Is the Accord the Best Midsize Sedan of 2016?

  • 2016 Honda Accord Sedan

    Trying to nail down what makes the best midsize sedan of 2016 can be tough, but we think a spacious interior, a well-appointed cabin, a powerful and efficient engine, and advanced safety features all matter.

    That’s why the 2016 Honda Accord is our pick for the best car in its class. Let’s see how it compares to some of its top competitors in the Albany area, from Ford to Toyota.

Interior Space

While we think the Accord belongs among the best midsize sedans of 2016, we also think the label “midsize” isn’t quite right when Honda’s sedan offers up more cabin space than many of its competitors.

  • 2016 Honda Accord: The 2016 Accord LX Sedan has 103.2 cubic feet of passenger space and gives rear riders up to 38.5 inches of legroom.
  • 2017 Ford Fusion: The Fusion comes close to the Accord, but its difference is one you can feel just a bit at 38.3 inches of rear legroom and 102.8 cubic feet of passenger space.
  • 2016 Hyundai Sonata: While the Sonata has a comparable interior volume to the Accord, its rear legroom comes up short at just 35.6 inches.
  • 2016 Kia Optima: The Optima has a cabin that’s roughly the size of the Accord but doesn’t seem to make the most out of it, offering only 35.6 inches of rear passenger legroom.
  • 2016 Nissan Altima: With 101.9 cubic feet of passenger room and 36.1 inches of rear legroom, the Altima starts to feel closer in size to the Civic than the Accord.
  • 2016 Toyota Camry: The latest Camry has 102.7 cubic feet of passenger space, coming in just short of the Accord. Want a closer look? Read our 2016 Toyota Camry review.

Standard Features

Honda has been making a name for themselves by giving drivers one of the most comprehensive packages of standard features on base-level models, requiring no upgrades. We think giving drivers features like these puts the latest Accord in the running for the best midsize sedan of 2016:

  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
  • Steering wheel–mounted controls for audio, cruise, and phone
  • In-dash i-MID infotainment system
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power windows and accessories

While many of the Accord’s competitors have one or two of these features available on their base models, the majority require significant upgrades to be on par with the standard Accord.

2016 Honda Accord Dashboard

Performance and Fuel Economy

There’s more to a car than its cabin space, though. Whether you want power or fuel economy, the Accord has you covered, outdoing many of its competitors in one or both areas.

  • 2016 Honda Accord: The base LX trim of the Accord features a 2.4L 4-cylinder with 185 hp, earning an EPA-estimated 37 highway and 27 city mpg* when equipped with a CVT.
  • 2017 Ford Fusion: The Fusion’s 2.5L 4-cylinder only manages 175 hp, yet its bulkier size also drains the engine, earning only 34 highway and 22 city mpg. This is just one advantage of the Accord; see the rest in our 2017 Ford Fusion review.
  • 2016 Hyundai Sonata: The Sonata’s 2.4L 4-cylinder also manages 185 hp while offering comparable highway fuel economy numbers, but its city estimates are lower at 25 mpg.
  • 2016 Kia Optima: While the Sonata comes close to mirroring the Accord, the Optima has a ways to go with its 185-hp 4-cylinder, earning only 35 highway and 24 city mpg.
  • 2016 Subaru Legacy: The Legacy falls short on power and efficiency with just 175 hp and only 36 highway and 26 city mpg.
  • 2016 Toyota Camry: A longtime competitor, the Camry has a 178-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder with 35 highway and 25 city mpg.


While many of the competing models we’ve mentioned have access to standard and available safety features that are on the level of the Accord, many of them also require significantly more upgrades to get there. In addition to Honda’s standard multi-angle rearview camera, every trim of the Accord can have new Honda Sensing safety features added on, including:


Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist

Road Departure

Road Departure Mitigation

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control

Forward Collision Warning

Forward Collision Warning

Collision Mitigation Braking System

Collision Mitigation Braking


Many modern cars have features like these available, but they also typically are only found on the highest trims. While standard on the Touring, you can add them onto the base LX trim of the Accord as well.


We think it’s pretty clear that the 2016 Honda Accord is one of the best midsize sedans of 2016, and we aren’t the only ones. Honda’s sedan has taken home some important awards for safety and value.

  • Car and Driver named the 2016 Accord to their 10Best list, highlighting its superiority over competing sedans.**
  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2016 Accord a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with the Honda Sensing safety features.***
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration granted the 2016 Accord Sedan a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating for its crash test performance.****
  • Kelley Blue Book put the 2016 Honda Accord among their 16 Best Family Cars of 2016.*****

Test Drive an Accord

Now that you’ve seen how it compares to the rest, let us show you why we think the 2016 Honda Accord is one of the best. Albany area drivers can visit a Capital Region Honda Dealer six days a week to get behind the wheel of a brand-new Accord and experience it firsthand.

*Based on EPA ratings. Use for comparison only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (for hybrid vehicles), and other factors
**The Accord has just been named one of Car and Driver’s 10Best for the 30th time1, giving it more appearances on the list than any other car in the magazine’s history. As our signature vehicle, the 2016 Accord upholds a legacy we started in 1976. With further design refinements and even more efficient performance, it’s our best Accord ever. Again. Car and Driver, November 2015.
***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.
****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 ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
*****The 2016 Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey have been named to the list of 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 by Kelley Blue Book’s Each vehicle was praised for impressive comfort, driving dynamics and family practicality. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
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Capital Region Honda Dealers
391 S State Rd Cheshire
Cheshire, MA, 01225 United States
(888) 794-9805
Capital Region Honda Dealers 42.551937, -73.163808.