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2015 Honda Accord

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/15/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Honda Accord adds standard HomeLink universal remote on EX-L models. EX Coupes now have Honda's LaneWatch system standard, while EX and EX-L variants now come equipped with auto-dimming rearview mirrors.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Honda Accord is a midsize car sold in sedan and coupe body styles. It is available with two gas engines and a hybrid powertrain. Sedans come in five grades while coupes and hybrids come in three trims.

Overview

The majority of 2015 Accords will come with a 2.4-liter I-4 producing 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque (189 hp and 182 lb-ft in the Accord Sport) paired with continuously variable transmission (CVT). A six-speed manual is available on four-cylinder Accord sedans and all Accord coupes. Fuel economy ranges from 24/34 mpg city/highway to 27/36 mpg depending on the transmission and body style.

For those who prioritize fuel efficiency, the Accord Hybrid with a 2.0-liter hybrid I-4 and a total system output of 196 hp and 226 lb-ft is the most frugal, achieving an impressive 50/45 mpg. The hybrid powertrain remains smooth with imperceptible transition between hybrid and EV modes.

A 3.5-liter V-6 making 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque is still offered and provides fastest acceleration of all Accords with either the six-speed manual or automatic. Fuel economy remains respectable, with V-6 sedans rated at 21/34 mpg and 21/32 for automatic-equipped V-6 coupes. Opting for the largest engine and the six-speed manual drastically reduces fuel economy to 18/28 mpg.

Interior space is generous in the 2015 Accord, particularly in the five-seat sedan that has and a large trunk with a fold-down rear seat. However, the seat backs are one piece, which renders the rear seats useless when hauling long items. Material quality inside the cabin is mostly good with the exception of "hard door mounted armrests" and the two-screen infotainment system setup, which "seems doubly pointless" in trims without a navigation system.

The 2015 Honda Accord and Accord Hybrid have five-star overall safety ratings from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

UPDATE: Higher trims come with additional safety features such as Honda’s LaneWatch system, which uses a camera to show if there’s someone on your right blind spot, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.In IIHS evaluations, the 2015 Accord coupe and sedan received a Good score in five categories and earned the Top Safety Pick designation (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 Accord remains a solid entry in the midsize segment with its spacious cabin, good driving dynamics, and fuel efficient models. During a l ong-term test of a 2013 Accord Sport sedan, we said that it "struck a nice balance between comfort and sportiness" and that it "ever seemed unprepared for the rigors of daily life," making it an easy car to live with. Fuel economy is also notable in that almost every model except the manual-equipped V-6 coupe are able to achieve over 30 mpg on the highway. The roomy interior is a strong suit since it can accommodate five adults and has a 15.8 cubic foot trunk. However, in hybrid models, trunk space shrinks due to the batteries taking up space. Torque steer is also an issue in V-6 models, which is most apparent during acceleration.

You'll Like

  • Good fuel economy on automatic-equipped models
  • Decent handling for its size
  • Well-tuned hybrid powertrain

You Won't Like

  • Torque steer on V-6 models
  • Small trunk on hybrid models
  • Fold-down rear seats don't split

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Camry
  • Nissan Altima
  • Mazda6
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Ford Fusion

Rating

4 star

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