With the small floor hump, minimal headrest lift and higher seat cushion, the center position is best for child seats. All Accord models have room for four adults, or five in a pinch. Safety equipment that comes standard on all models includes two-stage front airbags, dual-chamber front side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, rearview camera, tire-pressure monitors, and daytime running lights. The front seats are firm and highly supportive, while rear passengers in the sedan will at least be as comfortable as they were in the outgoing model's palatial back seat; in fact, rear legroom has somehow increased by an inch. The roomy interior is a strong suit since it can accommodate five adults and has a 15. The Accord Sport model features firmer shock, spring and antiroll bar rates, but these are subtle changes and not big whacks.
The Accord coupe is nicely proportioned and, like the sedan, uses a higher than average roofline over the back seat for better-than-normal rear-seat room. High-gloss woodgrain trim has been replaced by matte finishes, gathered leather by tauter perforated upholstery. Amongst the growing trend toward making four-door sedans resemble coupes, this generous window area is refreshing. Because the Hybrid sounds different from a gas-powered car, acceleration performance feels slower than it actually is. Using the B-mode on the shifter changes the driving character a bit, which is handy on winding roads because it engages the regenerative braking more and slows the car on downhills when you take your foot off the accelerator. Just the wheel upgrade, small rear spoiler and dual exhaust outlets make the car more attractive to our eyes. Compare all four top-selling midsize sedans.
Despite the influx of technology, Honda's ergonomic leadership shines through in the ease of use that characterizes most controls. I found suspension noise to be more prominent than in other competitors, while my colleagues faulted the Accord for wind and road noise, as well. All Accord models come with the latest in telematics and electronic applications. The regular Accord Hybrid returns for 2015, but the Plug-in edition is absent, dropped after just one season on the market. Hybrid sedans have unique front styling. With only minor changes from that major update 2 years ago, the 2015 Honda Accord is a little smaller, a lot sleeker and packed with the kind of cutting-edge features that used to be Honda's hallmark.
Up front the dual-bar horizontal grille is all Honda, with a more stylish lower half. The sleek profile of the Accord Coupe means a bit less rear-seat room and less-convenient access. Most handsome are the 18s used on some coupes and the Sport sedan. The payoff is crisp handling, which it delivers. The Sport sedan squeezes a little more power out of the same engine: 189 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. Dash trim may be a vertically oriented dark woodgrain, metallic mesh, or a sparkly black, but all have a big chrome ring around the cupholder.
Once the undisputed champ of its segment, the Accord arguably lost its way at that time, held back by tepid technology and overgrown dimensions. Can the carry-over Accord do that successfully? Whether it's Chicken Little or your local auto prognosticator, they're both wrong. Meanwhile, practically every rival took a big step forward, making the Accord feel like a shadow of its former self. To our eyes, all the black trim is a bit much on anything other than a black car. Front seats proved comfortable and supportive, not at all flat and spongy; adjustability degrees vary by manual or power, and for driver or passenger.
Value in Its Class Honda makes it easy to pick an Accord by bundling most options into trim levels — very few features are stand-alone options. The engine is largely a carry-over from the last Accord, but the 6-speed automatic makes a big difference in acceleration, catapulting the Accord V6 to the head of the class. This means the virtually unchanged Accord has to compete with totally new versions of the Hyundai Sonata and Subaru Legacy, as well as a refreshed Toyota Camry. Rear doors on Accord sedans look like long-wheelbase versions of some four-doors, with an almost flat section at the top and opening that runs straight from the door sill to the window kink. Torque steer is also an issue in V-6 models, which is most apparent during acceleration.
The coupe's rear quarters are predictably tighter, but two adults can squeeze back there for short- to medium-length trips. Also unlike the sedan, the rear reflectors on the coupe are vertically oriented and the tailpipes are semi-inset within a deeper bumper. See what comes standard on the Accord. It doesn't hurt that the Fusion is great to drive, too. Manual-gearbox V6s are a favorite of Accord speed-freaks but their rarity caused the last generation to occasionally garner a premium price at dealerships that had them. Vehicle Summary The 2015 is a midsize car sold in sedan and coupe body styles.
Could the Honda Accord coupe fit into this picture? Drive works as normal; Sport upshifts later and downshifts for inclines or braking, but it takes a while to learn exactly when it will downshift without surprising you. The Honda, however, edges out the Nissan in terms of multimedia sophistication and interior noise levels. On higher-trim Accords, the rearview camera becomes multi-angle and all left-side mirrors have a wide-angle element. We did notice wind noise at highway speeds, primarily around the pillar between front and rear doors. Steering feel and feedback, ride quality and suspension performance, the operation of the transmission, the sounds everything makes — all of it is like digging into a bowl of the finest premium vanilla ice cream.
The headlight housings and upper grille get blue accents; the hood, bumper and fog light apertures are different, and a black bar bisects the big single grille opening, as on many Audis. Walkaround The Honda Accord sedans and coupes look fresh, having been completely redesigned for the 2013 model year. The Honda Accord was completely redesigned and re-engineered for the 2013 model year. Standard is a reasonably peppy 2. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-999-1009 -. In back-to-back drives in Accord, Camry, Sonata and Altima four-cylinder models, the Accord felt the most refined. Recall Date 2015-03-02 Description American Honda Motor Co.
Other Cars to Consider -- The recently redesigned Ford Fusion is one of the few rivals that can give the Accord a run for its money in terms of technology. You wouldn't guess it by looking at the , the latest iteration of the best-selling midsize sedan, but the Accord actually found itself playing catch-up a few years ago. On the road, a Honda Accord is quiet and controlled, a blend of isolation from annoyances with responsive road manners. Like the Accord, however, the Fusion is available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, albeit with lower mileage estimates. The display in the center offers powertrain modes, an economy guide that moves a car within a circle for better or worse fuel-efficiency, the requisite green leaves, turn-by-turn navigation, active cruise control, and so on.