Amenities found in the 2017 Accord are also tailored to bolster convenience and connectivity for drivers and passengers. Among them are the following features:
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which come standard in the Accord EX, EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims. Drivers can easily connect their smartphones to the Accord’s touchscreen display and access features like text messaging, navigation, calling, music, and more while staying focused on the road. See the accompanying video for tips on using Apple CarPlay in your Accord.
Smart Entry (standard in the EX, EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims), which can lock, unlock, start, and stop the Accord while the key remains in a pocket or purse.
Auto-on/off LED headlights (standard in the Touring trim), automatically switch from high beams to low beams when another car is approaching and also turn on and off automatically.
Dual-zone automatic climate control, which comes standard and automatically adjusts temperature and ventilation inside the Accord according to the user’s setting.
Auto-dimming rearview mirror (standard in the EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims), which instantly dims when the high beams from another car hit the mirror.
HomeLink Remote System (standard in the EX, EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims), which syncs up with remote-controlled devices in and around the car owner’s home.
In comparing the Accord to some of its leading competitors, such as the 2016 Toyota Camry, 2016 Kia Optima, and 2016 Ford Fusion, the Accord offers a variety of technology features that these rival vehicles do not have.
The Accord offers a remote vehicle starting system in four of its trim levels, while none of the Camry or Optima models feature remote vehicle start. The Accord also offers two-driver seat memory in the EX-L, EX-L V-6, and Touring trims, while none of the Camry models have driver’s seat memory settings. The Accord additionally offers standard speed-sensitive windshield wipers and available rain-sensing windshield wipers—neither of which is found in the Camry or Optima.
Additionally, while auto-on/off headlights and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning come standard in the Accord, the Optima only offers these as extra-cost upgrades.
The Ford Fusion does not offer a collision mitigation braking system like the Accord does, nor does the Fusion include automatic climate control as a standard feature as the Accord models do.
*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.