2015 Honda Accord Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Coupe and sedan body styles
  • Gas and hybrid powertrains
  • Front-wheel drive powertrain
  • LX, Sport, LX-S, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels
  • EPA-estimated to deliver up to 50 mpg in the city
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror now standard on higher trim levels
  • Universal garage door opener included on EX-L
  • Broader availability of LaneWatch side-view camera safety system

Introduction

Long considered one of America's favorite family sedans--which also happens to be available in 2-door coupe form--the Honda Accord greets the 2015 model year with a familiar lineup consisting of LX, Sport, EX, and Touring trim levels, and power plants promising varying degrees of performance and efficiency. Changes for 2015 are relatively minor, focusing primarily on adding standard equipment to the already better-equipped Accords.

Exterior Features

From a visual perspective, the 2015 Honda Accord mirrors the 2014 model. The most basic LX version is highlighted by 16-in. alloy wheels, and body-color and chrome trim accents, while the Accord Sport adds a bit more flare with fog lights, rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, and 18-in. alloy wheels. To differentiate the mid-level EX as well as the EX-L and Touring, Honda employs 17-in. alloy wheels, power moonroof, advanced keyless entry system, and turn-signal mirrors. LED headlights are reserved exclusively for the top-of-the-line Accord Touring.

Interior Features

Some of us can still remember when an entry-level trim was all about sacrificing most anything that could be even vaguely considered a creature comfort. Standing in contrast to those old rides is the 2015 Honda Accord LX Sedan, stuffed with standard amenities like automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-in. touch-screen display, access to Pandora Internet radio service, Bluetooth connectivity, and text-message functionality. To this, the Sport adds a bit of leather trim and a power driver's seat with 10-way adjustment, whereas the Accord EX tacks on push-button start and an upgraded audio system. Leather upholstery is standard on the EX-L, as are a universal garage door opener and an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror.

Positioned atop the 2015 Honda Accord hierarchy is the Touring, home to standard navigation and a voice-controlled audio-selection system.

Optional Features

In typical Honda fashion, features are generally available on the 2015 Accord based on trim levels and not option packages. The one exception is a touch-screen navigation system offered on the EX-L.

Under the Hood

For the majority of 2015 Accords, Honda utilizes a direct-injection, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque, or, in the case of the Sport sedan variant, 189 and 182, respectively. Output is directed to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT), 6-speed manual, or a 7-speed automatic.

Drivers looking for a bit more muscle may want to opt for the Accord's 3.5-liter V-6, which is optional on EX-L trims and standard on the Accord Touring. With help from an extra pair of cylinders, this engine delivers 278 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque and can be mated with a 6-speed manual (coupe only; drops torque to 251 lb.-ft.) or a 6-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode and optional paddle shifters.

Rounding out the 2015 Honda Accord's selection of powertrains is a hybrid system consisting of a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine bundled with a Lithium-ion battery pack, electric motor, and a CVT. Net horsepower comes in at 196.

Fuel Economy

It likely comes as little surprise to learn that, among all 2015 Honda Accord iterations, the Hybrid proves to be the most efficient. According to the EPA, that particular version of the popular family sedan averages 50 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, and 47 mpg in mixed driving. Next in the Accord's fuel-sipping hierarchy are examples fitted with the base 4-cylinder engine and CVT, a combination that the EPA claims will return 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Opting for the 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission causes those figures to drop 1-3 mpg.

As the saying goes, you have to pay to play. Such is the case with the Accord's available V-6. While far from what one would consider a gas hog, the 6-cylinder engine is relatively thirsty, returning an EPA-rated 21 mpg city and 34 mpg highway when joined by the 6-speed automatic gearbox, or 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway with the 6-speed manual. Serving to prevent those results from dipping any lower is a cylinder-deactivation system that cuts power to three cylinders under light loads.

Safety

Honda addresses safety in the 2015 Accord with a host of standard features, some of which include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, rearview camera, and 6 air bags. EX-L and Touring versions also boast forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems; intelligent cruise control is only found on the Accord Touring. With the exception of the LX and Sport, all 2015 Honda Accords incorporate the company's LaneWatch passenger-side rearview camera technology.

In government crash tests, the 2015 Honda Accord (coupe and sedan) received an overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Accord received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for small frontal-offset crash protection; the Accord also received a "Top Safety Pick" designation from the Institute.