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2016 Honda Accord Review

The 2016 Honda Accord finishes in the bottom half of the midsize car class. Though it boasts a spacious interior and a good safety score, the Accord's so-so cabin quality and frustrating infotainment controls drag down its overall score.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular engine options
  • Great fuel economy
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Roomy, upscale interior
  • Clumsy touch-screen operation

New for 2016

  • Refreshed styling
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available
  • Honda Sensing available in all trims




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.5
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2016 Honda Accord Overview

Is the 2016 Honda Accord a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Accord is a good pick if you’re shopping for a used midsize car. Available as a four-door sedan or a two-door coupe, the Accord pleases with its well-balanced handling and generous seating space. It also serves up a wide variety of active safety features, and it earns a good safety score.

That said, you should still consider some of the Accord’s top competitors, many of which have better reliability ratings, such as the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and 2016 Toyota Camry. The Accord's cabin is built with mostly high-quality materials, though a few rivals still feel more upscale inside, and many competitors offer more intuitive tech features.

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How Much Is the 2016 Honda Accord?

You can expect to pay between $15,900 and $25,800 for a used 2016 Accord. These figures are based on more than 1,800 listings for the 2016 Honda Accord on our site. The average price is just over $20,000. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Honda Accord Cost to Own?

The Accord’s ownership costs are higher than average for the midsize car class. Over five years, you can expect to pay around $23,100 for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance – or about $4,600 per year. By comparison, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata and 2016 Mazda6 will cost about $21,300 and $22,100, respectively, over five years.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Accord?

The 2018 Accord starts at around $23,500. That’s pretty typical for a new midsize car, but it’s still about $3,500 more than the average price of a 2016 Accord. Opting for a used Accord can save you thousands of dollars up front. However, there are a few more perks to buying new. The 2018 Accord is fully redesigned, sporting new interior and exterior styling, better fuel economy, and standard Honda Sensing safety features – even in its base trim. New models also have longer warranty coverage, and since you’ll be the first owner, you won’t have to worry about a questionable maintenance history.

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On the other hand, you might want to consider the smaller 2018 Honda Civic. You can buy a new Civic sedan for less than the average used 2016 Accord. The Civic has a bit less rear head- and legroom than the Accord, but it offers the same infotainment and safety features, as well as better fuel economy. Deals on new Honda Civics can lower its base price even further.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Honda Accord?

The 2016 Accord has average reliability, earning a score of three out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Honda Accord Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2016 Accord. Honda has identified a fault with the Accord’s battery sensor case, which could allow moisture to corrode the sensor and cause an electrical short. Before buying a used Honda Accord, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Accord Is Best?

The 2016 Accord is part of the vehicle’s ninth generation, which spans the 2013 through 2017 model years. It’s also the best model year to buy. The 2016 Accord received substantial updates, including a refreshed exterior, the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and several new safety features as part of the Honda Sensing package. You can certainly save money by shopping for used 2013, 2014, or 2015 models, but you’ll miss out on these updates. Notably, there were no major changes for the 2017 Accord.

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Which Used Honda Accord Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Accord has six trim levels: LX, LX-S, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The base LX sedan and LX-S coupe come standard with a rearview camera, an infotainment screen, a CD player, a USB input, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, cruise control, and alloy wheels. That’s a fine mix of standard features, and it makes the LX and LX-S models a great buy.

The Honda Accord Sport (sedan only) features a slight bump in horsepower. The Accord EX adds a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, push-button start, a blind spot camera, and a moonroof. The Accord EX-L adds leather upholstery and heated front seats. It’s also the first trim available with a V6 engine and satellite navigation. Lastly, the Accord Touring (V6 only) adds navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, parking sensors, heated rear seats, and the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. Honda Sensing is optional in all other trims.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Accord?

