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The 2016 Honda Accord gets a new look and lots more tech

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On: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:04AM | By: Teddy Field

The 2016 Honda Accord gets a new look and lots more tech

The Honda Accord has been a benchmark sedan for as long as anyone can remember. And the 2016 Honda Accord just set a new benchmark as the first car to feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two new smartphone integration systems that aim to make your digital life part of the driving experience. They also put a new chrome schnoz on the front and added lots of new toys to the options list. So let's have a look, and see what the new standard in family motoring is all about...

The first thing you will notice is that squared-off version of Acura's chrome sawtooth grille. It's suspended between new headlights, which can be upgraded to full LED, if you opt for the 2016 Honda Accord Touring. The rest of the front fascia is more "chiseled" than before, giving the car almost an athletic appearance. Around back, all models get LED tail lamps. And up-level Touring models come with a new deck lid spoiler, and (sharp looking) 19-inch wheels for the first time.

Inside, you'll be greeted by a larger 7.7-inch screen at the top of the dash, with a new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen below it (on EX models and above). This interface now offers swipe, pinch, and tap functionality, just like a smartphone. Which is handy, because it will now recognize and interact with either an iPhone or an Android device. The technology behind this comes from Apple's much anticipated Apple CarPlay, and Google's equally anticipated Android Auto. And fittingly, Honda chose to unveil the refreshed Accord at its new R&D center in Silicon Valley.

For an explanation of these two automotive operating systems, let's refer to their press release:
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are designed to support seamless smart phone integration and offer a multitude of new functions and features.

Apple CarPlay® takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car's built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. Apple CarPlay® is compatible with iOS 7.1 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto™ was designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way through touch and voice to minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road. Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous popular apps.

To take full advantage of these new systems and features, the 2016 Accord's new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen is paired with an upper 7.7-inch high-resolution display screen and steering wheel-mounted controls. The upper screen can display audio settings, turn-by-turn directions, time and trip information, LaneWatch™ and Rearview Camera displays, incoming calls, SMS text messages when stopped, and parking sensor alerts.

Besides the new "iOS"-es, the restyled 2016 Honda Accord also has a bunch of new safety tech. To explain it all, here's Honda:
All 2016 Accords also can now be equipped with Honda Sensing™, among the most comprehensive suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies in the class. Honda Sensing includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and is available as a standalone option on all trims with the exception of Touring, where Honda Sensing is included as standard equipment.

Also, all 2016 Accords feature a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver's Mirror and, for the first time, new auto high-beam headlights (Touring trim) that enhance nighttime visibility and driving convenience by defaulting to the high-beam setting and automatically switching to low beams when an oncoming vehicle is detected.

The 2.4L 4-cyl and 3.5L V6 carry over unchanged. On EX (and above) models equipped with an automatic transmission, remote engine start now comes standard. 2016 Honda Accord Sport models (and above) get new LED daytime running lights, along with a 60/40 folding rear seat (it used to be a one-piece). And on Touring models, that backseat is even heated.

There are a bunch of other new features on the 2016 Honda Accord, but the bottom line is, it continues to be a well thought out car, that's now equipped to handle your increasingly "connected" life.

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