Monday, November 24, 2014
2015 Honda Accord: Hard to Beat this Sedan
The Honda Accord is among the most popular sedans of all time, and the 2015 model year version gives no indication that the car will lose that status anytime soon.
With solid fuel economy, a roomy interior and a great range of safety features, there is a lot to like about the Accord.
There aren't many changes for this model year, after the big overhaul the Accord got for the 2013 version.
The exterior of the Accord retains its understated styling, avoiding the bolder, more sweeping lines of some of its sedan competitors. But that's not to say the Accord is unattractive. It has a neat, simple style that has its own appeal.
The Accord comes with standard 16-inch wheels, or you can opt for 17- or 18-inch alloys.
The interior is where the Accord really scores some points. It is roomy and comfortable for passengers in front and rear.
And thanks to the remodeling of a couple of years ago, the quality of materials on the dash and on trim areas is better than ever.
Cargo space is also plentiful, at 15.1 cubic feet.
Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, an 8-inch color touchscreen, Pandora Internet radio compatibility and dual zone climate control. Navigation system, leather seats and heated front seats are optional.
The Accord is a big winner in the safety department, being named a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and getting five stars, the most, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It's top safety feature, in our opinion, is LaneWatch, which is making its way through the Honda lineup. When you put on your turn signal to make a right turn, the dashboard screen shows what's coming from behind on the right side, thus eliminating the blind spot problem there.
There is also a standard backup camera. Options include lane departure warning and forward collision warning systems.
The Accord's base engine is a 2.4-liter four cylinder that makes 185 horsepower (189 in the Sport Sedan model) and is linked to a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission. A 3.5-liter V-6 is also available; it makes 278 ponies and has a six-speed automatic.
Fuel economy is solid, with the four-cylinder with the CVT getting 27 mpg city, 36 highway.
The Accord starts at a little under $23,000 and ranges to about $34,000.
For a reliable, safe and fuel efficient sedan, the Accord is a splendid choice.