2015 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6 Manual is roomy, fast and fun to the extreme


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Written by James Hamel

From when we are very young, most of us are taught by our mothers that it’s what’s inside that counts when it comes to how you judge a person. Well, in this case mom appears to have been right even if you never jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge just because your friend was possibly going to do it. Still, mom deserves some kudos for much of her advice but is it possible to find beauty on the inside and outside? Well, live with a 2015 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6 with a manual transmission for a while and we are pretty sure you will believe in pure beauty.

The very same is quite true about the long term enjoyment and love you might enjoy from this new car, the type of car you keep garaged for 15 years and make your passengers take off their shoes each time they get in. Now, if the worst thing you can think of to say about the 2015 Accord Coupe V6 is that “it doesn’t look bold enough” then by all means feel free to test drive something flashier in the segment that will no doubt depreciate like a rock once the styling starts to look dated after 6 months on sale.

Furthermore, the Accord can actually accommodate four adults comfortable all the while boasting 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space. This is a sports coupe that doesn’t need to be your third car or the only car of a tuner boy racer—we are talking to you Miata/FR-S/370Z/Mustang EcoBoost and Genesis Coupe. And while the dashboard of the Accord Coupe is lifted pretty much wholesale from the sedan, there was nothing wrong with it in the first place. And having the manual transmission available with the V6 engine helps keep the two door Accord very special indeed.

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So, underneath the 2015 Accord coupe’s understated yet undeniably timeless and handsome exterior sheet metal lies an interior with best in class interior quality materials, unparalleled user friendliness even with its incredibly hi-tech Honda Link system with A-ha, Pandora and more as well as a level of stylistic panache you won’t find in other coupes with no four door kin.

And don’t you spend most of your time inside your car? So really we can’t reiterate how important it is to be comfortable in your driver’s seat. If you aren’t inside your car most of the time, you’re doing something wrong. Because you really shouldn’t be driving from the roof as the Highway Patrol frowns on that kind of thing.

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Driving Experience, Pricing and Features

The 2015 Honda Accord V6 starts at $30,350 and the only available option is in-dash navigation which adds about $2,000. So that includes leather seats, dual zone climate control, premium audio, Bluetooth, 18-inch alloys, heated front seats, power seat, push button start and keyless entry as well as a 3.5 liter 278 horsepower/253 lb. feet of torque V6 engine that makes a positively addicting ad intoxicating growl when pushed. Just be careful, again, around the Highway Patrol. And having the manual transmission available with the V6 engine helps keep the two door Accord very special indeed.

The 2015 Honda Accord is also available in V6 form with an ultra-smooth and buttery 6-speed automatic as well as with a 2.4 187 horsepower/184 lb. feet of torque 4-cylinder that in decently equipped LX-S trim starts at just a little over $23,000. The 4-cylinder uses a unique belt driven CVT automatic that is the quietest, smoothest and least annoying of its kind in the business.

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Appeared originally on the National Honda and Acura Examiner Page you can visit by clicking here.

Future Tech Classic? 2015 Honda CR-Z revisited


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By James Hamel

Rumors of the 2015 Honda CR-Z’s demise have been greatly exaggerated many times over (much like me, the original Honda and Acura Examiner) by the motoring press over the course of its rather controversial lifetime. Honestly, who in their right mind would think to build a sporty, two seat hatchback hybrid powered coupe that’s available with a six-speed manual transmission. No other hybrid offers one and although buyers of the CR-Z surprised Honda with a high take rate, don’t hold your breath for a manual gearbox in a Prius any time soon.

Styling of the Honda CR-Z, what with its origins so obviously liked to the classic CR-X, has never been in question as it looks sharp in any color. Even the teal hue of our tester. On a recent Saturday afternoon we were stopped four times as we were entering our 2015 CR-Z and half of those people asked when Honda was going to release a non-hybrid variant.

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Driving the 2015 Honda CR-Z for a Week

So while we had plenty of fun driving our six-speed manual transmission equipped hybrid CR-Z, we could easily see that the chassis could handle a lot more power. Actually, it sort of cries out for it given how many giggles we got out of taking corners in this itsy-bitsy two-seater around tight corners.

The steering is also simply divine in the manner in which it carves tight apexes as sharply as the Ginsu knives of old. Admittedly, you do have to wring the neck of the current 1.5 liter 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain to get the most out of the CR-Z but given how pleasurable it is to use the six-speed manual that is no bad thing.

Power readings from the electric/gas motor together come to 130 horsepower so it’s no surprise that the 2015 CR-Z returns 0-60 times in the 9 second range. However, from stop lights and in around town traffic this little Honda has no trouble keeping up with the cut and thrust of daily commutes. In fact, the 2015 Honda CR-Z’s hidden talent is that it makes an ideal long distance cruiser.

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We took our CR-Z on a long weekend road trip to San Diego and were amazed by how smoothly it rode on the freeway given its minute dimensions. Engine, tire and wind noise were also easily drowned out by the 360-watt 7-speaker audio system which also featured a neat subwoofer built into the back of the surprisingly spacious 25.1 cubic foot cargo area.

The only problem with the CR-Z is that it is so small and low to the ground that drivers of giant SUVs can’t always see as you are trying to merge. But that is more an issue with their design and not that of the CR-Z. Freeway crosswinds also never upset this hybrid Honda and the steering tracks straight and true along long stretches of freeway. So if you are looking for a semi-sporty, efficient commuter the 2015 Honda CR-Z is an excellent choice.

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We averaged 34 miles per gallon over our week with the CR-Z and that is excellent considering we always had the vehicle in Sport mode. Normal mode works decently for around town driving but ECO mode blunts responses to such a degree that it reminds you of watching a drunken celebrity try to stumble out of some trendy LA bar with his friends. Not enjoyable.

If you are looking for the spiritual successor to the old Honda CR-X Si of yore then you will be sorely disappointed by the CR-Z. Having driven a 1985 CR-X Si on the freeway, however, we much prefer the thicker doors, reduced noise and added safety features found in the 2015 Honda CR-Z. Sometimes it’s best to leave classic cars in the past where you can continue to look upon them with rose colored glasses.

The 2015 Honda CR-Z is fun, agile, comfortable and truly affordable at $23,490 for our top of the line EX model with navigation. It returns fuel economy readings in the 30’s, has a terrific six-speed manual transmission and in EX trim boasts luxuries like Bluetooth, USB/iPod integration, automatic climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels and even HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps.

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And while Honda hasn’t announced if the CR-Z will have a 2016 model year or be redesigned, one thing remains certain. This is a Honda coupe that people will definitely remember due to its overall conceptual daring and very unique capabilities for such a small car. But still signs like the termination of CR-Z sales in Europe don’t give much hope for the car’s long term future.

Another change that may signal it’s the CR-Z’s final year on sale comes from the fact that for 2015 Honda is no longer offering the optional dealer installed HPD supercharger/ultimate sport hybrid package. Only 500 CR-Z HFP (Honda Factory Performance) models were sold as parts were estimated to run about $4,600 prior to installation which pushed the purchase price of this CR-Z on steroids well above $30,000. But if you find a used one out there, the Honda warranties remain valid and you get a supercharger which pushes power to 190 horses, a handy limited slip differential, uprated brakes, uprated clutch, performance suspension bits, sexier 18-inch alloys as well as some modest spoiler for the exterior.

Photos by John Gala

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