The 2016 Accord has great safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Honda Accord (sedan and coupe) a 2016 Top Safety Pick+. Both body styles received top scores in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Accord coupe and sedan perfect five-star ratings for overall, side, and rollover crash testing. The coupe also received five stars in the frontal crash test, while the sedan received four stars.

All 2016 Accord models come standard with a multi-angle rearview camera. Parking sensors are available, as is Honda LaneWatch, which uses the infotainment screen to display a live video of the passenger-side blind spot. The bulk of the Accord’s active safety features are found in the Honda Sensing package, which is available in all trims. Honda Sensing includes forward collision warning with brake assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

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2016 Honda Accord Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda Accord or 2016 Mazda6?

Like the Accord, the 2016 Mazda6 is a fine option in the midsize car class. Both cars offer lovely cabin materials, roomy seating space, great safety scores and features, and high fuel economy estimates. Both also have average reliability and athletic handling. The Mazda6, however, has lower projected ownership costs, and it’s listed for about $2,200 less than the Accord on average.

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda Accord or 2016 Nissan Altima?

The 2016 Nissan Altima, like the Accord, offers refined driving dynamics, high fuel economy estimates, and many advanced safety features. It has an average reliability rating as well. The trade-off between the Accord and the Altima is value. The Accord will probably cost more to buy, and it has higher long-term costs. However, it boasts roomier rear seats, better interior materials, and features that the Nissan can’t match, like Apple CarPlay.

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2016 Accord Performance

How Does the 2016 Honda Accord Drive?

The Accord has two engine options: a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. A six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic (CVT) are available with the four-cylinder engine. The V6 is offered with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard.

The four-cylinder engine hustles the Accord up to speed swiftly and provides confident passing power on the highway. The manual transmission slides nicely through its gears, but it’s the CVT that earns particular praise. It offers quick throttle response and feels as smooth as a conventional automatic, thanks to its simulated gear shifts. The V6 accelerates the Accord with even more gusto – but at the cost of lower fuel economy. Arguably, the Accord’s best asset is its refined handling. Its ride is comfortable and compliant even on rough roads, yet it still feels agile and lightweight through corners. The steering is precise and the brakes slow the car assuredly.

Does the 2016 Honda Accord Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Accord’s four-cylinder engine returns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which is great by class standards. The V6 earns up to 21/33 mpg city/highway.

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2016 Accord Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Accord Seat?

The 2016 Accord sedan and coupe seat five. Adults will find generous head- and legroom in both rows of the sedan. The coupe’s rear seats are stingier on legroom, though there is still enough space for kids and teens to sit comfortably. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated and leather seats are available. The Accord’s cabin features mostly quality materials, though some rivals look and feel more upscale inside.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Honda Accord?

The Accord sedan and coupe have two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the sedan’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use, but noted some of the anchors are hard to access. The coupe received a lower rating of Marginal.

2016 Honda Accord Features

All models come standard with a rearview camera, an 8-inch infotainment screen (referred to as i-MID), a CD player, a USB input, and Bluetooth. Available features include satellite radio, a navigation system, and a 7-inch touch screen. The standard audio and climate controls are nicely arranged and very simple to use. The i-MID display is located high on the dashboard as well, making it easy to see without taking your eyes off the road. Opt for the available touch screen, and you’ll get support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, this screen replaces the user-friendly buttons and knobs, making some audio adjustments quite clumsy.

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2016 Honda Accord Dimensions

Honda Accord Cargo Space

The Honda Accord sedan has 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on par with class standards. The Accord coupe’s space shrinks to just 13.7 cubic feet.

2016 Accord Length and Weight

The Accord sedan is 16 feet long and has a curb weight of between 3,170 and 3,605 pounds, depending on the trim level. The Accord coupe is 3 inches shorter, and its curb weight ranges from 3,179 to 3,554 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Honda Accord Built?

The 2016 Honda Accord coupe and sedan were built in Marysville, Ohio, at Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant. The Acura TLX and ILX are also assembled there.

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