2016 Honda Accord: Refreshing

Now we here at OhSoLofty love it when a big, exciting, power name like McLaren or Ferrari reveal their newest hypercar, with a fire-spitting 1000bhp, and ludicrous numbers regarding the time it takes to get up to speed…however we also become quite ecstatic when an everyday, common car gets a nice doing over. Which is why this entire post will be dedicated to the car that most people can say played a part in their lives somehow. It could be a person’s first car, the car that a person drives right now, and possibly the car that was involved in your most recent accident. I am of course talking about the humble Honda Accord.

The last generation Accord

The last generation Accord

The Honda Accord is the equivalent of bread and butter for the car world. It provides more than enough usefulness to people, without being to specifically targeted for a person. The Accord is a universal car; the one size fits all of the automotive world. This probably explains why so many Accords are being sold these days.

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord

Now, I am a fan of the last generation Accord. It looked good, drove nicely, and most importantly was reasonably priced. That being said, the last generation Accord does now seem a little dated when compared to say the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. Both of those cars now offer things like touchscreens, LED lights, and advance smart-phone integration.

Honda just revealed an updated version of the Accord. According to the official press release from Honda, the 2016 Accord is the Highest Tech Accord Yet! To back this claim, Honda decided to reveal the Accord in the techiest place in America, Silicone Valley. Now, before I go on a tangent on how much I hate Silicone Valley, the culture that surrounds it, and country music, allow me to talk about the car,

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord

The 2016 Accord is, for the most part, unchanged when compared to the previous iteration. The shape of the body looks nearly identical to the outgoing model, apart from the front fascia. The grill is a bit sportier looking, and now you get LED headlights on higher trim models. The rear tail-lights are now LEDs across all trim-levels, with higher trims being distinguished with a deck lid spoiler. And for the first time ever “gasp”, the Sport and Touring trims will get 19in rims, which actually look nice.

On the interior, absolutely nothing has changed apart from the head-unit. The new 7in touchscreen unit is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Fun fact, the 2016 Accord will be one of the first cars to utilize these new smartphone-car systems. This means that drivers will be able to use their phones for navigation, text messaging, and music streaming all without actually using their phones.

Other notable additions include a load of new safety features. Lane Change Assist, Lane Departure, Adaptive Cruise, Collision Avoidance, Adaptive High Beams, Lane Keep Assist are all available options. Power options remain unchanged; you have the 2.4l inline-4 or 3.5l V6. Lower end models come with a CVT transmission, with 6-speed manuals and a 6-speed auto reserved for higher end models. 

All in all, I find all of this updating quite refreshing. And while pricing hasn't been officially announced, yet, I wouldn't expect a huge jump in price. Expect the new Accord to be available for purchase in the coming month.