The 2017 Accord is chock-full of technologically advanced features that enhance the driving experience overall and make motoring much more pleasant for drivers and passengers alike.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are among the state-of-the-art amenities that come standard in the Accord EX, EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims. These features enable drivers and passengers to conveniently connect their smartphones to the Accord and, via the car’s touchscreen display, access features like text messaging, navigation, calling, music, and more. For tips on using Android Auto, see the accompanying video.
The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System is additionally offered as an available feature in the Accord EX-L and EX-L V-6 models and comes standard in the Touring trim, offering features like voice recognition, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and Song By Voice.
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Bluetooth Streaming Audio come standard in each of the Accord models, providing hands-free access to functions and content on the driver’s smartphone.
The Accord’s three audio system options are bolstered by standard features that include Pandora capability, MP3 and Windows Media Audio playback capability, a USB audio interface, speed-sensitive volume control, and a radio data system.
The Accord further features convenience-boosting amenities that include:
Smart Entry, which comes standard in the EX, EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims, enabling the Accord to be unlocked, started, driven, shut off, and re-locked without needing to remove the car keys from a pocket or purse.
Auto-on/off LED headlights, which come standard in the Touring trim and automatically turn on after sunset and shut off again after sunrise when the vehicle is in use.
Dual-zone automatic climate control, which comes standard in all of the Accord trims. This feature allows the driver and front passenger to each set their own desired climate settings. The system then maintains the optimal temperature in those climate zones based on the user input.
Auto-dimming rearview mirror, which comes standard in the EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims. This smart mirror instantly dims when struck by the high beams from another vehicle, helping to keep the driver from being blinded by the bright lights and from being distracted from the road by the need to manually adjust the rearview mirror.
HomeLink Remote System, standard in the EX, EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims, can be synchronized with remote-controlled devices at the driver’s home, such as home security systems, garage doors, and home lighting systems.
Weighing in Against the Competition
The Accord’s technology offerings are not only impressive in their own right, but they also defeat the tech amenities found among top competitors.
The 2016 Ford Fusion, for example, does not offer a collision mitigation braking system, which is available for all of the Accord models and comes standard in the Accord Touring trim. This potentially lifesaving feature automatically applies the car’s brakes if the driver does not respond quickly enough to the car’s collision warning, thereby lessening the impact of the crash or avoiding it altogether.
Neither the Fusion nor the 2016 Nissan Altima offers standard automatic climate control, as the Accord does, and neither the Altima nor the Toyota Camry offers memory settings for the driver’s seat, as the Accord does.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers, which come standard in the Accord Touring model, are not available in the Altima or the Camry.
The Camry further does not offer a remote vehicle starting system, which comes standard in the Accord EX, EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims.
The Altima additionally does not offer standard auto-on/off headlights or auto-dimming high beams, as the Accord does.
*Safety matters most, and the 2016 CR-V, Accord, Fit, Odyssey, HR-V, and Pilot earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
**The 2016 Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Pilot with Honda Sensing™, and the 2016 CR-V Touring have been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their superior crash safety performance.