Earlier today Honda announced that their new 2016 Accord would be the first Honda to debut with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay®. Available only on the Ex and up models, Android Auto will allow customers to connect their smartphones running at least Android 5.0 Lollipop to Honda’s 7″ Display Audio system. Customers will be able to use Google Now voice commands, Google Maps Navigation, and many other Android apps optimized for Android Auto™.
[blockquote author=”John Mendel, executive vice president of the Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc”]Customers want their vehicles to be more intelligently integrated with their smartphone-powered lives, and we are committed to delivering that experience starting with Accord, retail car buyers’ most popular vehicle the past two years.[/blockquote]
Honda’s 7″ Display Audio is paired with a second 7.7″ high-resolution screen and steering wheel mounted radio controls. The upper screen can display settings, turn by turn directions, time and trip information, LaneWatch™ and Rearview Camera displays, incoming calls, SMS text messages when stopped, and parking sensor alerts.
Other new features include besides Android Auto include
- New Touring trim level for coupe
- LED fog lights (Sport trim and above)
- LED taillights
- LED headlights for the new Touring Coupe
- LED daytime running lights (DRLs) for Sport and above trims
- 19-inch wheels and tires Accord Sedan (Sport and Touring trim) and Coupe (Touring)
- Available Honda Sensing™ all trim levels
- Auto high-beam headlights (Touring trim)
- Remote engine start (Ex and above sedans and coupes w/automatic transmissions)
- 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen and HD Radio. SiriusXM satellite radio and Homelink remote now available on Ex models
What do you think? Does Android Auto put the 2016 Honda Accord on your radar? Let us know in the comments.