accord still offers a V-6 engine across the lineup. It's coupled to a a 6-speed automatic transmission (or a 6-speed manual in Coupes).

Honda dropped its once-heralded double-wishbone setup in the Accord last year, instead opting for more tunable (and cheaper) MacPherson struts that it claims improve ride and handling while cutting cabin noise and harshness. So far, we can't say that's off the mark; the Accord drives with much of the verve of previous editions, and the new electric power steering is particularly good.

The 2016 Honda Accord makes clever use of interior space with a driving position that's nice and upright, good legroom in the back, and easy entry and exit. There's plenty of window space for excellent outward vision. A new 60/40-split folding seat in all sedans except the LX is an improvement on the previous seat back that folded forward in one clunky piece.

Among all these models, we could do with a less confusing control set—especially the dual-screen infotainment system you get in some trims. Coupe models are of course a little tighter in back, with a slightly stiffer ride; but they pack all the goodness of the sedans into a vehicle with a far sportier roofline.

A significant change for 2016 is the availability of Honda Sensing, a suite of driver assists, throughout the Accord lineup. It's standard on Touring models. There's also a cool LaneWatch blind-spot monitor that provides a wide view of the passenger side of the vehicle on the touchscreen the moment you flick the turn signal. It's one of the coolest new features to debut in recent years.

Honda in the past hasn't had much of a reputation for cramming value and convenience features into its vehicles. But that's all been turning around lately. The base Accord LX model includes dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-inch alloys, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera system, and an 8.0-inch i-MID display with Pandora audio streaming and text-message capability. V-6 models get some nicer cabin appointments, and EX-L models have a 360-watt system with Aha internet radio streaming.

Both engines use regular unleaded gasoline. EPA ratings with the four-cylinder and CVT are 27 mpg city, 37 highway, 31 combined; with the V-6 you'll get up to 21/34/26 mpg.

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November 8, 2016
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Reliable & stylish

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This vehicle is reliable, secure, and stylish. It's convenient that you can use apps on your phone in your vehicle, most notably, google maps.
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August 29, 2016
2016 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 CVT Sport w/Honda Sensing

Best Honda Accord Sedan I Experience!!!

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This was the best Accord I own 5 Star. The most Reliable car 10 best for 30Years.
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August 13, 2016
2016 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 CVT EX-L

Amazing Accord.

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A very comfortable car. Please to drive and feels safe.
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June 25, 2016
2016 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic Touring

Simply amazing

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Here's the bad: the radio controls are slow and counterintuitive. That's all. I was at a light, next to a bigole chevy truck, with a loud V-8 and pipes coming out of odd places. The road merged into one lane... + More »
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May 31, 2016
2016 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 CVT EX-L

Great looking vehicle that has all the options that my wife wanted and meets here usage needs as a retired grandmotherr of 4 that are all under the age of 10.

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My wife looked at all available 2016 4 door sedans in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She researched online and via industry magazines. Her ultimate choice was the Honda Accord EX-L in Modern Steel Metallic. She... + More »
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April 10, 2016
2016 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 CVT Sport PZEV

Another in a long line of winners

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We have had several Accords; this time around we chose the new Sport model in Kona Coffee Metallic. The paint is spectacular, and is nicely complemented by the accented 19 inch wheels. The interior is a... + More »
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March 28, 2016
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Step Back In Quality

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Complained about the sound system sounding like a hand held radio with no depth to it. I was informed by Honda that to hear the sub woofer I have to turn down the bass and vice versa. Even then the sub woofer... + More »
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February 27, 2016
2016 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 CVT EX

Bought on 12/30/15 and love it more everyday.

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Extremely comfortable driver's seat, great visibility all around with x-large outside mirrors, the sound system makes my ipod sound like there's musicians in the back seat, drove from SF to San Diego and back... + More »
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February 26, 2016
2016 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 CVT Sport PZEV

big bang for your buck

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After months of looking at cars in the mid-size segment I decided on the Honda Accord Sport with honda sensing. Camry and the Mazda 6 were closely considered. I live in Canada so the sport came with keyless... + More »
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December 26, 2015
2016 Honda Accord Sedan Base

Great Technology

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Great technology, comfort and feel and great price.
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