The 2015 Honda Accord is just now hitting dealerships in the U.S., and it’s bringing a couple of notable tech features in the form of LaneWatch blind spot monitoring and HomeLink.
A press release from American Honda said the four-cylinder Honda Accord Sedan and Honda Accourd Coupe EX-L and EX-L Navi trims get a new HomeLink option. HomeLink allows the owner to program a universal remote system with codes for up to three devices, including garage doors, home security systems, and more, the release said.
In addition to that feature, Honda said the 2015 Honda Accord EX Coupe with the four-cylinder engine gains Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system. The system reportedly uses a camera and an in-dash display to provide an enhanced view of the passenger-side of the roadway. Honda’s public site for the Accord shows how the system works. Basically, the car’s Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) shows a live video feed from a small camera that is mounted in the passenger outside rearview mirror. It can do so either on the driver’s command or automatically upon activating the right turn indicator.
LaneWatch sounds like a good idea, though we’d like to use it in-person for a while to see whether it proved more distracting than the simpler blind spot monitoring systems in other cars. We’re particularly fond of haptic feedback systems that buzz the seat when a turn signal is activated while a car is in our blind spot — something that proved far more useful than I would have imagined on a GMC test truck last year. Unless Honda nailed the positioning of the screen, the LaneWatch system has potential to take my eyes off the road far longer than a simple beep, buzz, or blinky light.
Last but not least: The press release said 2015 Honda Accord Coupes in EX-L and higher trims will get an auto-dimming rearview mirror. That’s a nice touch I sure wouldn’t have minded on the drive home tonight, when some doofus in a jacked-up pickup was running a bright-white LED lightbar in his grille that shined right into my rearview mirror at every traffic light.
The 2015 Honda Accord Sedan starts at $22,105 in four-cylinder, manual transmission LX trim and tops out in fully loaded V6 Touring trim some $10,000 higher. The coupe starts in LX-S trim with a four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, and an MSRP of $23,775. Top-end 2015 Honda Accord Coupes carry the EX-L Navi trim and can be had for $32,550. Meanwhile, 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid models start at $29,305 and top out with the Honda Accord Hybrid Touring at $35,055.