Base 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 185/189 horsepower and has an optional continuously variable transmission; V6 remains optional on coupes and sedans; hybrid powertrain combines for 196 horsepower.
There are a number of mid-size family sedans on the market to choose from, but year after year the Honda Accord consistently ranks near the top of the pyramid. The automaker’s secret would seem to involve building roomy and attractive cars with a reputation for quality and an excellent resale value when the time comes to trade it in. Accords also are admirable road performers, with an enhanced sense of sportiness and a level of ride control that’s firm, yet not jarring. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder “Earth Dreams” engine makes 185 horsepower (189 for the Sport model). Optional is a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Manual-transmission lovers will be pleased that the six-speed gearbox remains for four-cylinders and the top V6 models for 2015. If you don’t want to row the gears for yourself, you’re getting a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for four-cylinder Accords and a six-speed automatic for the V6 models. Additionally, there’s a hybrid model that pairs a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 166-horsepower electric motor. As before, the handsome coupe model arrives for 2015 in both four- and six-cylinder strengths. Since the Accord stretches across many needs and budgets, the model lineup is plentiful although the coupe definitely lends itself to buyers with more disposable income or for those who have no problem funding their emotions and not just their transportation needs. Base sedans are actually not that base, walking tall with air conditioning and power creature features such as heated seats and a rear-view camera as well as active noise cancellation. Leather is found in the upper trims and there’s no all-wheel-drive. For that you’ll need to go try out a Crosstour.