2015 Honda Accord
While it may appear dimensionally and stylistically the same as the 2015 model. The 2015 Honda Accord is actually an entirely new design. From the engines, to the rearview mirror, Honda completely rethought its perennial best seller. They didn't make any drastic moves with the styling, but the attention to detail in this thing is staggering.
2015 Honda Accord - It's been completely redesigned, right?
The all-new 2015 Honda Accord was "made better, not bigger". To that end, the exterior dimensions shrank 3-inches is overall length, and the wheelbase was shortened by a full inch. The interior however, somehow managed to grow. There's now an extra inch of rear legroom, front & rear shoulder room has been expanded, and the trunk gets an extra cubic foot of cargo volume. The 2015 Honda Accord is now made with 55% high-tensile steel, and it features a more advanced version of their ACE body structure (strategic parts of the car's structure are designed to collapse together in a crash, sending energy through the frame, and creating a sort of safety cell around the passenger compartment).
The 2015 Honda Accord gets Honda's first (in North America) direct injected engine. Called 'Earth Dreams' (seriously?). Honda's new family of engines is said to be greener and more fuel efficient than ever before. The new 2.4 liter 4-cyl makes 185-hp in the LX, EX & EX-L. And the new 2015 Honda Accord Sport gets a 189-hp version of the 2.4, along with bigger front brakes, tighter steering calibration, a deck lid spoiler, metallic interior trim, and sporty 18-inch rims.
The new Sport model was designed to appeal to a younger audience, and we think it'll largely work. However, the overtly synthetic-feeling Electric Power Steering system (all 2015 models have it) is almost completely devoid of road feel. And that reduces driver involvement considerably. The new chassis feels quite capable, but thanks to the EPS, you can never quite tell what the front tires are doing.
The newly direct injected 3.5 liter Earth Snooze V6 now makes 278-hp. But the big news is Honda's new CVT automatic. Available on all 4-cyl models, the CVT is surprisingly refined, and the sport shifting program, called G-Design Shift (do any of Honda's acronyms make sense these days?), does a good job of mimicking actual gears (the Accord Sport even gets paddles). It also helps increase the mpgs too: 27 city / 36 hwy / 30 combined vs. 24 city / 34 hwy / 28 combined with the 6-speed manual.
The 2015 Honda Accord EX-L V6, along with the other 6-pot variants, get a 6-speed automatic. While the 2015 Honda Accord V6 Coupe can be optioned with a 6-speed manual, gas mileage figures for the Earth Snore V6 are 21 city / 32 hwy / 25 combined with the automatic, and 18 city / 28 hwy / 22 combined with the manual.
2015 Honda Accord - Notable Toys
LaneWatch Blind Spot Display debuts on the 2015 Honda Accord, and it's one of the better ideas in lane keeping assistance. Using a camera mounted on the passenger side wing mirror, the system displays a wide-angle view of the right lane, on the 8-inch "Intelligent Multi-Information Display". Instead of just beeping at you, the system 'shows' you what's in your way. Plus, the new Expanded View Driver's Mirror gives you a clear, panoramic view of what's behind you.
LED Projector headlights and LED tail lights come standard on the luxury themed 2015 Honda Accord Touring. And LED daytime running lights get added to the V6 models.
The 2015 Honda Accord might look similar to the old model. But it's been completely rethought in every way. Little details are what make a picture complete, and Honda's best seller is the most 'complete' version yet. From the big rearview mirror, to the safer SmartVent side airbags, you get the sense that a Honda engineer was trying to make your life better. Novacane steering aside, we think he succeeded.