What you’re looking at is the first Japenese car to be built here in the US. This is the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe V6 Touring Edition. And I’m gonna tell you more about it right now.
So, what makes this Accord the Touring Edition?
- 19-Inch Alloy Wheels
- Body-Colored Parking Sensors (Front/Rear)
- LED Headlights with Auto-On and Off
- Auto High-Beam Headlights
- Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
- And according to Honda’s website, some “technical features”. What those, are I don’t know.
Now to be clear, this isn’t an all new Accord, but more a mid-cycle refresh. I didn’t drive the previous Accord, but according to Honda, this one has been updated with more sensors, a better suspension and all together better driving experience.
There is also a new front end that stands bolder and stronger looking than the outgoing model year, the 2015, and will likely appeal to those who seek sneakers over loafers.
Under the hood is a very capable v6 with Honda’s Earth Dreams engine technology. It cranks out 278hp and while it probably won’t win any drag races, it’s 6 speed gearbox will rev to almost 7000 RPMs, giving it a fairly spirited feeling and with it an almost sporty exhaust note.
And before we move to the interior, I do wanna point out the all LED headlights, both front and back. At night they could be mistaken for a Telsa, or a vehicle that costs MILLIONS of yen more. *wink
And that interior. It’s appointed with leather front and back. There is even this almost genuine but very aesthetically pleasing carbon fiber like inlay. Comparatively speaking the interior has changed much from 2015, but new and old Accord owners won’t care because it’s just that good.
Other features include:
- A 10-way power driver’s seat
- Heated seats for both up front occupants
- Adaptive cruise control with semi-semi autonomous driving (aka it will try to keep you in the lane and stop the car if it detects an impending crash)
- A set of door handles that lock or unlock when you touch them
- Push button and remote start
And these: two LCD screens. So let’s talk about these. In short, they’re useful. One can include navigation information, and the other audio. My point is that it reduces the friction one experiences when there is only one screen and two passengers; there is no need to navigate away from say the nav to change a setting or tune to a new station.
That in mind, the Accord’s infotainment system is far from perfect. On more than one occasion the GPS put me on the adjacent street. But it is ultra easy to enter an address thanks to – and I don’t know why no other car manufacturer does this – the ability to enter a zip code. I’m still frustrated by the touch responsive volume controls by I see what Honda has try to accomplish in terms of aesthetics. In other words no nobs in this area keeps things cleaner.
And by now you might be wondering about this car’s driving dynamics and asking if the paddle shifters – yes those exist – and almost black wheels are justifiable. And the answer is yes, at least for a Honda that costs just north of $34,000. Sure, it’s a front wheel drive car, but it pulls plenty given its power and looks. Around corners I won’t lay claim to anything grandiouse, but it drives well, is comfortable and thanks to active noise cancelation has an exceptionally quiet interior. In fact, phone calls sound down right fantastic and perhaps one of the best, yes BEST of any car I’ve ever tested.
Price, all in, is $34,945. Sure, that’s a $10,000 premium over the base model. But I stress base as this version, the V6 Touring edition, is packed with tech and features. Save for a garage door opener. Where’s that Honda?