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2016 Honda Accord Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Honda Accord was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Most test drivers like the 2016 Honda Accord's stylish cabin, top-notch materials and spacious seats. However, a few add the Accord's interior isn't constructed as well as some competitors. The Accord has comfortable seats, critics write, and its redesigned infotainment system earns praise for its easy setup and smartphone-like controls.

  • "Still, the interior is attractive and nicely designed, with a tasteful mix of high quality materials and surfaces." -- Forbes
  • The Accord's interior, which is much improved in the current generation, gets some significant changes to the multimedia system for 2016. Little has changed apart from that. Build quality is good, but not up to the updated Mazda6, which leapfrogged the class in its top trim levels." -- Cars.com
  • "Step into the latest Honda Accord, and its 5-passenger cabin will feel familiar yet sophisticated. The familiar part comes from its roominess, excellent outward vision and easy-to-reach controls." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "During our interior evaluation, we immediately felt an upscale vibe that didn't exist in the previous Accord." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "With a few exceptions, the materials in the 2015 Honda Accord have a high-quality look and feel. The overall design is elegant, and the cabin's tight construction gives a much stronger impression than you'd expect from a workaday family car." -- Edmunds (2015)

Seating

The Accord coupe and sedan both seat five and have standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat and heated front seats are available in both sedan and coupe models, and a power-adjustable front passenger seat and heated rear seats are available only in sedan models. The Accord's front seats offer decent comfort and support, according to reviewers, and the sedan's rear seats are spacious. Some critics report the coupe's rear seats are more cramped, and can only fit a couple adults for short journeys, though this is a common issue in coupes. Test drivers agree there's ample legroom for passengers in front and back, and some add the thin roof supports make it easy to see out in all directions.

  • "Both front and rear occupants will find plenty of legroom and shoulder room. The sedan's backseat is one of the best in this class, thanks to its combination of space and comfort." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The front seats are supportive and comfortable. Rear seats in the sedan are roomy for two adults (three in a pinch) and - not surprisingly - tighter in the coupe." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The front seats are firm and highly supportive, while rear passengers in the sedan will at least be as comfortable as they were in the outgoing model's palatial back seat; in fact, rear legroom has somehow increased by an inch. The coupe's rear quarters are predictably tighter, but two adults can squeeze back there for short- to medium-length trips." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "It's all too common nowadays for thick roof pillars to impede visibility, but that's not the case with the Accord; front, side, or rear, they're thin and easy to see around." -- Consumer Guide (2014)

Interior Features

The 2016 Honda Accord comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, an infotainment system with an 8-inch display, a multi-angle rearview camera and a four-speaker audio system. Optional features include a power moonroof, push-button start, a second 7-inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a seven-speaker audio system, satellite radio and HD Radio. Additionally, the Accord has a long list of optional driver assistance and safety features including lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, front and rear parking sensors and LaneWatch, which uses a camera under the passenger-side mirror to show you vehicles in the car's blind spot.

The Accord's infotainment system was updated for 2016 to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and reviewers think it is an improvement on the previous system because it can be operated with smartphone-like gestures. Auto critics report that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are easy to set up. Some think the touch-screen controls are more difficult to use than the physical buttons on the base model. Testers appreciate the Accord's numerous available safety systems and say they perform well.

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  • "You can swipe, tap, and pinch in iPad-style, and the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the top Accord trim levels brings your smartphone stuff onto the big touchscreen display, plus you can make commands with the voice-recognition software." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "We've harped on touch-sensitive buttons across the industry, as they're difficult to use in an environment that's subject to momentum (like - shocker! - a car). These are a clear step backward, especially since the standard head unit has intuitive physical controls." -- Cars.com
  • "Both [Apple CarPlay and Android Auto] work precisely as advertised -- when they say it's plug-and-play, they mean it. Our co-driver, who had never used CarPlay before, hooked up his iPhone and was sending and receiving text messages to colleagues in seconds." -- AutoWeek
  • Honda Sensing uses radar and a camera to offer Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control. … They're mostly seamless, although the active cruise can be touchier than systems from some of the German brands." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2016 Accord sedan has a bigger-than-average trunk for the class, with 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The coupe has 13.7 cubic feet, which is small for the class. Both models have a standard one-piece folding rear seatback, and the sedan is available with a new 60/40 split-folding rear seat. Reviewers think the Accord's trunk is decently sized, but a few think its usefulness is decreased by its shape. Some critics note the 60/40 split-folding rear seat makes the Accord's trunk more versatile than it was in previous years.

  • "… the Honda body engineers have finally allowed the use of a 60/40-split folding rear seat to improve cargo utility." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "One fault: While the trunk is wide at the rear, it narrows considerably moving forward between the wheelhouses, which limits cargo capacity and loading flexibility." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
  • "The Accord also has something the Mazda6 lacks, and that's loads of interior and cargo space. … As noted by multiple editors, the Accord's trunk is cavernous -- one of the biggest in the segment -- and can fit more than a week's worth of groceries for a family of five." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

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