2015 Honda Accord Coupe Review

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2015 Honda Accord Coupe Overview

Refreshingly uncomplicated, handsome, powerful enough for America’s most deserted highways and engagingly nimble, the midsize 2015 Honda Accord Coupe does everything its sedan sibling does, only with a bit more élan. Returning to boast 5-passenger capacity and room for 15.8 cubic feet of luggage, groceries or knick-knacks in the trunk, the upcoming year’s Accord Coupe lineup also stands pat with the base LX-S, the next-up EX and the tolerably posh EX-L. This latter trim, by the way, can also be divided into EX-L V6 and EX-L V6 with Navigation sub-trims.

After a comprehensive reworking for the 2014 model year, the 2015 version offers no significant changes save a minor shuffling of standard features among trims. Expect, therefore, the return of the roomy quasi-plush interior, the adept handling characteristics and the choice of two engines. Oh, and look once again for the Accord Coupe to boast a more dynamic profile than its 4-door stablemate with a sleeker rear end and an edgier look to the side sheet-metal.

Powering the base LX-S, the midlevel EX and the high-end EX-L is a standard 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that again comes under the management of the traditional 6-speed manual transmission that’s standard in the LX-S and ES trims. Meantime, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) remains delivered with the I4-toting EX-L and its EX-L with Navigation kinsman, while lower trims remain eligible to get the CVT as optional equipment. With either transmission, expect 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 24 mpg city/34 highway in stick-shift trims and 26/35 in CVT-toting editions.

Pop the hood on an EX-L V6 and you’ll find a 3.5-liter V6 powerplant underneath, along with a standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Should the automatic not feed your need for an engaging commute, the above-mentioned 6-speed manual transmission again remains optional in each V6 trim, with both gearboxes bossing 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. Mileage estimates, meantime, remain 21/32 with the automatic transmission and 18/28 with the stick shift.

Appearance goodies are once again expected to include, depending on trim selection, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable mirrors, with cabin adornments on all trims to again include standard cloth or leather upholstery, full power accessories, cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering. Curiously, the 2015 Accord Coupe still offers a fold-down rear seatback, but it’s not of the split-folding variety favored by most rivals.

Anyhow, a rear-view camera again comes standard in all 2015 Accord Coupe iterations, as does Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, with the LX-S and EX both sporting a single-CD player, 6 speakers, a USB port and controls for Pandora internet radio. Further, the EX and higher trims additionally feature a standard power moonroof, power-adjustable driver’s seat and blind-spot warnings. Moreover, the EX-L adds memory for driver’s settings, an upgraded rear-view camera, premium 7-speaker sound system with satellite radio and HondaLink (with Aha) Smartphone apps. Obviously, the EX-L with Navigation throws GPS navigation with voice-recognition technology into the standard EX-L configuration of cabin confections.

As is traditional, Honda offers only dealer-installed accessories in lieu of confounding options combinations, with said accessories encompassing, among more mundane offerings, a rear spoiler, underbody spoilers, upgraded 17-inch wheels and splash guards.

Of course, the standard safety equipment aboard the 2015 Accord Coupe lineup mirrors the preceding year’s editions, with 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags all standard. Daytime running lights and a remote antitheft alarm, by the way, also return as standard safety stuff on this midsize 2-door for the upcoming year.

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