high heel ugg boots Latest Honda Accord offers dramatic new features
The mid cycle refresh for one of North America top selling cars represents more than skin deep alterations, although exterior updates remain all important when attracting buyers to the Accord camp.
Whereas most automakers seem content to tweak the looks of their vehicles after the first three or four years on the market, Honda has taken a more dramatic approach for its coupe and sedan.
The noses, headlights, fog lights and LED taillights on its two and four door Accords appear to be influenced by those vehicles from the upscale Acura line. The grille has what is best described as an Acura like shield, while the LED headlight pods on the Touring model seem similarly Acura influenced (lesser trims use halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights).
There are fresh wheel designs for all trim levels, including new 19 inchers for the top rung Accord Touring. The body itself has been reengineered to provide greater rigidity and the sedan (but not the coupe hood is now made from aluminum (for weight savings) instead of steel. Interior changes, as subtle as they may be, go further than seat fabrics and trim.
A font change for the gauges makes them easier to read and a rearview camera is now standard. Most Accords also have a handy (and long overdue) 60 / 40 split folding rear seat. So let go about this a different way: Is there anything that hasn changed?
A powertrain examination reveals some familiar engines, starting with a 185 horsepower 2.4 liter four cylinder. Optional in the EX L and Touring trims is a 278 horsepower V6. Honda will also have a hybrid sedan available with improved performance and fuel economy, but it won be available for several more months (arriving as a 2017 model).
For now, the 2.4 is tops in fuel economy with a rating of 27 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. The latter value is improved by one mpg from before due to better aerodynamics and a reduction in piston friction.
Honda has also worked on the optional continuously variable transmission operating efficiency so that it feels more like a geared automatic. As CVTs go, it pretty decent, but a small percentage of drivers will likely choose the base six speed manual gearbox in their four cylinder sedans and coupes. V6 sedans come with a six speed automatic transmission, exclusively, while opting for the V6 coupe gives you the choice of six speed manual or automatic transmissions. Changes have also been made to the Accord ride, handling and steering qualities.
Is it all enough to keep you driving Hondas for the rest of your life? Probably, since Honda folks tend be loyal. But all observers tend to agree: Honda nailed this one!