The midlife facelift for the 2016 Honda Accord has arrived in Australia, updating the mid-sizer’s look and technologies. The new three-model range offers a choice of four cylinder VTi and VTi-L, or the top-spec V6 powered V6L.
Across the range the Accord wears Honda’s new “solid wing face” grille, as seen on the new Civic sedan, and there are redesigned headlamps, new front and rear bumpers, and new wheel designs.
Accord VTi and VTi-S are powered by a 2.4 litre four-cylinder engine producing 129kW and 225Nmm mated to a five-speed automatic. The Accord V6L arrives with a 3.5 litre V6 producing 206kW and 339Nm and paired to a six-speed automatic.
Both engines carry over the same specification as before, but fuel consumption ratings move about slightly, with the VTi rated at 8.0 l/100km (down 0.1 litre), the VTi-S at 8.2 l/100km (up 0.1 litre) and the V6L rated at 9.3 l/100km (up 0.1 litre).
The VTi features standard 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, fabric seat-trim, Advanced Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, and Active Noise Control.
The VTi-L adds 18-inch alloys, LED headlights with active cornering lights, automatic lights and wipers, LED fog lights, a powered sunroof, leather seat trim, power adjustable front seats with seat heating, proximity key with push button start and a powered rear sunshade with manual rear side sunshades.
Step up to the V6L and as well as the more powerful engine there’s also the addition of passenger seat power adjustment, a rear lip-spoiler, twin chrome exhausts, and hydrophilic side mirrors.
All models feature standard Bluetooth connectivity, three-mode reversing camera, LaneWatch blind-spot camera, six airbags, tyre deflation warning, and electronic stability control.
VTi-L and V6L also feature Honda Sensing, including adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation.
The Accord VTi represents a new lower entry price to the Accord range, $1000 less than the VTi-S it replaces, VTi-L rises by $2500, and V6L pricing steps up by $600. The new Accord range is available in Australian Honda dealerships now.
VTi - $32,990
VTi-L - $43,990
V6L - $52,590
(Manufacturer's list price, excluding on-road costs)
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