Honda Accord 2016 Review

Overview:

In India, the Accord was launched in 2001 but even though it was a good car, the sales never took off, especially for the V6 model. 13 years later, in early 2014, Honda pulled the plug on the Accord due to dwindling sales.

Honda has decided to reintroduce the Accord in the Indian market again in the year 2016 and they thought to go full hybrid this time. The is the ninth generation facelift model which not only gets sharper exterior and interior features but also gets a 2.0L Atkinson VTEC engine and also two electric motors.There are even three different drive modes as well which makes driving even more fun.

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Pricing:

The Honda Accord Hybrid has been priced at INR. 37,00,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)

Performance:

The 2016 Honda Accord will be offered with two engine options. The smaller engine will be a 2.4 litre 4 cylinder i-VTEC engine developing 185 HP and 245 Nm of torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or an automatic Continuous Variable Transmission. The larger engine will be a 3.5-litre VTEC V6 producing 278 HP and 342 Nm of torque. It will be paired to a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission.

Along with Honda Sensing, the 2016 model of the sedan also gets a Multi-Angle rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and auto high beam headlights to enhance night time visibility which automatically switches to low beam when a vehicle coming in the opposite direction is detected.

It includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

Build & Styling:

Towards the front the Accord Hybrid gets a redesigned futuristic and sharper automatic LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and stretched back LED tail lamps. Furthermore, the updated front profile also gets a new grille with a thick chrome bar and LED fog lamps. A new aluminium bonnet with sharp lines gives the sedan an aggressive look. The side profile has a sharp line running from the front fenders to the rear door handle and new stylish 19-inch alloy wheels.

It gets a few cosmetic changes like re-arrangement of buttons and an updated larger 7-inch touchscreen which comes with an advanced audio system that supports Apple CarPlay and also Android Auto. Some other features available include remote engine start on the automatic variants, HD Radio, Sirius XM satellite radio, Homelink remote, heated rear seats, 60:40 split folding rear seats and rain sensing windshield wipers.

The rear profile gets a chrome bar which connects the tail lights and twins exhaust pipes and another thinner bar above the exhaust pipes on the bumper connecting the reflectors.

Conclusion:

The Honda Sedan has always been one the best selling cars globally and the new car will definitely continue to sell in good numbers considering the upgrades it has got. But in India, this time around, hopefully, Honda manages to sell many more units. But again it has been launched with lack of diesel engine which was quite disguisting.