New for 2015
The 2015 Honda Accord sees no major changes this year, apart from some minor reshuffling of standard features.
A Familiar Face
What can we say about the Honda Accord that hasn’t already been said? Its mix of style, size, and feature-rich cabin has made it one of the best-selling family sedans for nearly 30 years. You simply don’t get to that level without doing a lot right—and the 2015 Accord simply furthers Honda’s reputation as makers of one of the finest midsize sedans around.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2015 Honda Accord is powered by a standard 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that serves up 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Like numerous Accord models before it, the 2015 version features front-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency. Power is routed to the front wheels via a standard six-speed automatic transmission, with the exception of EX-L models (more on trims later), which feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
If it’s a larger engine you seek, we recommend exploring the available 278-horsepower 252 pound-feet of torque 3.6-liter V6. This particular engine is backed by a more conventional (read: non-CVT) six-speed automatic transmission. The V6 engine is available for both sedan and two-door coupe models, with the coupe getting an available six-speed manual that purists are bound to enjoy.
Of course, it just wouldn’t be a Honda without exceptional fuel economy. Thankfully, both engines deliver some of the best numbers around. Accord models equipped with the 2.4-liter and CVT earn an EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined (27 city/36 highway),* while the manual Accord with 2.4-liter engine return 27 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway).*
Naturally, the V6 causes fuel economy numbers to drop a tad but not enough to deter customers seeking the smooth and prodigious power it provides. V6 Sedan models earn 26 mpg combined (21 city/34 highway),* while V6 coupe models return 25 mpg combined* when paired with an automatic transmission, and 22 mpg combined* with the available six-speed manual.
Features and Trims
In keeping with tradition, the 2015 Honda Accord is available as a midsize sedan and sporty two-door coupe. Starting MSRP is a rather attractive $22,105,** and there a number of different configurations and trims depending on body style and engine type. Four-cylinder sedans come in five trims: Sport, EX, EX-L, and EX-L with Navi. Move up to the larger V6 sedan and the Accord comes in three trims: EX-L, EX-L with Navi, and Touring. A hybrid version is also available which we will cover in a separate review.
Finally, the Accord coupe with the four-cylinder engine comes in LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L with Navi, while the V6-equipped version comes only in EX-L and EX-L with Navi trims.
Value is the name of the game here and the 2015 Honda Accord provides plenty. The only thing longer than the Accord’s storied history is its standard features list, which include 16-inch alloy wheels, dual zone automatic climate control, and cruise control. For added convenience, all Accord models feature full power accessories.
But wait, there’s more! Technophiles are sure to enjoy the Accord’s standard eight-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity, and rearview camera. And let’s not overlook the standard four-speaker sound system, complete with CD player, auxiliary port, and USB/iPod interface.
Of course, if the standard fare doesn’t interest you then you’re in luck! There is a veritable wealth of trims, packages, and options to choose from, such as navigation, leather seating and upholstery, and keyless ignition/entry. Whatever you choose, you can be sure there is a 2015 Accord to meets your needs.
While some automobiles resort to ostentatious styling and superfluous flourishes, the 2015 Honda Accord takes a different path by sporting a subdued but handsome exterior. Opting for a more contemporary – dare we say elegant – look, the Accord’s soft lines and slight curves will help this popular sedan age with grace. Naturally, coupe models spice things up a little with a more forward-leaning stance, narrow roofline, and tapered proportions at the back.
Inside, the 2015 Accord is equally impressive. Chances are you’ve already driven an Accord at some point in your life, and stepping inside the latest version should make you feel right home. There is something downright familiar about the interior. That’s because Honda’s designers deserve a lot of credit for creating a cabin filled with so much comfort.
Seating is comfortable, with plenty of cushioning and support for both driver and passenger, and there is an abundance of head, leg, and shoulder room. The Accord also manages to be both cutting-edge and intuitive. The buttons on both the center console and steering wheel are easy to reach, and the surface materials never feel or appear cheaply made.
Safety features may not be the most exciting to talk about, but when it comes to keeping you and those you love safe, the 2015 Accord is more than up to the task. Every model comes with a comprehensive list of features, including antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags.
Honda has also taken the progressive step to include a rearview camera as standard across the board. Meanwhile, drivers seeking even more safety features have access to optional equipment such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and a forward-collision warning system.
From its handsome frame to its feel-good familiarity, the 2015 Honda Accord is one of the most engaging midsize sedans on the market. The Accord is a mainstay, an icon that will no doubt continue to grace driveways and garages for decades to come—and for good reason.
The Accord is affordable, fun, and built to last. It’s truly the most comprehensive version to date. We struggle to understand how Honda can improve on this already stellar model in the decades to come. But until then, we can all at least live in the moment and enjoy the 2015 Honda Accord.
For more information, or to schedule a test drive, be sure to visit or contact our dealership today.
*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack, age/condition and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $820.00 destination charge and options.
But why is everyone so excited about the HR-V? What can it do for you? We don’t have all of the specifics yet, but we do have quite a bit that we can share with you.
