2015 Honda Accord Touring
Like fine wine and cheese, it keeps getting better as the years go by
The Honda Accord is the vehicular equivalent of a Golden Retriever- eager to please, loyal and extremely well liked by everyone. When you look at it on the same level as the lovable pooch, it should come as no surprise that Honda sells hundreds of thousands of them every year, numbers that keep it at or near the top of midsize sedan sales charts. With such a large ubiquity index, how is it that they manage to keep it feeling like such a special car?
The Accord Touring we drove was only one unit out of many, many thousands, but it didn’t feel like it. Somehow, in the fevered pitch that they build these things they still make certain that each nut and bolt and panel feel like they were assembled with care and patience. That feeling of bespoke is hard to find anywhere in the automotive industry these days, let alone one of the most populous classes of car.
PROS: Extremely comfortable, excellent road manners, effortlessly capable.
CONS: Anonymous styling, a few gaffes inside the cabin (we’re looking mainly at you, two-tiered infotainment system.
THE VERDICT: If it could, the Accord would happily lick your face and fetch you your slippers when you arrive home at the end of every day.
The current generation Accord bowed in 2012 but the recipe hasn’t much changed since it hit North American shores in 1976- build a car for the masses that people might actually enjoyed driving. A simple philosophy, yes, but one that’s worked out quite well- Honda has sold nearly 12,000,000 of them. It’s also mentioned as one of the most reliable vehicular choices in the world. So the Accord is a good car by most measures, of that we can be sure.
But what exactly makes the Accord such a compelling choice other than stellar fit and finish? Simply put, it does everything you’d expect of a mid-size sedan quite well; it feels greater than the sum of its parts.
On paper, the Accord’s vitals aren’t going to make any mouths water. In fact, the spec sheet reads with the same banality as many of its competitors- choice of four or six cylinder power, a standard issue CVT transmission (although you can get a manual, something you can only do with the Mazda6 in this segment) and a list of available equipment that will all seem instantly familiar. Yet when you point the nose towards the highways and byways around where you live, it becomes crystal clear why the Accord has built such a loyal following over the years.
Honda has always excelled at packaging, and the same holds true for the Accord. No matter where you sit, you will be comfortable. This is as much a function of clever design as it is a function of expertly honed ergonomics. Even after a long trip, we felt fresh and ready to pile on a good many more kilometres before the day was done. You won’t have to leave much behind on short trips as well- short of a minivan, you’ll be hard pressed to find a vehicle that accommodate so much stuff.
It’ll always be difficult to find cars in this segment that can hold their own if the driver decides to have a little fun but let’s face it- most folks who drive these cars aren’t going to take the more sinuous, longer way home if given the choice. But there is a group of Accord faithful out there that will be able to enjoy some the inherent delights that await those drivers who push their cars that little but extra. The 2.4 litre engine sings eagerly to its redline, the steering is slick and accurate and the same suspension that cossets backsides so well during commutes will take a firm grip of the asphalt below. There are very few, if any, cars that can transcend their role in life as deftly as the Accord does.
Lastly, the Accord is often heralded as one of the most reliable cars you can buy today, which is coupled to the fact that they do pretty good in the pre-owned sphere too- see if your Kia Optima will hold its value as well.
Clearly, the Accord’s virtues far outweigh its flaws, but there are small nits to pick. The styling is pretty bland, especially when compared to the aforementioned Kia Optima, one of the best looking entrants in the segment. The other demerit is something that isn’t exclusive to the Accord but rather many of Honda’s higher trimmed models, and that would be the counterintuitive two-tiered infotainment screens (including the befuddling LaneWatch system) where one level responds to touch, but the other does not. A rare miscue from ergonomics and design champ Honda.
Still, you don’t get upset with a Golden Retriever for chewing your shoe the odd time because they love you and treat you right, and that goes the same for the Honda Accord. It should remain at the top of all midsize sedan shopping lists for the foreseeable future, and like the lovable pooch, it will give you years of loyal enjoyment.
2015 Honda Accord Touring- Specifications
- Price as tested: $32,923
- Body Type: 4-door, 5 passenger Sedan
- Powertrain Layout: Front engine/front-wheel drive
- Engine: 2.4 litre V6, DOHC, 16 valves
- Horsepower: 185 @ 6,200 rpm
- Torque (lbs.-ft.): 181 @ 3,900 rpm
- Transmission: Continuously Variable automatic (CVT)
- Curb weight: 1,531 kg (3,375 lbs.)
- Fuel consumption: 9.6L/100km (25 mpg)