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2020 Honda Accord

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2020 Honda Accord Review: The Athletic Exec

by Adam Lynton

The Accord is the quiet and capable older sibling who's been living in the shadow of its more successful and energetic younger brethren, the Civic and Fit, for years. But, if you look a little bit closer, you'll start to realize why the Accord still manages to enjoy a large and dedicated fanbase stretching across the globe. The midsize Japanese sedan market isn't the most riveting - the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima might be what middle management America dreams about, but for most, they are appliances that were built to transport people without making a fuss. The Accord does that too, but it also has a sporty side that can be accessed on demand. This Jekyll and Hyde personality is what makes the Accord so endearing to so many. The 2020 range of Accord sedans offers powerful turbocharged power, a six-speed manual option, and enough practicality and safety features to make even the most paranoid dad feel satisfied with his purchasing decision. Starting at $23,870, the Accord goes up against the likes of Toyota's Camry and the Nissan Altima.

2020 Honda Accord Changes: What’s the difference vs 2019 Accord?

Now in its tenth generation, first introduced back in 2018, the Honda Accord sees no significant changes for 2020.

Pros and Cons

  • Don't let the mature looks fool you; it's fun to drive
  • Six-speed manual transmission on Sport models
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Honda build quality
  • Noticeable road noise
  • There are some serious blind-spots
  • Seating position might be too low for some
  • Narrow trunk opening

Accord Exterior

The tenth-generation Honda Accord didn't break any molds when it was first introduced back in 2018; instead, it continued along the well-trodden path of mild good looks and European styling sensibility. The 2020 Accord doesn't look any different from 2018 and 2019 models; you get the now-familiar front fascia which it shares with the smaller Civic, and a sloping rear, which ends in an entirely nondescript fashion, flanked by twin exit exhaust tips. Standard exterior features found across the range include body-colored and powered side mirrors, a security system with remote entry and trunk release, as well as LED low-beam headlights with auto on/off functionality. Higher up in the range features such as LED fog lights on Sport models, a one-touch power moonroof on EX models and upwards, and even a set of courtesy lights becomes available.

2020 Honda Accord Front View Honda
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Dimensions

Officially categorized as a mid-sized sedan, the 2020 Honda Accord rolls on a 111.4-inch wheelbase and measures 192.2 inches in total body length, which is standard for its class, but almost ten inches longer than the smaller Honda Civic. The Accord stands at 57.1 inches tall and is 73.3 inches wide. Track width varies depending on engine choice: 1.5T models measure in at 62/63.4 inches front/rear, while 2.0-liter cars measure 62.6/63.1 inches. The Accord is a relative lightweight, with curb weights ranging between 3,131 and 3,428 lbs, making it one of the lighter midsize sedans.

Exterior Colors

For 2020, Honda offers the Accord in a range of nine different colors, although two of these are reserved exclusively for the Sport model. Available on all other trims is Platinum Pearl, Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, and Crystal Black. LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring models also get the option of Obsidian Blue, Radiant Red Metallic, and Champagne Frost. Additionally, Sport models can be had in Still Night Pearl and San Marino Red. Most of the color options reflect the overall mature nature of the Accord, with the exception of course of the brilliant purple and blue mix called Still Night, which is unique to the Sport model. The Accords agreeable exterior design lends itself to pretty much any color. We'll have ours in Modern Steel, though.

  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Radiant Red Metallic
  • Champagne Frost Pearl
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • Still Night Pearl
  • San Marino Red

Accord Performance

The Accord range of cars has always enjoyed some athletic ability, and there are large numbers of Accord car clubs across the globe that will pay testament to the driving ability of these cars, in the lineup, thanks to its six-speed manual transmission and the available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, borrowed from the manic Civic Type-R, albeit in a detuned form. The six-speed manual car might be the most fun and engaging to drive, but the ten-speed auto car with 2.0T power is the quickest, and, according to various independent tests, will sprint to sixty in an impressive 5.5 seconds. Performance from both the 1.5T and 2.0T is impressive, and thanks to a light curb weight, you won't be left wanting for power when you merge onto the highway or attempt to overtake your neighbor Garry in his Nissan Altima.

