Honda unveiled a midlife update for its midsize Accord in Silicon Valley on Thursday, a lightly freshened model that will play nice with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2016 Accord sedan and coupe will also offer Honda Sensing, an optional suite of autonomous safety features that it has introduced on the CR-V and Pilot crossovers.
"Where else to introduce the most technologically advanced midsize sedan, the 2016 Accord, than in Silicon Valley,” John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co.’s Automobiles Division, said in a statement. “Customers want their vehicles to be more intelligently integrated with their smartphone-powered lives, and we are committed to delivering that experience."
When the 2016 Accords go on sale in August, they'll be among of the first on the market to offer in-car integration of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The systems, available on EX, EX-L and Touring models, allows users to access many of their smartphone's features and apps through a new 7-inch touchscreen in the car's dashboard.
All versions of the updated Accord will offer Honda Sensing as an optional safety package (except the top-end Touring model, in which it's standard). This system includes pre-collision braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.