Up front, the two-door Accord adopts an almost Acura-like appearance characterized by more upscale headlights with available LED accents, a new all-aluminum hood, a more aggressive-looking bumper, and a new grille with a blacked-out slat. The treatment continues out back with sharper tail lamps and a redesigned bumper, while new paint colors and alloy wheel designs round out the modifications. All told, the visual updates bring the Accord Coupe in line with the sedan and, broadly speaking, Honda’s current design language.
The Accord gains a new seven-inch touch screen, and it earns the honor of being the first Honda compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, all models regardless of trim levels can be ordered with Honda Sensing, a comprehensive suite of electronic safety features and driving aids. Honda Sensing bundles features like a collision mitigation braking system with forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.
Honda has not made any major changes under the hood. Base models come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft. of torque, while high-zoot trims boast a 3.5-liter V6 tuned to deliver 278 ponies at 6,200 rpm and 252 foot-pounds of twist at 4,900 rpm. The V6 engine comes with Honda’s fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management, which turns the six into a frugal three-cylinder when its full output isn’t needed.
The four sends power to the front wheels via either a CVT or a six-speed manual, while buyers who opt for the six are asked to choose between a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual. In its most efficient configuration, with the four-cylinder and the CVT, the Coupe returns 30 mpg on the highway.
The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe will go on sale across the nation in the coming weeks, and the 2016 Accord Hybrid — the only member of the Accord lineup that hasn’t been updated yet — will be unveiled before the end of the year.
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