2020 Honda Accord Front View Driving Honda
2020 Honda Accord Front View Driving Honda
2020 Honda Accord Engine Bay Honda

Engine and Transmission

Excluding the top-end Touring and Hybrid models, all 2020 Honda Accords are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a healthy 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A more potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available on Sport and EX-L models and comes as standard on Touring models. The 2.0-liter engine found in the Accord is derived from the high-performance Civic Type-R and produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Power is directed to the front wheels via a ten-speed automatic transmission, but Sport models get the option of a six-speed manual, which in typical Honda fashion delivers bolt-action shifts, and adds greatly to the overall driving experience. The smaller engine is a delight, and offers good throttle response; its low to midrange torque punch outshines the dreary CVT transmission. The 2.0-liter motor pulls strong from low down right to its 6800 rpm redline, and offers glimmers of Type-R greatness, especially when equipped with the six-speed manual. The ten-speed auto box delivers near imperceptible gearshifts and is not only the quickest engine and transmission combo, but also the most refined. We can't wait for the 2.0-liter variants to drop in value; they're going to be awesome sleeper cars.

  • Engines
    1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    10-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Accord is one of the most enjoyable cars to drive in its segment and does so without being overly sporty, or overly compromising on comfort. The three main elements that contribute towards making the Accord such a pleasure to drive is its relatively low curb weight, lightweight turbocharged engines, and a well-sorted chassis and suspension setup that's been honed for comfortable cruising and mid-speed cornering. Behind the steering wheel, the Accord, offers quick and precise steering, but lacks feedback, as with so many modern electrically assisted steering racks. A jab at the steering wheel is rewarded with eager turn-in response, and the Accords all-season tires do a commendable job of keeping the nose pointed in the desired direction, despite the best attempts of the turbocharged engines power to disrupt proceedings. Jump on the power, especially in the 2.0-liter car, and power understeer is the inevitable result, but the Accord will claw back some grip as soon as one lets off the throttle. In Touring trim, the adaptive suspension adds another element to the handling, transforming the Accord from a good highway cruiser into a superb one.

Accord Gas Mileage

Leave it to Honda to build a sporty turbocharged mid-size sedan that drives and handles great and still manages to return impressive gas mileage. The most efficient Accord in the range is the base model LX fitted with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and CVT transmission, which will return an impressive 30/38/33 mpg city/highway/combined. The six-speed manual transmission in the Sport sees this number dropping to 26/35/30 mpg. The more powerful 2.0T engine sacrifices some of its efficiency in exchange for smiles; the end result is a consumption figure of 22/32/26 mpg for the Touring model equipped with the ten-speed automatic. Surprisingly enough, the Accord Sport, fitted with the 2.0T engine and six-speed manual transmission will deliver the same figure. With a 14.8-gallon fuel tank, the Accord has an estimated maximum range of between 400 and 490 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    14.8 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 30/38 mpg
* 2020 Honda Accord LX 1.5T CVT

Accord Interior

The Accord has always offered a more mature interior design when compared to the rest of the Honda range of cars and pulls off the executive sedan look with aplomb. The best way to describe the dash layout and general design language of the 2020 Honda Accord is boardroom-chic; there's no over the top design features and bulbous buttons and knobs, but rather a sleek and clean-flowing space that exudes quality and attention to detail. Sure, it's no Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but in this price range, it's one of the better interior spaces on offer. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and cruise control. Sport models get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and sport pedals, EX-L and Touring models enjoy a standard HomeLink Universal Remote system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Touring models get door pull ambient lighting.

