It’s not easy to be a top-selling family sedan for nearly 30 years, and yet Honda has certainly made it seem like it is, garnering decades’ worth of praise from critics and loyal customers alike. Of course, if it were easy, more brands would manage to achieve that just-right recipe that Honda has mastered over the years and continues to perfect with the 2015 Honda Accord.
As has always been the case with Honda, the magic starts under the hood, with even the volume-selling four-cylinder versions providing an astounding combination of performance and fuel efficiency. Indeed, that powertrain boasts a swift 7.8-second 0-60-mph time along with a 31 mpg EPA combined fuel economy estimate — impressive stats for a compact car, let alone a roomy, comfortable midsize sedan. Folks looking for even higher fuel mileage may consider the Accord Hybrid, which earns an impressive 47 mpg combined EPA rating.
Comfort and value factor into the Accord success story as well. There’s the supportive seating with plenty of head- and legroom for both front and rear passengers. The Accord also has a generous standard features list, which hasn’t always been the case. Even the base model comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, iPod/USB integration and a rearview camera — amenities that are often optional on much pricier cars. Unfortunately, some desirable features, such as heated seats and navigation, require you to opt for pricier trim levels that come packed with items you may not be as interested in (versus the individual options or smaller packages of other brands). This can raise the price higher than you may want, or leave you without some of the features you desire.
Of course, the Accord’s strong reputation for trouble-free ownership may make up for this potential lack of customizable choice. With its strong performance, outstanding fuel economy, precise handling, accommodating cabin and enviable overall reputation, the 2015 Honda Accord earns an Edmunds “A” overall rating and as such remains one of our top picks.
With a few exceptions, the materials in the 2015 Honda Accord have a high-quality look and feel. The overall design is elegant, and the cabin’s tight construction gives a much stronger impression than you’d expect from a workaday family car. At the top of the dash is the 8-inch display that offers varying levels of information and, depending on the trim level, audio and navigation interfaces. Below that, most Accords will have simple but effective audio controls, but the EX-L and above get a touchscreen interface (in addition to the top display) that relocates the controller knob underneath the climate controls. The touchscreen is sleeker looking, but you lose the traditional tactile buttons, and the menu structure can be confusing or needlessly complicated at times. This is a sentiment shared by many current owners.
Both front and rear occupants will find plenty of legroom and shoulder room. The sedan’s backseat is one of the best in this class, thanks to its combination of space and comfort. Road and tire noise — which in previous Accord generations could be rather annoying — are noticeably reduced now, thanks in part to two active noise-cancellation systems. We’re also fond of the clear outward visibility afforded by the fairly low beltline, relatively slim roof pillars and generous amount of glass — all traits that are increasingly rare in modern automobiles. As a downside, though, we’ve found the Accord’s front seats less comfortable on long drives than others in this segment.
Most Honda Accord buyers end up choosing the four-cylinder engine, and they won’t be disappointed, as it revs willingly and delivers its power in a smooth and satisfying manner. Although CVTs typically don’t have the best reputation for refinement, Honda’s unit is the best of the breed, as it responds quickly for swift passing maneuvers and then lets the engine rpm drop back smoothly when the need for quick acceleration has passed. The Accord is downright quick when equipped with the V6.
The 2015 Honda Accord also manages to strike a near-perfect balance between a supple ride and engaging handling. Although the Accord has never been a truly sporty car, this latest version feels particularly well-balanced around turns. The Accord’s electric-assist power steering might feel pretty light the first time you turn the wheel, but it is precise and has a crisp response that adds to the driving enjoyment. One potential downside is that the Accord’s ride quality is on the firmer side. If you’re accustomed to a softer ride, a Fusion, Camry or Passat might suit you better in this regard.
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