How do you improve a car that’s already a great worldwide automotive icon? You take all the technology, performance and innovative thinking that made it a legend and add a healthy dose of style and great new thinking. It’s more than a car: it’s a legacy, and the redesigned 2016 Accord is the latest evolution.
Performance with the updated V6 is strong. With 280 horsepower, it’s an energetic performer with a great engine note. In fact, the new Accord is an absolute joy to drive. The steering is wonderfully light and the chassis is superb in both absorbing bumps and keeping everything together if you get too enthusiastic going round corners, for example.
It may be rather that people appreciate the Accord not so much for its racing engine sounds, but more for the lack of road and wind noise that you experience in the cabin while being transported in quiet luxury and safety. In this regard the Accord is an undisputed leader.
Every part of the Accord is the product of human-centric innovation and creativity. Convenient features make driving a simpler task, and advanced offerings like the available Honda SensingTM suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies help free you to enjoy your driving experience even more.
I particularly appreciated the Honda LaneWatch, a unique but simple feature where a small camera under the passenger-side mirror displays live video on large centre screen to help you change lanes; it’s a wonderful addition which made my drive on the crowded roads of the capital quite enjoyable.
Honda Sensing is now becoming mainstream. There are frontal sensors to warn if you’re at risk of colliding with the car in front, there are sensors to keep you from departing your chosen lane, and more. In fact, Honda safety systems are world-class and the five-star safety ratings reflect Honda consistent efforts to make its cars as safe and reassuring as possible.
You can recommend an Accord to anyone. It’s up there with the best: in style, in technology, in economy, in luxury. Drive one, you’ll enjoy it. Really.
ENGINE 3.5 litre V6 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC + VCM, direct fuel injection (more models with 2.4 litre engine are also available).
(One of the world’s best engines with its optimum blend of smoothness and power)
TRANSMISSION Six-speed automatic gearbox
MAX POWER 280 hp (209 kW) @ 6,200 rpm
MAX TORQUE 355 Nm (262 lb-ft) @ 4,900 rpm
EXTERIOR Good looks and a little attitude go a long way. A restyled front grille, bold character lines and a wider look give the Accord a new muscular appearance that leaves no question who’s in charge; a modern, sleek, and athletic design now with new front and rear fascias, projector LED headlights and LED taillights; new wheel designs and LED daytime running lights all mean you will be noticed as the driver of a state-of-the-art new generation car.
INTERIOR With its generous dimensions up to five occupants enjoy a premium level of quality trim, appointments and craftsmanship; the new Accord upscale interior features high-quality materials and exemplary fit and finish; new bright 8-inch touchscreen interface brings the Accord absolutely up to date in terms of technology features and controls; it now displays Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – keeping you connected even while in your (Honda) car in the 24/7 digital world.
SAFETY Many systems assisting driver control include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control; Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering; AntiLock Brake system with Electric Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; multi-angle rearview camera and very useful lanewatch camera; comprehensive front and side airbag and ELR seatbelt systems; immobiliser; security alarm; hill start assist; Honda ACE reinforced body with its five-star safety rating.
Domasco will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new Honda Accord or any of its stylish range of cars and SUVs for Marhaba viewers and readers. CallCall toll free number 800 8123 or visit Honda website.
The best decision for you right now is to see this great car for yourself. The staff at the Honda showroom on Khalifa Street, Lejbailat Zone 64 (between TV roundabout and the iconic Imam Muhammed Abdul Wahab mosque) will be eager to show it off to you and answer all your questions.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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