2020 Honda Accord Dashboard Honda
2020 Honda Accord Driver Seat Honda
2020 Honda Accord Dashboard Honda
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Seating and Interior Space

Despite being marketed as a midsize sedan, the 2020 Honda Accord offers full-size levels of interior space. Headroom in the front is measured at a tall-person friendly 39.5 inches for LX and Sport models but lowers to 37.5-inches on EX, EX-L, Sport 2.0T, EX-L 2.0T, and Touring models, thanks to the added sunroof on the higher-end models. In the back, there's 37.3 inches of space, dropping to 37.2 inches in the same models as stated above. Where the Accord truly comes into its own as a world-class executive sedan is in the legroom department: front-seat passengers get a generous 42.3 inches of clearance, and those up-and-coming junior executives sitting in the back will be able to enjoy a nice stretch before golf thanks to 40.4 inches of legroom space. Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a 12-way adjustable driver's seat means almost anyone will be able to find a comfortable driving position, too. The front seats offer good support and are great for long-distance traveling, but the rear bench could do with some more cushioning.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Base model cars feature standard cloth upholstery available in either black or gray, with gray perforated leather being an optional extra on all cars other than the EX-L and Touring models, which get standard leather seats. The Sport trim car is only available with black cloth and simulated leather seats. Dash panels and doors are color-coded according to your choice of seat upholstery color. Interior trim materials include matte aluminum and wood-look paneling, which adds to the mature look and feel of the rest of the car. The interior of the 2020 Accord feels premium, and the few hard plastics that are visible to the eye are easy to forgive.

Accord Trunk and Cargo Space

It might not be the most exciting factor to take into account when deciding on what new car to purchase, but trunk and overall cargo space plays a massive role in the relationship between car and car owner, especially when you're a busy parent or sales rep who's out on the road for most of the day. If you get anxious at the thought of where to stash all those leftover Frozen 2 in-store pop-up stands, then the Accord has the right solution for you. The Honda Accord offers a class-leading 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, eclipsing the likes of the Toyota Camry which only offers 15.1 cubic feet. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split in case the need arises for more space. Personal item storage space is good; you get a number of small storage nooks scattered around the cabin, there are cupholders in the front, a glovebox that's on the small side, a center console bin, and even an optional wireless phone charging pad.

2020 Honda Accord Luggage Space Honda
2020 Honda Accord Luggage Space Honda
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  • Trunk Volume
    16.7 ft³

Accord Infotainment and Features

Features

The 2020 Accord never feels like it's holding out on you, even in base form where it gets standard features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and cruise control. Other features included on all Accords are front and rear cupholders, illuminated vanity mirrors, 12-Volt power outlets in the front and center consoles, as well as illuminated steering wheel controls and side door pockets. For a more premium experience, you'll have to climb up the trim ladder; Sport models get a leather steering wheel and sport pedals, and oddly enough, you'll have to stretch to an EX model or better if you're a fan of driver-side seatback pockets. EX-L and Touring models come equipped with a HomeLink Remote System, as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Sport models and upward get 12-way power-adjustable seats with four-way lumbar support. EX-L and Touring models add two-position memory functionality, and EX cars and above also get heated front seats, while ventilation is reserved for Touring models.

Infotainment

One of the biggest issues we had with the 9th generation Accord was its atrocious infotainment system, which spoiled what was an otherwise brilliant car. Thankfully the folks over at Honda HQ listened, and now we get to enjoy an infotainment system that's not only intuitive and responsive, but also not bad to look at. The seven-inch touchscreen display offers standard Bluetooth streaming with HandsFreeLink, a single USB port, and a 160-Watt sound system with four speakers in base form. Moving up to the Sport model adds a larger eight-inch display, 2.5-Amp USB port, an eight-speaker, 180-Watt sound system as well as Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto integration. If you feel like office parties always end too soon, you should definitely look at the Touring model which adds SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, a banging 450-Watt premium audio system with ten speakers, as well as a Honda satellite navigation system with voice recognition, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, a wireless phone charger and more.

