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1. What’s new for 2015?
The best-selling Honda Accord received only minor changes for the 2015 model year. The EX Coupe now has the LaneWatch side monitor, while the EX-L and EX-L Navi trims get Honda’s HomeLink Remote System. LaneWatch is an important safety feature that allows drivers to monitor the right-side blind spot, either continuously or when the right-turn signal is activated.
2. How much does it cost (with Trim info)?
The 2015 base-price model, the LX sedan with manual transmission, carries an MSRP of $22,105. Graduating to a continuously variable transmission adds $800 to the LX. The Sport trim costs $23,865/$24,665 (manual/CVT), whereas the EX is priced at $25,030/$25,830. Stepping up to the EX-L will cost you another $2,600, or another $5,000 if you also want navigation. The V-6 engine requires an additional $2,000, and the luxo Touring Sedan makes all your dreams come true for $33,630. Sticking a hybrid engine into the Touring Sedan will set you back $36,788 before incentives. Accord sells well, so expect to pay no less than invoice price, but that can save you at least $1,000.
3. What options or trim level is best for me?
As is often the case for Honda vehicles, the EX trim offers our favorite mix of features and price. But even the base model is nicely loaded with rearview camera, an 8-inch color display, a 160W stereo and dual-zone climate control. The Sport is best for enthusiast drivers who want the bigger wheels and power driver’s seat. We like the EX’s power moonroof and the aforementioned LaneWatch. The EX-L adds leather. For those who can afford the safest and most luxurious Accord, the Touring Sedan adds forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.
4. What engine do you recommend?
The 2.4L four cylinder has enough power (185 hp) for most drivers. The Sport version adds 4 horses. If you feel the need for speed, the higher trim levels accept the 3.5L V6, which definitely adds quick acceleration to the Accord’s attributes. Those who dislike manuals or CVTs will opt for the V6, as it come with a 6-speed automatic. The Accord Hybrid has 2.0L gas engine and 124KW electric motor for a total of 196 hp and sterling fuel economy.
5. How is the fuel economy?
The Hybrid serves up a miserly 50 mpg city and 45 mpg highway. The four-banger turns in city mpg of 24-27 and 34-36 mpg on the highway, depending on the number of doors and the transmission. The V6 ranges from 18-21 mpg in the city to 28-34 cruising the highway, with the highest numbers going to the sedan with automatic transmission.
6. How does the Accord handle?
Reasonably well for a car in the midsize class. The MacPherson strut front suspension provides good road feel with reduced noise and vibration. Coupe models have tighter turning radiuses and beefier stabilizer bars. The Sport trim provides 18-inch wheels and sportier steering
7. Are the controls easy to use?
The controls are intuitively placed and easy to use. The Intelligent Multi-Information 8-inch Display packs a wealth of information and throws in Bluetooth and the rear view camera. The steering wheel lets you control the stereo and make hands-free phone calls. Some reviewers complain that the displays are not bright enough in the daylight.
8. Is it comfortable?
The interior ranges from pretty nice (LX) to luxurious (Touring), but all trims levels sit four comfortably and five in a pinch. Choose the coupe only if rear space isn’t a consideration. The top trim levels offer a heated 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and two-position memory, in leather of course. All trims have the requisite cup holders, map lights and side-door pockets.
9. What about safety?
For 2015, Accord earns 5 stars from NHTSA in all categories, except that the sedan, but not the coupe, got 4 stars for the frontal crash test. The car is a Top Safety Pick of the IIHS, scoring Good in all tests. The Accord has a complete suite of passive safety features plus nice options like Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and LaneWatch. All trims feature stability/traction control, ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, rearview camera and tire pressure monitor.
10. How’s the reliability and resale value?
J.D.Power gives the 2014 average marks for quality, performance and design, but above average for reliability. Honda cars have a good reputation for dependability, and Kelly Blue Book named the 2014 Accord as a Best Resale Value award winner. KBB estimates the fair value of used 2014 Accord LX with 19.5K miles to be $19,238, but you might get the car for as little as $17,217.
11. What other models should I consider?
The usual suspects in the midsize segment include the Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, Ford Fusion, Chevy Malibu, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata and Mazda 6, all fine cars. The Accord is probably the most luxurious of all its competitors. The Mazda and Passat may offer a slightly sportier driving experience.