2016 Honda Accord review with video
Base price: $24,150 + taxes
As tested: $35,790 + taxes
Highway fuel economy: 6.4-7.0 litres/100 kms (depending on engine)
City fuel economy: 8.6-11.3 litres/100 kms (depending on engine)
Competition: Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda6, Toyota Camry
Consider this a new haircut for the 2016 Accord instead of a full-blown makeover. The ninth generation of Honda’s largest sedan has been with us since 2013 and has had a number of things added to the mix for 2016 including a quieter cabin, more refined interior, and smart new safety and entertainment technology available as well.
The Accord is still available with a 2.4-litre 4 cylinder engine or a 3.5-litre V6 on the higher end trims. The 4 cylinder we had in our tester was smooth, even with the continuously variable transmission on board, and the ride was comfortable. But it’s no peppy sports car. For a bit more excitement the V6 would up the ante and is coupled with a more conventional six speed automatic gearbox. The reason CVTs are making such a huge sweep across the car industry, even though they’re widely disliked for their chugging sensation, is because they’re easier to maintain, lighter and offer better fuel economy. But our 4 cylinder tester had some pretty lack-lustre results with fuel consumption. The numbers posted above are what Honda says you should see. I saw 9.5 litres per 100 kilometres as my average over the week and that just isn’t very good for a plain-old four banger.
On the inside, the accord now has some new technology in its infotainment system that mirrors what’s on your smart phone screen for easy use of the features and apps right on your phone. That’s a standard feature on all trims and is joined by Bluetooth connectivity, a rear back-up camera, heated front seats and dual zone automatic climate control. That’s pretty impressive kit for a sedan of this size that starts at just over $24,000. Higher end trims come with the Honda Sensing package which includes smart safety tech like collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. All these features make getting into an accident pretty darn tough and give the Accord a top safety pick plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For family living, the trunk is quite large and fit all of our trunk test gear without issue and the back seat can fit car seats just fine. But the back seat is tighter than I expected for a car of this size.
On top of that, the interior feels a little dated and the plastics around the doors and the glove box look cheap, even in the highest level touring trim that we were testing. And when you compare this to the new Civic that we reviewed last week, it really is hard to justify going with the Accord, in my mind. The Civic has gotten bigger and doesn’t feel that much smaller than the Accord in the back seat. It’s much cheaper, funner to drive, more fuel efficient and looks better. So, if you’re looking at the Accord, I would also take the time to take the Civic for a test drive and see what YOU think of the two side-by-side.
Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels performance score score: 3/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 4/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels value score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels overall score: 24/35