Trimmed to Your Specifications
We don’t know all of the features yet, but Honda has given us information on the basic HR-V, the EX trim, and the EX-L trim, including:
- The basic trim will come with steering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio, a multi-angle rearview camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, and the option to upgrade to Honda’s Real Time All-Wheel Drive.
- Stepping up to the EX trim adds on SMS text messaging, push-button ignition, Smart Entry, Honda LaneWatch, 7-inch touchscreen display, automatic climate control, and more.
- The top-range EX-L trim comes with the EX’s features as well as SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, Honda’s satellite-linked navigation system, and much more.
Honda’s Magic Seat
While the Honda Magic Seat is just one of the many features of the HR-V, we think that it deserves its own section. After all, it helps give you three different cargo storage styles:
- Fold the rear seat up and let tall cargo rest on the floor in the back seat.
- Fold the rear seat down part-way and fold the front passenger seat down to accommodate loads up to 8 feet long like a surfboard or a kayak
- Fold the rear seat down all the way for a flat floor in the rear that makes it easy to load up small furniture.
There’s a reason it’s called the “Magic Seat.”
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Ski trips, winter holidays and visits to Grandma's house may have you out on the road when weather isn't always conducive for a long, leisurely drive. Winter driving can keep you from chilling out, especially if you aren't prepared for the trip--really prepared.
Check out these tips that will help you enjoy your winter road trip in safety and in comfort.
Get a health check for your car
Getting stuck by the side of the road on a beautiful fall day may not be the worst thing that could happen, but if the temperatures are plummeting, or you're faced with difficult weather conditions, stopping to take care of car issues is much more inconvenient and dangerous.
To ensure your car is road-ready and able to withstand inclement weather, make sure to keep up with routine maintenance. It may be a good idea to bring it in to our dealership for a multi-point inspection. This mechanical "physical exam" will let you know what needs to be repaired or replaced before you set out on your road trip.
Routine maintenance will alleviate the need for pit stops at out-of-state money-gouging garages or fly-by-night repair shops. It will also give you the confidence you've done everything necessary to ensure a safe trip for you and your passengers.
Service technicians will:
- Check your battery. Cold weather is tough on batteries, and no one wants to deal with a dead battery on a cold morning.
- Check for slow leaks, worn hoses and other needed repairs or replacement parts
- Check your windshield wipers and your window defrosters.
- Check to see that your windshield-washer reservoir is filled to the top.
- Check your coolant levels in your car and use anti-freeze made to withstand cold temperatures.
- Check your tires and make sure they've got plenty of tread.
- Install snow tires if you choose to use them and make sure the tire pressure is at the optimum level.
Prepare for the worst
- Charge your cell phones so you start off with a full charge.
- Bring along your car charger so you can keep your cell working.
- Pack a bag of snacks and water bottles just in case you need them.
- Pack a bag of emergency equipment like a first-aid kit, jumper cables, shovel, ice scraper, and blankets.
- Plot your road trip and share the directions with another person who can help track you down if something goes wrong.
- Fill up your car with gas, and don't let it go lower than half a tank to avoid freezing gas lines.
Bring along the fun
- Make up a playlist or grab an audiobook for some entertainment on the road.
- If children are passengers, make sure they assemble a special bag that includes their favorite blankets, toys, or snacks.
- Children get bored easily, so surprise them with some new games or toys suitable for a car trip.
- Sweets can calm a crying child or stop the pangs of hunger; dole them out in emergencies or include them as part of your fun winter road trip..
As we prepare to dust off our goblets and noisemakers to ring in another New Year (already!?), it’s the perfect time to look back at what’s come before. Here’s a refresher on the events, people, and obsessions that took the world by storm in 2014.
XXII Olympic Winter Games: The 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Sochi, Russia from February 7-23, accounting for millions of distracted fans eagerly watching the medal counts. The United States came in second with 28 total medals, just behind Russia with 33.
Frozen: Following a re-release of the massive hit in a special “sing-a-long” version in theaters, the film entered constant replay in homes of (mostly) young children around the country. Americans weren’t the only ones who couldn’t seem to “Let It Go”—the Blu-ray/DVD also set sales records in the United Kingdom and Japan.
2014 FIFA World Cup: Soccer—sorry, “football”—fans were treated to a rousing competition during the 20th edition of the world championship tournament, held June 12-July 13. Brazil hosted the event for the first time since 1950, and “cooling breaks” were introduced due to the high temperatures. Germany took the Cup in a 1-0 final against Argentina.
Image: Anthony Quintano from Hillsborough, NJ, United States (Mission Accomplished - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: It’s not often that viral stunts have an upside, which is what made this sweeping phenomenon so special. The campaign urged people to donate to the ALS Association or a charity of their choice, or face the consequences of an upturned bucket of ice water—although many chose to put their own spin on it. While the details differed, the results can’t be ignored; the ALS Association announced upwards of $100 million in donations from July 29-August 29.
iPhone 6/6 Plus: Like clockwork, Apple released the latest version of its Holy Grail of tech on September 19—and fans were waiting. More than 10 million devices were sold in the first three days, setting a record for the company. Of course, users were not without their qualms: who can forget #bendgate (named after the supposed bending of the devices in pockets) or #hairgate (related to users who got their hair caught in the devices during calls)?
Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay: This inspiring pair of young activists earned the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize awarded on October 10. Malala was recognized for her work campaigning for Pakistani teen education, while Kailash took the prize for his peaceful activism against the exploitation of Indian children.
Image: Hakilon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
World Trade Center: The new 104-story One World Trade Center opened on November 4 in a triumphant example’s of America’s resilience. The building is the tallest in America.
Image: DLR German Aerospace Center, CC-BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/de/deed.en)
Philae: In a historic moment, the European Space Agency made the first-ever landing of a spacecraft on a comet on November 12. The ESA lost contact with the device on November 15, but not before sending back the first images ever taken from a comet surface and a wealth of other scientific data.
Jennifer Lawrence: It seemed like Jennifer was everywhere this year. Following her Academy Award nomination for American Hustle, she stretched her acting skills with diverse roles such as a blue-skinned mutant in X-Men: Days of Future Past and a Depression-era housewife in Serena. Of course, it was her role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1--the first part of the finale of the franchise that made her a household name--that had viewers everywhere cheering on November 21.
This simple root vegetable and green bean stew is hearty and flavorful enough to please both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Herby cheese toast adds crunch and doubles as the perfect utensil.
Root Vegetable Stew with Cheesy Toast
Total prep time: 50 minutes
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Yield: Serves four
2 large parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 small white onion, thinly sliced
½ medium rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups green beans, stemmed and roughly chopped
2 pints low-sodium vegetable stock
Sea salt and white pepper to taste (substitute freshly ground black pepper)
4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated or shredded
1 tablespoon shredded basil leaves, divided
4 1-inch slices of crusty bread
Place the parsnips, potatoes, carrot, onion, and rutabaga in a large cooking pot. Add the vegetable stock, season with salt and pepper, and place over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Add the green beans and continue cooking, covered, for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are fork-tender.
In a small bowl, mix the cheese and half the basil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Toast the bread on one side only. Flip the toast and sprinkle the cheese mixture evenly over the bread. Continue toasting the bread just until the cheese has melted and starts to bubble.
Ladle the stew in serving dishes, garnish with the remaining basil, and serve with cheesy toast.
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When the weather is hot, it’s easy to remember to eat right and exercise. The results of your fitness program are on display almost every day. But when the weather turns cold and you are bundled up in layers, the evidence can stay buried while you keep warm on the couch. Don’t lose your momentum and pack on the winter weight; there are plenty of tricks for staying fit in the colder months.
Go easy on the comfort foods
Our natural instincts still tell us to eat heavier foods to add an insulating layer of fat when it gets cold, even though we have plenty of modern ways to stay warm. Denying your cravings completely is difficult and can backfire, so if you crave macaroni and cheese or a hearty stew, have some. Just watch your portion size and consider it a treat. You can also find recipes for healthier versions of your favorite winter dishes, and a lot of produce is available now year-round to help keep your meals light.
Gear up for the cold outside
Cold weather doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying a winter workout, but heading out in freezing weather can be dangerous without the proper equipment. Dress in layers, protect your extremities with a hat, gloves, and heavy socks, and know the warning signs of frostbite (numbness or stinging on your fingers, toes, nose, cheeks, or ears). If you are walking or running in snowy or icy conditions, consider buying shoes specifically for those conditions.
Pop in a DVD
Instead of slacking off and watching the latest movie release with a bowl of buttered popcorn, get on your feet and workout with one of the hundreds of workout DVDs available. Whether you enjoy cardio or strength training, dance or boxing, fashionable equipment or old-school technique, there is a workout video for you. For far less than the cost of a gym membership, you can stock up a library of DVDs for whenever the weather keeps you inside.
Go old school
Is your budget too tight to even buy a few DVDs? You can still stay fit indoors by thinking back in time to gym class. Pull on your old sweats and sneakers, and power through alternating sets of jumping jacks, push-ups, sit ups, lunges, and burpees. Find the jump rope buried in the junk drawer and some heavy bags or cans from the pantry to use as weights. Even jogging and marching in place in front of the TV can help you burn calories.
The light at the end of the tunnel
It can be difficult to find the motivation to stay fit when it’s dark and cold, and no one will see your jiggly arms, anyway. But it can be hard losing weight you gain over the winter as you get older. So remind yourself that in a few short months your bad habits will come back to bite you. Keep your bathing suit hanging in plain sight all winter. Stick pictures of your favorite beach or park on the refrigerator. Start a contest at work or amongst your family so there are other people you are accountable to.
Staying fit in the colder months is a worthwhile challenge for anyone trying to attain a healthy lifestyle. Don’t let your good habits and hard work disappear with the nice weather. A year-round fitness plan is possible with these tips and a little motivation.