Accord Problems and Reliability

Buying a Honda Accord won't guarantee you any super-likes on Tinder, but it will give you the peace of mind of knowing that you've made a responsible investment that should offer great returns for at least the next ten years of your life. According to the NHTSA, the Accord hasn't had any recalls in the last couple of years, and a solid score of 81 on the J.D. Power consumer satisfaction poll seals the deal: the Accord is a reliable car. Honda backs their car with a basic three-year/36,000-mile warranty, which includes a five-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty and three years or 36,000 miles worth of roadside assistance.

Accord Safety

Most auto manufacturers spend millions of dollars trying to hone their safety systems, partly to keep people alive and happy and partly to use as an advertising campaign, owing to the crash test results, of course. Honda must have been well pleased when the NHTSA gave their Accord a full five out of five stars, and over the moon when the IIHS awarded it a Top Safety Pick award, and top ratings of Good for all crash tests.

Key Safety Features

You don't win a Top Safety Pick award for nothing; the 2020 Accord gets a grand total of eight airbags, which include dual-front, front-side, side curtain and front knee airbags. Honda's Sensing Technologies package comes standard across the range and includes some impressive tech such as collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, as well as traffic sign recognition. Auto hi-beam headlights are becoming more common on these types of cars and are standard issue on all models, while driver-assist tech such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic assist become available on 2.0T Sport models and above.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Honda Accord a good car?

The 2020 Honda Accord manages to stand out in a sea awash with armadas of sterile executive sedans that do little to raise the heart rate, never mind the bottom line. How does it do it? It does so by covering all its bases, such as offering a quality feel interior, good standard equipment, and a solid safety and reliability rating. But it then goes and does something that's absolutely unheard of in this segment - it makes driving fun. In a class where people aren't necessarily interested in handling dynamics and zero to sixty times, the Honda Accord reminds us that making responsible car purchasing decisions doesn't necessarily mean that those same decisions have to exclude all possible signs of fun. In the Accord you're going to get thirty miles to the gallon, enough legroom to keep a tall person happy, enough trunk space to fit three and a half standard-issue board members, and enough power to make it to the airport on time, every time, all while having a truly engaging driving experience. The Accord is a classic overachiever, and we love it.

What's the Price of the 2020 Honda Accord?

Excluding the Hybrid, Honda offers five models for sale. The LX represents the base model for the 2020 lineup and starts with an MSRP of $23,870. Next up is the Sport, which starts at $26,530 when selected with the 1.5T engine. A six-speed manual box is a no-cost option, but going for the 2.0T engine in either manual or auto guise will cost you an extra $4,530. After the Sport, you get the EX, which goes for $27,770, but going for the larger engine will add $1,600 to the asking price. EX-L models start at $30,270 and adding the 2.0T engine and ten-speed auto transmission will add $2,000 to the bill. The top-of-the-range Touring model will set you back $36,100. These prices exclude tax, license and registration fees and a destination charge of $930.

2020 Honda Accord Models

Honda offers the 2020 Accord in five key trim levels, excluding hybrid variants: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring.

LX models come equipped with a peppy 1.5-liter turbocharged engine mated to a CVT transmission. The exterior features LED headlights and power-folding body-colored mirrors. The Interior gets cloth upholstery, a seven-inch infotainment system, and dual-zone climate control.

Next up is the Sport model, which gets exclusive sport appearance touches, large 19-inch wheels, and an upgraded eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, but more importantly, gets the option of a 2.0T engine with either ten-speed auto or six-speed manual transmission.

EX models don't enjoy the same amount of powertrain options and are only available with the 1.5T and CVT transmission, but benefits from heated front seats, satellite radio, a power moonroof and added safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring and keyless entry.

