During an average year we get to drive nearly everything from super luxury sedans to 200 mph sports cars to the latest electric cars. With access to such a fantasy garage, it?s sometimes hard to get excited about driving the type of car most people buy ? a four-cylinder, four-door sedan. It seems so ordinary.
That?s what we thought when the 2015 Honda Accord Sport was delivered to our house for testing; boy, were we wrong. Sure, we?ve driven the Accord Hybrid and the top fully loaded models, but seldom had a chance to get into one of the lower level Accords.
The Sport?also includes a Bluetooth? HandsFreeLink? phone interface and SMS Text Message system that allows you to receive and respond to incoming text messages without handling your cell phone. To help maintain a quiet cockpit, all the Accord models have Active Noise Control and Active Sound Control standard.
With one exception, the Accord comes with one of two engine variations, a 185-hp 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC? four-cylinder or a 278-hp 3.5-liter SOHC iVTEC V-6 with a variable cylinder management system. The exception is the Sport, which has a189-hp version of the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
All models have a standard six-speed manual transmission that is good as any in the business. Shifting is so smooth and precise even Barbara loves it! The four-cylinder engines are also offered with an optional CVT (which is by far the best seller) and the Sports model has available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters with the CVT. All the models also have Hill Start Assist. The V-6 models have a standard six-speed automatic with Sport Mode that allows the driver to manually shift the transmission for better control. The Sport accelerated very well; one buff magazine lists a 0 to 60 mph time of only 6.6 seconds.
The 2015 Honda Accord Sport is priced at $24,685 and $800 more for the CVT version. The other Accord prices range from $22,925 for the LX with manual transmission to $33,370 for the EX-L V-6 with navigation.