It’s normal to feel a bit of anxiety when buying a used car. Unlike a new car, a used car may be hiding undetectable defects or mechanical issues, and not all used cars come with some type of warranty to protect against such possibilities. However, if you’re buying a 2016 Honda Accord, you’ll not only be getting a car with an excellent reputation for reliability and strong resale, but you’ll also likely be able to find one carrying Honda’s Certified Pre-Owned warranty.
The Accord received a major overhaul in 2016, giving it a more robust appearance, an improved suspension and the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Honda Sensing advanced driver assist system was made optional on all trims, as was a split-folding rear seat. While it may not be as sporty as a Kia Optima, as fast as a Dodge Charger or as all-weather capable as a Subaru Legacy, those who prefer peace of mind over all-out performance will not regret choosing the Accord. Shoppers not in need of four doors will find a much sportier ride by opting for the Accord coupe.
From a driver’s point of view, the Accord strikes just the right balance between a comfortable ride, good handling and good fuel economy. The Accord can accommodate up to five passengers and has room for a good amount of luggage or groceries in its trunk. Top-of-the-line models come standard with leather seating, navigation and adaptive cruise control — all very desirable options.
What We Like
Lots of standard features; spacious interior; excellent fit and finish; quiet ride; optional driver assists; impressive continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); available manual transmission
What We Don’t
Limited features on entry-level trims; 4-cylinder engine can feel underpowered at times; limited interior color options
Fuel Economy & Engine Specs
The Accord’s standard engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that’s good for 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. In the Sport trim, the same engine produces a bit more power, rated at 189 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. With the 6-speed manual transmission, the Accord is rated at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The automatic CVT improves those figures to 27 mpg city/36 mpg hwy (26 mpg city/34 mpg hwy with the Sport and coupe).
The optional 3.5-liter V6 produces 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque and can be mated to a 6-speed automatic or, in the coupe, a 6-speed manual. Fuel economy for this engine is rated at a remarkable 21 mpg city/32 mpg hwy with the automatic and 18 mpg city/28 mpg hwy with the manual.
Standard Features & Options
For 2016, the Accord offers six trims and two body styles. The Accord sedan comes in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V6 and Touring trims. The Accord coupe comes in LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V6 trims.
The Accord LX features 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB audio connectivity, Pandora Internet Radio compatibility, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary and USB/iPod input and the i-MID infotainment system with an 8-in screen.
The LX-S coupe is similarly equipped to the LX sedan.
The Sport trim adds 18-in wheels, a rear spoiler, a 10-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and paddle shifters (in the CVT-equipped model).
The EX builds on the LX trim with 17-in wheels, 6-speaker audio, HondaLink smartphone and app integration, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, a power driver’s seat with power lumbar, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power sunroof, heated side mirrors, keyless entry with a push-button start and Lane Watch blind spot monitoring system.
The EX-L includes leather seating, a driver’s seat memory feature, LED brake lights, a 4-way power passenger seat, heated front seats and a premium 7-speaker touchscreen audio system with satellite radio.
The EX-L V6 simply adds a V6 engine to the EX-L trim.
The Touring comes standard with a V6 engine, navigation, LED headlights and the Honda Sensing system that includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.
As Honda has a one-trim-fits-all policy, there are few options, but the EX-L and EX-L V6 trims are available with navigation. Honda Sensing (see Touring Trim for details) is optional on all trims and standard on the Touring.
Because the Honda Accord holds its value well, be prepared to pay a premium even when the car has higher mileage. To get a good idea of the Accord’s price range, we suggest viewing the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are currently for sale in your area.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recalls for the 2016 Honda Accord:
A recall was issued regarding a possible problem with the case for the battery sensor. A crack in the case may allow water to leak in, possibly causing a short or fire.
Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.
Safety Ratings & Warranties
The Honda Accord sedan’s safety record appears to be quite good. NHTSA gave the Accord four stars in its front crash test and five stars in the side-impact and rollover tests. The Accord coupe earned five stars in all three tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Accord sedan its highest rating of Good in its offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests, while the Accord coupe earned similar marks in all but the small-overlap front passenger-side crash test, for which it has no rating. Both cars earned a Top Safety Pick rating.
The Accord left the factory with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile power train warranty. Both are fully transferable. If you buy a certified pre-owned Accord, it will have gone through a 182-point inspection and will come with an extension of the basic warranty (4-year/48,000-mile basic). If the vehicle’s new-car warranty has expired, it will instead come with a 1-year/12,000-mile basic warranty from the date of purchase. The power train warranty is also extended by to seven years and 100,000 miles from the date that the vehicle entered service.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Kia Optima — The Optima offers a more sophisticated design and more upscale features than the Accord, and its resale is almost as good. The Optima’s repair history, however, is not as good as the Accord’s, but it does have a longer basic warranty (five years/60,000 miles).
2016 Ford Fusion — The Fusion is an excellent competitor for the Accord, offering hybrid, all-wheel-drive and even plug-in hybrid models, but the Fusion has had a number of recalls, and its resale and fuel economy figures are not as good as the Accord’s.
2016 Toyota Camry — The Camry is every bit the Accord’s equal, with similar features, fuel economy and resale values. The Camry’s hybrid option, however, offers superior fuel economy.
2016 Dodge Charger — The Charger offers more room, more engine options and more high-end features such as premium audio and a number of performance-oriented upgrades.
With Google Maps on your smartphone, the need for factory navigation is really redundant. For this reason, we think that most people will be quite happy with the base LX 4-cylinder Accord with Honda Sensing. It offers plenty of features, has the lowest price point and gets great gas mileage. Those seeking a bit more luxury should look to the EX-L, while power players who are willing to shell out more money should go for one of the upscale V6 trims. Don’t have kids? You should consider one of the Accord coupes!