Moving closer to the top, we get the EX-L, which brings more premium features to the table. The EX-L is available with both the 1.5T and 2.0T engines. Inside, you get standard leather upholstery, the driver's seat now gets memory functionality, and the front passenger seat gets power adjustment. The infotainment system also gets some nice upgrades in the form of standard navigation and a premium ten-speaker sound system.

At the top of the model lineup sits the Touring, which is exclusively available with the 2.0T engine and ten-speed auto transmission. The touring offers the most comfortable ride of all due to the inclusion of a set of adaptive dampers. Standard heated rear seats and ventilated front seats, a head-up display as well as front and rear parking sensors, and wireless phone charging brings the Touring closer to luxury sedan status.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX 1.5T
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$24,020
Sport 1.5T
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$26,830
EX 1.5T
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$27,920
EX-L 1.5T
1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$30,420
Sport 2.0T
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
Front-Wheel Drive
$31,360
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Additional Packages

The Accord boasts an impressive list of features in stock form, but Honda offers an even longer list of optional extras for those looking for a more exclusive experience. The base model can be upgraded with a black fashion accent package, which adds 19-inch alloy wheels with black accents, a sport grille, gloss black fender emblems, as well as a custom trunk mat carpet - all for $3,048. Cars lower down in the range can add an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink for $418, or all-season floor mats for $158. All models are eligible for the $600 illumination package, which adds Interior, door sill, and puddle light illumination. Those looking at Sport and EX-L trim cars can upgrade from the 1.5T to the 2.0T engine for a cool $4,530 in the Sport and $2,000 in the EX-L.

What Honda Accord Model Should I Buy?

The Honda Accord is such an accomplished all-rounder that it would be unfair of us to place our money on only one model. For the vast majority of buyers in this class, we would recommend the EX, which combines the excellent fuel economy and punchy performance of the 1.5T engine and CVT transmission with luxury features such as heated front seats, a one-touch power sunroof, and blind-spot monitoring. The EX is powerful enough for any daily driving scenario, and offers good comfort features, so a great package all in all. Our personal choice would be the driver-focused Sport model with the 2.0T engine and six-speed manual transmission. Sure, you miss out on some of the more premium features such as leather seats and navigation, but none of that will matter when you're pulling gaps on a kid in a Fox Body on your way to your boxercise class.

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2020 Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has been setting benchmarks in the midsized "I'm definitely not trying to hide something" rental-fleet sedan market for nearly thirty years, and the Accord has been a thorn in its side for almost as long. The 2020 Camry is powered by a range of archaic, naturally aspirated motors, starting with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder, which produces 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque and ending with a 3.5-liter V6 producing a healthy 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The engines might be a bit old-school, but they're economical; the most efficient Carmy will do 29/41/34 mpg city/highway/combined. The Interior of the Camry utilizes a more flowing design, and is attractive and built to last. The Accord offers more passenger space as well as trunk space. Out on the road, the Camry soaks up bumps and cruises like a dream but isn't as involving to drive. Both cars offer similar levels of standard comfort and safety features. Toyota does offer a superior warranty plan. Both cars offer a balanced package and are pretty good at everything they do, but the Honda does it with soul.

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2020 Honda Accord vs Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic sedan was never the most popular, but the 2020 model makes a good argument for itself, and the Accord should be worried. In base form, the Civic sedan is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque and will do 25/36/29 mpg city/highway/combined. Still, a detuned version of the 1.5T found in the Accord is also available and produces 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque - but, most importantly, it will get 32/42/36 mpg. From there on out, it's a numbers game; the Civic offers enough space to seat five adults comfortably, but the Accord offers both more headroom and legroom as well as trunk space. The Interior of the Civic takes on a younger, edgier design, but retains the excellent build quality that Honda is known for. The Civic drives nice, is responsive around town and basically does exactly what you ask of it, so the choice between the two will boil down to how fast you want to go, how much fuel you want to use, and how many people and cargo you want to be able to carry. We'd go with an entry-level Accord.

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