SEATTLE, Aug. 8, 2015 — For many of us, there’s something a bit nostalgic about the Honda Accord, as we have owned at least one over the years. Those reliable cars that seem to never die, and you barely even have to change the oil in them.
The auto editors here at CDN DigiDrive frequently get cars that are loaded to the hilt with modern gadgets, so it can be a bit nostalgic to get a car like the Accord Sport that has no on-board navigation or fancy electronics and uses a manual gear box.
An interesting component of this “Sport” model is that the only “sporty” features are that of an extra 4 horsies, 1 lb-ft of torque over the standard engine and its manual transmission.
It’s rated at 189 horsepower and 182 lb-ft. of torque. While it’s not poised to give you whiplash with its acceleration, it is a fairly balanced vehicle with a sporty feel to it.
Its 2.4-Liter 4-cylinder provides adequate power throughout most of the power band and is rated by the EPA at 24 mpg around town and up to 34 mpg on the highway with the manual gearbox or 27/36 mpg with the CVT.
Honda’s current generation of Accord is arguably its best-looking to roll into production. Clean body-lines, an aggressive front fascia and a body-colored decklid spoiler on its trunk. Eighteen-inch rims are standard, only on this Sport edition, and they look right at home on the car.
Additionally, the tires have more grip on the pavement as they are 235/45 R18 compared to 215s on other models. Braking chores are handled by power-assisted front and rear disc with ABS.
The blessing here is its standard manual transmission which is leagues and bounds better to drive than the available CVT (continuously variable transmission) option. There’s something about the way it feels in this car, as if this version of the Accord “demands” a manual gearbox.
It shifts great, smooth through all the gears, and has a well-balanced clutch-pedal feel. If you do opt for the automatic transmission, it does feature paddle shifters on the steering column.
Its no-frills interior is a throwback to the Accord I had at one time in my youth. Cloth seats and plenty of plastic surfaces abound but the seats are rather comfortable for driver and front passenger. Rear leg room is good and roomy enough adults or older teenagers but a bit of a challenge for the rear middle seat.
If a great-sounding audio system that’s chocked full of fancy technology is what you want, then overlook the Sport model and opt for the EX-L edition. The 160-watt, four-speaker audio system in this car leaves a great deal to be desired; in fact, it’s rather sad. There’s no good highs or lows to its fidelity and overall clarity of sound just isn’t to be had.
However, it does support Bluetooth telephony, Bluetooth audio and Pandora Radio and sports a USB interface too.
Handling is good, especially for a mid-sized sedan in this price range. There isn’t too much body roll and overall the car seems rather sure-footed on the pavement. Of course there’s the typical front-wheel-drive understeer but that’s to be expected.
Honda has decked things out with both passive and active safety features, which include vehicle stability assist, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, daytime running lights and a rearview camera that features guidelines. To help keep the occupants in one piece, there are front side airbags, curtain airbags with rollover sensor and three-point seat belts for all seating positions.
Starting at $23,865, one would expect a car of this price to have more updated electronics inside and features; however, what customers get with this car over other models is more power, more tread on the pavement, a slightly jazzed-up exterior, 18-inch wheels and an available stick-shift transmission. So the customer for this car is going to square on those advantages and perhaps add their own entertainment upgrades in the aftermarket.
Overall, the 2015 Accord Sport is a decently fun car to drive but it didn’t blow me away. If Honda could get it closer to 220 horsepower, even at the sacrifice of fuel economy, it’d be a much more fun car to drive.
If you’re an Accord lover and want Honda reliability, then you really should get out and test drive this car. It does offer up some fun things to consider.