In the NFL, I always criticize that Coach who is behind in the game, yet don’t go for a 4th and inches. That is not much different from what Honda has done with the Accord.
In the past 17 years, Accord has outsold Camry once, and that was in 2001. Honda plays it safe with Accord, and don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying that is a bad thing. In 2013, if you take out fleet sales, Accord beat Camry, and I suspect the same will be true when the smoke clears on 2014.
My review car this week is the top-of-the-line Touring V6. It features a 3.5-liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic transmission, and together they put out a very smooth 278-horses. You also get Honda’s VCM system, which stands for variable cylinder management. This cuts you down to three cylinders when cruising. When you engage the large green ECO button, it goes to three cylinders even sooner. The transition is seamless and smooth.
When you open the door to enter the spacious cabin, you notice how clean everything is. Leather seating looks luxurious and you notice how well laid out things are. Once seated, you notice that even with a moon roof, the headroom is terrific, enough for someone 6’ 2” or more in the front and back seat.
Gauges are large and easy to see at a glance. The steering wheel controls are intuitive and easy to operate. The pushbutton start is just to the right of the steering wheel, and unlike many cars, is easy to access.
On the center stack, you have Honda’s dual screen system. The first screen is a large eight-inch unit that's situated at the top of the stack. This display is not touch sensitive, but rather controlled by a round knob controller and buttons at the very bottom of the center stack. I wish the knob was near the gear shift, it seems to me it would be easier than reaching up. Below the large screen is a smaller display dedicated to audio functions. This display is touch sensitive, and lets you perform simpler tasks like switching music sources and operating your Bluetooth system. There is a learning curve to navigate everything, but once you get it down, it is OK.
Perhaps the coolest thing on the car is the LaneWatch system. Any time the right turn signal is activated, a camera mounted underneath the passenger-side mirror is used to project a view of the car's blind spot, along with distance markers, on the main infotainment screen. Once you get used to glancing at the screen before changing lanes, it is the best thing I have ever seen. I wish it had the same system on the left exterior mirror since it is harder to glance over your left should than it is to the right. All in all, it’s an awesome thing to have.
On the Touring package, virtually everything is standard, no-charge equipment. You get forward collision warning, lane departure warning system, navigation system, leather seats that are heated in front and back, and a nice 360-watt stereo system. Also free is Bluetooth and Pandora, dual-zone climate controlled air conditioning, power driver’s seat, adaptive cruise control, power moon roof, dual exhaust, alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail lights, rearview camera, and fog lights.
Accord gives you a lot of legroom for all passengers, and the trunk is spacious too. The one thing I forgot about the Accord from the last one I had, was handling. Accord handles great and its all-electric steering is very responsive, which you don’t always find. Fuel economy is great for a V6, and the Accord is designed to have great visibility and an overall 5 Star safety rating by the government. Lastly, Honda priced this car right. If you just look at the base price of $34,420 including destination and handling, it looks high. If you price out the other popular mid-sized sedans, and equip them like the Accord Touring, you’ll see it actually comes in under many of the others.
Accord Touring is a pretty car, but it blends in with lots of others, and there is certainly nothing flashy about it. If you are looking for a dependable family sedan, that drives well and is super comfortable, Accord may be the car for you.
- What I liked most: Value, fuel economy, and a well done interior.
- What I would change: Time to upgrade the electronics operation.
- MSRP: Base price $34,420. As equipped $34.420.
- Fuel Economy: 21 City/34 highway/26 combined
- Odometer reading when tested: 2990 miles.
- Weight: 3559 Pounds.
- Length-Width-Height: 191.4” long/72.8” wide/57.7” High.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gallons of regular fuel.
- Towing Capacity: N/A
- 2015 Accord in a few words: They played it safe and it works!
- Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance, 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain coverage.
- Car Pro Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
- Dealers: We have great Honda dealers in Austin, Cleveland, Dallas Ft. Worth, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, Modesto, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, and Sacramento.
- Manufacturer’s Website: Honda
Photo Credit: Honda