2015 Honda Accord Coupe: Automatic Transmission Shifts Automatically [First Impression]


If you’ve been in any new car lately, you’ve probably encountered an automatic transmission that can be shifted manually. These “manumatics” offer the driver a little more control over the car, without that pesky third pedal.

Some of these transmissions feature a dual clutch;  two independent clutches working to result in very quick shifts. The 2015 Honda Accord Coupe, unfortunately, does not feature such a transmission. Shifts are quick, but not lightening fast. It’s adequate but a dual clutch gearbox would be a welcome addition.

Put the Accord in to Sport mode and you can either let the car shift on its own, or take matters into your own hands with the paddle shifters.

Sort of.


When toddling around town in Sport mode, the computer will shift from first to second for you at around 2,000 rpm, causing the more vocal driver to yell, “YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME, HONDA!”

However, put your foot into it, and the computer lets you rev up to the high 5,000 rpm range. There’s even a bit of torque steer up there to liven things up.

The coupe is available with an inline 4-cylinder engine, but this EX-L test model comes with a 3.5L V6 engine, good for 278 horsepower and 252 lb/ft of torque. Power goes to the front wheels via the aforementioned 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

Stay tuned for a full review soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this review of the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe.

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