Specifications of Honda Accord X Sport 1.5 Turbo (192 HP) CVT
General characteristics of Honda Accord X Sport 1.5 Turbo (192 HP) CVT
The mid-sized Honda Accord's key dimensions include a length of 192.2 inches, a height of 57.1 inches, a width of 73.3 inches, and a 111.4-inch wheelbase. Curb weight begins at 3,131 pounds for the base LX and goes all the way up to 3,428 lbs for the Touring 2.0T. The Accord is lighter than rivals like the Toyota Camry, which begins at 3,310 lbs and exceeds 3,500 lbs in hybrid guise, which goes some way to explaining why the Honda is so enjoyable to drive.
On the base LX, customers can choose from one of just five colors: Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Radiant Red Metallic. The latter two shades will add $395 to your final bill. While the EX-L shares these color choices, opting for the Sport or Sport SE avails a vibrant blue color called Still Night Pearl that also goes for $395, plus Sonic Gray Pearl with the same price. However, Modern Steel Metallic falls away for the Sport-badged models. On the Honda Accord Touring and Hybrid Touring, Still Night Pearl falls away, but Modern Steel Metallic is offered. All other hybrid models share their color choices with the non-hybrid LX and EX-L. It's not a particularly adventurous color palette although we do quite like the Radiant Red.
The Honda Accord is powered by three engines that all do a good job of moving the sedan around with gusto while not using too much gas. The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit with outputs of 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. As on every other version of the Accord, power goes to the front wheels exclusively, even though competitors like the Toyota Camry offer the availability of all-wheel drive. This engine provides decent, if not thrilling, acceleration. Of course, this will only cause problems if you regularly intend on taking your Accord to the drag strip. A much sportier option is the 2.0-liter turbo-four which is optional for the Sport and standard on the Touring. It manages outputs of 252 hp and 273 lb-ft. In this guise, independent tests suggest that the Accord will get from 0-60 mph in a brisk 5.5 seconds. Slotting in between the 1.5 and 2.0 gas engines is the Accord Hybrid. It combines a 2.0-liter engine with two electric motors to generate 212 hp. It isn't nearly as fast as the top gas-powered Accord but it delivers strong acceleration around town.
The 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is equipped to most gas-only Accords and produces 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. This smaller-capacity Accord turbo is paired exclusively with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In terms of output, the next most powerful version is the Accord Hybrid. It pairs a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with two electric motors and an electronic CVT transmission. On its own, this four-pot produces 143 hp and 129 lb-ft but with the aid of the electric motors, power jumps to 212 hp. Finally, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft and is paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. Sadly, the manual gearbox that was on offer last year has been dropped from the lineup entirely. Paddle shifters on most models can be used for drivers who want a bit more control, but these can't replace the engaging 6-speed manual that was offered last year.
Both gas-only powertrains are smooth enough and take full advantage of the sedan's relatively light weight to offer easy acceleration, but the Honda Accord 2.0-liter turbo offers ample passing power and much more grunt all the way up to its red line. Although the CVT is fine, the ten-speed automatic is more enjoyable for aggressive driving. As is typical for the hybrid model, it gets off the mark with urgency, thanks to the electric motors, but it doesn't feel as comfortable on the highway at higher speeds when the four-pot has to do most of the work.
Usually, we'd start with the viewpoint from the driver's seat, but a highlight of the Honda Accord's cabin is its spaciousness, in particular the over 40 inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers. As proven in our Honda Accord review, the positioning of the hybrid model's battery doesn't impinge on passenger space. There's a lot to like in front, though, as the Accord's cabin is attractively finished, the seats are comfortable, and there aren't any serious quirks to adjust to. It's not the most imaginative design, but that isn't a great concern in this segment. All models ship with equipment like dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, and adaptive cruise control, while upper trims boast amenities like a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Depending on the exterior color, the entry-level Accord LX's interior can be had in a choice of Black or Ivory, with cloth-upholstered seats and silver inserts on the dashboard and door panels. However, your choice of exterior color or trim will dictate whether the Ivory interior is offered or not. The Sport also has cloth-trimmed seats but the interior inserts are in black. Further up in the lineup, the Accord gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Leather-trimmed seats are equipped to upper trims (perforated on the Touring), but the same Black/Ivory color choices apply here, while wood-effect trim inlays are fitted to more luxurious models. Sport and Sport Special Edition derivatives have unique sport pedals. All 1.5-liter models besides the LX come with a leather-wrapped gear shift knob.
There is plenty of choice within the Accord range, with five trims for the gas-only models and four different hybrid trims, so shoppers can choose from the essentials and a lower price tag, or more expensive models kitted out with all the trimmings. The cheapest LX comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a multi-angle rearview camera, auto high-beam headlights, push-button ignition, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and traffic sign recognition. Its entry-level status is noticeable in that the driver's seat lacks power adjustment and the rear seatback lacks a 60/40-split. Moving up to the Sport adds a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat and a power moonroof (not on 1.5T models). Other features equipped to select upper trims are LED fog lights, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-traffic monitoring. Touring models uniquely come with heated rear outboard seats, ventilated front seats, and a head-up display.