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Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Honda Accord

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/24/2015 Megan Stewart

The 2016 Honda Accord receives a significant refresh, rather than a redesign, which will let it better compete with the other vehicles in the segment. The most notable changes occur inside, as many of the issues presented to the automaker have finally been addressed. The exterior receives some attention, and the powertrain lineup remains unchanged. But the question remains: are these changes enough to give the 2016 Honda Accord a fighting chance against the Toyota Camry?

While not drastically different, Honda has updated the front end, which sports a new grille design, revised headlights and foglights. The overall shape of the headlight casings remains the same, but the lighting design has been updated. The turn indicator is now to the outside of the L-shaped DRLs, while the headlights themselves have become more streamlined. From the side, the character lines remain the same, but have a sharper finish.

At the rear, more changes are immediately noticeable, with a revised lighting design and liftgate. The chrome accent bar now runs over the taillights instead of stopping at them. The lights themselves have become more streamlined in appearance, with a horizontal design that is much more stylized and sharp when compared to the somewhat muddled lights of the outgoing model. The rear bumper offers slightly more aggressive lines, giving the 2016 Accord a stronger appearance.

Refreshing or Revolting: 2016 Honda Accord

Inside, Honda has given the cabin the attention it needed. The infotainment system is now solely touchscreen, and while the overall shape and design of the layout remains the same, it has been cleaned up to provide a better user experience. The new 7-inch touchscreen is reminiscent of that in the Civic and Fit, but the Accord offers a larger 7.7-inch high-res screen to display more information. The Accord also adds new technology, making it compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Honda took the time to address many of the concerns garnered by the current Accord model, and the interior is steps above the previous model. The exterior receives an abundance of minor changes that goes a long way to upping the overall appearance and design. But has Honda made enough changes to enable the 2016 Accord to go head-to-head with the Toyota Camry that currently dominates the segment?

2016 Honda Accord Touring© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Honda Accord Touring

Last week's Refreshing or Revolting featured the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, and reviews were mostly positive, at least with the exterior.

"Refreshing. While the front end is Way too busy, the back looks very exotic. The interior could use a little more love," said Blue 100612.

"Still ugly. A Highlander is much nicer to look at. Got to give them credit for the safety scores on this, though," said 2ZZ-GE.

"Looks very good, but mechanically it is terribly outdated. Mitsubishi needs to address that problem and it will be just fine," said Ecoboost V8.

"Actually saw one today and sat inside. Definitely refreshing exterior-wise. I didn't get to drive since it just came out of the truck, but I hope it drives good as well," said Tron101.

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