The Honda Accord Sport is a rare unicorn compared to its competitors in the heavily populated mid-size sedan segment in the United States. The 2.4 L inline four-cylinder makes a respectable 189 horsepower at 6400 RPM and 182 lb. ft. of torque at 3900 RPM. Standard transmission is a six-speed manual or an optional CVT transmission with paddle shifters. So, why is it a unicorn, well lets find out, shall we?
First, there is the price. With a base price of $23,865, the Accord Sport by far is the most affordable and usable sports car on the market. When paired with the standard six-speed manual, it truly blurs the line between an everyday family sedan and a sports car which feels equally at home on the twisty back roads as it does while cruising on the highway carrying you, the family and the luggage.
Like in all the Accords, the suspension on the Sport is a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension. However, to elevate the driving dynamics of the Accord Sport compared to the rest of the Accord lineup, Honda engineers have added thicker anti-roll bars measuring in at 17 mm up front and 14 mm in the back. While the base Accord comes standard with 16 in alloys and the top-spec models with 17 in alloys, the Accord Sport comes standard with 18 in rims that are wrapped in wide 235/45 R18 all-season rubber rated at 94 V, which provides a good balance between grip and comfort.
Compared to other mid-size sedans, the dimensions of the Accord lean more towards a sports car than a family sedan. The wheelbase measures in at 109.3 inches. The overall length of the vehicle from bumper to bumper is 191.4 inches. The width is at 72.8 inches. The height measures in at 57.7 inches. The track of the Accord Sport is 62.4 inches on both axles.
The weight of the Accord Sport with the six-speed manual comes in at 3276 pounds and when optioned with the CVT transmission, it increases to 3342 pounds. As in every front mounted, front wheel drive family sedan, the front axle carries most of the vehicle’s weight than the rear axle. With the standard six-speed manual, the weight distribution is 59% front and 41% rear. With the optional CVT transmission, the weight distribution changes to 60% front and 40% rear.
Though the exterior dimensions of the Accord place it closer to a sports car than a family sedan, the interior dimensions categorize it as a family sedan designed to carry five people with room to spare. The front headroom is a respectable 39.1 inches while the rear headroom measures in at 37.5 inches. Front passengers have an overall leg room of 42.5 inches, while the rear passengers get a very respectable space of 38.5 inches. Shoulder room for front occupants is 58.6 inches, and for rear occupants, it is 56.5 inches. Hip room for front and rear occupants measure in at 55.6 in and 54.7 in . The cargo volume in the trunk is a very capacious 15.8 cubic feet. The overall passenger volume in the cabin is a very respectable 103.2 cubic feet.
Fuel mileage of the Accord Sport is 24 city, 34 highway and 27 combined with the standard six-speed manual transmission. By opting to the CVT transmission, the mileage figures increase to 27 city, 36 highway and 31 combined. The Accord Sport comes with a 17.2 gallon tank to carry regular unleaded gas.
Like all modern cars, the 2015 Accord Sport comes standard with a lot of active and passive safety features. Key active safety features include vehicle stability control, traction control, Anti-lock breaking system, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, Rear view camera with integrated guide lines, tire pressure monitoring system, and daytime running lights. Key passive safety features built into the Accord Sport include dual stage, multiple threshold airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and 3 point safety belts.
All of the active and passive safety features of the Accord Sport are nicely hidden behind a well-appointed, luxurious interior. Key feature creature comforts include dual zone automatic climate control system, 8 inch customizable, high-resolution screen, Bluetooth with SMS text message function, cruise control, and tilt/telescoping, leather wrapped steering wheel.
As mentioned in the beginning, at $23,865 (which does not include the $820 destination fee), the 2015 Honda Accord Sport is a rare unicorn in the mid-size family sedan segment in the U.S. For this price, the Accord Sport comes with a lot of features that not only make the driver smile, but also satisfies the needs of the rest of the occupants. With its potent engine and transmission combinations, the Accord Sport delivers the right amount of fun for all types of drivers. With ever-increasing Government regulations on safety, technology and emissions, cars like the 2015 Honda Accord Sport are gradually disappearing not only from American roads, but from roads around the world. Today, there are not a lot of vehicles out there that offer the same, well-balanced package like the Honda Accord Sport does, and this is the reason it is a rare unicorn among its mid-size sedan competitors.
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