Honda's redesign for its ninth-generation Accord in 2013 struck a careful compromise between the upright elegance that loyal buyers expect and the high style of competitors like the Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Mazda 6. The result is a family sedan with a little more practicality than the segment's most swoopy designs. But it's not at all slab-sided. Instead, there's some expressive lift—giving the car more of a wedge-like look even if the greenhouse is mostly level—and creasing that flows around and into the contours of the taillights.
Coupes take this wedge-like look a step further, with their completely different tail and side sheet metal adding up to a more dynamic stance.
A fresh grille design, a re-contoured aluminum hood, and LED taillights are the most notable element of a mild refresh for 2016 sedans; coupes likewise get a new look for their front and rear ends with reworked designs for the grille, headlights, and taillights. Top trim levels now ride on 19-inch wheels.
If it still feels as if Honda has designed this Accord from the inside out, though, there's a good reason: The automaker insists that's how it was done. This approach results in a very smart interior. Honda aims to make it luxurious and modern, with a rather low instrument panel—pushed as far forward, and out at the corners, to maximize space—and important controls placed quite high.
While trims and materials do get a more premium look as you rise up the ladder to the top Touring models, both EX-L and Touring trims get a touchscreen audio system that introduces the need for two separate screens and we think ends up adding clutter and complexity to the interior look. Coupes are mostly the same as sedans from the front seats forward.
There's something fundamentally Accord-like in how everything fits together. We'd venture to say that even with the badging removed, many who don’t even know cars would be likely to call it out as an Accord.