Looking to buy a mid-size premium sedan without breaking the bank? Honda Australia has just announced the 2016 update for its Accord range. It showcases a refreshed design, an additional variant, and increased technology.
Buyers can select between three variants of the new model, with the VTi back in the range as the entry-level proposition. There’s also the VTi-L and top V6L.
Both of the entry models retain the 2.4-litre four-cylinder producing 129kW and 225Nm. Honda, for some reason, has decided not to utilise its new 1.5-litre turbo for the Accord, despite its very similar yet more economical 127kW and 220Nm outputs. Fuel consumption averages range from 8.0L/100km to 8.2L/100km in the 2.4, for the VTi and VTi-L, respectively.
For the V6L, it also retains its power unit. The 3.5-litre V6 produces 206kW and 339Nm, which actually makes the Accord one of the most powerful front-wheel drive cars on the market. Fuel economy is rated at 9.3L/100km on the combined cycle.
So, what’s new? You can spot the changes to the front end, with a more sophisticated grille and fascia area, in line with Honda’s latest ‘Solid wing face’ theme. There’s also some new wheels for the VTi-L and V6, a new rear bumper bar and headlight design, and a new paint colour on offer called Brilliant Sporty Blue.
Inside, passengers get the latest Advanced Display Audio interface inside, bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technologies, with Bluetooth connectivity. The two upper variants also get Honda Sensing safety technologies, including collision mitigation, road departure mitigation, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Honda says the new model is arriving in dealerships around the country right now. Prices start from the following (excluding on-roads):
2016 Honda Accord VTi – $32,990
2016 Honda Accord VTi-L – $43,990
2016 Honda Accord V6L – $52,590