Editor’s note: You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2013, 2014, 2016 or 2017 Honda Accord review as well as our in-depth article Buying a Used Honda Accord: Everything You Need to Know.
Buying a used car always brings a modest amount of risk, especially if the car is near or past its manufacturer’s warranty period. While we can’t promise every used car will be a keeper, a 2015 Honda Accord has one of the best reputations in the industry, a fact mirrored by its excellent service history and exceptional resale values. It may not be as sexy as a Kia Optima, as fast as a Dodge Charger or as all-weather capable as a Subaru Legacy, but those who prefer peace of mind over all-out performance will not regret choosing the Accord. Shoppers not in need of four doors will find a much sportier ride by opting for the Accord coupe.
From a driver’s point of view, the Accord strikes just the right balance between a comfortable ride, good handling and good fuel economy. The Accord can accommodate up to five passengers and has room for a good amount of luggage or groceries in its trunk. Top-of-the-line models come standard with leather seating, navigation and adaptive cruise control — all very desirable options. For 2015, the Accord received some minor upgrades including a LaneWatch camera on the EX coupe and a standard universal remote on the EX-L trim. See the 2015 Honda Accord models for sale near you
What We Like
Lots of standard features; spacious interior; excellent fit and finish; quiet ride; good handling; impressive continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); available manual transmission
What We Don’t
Limited features on entry-level trims; sleepy styling; 4-cylinder engine can feel underpowered at times
Fuel Economy & Engine Specs
The Accord’s standard engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that’s good for 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. In the Sport trim, the same engine produces a bit more power, rated at 189 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque. With the 6-speed manual transmission, the Accord is rated at 24 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The automatic CVT improves those figures to 27 mpg city/36 mpg hwy (26 mpg city/35 mpg hwy with the Sport and coupe).
The optional 3.5-liter V6 produces 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque and can be mated to a 6-speed automatic or, in the coupe, a 6-speed manual. Fuel economy for this engine is rated at a remarkable 21 mpg city/34 mpg hwy with the automatic and 18 mpg city/28 mpg hwy with the manual.
Standard Features & Options
The Accord LX features 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth, USB audio connectivity, Pandora Internet Radio compatibility, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary and USB/iPod input and the i-MID infotainment system with an 8-in screen.
The LX-S coupe is similarly equipped to the LX sedan.
The Sport trim adds 18-in wheels, a rear spoiler, a 10-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and paddle shifters (in the CVT-equipped model).
The EX builds on the LX trim with 17-in wheels, 6-speaker audio, a power driver’s seat with power lumbar, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power sunroof, heated side mirrors, keyless entry with a push-button start and a blind spot monitoring system.
The EX-L includes leather seating, a driver’s seat memory feature, LED brake lights, HondaLink smartphone and app integration, a 4-way power passenger seat, heated front seats and a premium 7-speaker touchscreen audio system with satellite radio.
The EX-L V6 simply adds a V6 engine to the EX-L trim.
The Touring comes standard with a V6 engine, navigation, LED headlights and adaptive cruise control.
As Honda has a one-trim-fits-all policy, there are few options, but the EX-L and EX-L V6 trims are available with navigation.
Because the Honda Accord holds its value well, be prepared to pay a premium even when the car has higher mileage. To get a good idea of the Accord’s price range, we suggest using the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recalls for the 2015 Honda Accord:
A recall was issued regarding a possible problem with the case for the battery sensor. A crack in the case may allow water to leak in, possibly causing a short or fire.
A recall was issued on the 2.4-liter engine for a possible problem with improperly torqued connecting rod bolts. A loose rod could lead to oil leaks, loss of power or engine failure.
Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.
Safety Ratings & Warranties
The Honda Accord sedan’s safety record appears to be quite good. NHTSA gave the Accord four stars in its front crash test and five stars in the side-impact and rollover tests. The Accord coupe earned five stars in all three tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Accord sedan its highest rating of Good in its offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests, while the Accord coupe earned similar marks in all but the small-overlap front passenger-side crash test, for which it has no rating. Both cars earned a Top Safety Pick rating.
The Accord left the factory with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile power train warranty. Both are fully transferable. If you buy a certified pre-owned Accord, it will have gone through a 150-point inspection and will come with an extension of the basic warranty (4 years/48,000 miles). If the vehicle’s new-car warranty has expired, it will instead come with a 1-year/12,000-mile basic warranty from the date of purchase. The power train warranty is also extended by 7 years/100,000 miles from the date that the vehicle entered service.
Other Cars to Consider
Kia Optima — The Optima offers a more sophisticated design and more upscale features than the Accord, and its resale is almost as good. The Optima’s repair history, however, is not as good as the Accord’s, but it does have a longer basic warranty (5 years/60,000 miles).
Ford Fusion — The Fusion is an excellent competitor for the Accord, offering hybrid, all-wheel-drive and even plug-in hybrid models, but the Fusion has had a number of recalls, and its resale and fuel economy figures are not as good as the Accord’s.
Toyota Camry — The Camry is every bit the Accord’s equal, with similar features, fuel economy and resale values. The Camry’s hybrid option, however, offers superior fuel economy.
Dodge Charger — The Charger offers more room, more engine options and more high-end features such as premium audio and a number of performance-oriented upgrades.
With Google Maps on your smartphone, the need for factory navigation is really redundant. For this reason, we think that most people will be quite happy with the base LX 4-cylinder Accord. It offers plenty of features, has the lowest price point and gets great gas mileage. Those seeking a bit more luxury should look to the EX-L, while power players who are willing to shell out more money should go for one of the upscale V6 trims. Don’t have kids? You should consider one of the Accord coupes!