The battle to the top of the midsize economy sedan market has never been so fierce, now that we have fully fledged American and Korean cars which are just as good as those that come out of the land of the rising sun (Japan). It’s now more important than ever to prove you are ready to offer a car capable of competing in the market and not just a simple refreshment.
The new refreshed 2016 Honda Accord is namely competing with the 2016 Toyota Camry, the 2016 Nissan Altima, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2016 Kia Optima all of which offer similar performance figures and prices to match.
For 2016, Honda decided to focus on safety features that add different active safety technology features which will be available on all trims; like the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) from Honda, which will apply the brakes to reduce the impact of hitting a detected obstacle, lane departure assist/warning, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. All of which are old systems which were implemented years ago, but are now available on every trim level. These features will be available to buyers in the United States soon. Chances are Honda will make them available in the Gulf region namely areas like the UAE “Dubai” and Saudi Arabia.
As for the engine that powers the 2016 Honda Accord, changes were not made and it is still paired to the old six-speed manual transmission and the CVT (Continuously variable transmission) for the Auto option. The engines powering the 2016 Honda Accord are the 2.4 liter I-4 which produces a good 185-189 hp and 182-181 lb-ft of torque while the V6 engine is still available and produces 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. The new 2016 Honda Accord Sport CVT Sedan is capable of 0-60 mph in 7.5-8.0 seconds with manual transmission equipped Accords rumored to hit the mark in 6.8 seconds. Expect mileage to range from 18/28 mpg on none hybrid V6-Accords while the I-4 CVT equipped Accords will range in the 27/36 to 28/37 range.
The new 2016 Honda Accord also offers a delightful 7 inch touchscreen similar to the ones fitted in the Honda Jazz/fit and the Civic models while a 7.7 inch high-res screen is added on the 2016 year model to display additional information giving the driver full control over the vehicle in addition to a multi angle rear-view camera that is available on all models as a standard option.
Honda tried to attract a younger market by making the Accord a bit sportier than earlier generations and we are not talking coupe models. No, Honda fitted the new 2016 Honda Accord Sport/Touring models with 19 inch wheels, LED taillights as standard on all trims, and LED headlights on the Sport/Touring models.
The Verdict: Looks good on paper, but we will have to wait.
Until we test one for ourselves, we can’t tell if the new 2016 Honda Accord is worth the buy over a 2016 Toyota Camry or a 2016 Kia Optima which seem to decimate the UAE market, while Accord maintains a large chunk in the Saudi Market. As for the United States market, people will be looking for better mileage numbers, and the added safety features – we will have to wait and see.