First Drive – 2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring

by Tony West and Sommer Thornton

Honda adds a Touring model to its cool new Accord Coupe that looks like a sporty fastback. The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring, the $34k top-of-the-line model has a sporty chromed out exterior, a low slung tech-savvy cockpit with ample legroom, and an efficient highway prowess. I’ve been a fan of the Accord since we whipped the 2014 model with its cool dual screens and ridiculously high EPA. For a modest price, just $22k for the base LX sedan and $24k for the base coupe, the Accord can be a teen’s first car or even a great second car. The Touring model adds a bit more swag and bite.

Reimagined Throwback Sporty Exterior

The restyled 2016 Accord Touring turned lots of heads on the Chicago streets during our First Drive with folks loving the new, more contemporary low slung look. It’s a throwback resembling a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but has a short rear deck and a leather trimmed interior.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan
2016 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan

The Touring has some dynamic new perks too like special 19 inch alloy wheels, side sill garnish, and a rear deck spoiler. LED daytime running lights, headlights and tail lights are standard. And the revised exterior color palate featuring new paint jobs in Kona Coffee Metallic for the sedan and Deep Blue Opal Metallic for the Coupe makes it more electrifying.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring
2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring

I really like how the new Accord Coupe Touring looks like a cool new sports car from far away with its more sharply creased front fascia and sloped hood. Plus the new Coupe has redesigned more dynamic front air intakes and a redesigned grille. The rear has dual exhausts large air intakes, wrap around tail lights and a cool brushed metal strip at the lower bumper that gives it a sporty flair. The Coupe Touring also includes auto-high beam headlights for the first time.

 

Leather-Trimmed Tech-Functional Cockpit

Most impressive with the Honda Accord Coupe is its dope new driver-focused cockpit. There is ample leg and hip room inside for all passengers. The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring features leather seats, a new gloss black interior trim, and carbon fiber style instrument panel for the Sport trim, and a metal-style dashboard trim. The interior also features a heated 10-way power driver’s seat with memory along with a heated front passenger seat, and available heated rear seats for the Touring Sedan. The Touring Accord features keyless entry, remote start, and a push button start.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring interior
2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring interior

The driver’s dash shows a wealth of information including temp, fuel, and odometer gauges, outside temperature, average mpg, oil life, average speed, elapsed time, and driver settings for cruise control and safety features. Drivers are positioned in optimal comfort with controls for the dash, cruise control, and audio on the steering wheel, paddle shifters behind, and dual screens in the center.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring steering wheel controls
2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring steering wheel controls

A larger new 7 inch touchscreen at the center stack is paired with a 7.7 inch high resolution Intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID) at the upper dash. This design is multifunctional making the center stack look like a spaceship cockpit. The top screen shows audio, turn-by-turn navigation, phone calls and text messages, and important continuous info like the time, fuel trip, range, and a compass, plus LaneWatch and a backup camera. I also like how the driver can adjust this top screen with steering wheel controls. The lower touchscreen is for audio and infotainment.

The interior infotainment functions are on another level in the new Accord Coupe – far advanced for the price. The coupe features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as newly available HondaLink Assist, HD Radio and Sirius XM Satellite radio. There’s also more preset station programmable, and now stations can be replaced and combined.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring front dash
2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring front dash

The driver-focused cockpit had dope sports car style controls combined with innovative soft touch surfaces. Adjusting audio functions like volume take longer with a touch. But it’s great because it saves a lot of space. And the low slung whip still adequate head room and rear legroom even with the front seats pushed back. There’s also plenty of storage in the new Accord Coupe with multiple cup holders in the front, 2 storage areas in the center and another shelf in the center console – plus a USB port.

Inside the superior interior of the 2016 Accord Coupe Touring is an ultra-comfortable first-class cabin with advanced infotainment. I didn’t want to get out.

 

Above-Average Performance puts Efficiency First

The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring has an verstatile road prowess that can go from laid-back city driving to athletic acceleration at speeds over 70 mph. The 3.5 liter SOCH iVTEC V6 featured in the Coupe Touring is the most powerful engine in a Honda sedan to date with 278 horsepower. The 6 speed automatic in the Accord coupe has sluggish shift changes in eco mode. With eco mode disabled the Coupe Touring is more agile. And though it still has a lag, it will maintain torque in high speed cruising. Sport mode using paddle shifters gives the Accord Coupe Touring a bit more bark, but still no bite, not surprising for a mid-size coupe.

The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring also features Electric Power Assisted rack and pinion steering, electronic brakeforce distribution, and vehicle stability assist for added resilience at high speeds. And the Coupe Touring features advanced MacPherson Strut front suspension and MultiLink rear suspension that help it maintain a smooth comfortable ride over rough terrain. Larger four-wheel disc brakes will help the Touring stop on point whether a sudden stop or a gentle-deceleration.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring
2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring

The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring truly creates a fun spirited driving experience with optimal interior comfort. While eco mode employs a start-stop technology that saves a ton of gas, there’s an eminent lag in torque.

Sport mode adds agility, more fluid steering and tighter suspension and braking.

Advanced safety features in the Honda Accord Coupe Touring are better than whips twice the price. All 2016 Accords feature a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. The dope surround view camera has three views and detects every movement, warning the driver to prevent a ton of collisions. And the front and rear parking sensors work with the forward collision alert and rear cross traffic alert with the ability to brake the car if needed.

The 2016 Accord can also be equipped with Honda Sensing, said to be the most comprehensive suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies in the class. It includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control. The Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Alert is fined tuned better than a lot of other cars with the same tech. The Accord Touring LKA will gently nudge the steering wheel back into its lane while gently redirecting torque.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring
2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring

The 2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring’s obvious performance improvements are attributed to a more rigid body structure with new high performance dampers and a retuned electric power steering system that delivers even more linear and precise response. Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a hydraulic subframe give the Accord a luxury sport-like highway cruising comfort and helps the whip hug the road and dip and dive between lanes.

The $34k 2016 Honda Accord Coupe Touring is a sleeper hit that stuns on the road. It surprises already-Accord fans, and draws in a whole new crowd that likes to stunt on the highway for less money. It’s a sporty whip that’s not a thriller sports car. But has the aggression to attack the road, the technology to save a ton of gas, and the interior functionality and quality materials that will put the driver and all 4 or 5 passenger in optimal comfort.

 

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