2020 Honda Accord Review
The 2020 Honda Accord continues it’s highly awarded 10th generation. And there’s plenty that I love about the 2020 Accord.
I was this/close to buying one. So, what stopped me? My wife suddenly gave me the okay to finally buy a pick-up truck. :0)
Nevertheless, I am certain that there will be an Accord in our family’s garage soon enough.
And with that in mind, I was happy to take a 2020 Accord out for a day-cruise through Southern California’s Inland Empire.
Honda Accord Overview
So the Accord sits at the top of all sorts of best-of lists. In the non-luxury midsize sedan segment, the Accord is always a top contender.
That’s because it always ranks high in categories like safety, fuel efficiency, technology, performance, and comfort.
If you’re a regular reader/podcast listener than you know I’m all about value. And that’s why I, and so many other drivers love the Honda Accord.
Because luxury badges are nice if you can afford them and justify the expense.
So why financially bury yourself in something that is only going to depreciate? And if you like that philosophy then you have to check out our podcast on buying versus leasing.
2020 Honda Accord Trim Configurations & Prices
The trim configuration options and MSRPs are as follows. And just a heads up that I’ll soon be reviewing the 2020 Accord Hybrid separately.
- LX $23,870
- Sport $26,530
- EX $27,770
- EX-L $30,270
- Touring $36,100
Available 2020 Accord Engines & Transmissions
So, depending on the trim configuration, 2020 Honda Accord buyers have two optional turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.
First, there’s the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected engine providing 192-horsepower and 192-lb-ft of torque. That’s standard on the LX and optional on the Sport, EX and EX-L.
Plus there’s the more powerful 2.0-liter VTec Turbo with 252-horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. And the 2.0 is an option on the 2020 Honda Accord Sport and EX-L trims while it comes standard on the Touring trim.
Also, that 2.0-liter also comes with Honda’s smooth-shifting yet sporty 10-speed automatic transmission.
Paddle shifters are also available with the 2020 Honda Accord – they’re available on the Sport trim and standard on the Touring.
And one last note about transmissions for the 2020 Honda Accord. Honda touts the Accord being the last midsize sedan in its class that also offers a manual transmission.
Even though you probably don’t want a stick shift for sitting in traffic. It’s still a fun option that us driving purists can appreciate.
No matter what trim, engine and transmission configuration you go with, we’re still talking about a Honda. Which means fuel efficiency is basically in the carmaker’s DNA.
So the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is going to give you the best MPG.
It basically comes in at 30 mpg in the city and up to a whopping 38 mpg on the highway.
And the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder is rated to deliver 22 mpg in the city and up to 34 mpg on the highway.
Again, I’ll be reviewing the Accord Hybrid separately.
Outside The 2020 Accord
Since 2020 is the third year for the current generation, the exterior of the Accord has become a common sight.
LED headlights and available LED fog lights give the Accord a distinctive and sharp look – especially as the sun goes down. Available 19″ wheels, LED taillights and dual-chrome exhaust ends further accent the Accords sportiness and athletic overall look.
And the downward swooping roofline nicely adds to the sporty and sleek design. There’s a slight loss of headroom for backseat passengers but you’d have to be a bit over average male height to even notice it.
2020 Honda Accord Interior
The 2020 Honda Accord is spacious and, of course, well designed. The infotainment screen comes on Sport trim and above. It’s big, crystal clear and the controls include buttons as well as the touchscreen.
Adjusting the climate in the cabin is a breeze (pun intended). And drivers can manage a variety of tasks without taking your hands off the steering wheel.
I drove the 2020 Accord with Sport trim for this review. And I was impressed by the comfortable but firm bolstered front seats.
Plus, I like the fabric Honda’s using for the seats both the look and feel. You can kind of tell by the pictures but the fabric gives the seats a leather look.
And I can best describe it as quality and high-tech to the touch.
There’s a great cubby storage area at the bottom of the center stack. It has connectivity and charging ports with available wireless charging.
But what I really like about it is that when it’s closed would-be thieves don’t really know that it’s there.
The 2020 Honda Accord’s trunk gives you 16.7 cubic-feet of cargo space and all trims but the LX includes standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks. The only time you curse not having that is when you don’t. ;0)
And the Accord can come loaded with tech. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot capability are all available.
Accord Touring Technology
And if you go with the top-of-the-line Touring model you can subscribe to HondaLink. That technology allows you to lock and unlock your doors through your smartphone from basically anywhere.
Additionally, it includes more features to keep you safe on the roads like emergency calling, stolen vehicle tracking, and automatic collision notification.
The Touring trim, with subscriptions, also offers 4G LTE Wi-Fi and, for Amazon Prime Customers, package deliveries via Amazon Key.
Personally, I’m not so sure about Amazon having access to my car… even just my trunk. But, it’s available and some people are cool with it.
One of my favorite Accord Touring features is the heads-up display.
The display is crystal clear and you can select from a number of different views easily.
Honda Sensing Safety Technology
Plus, all 2020 Honda Accord’s come standard with Honda Sensing. And that is Honda’s suite of driver-assistance technologies and safety features.
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Driver Attention Monitor
- Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
- Automatic High Beam Headlights
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
Additional available driver assistance technology includes blind spot information and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Accord 5-Star Safety Rating
And Accord’s many awards are nice reassurance regarding the vehicle. But the standout is definitely from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Because of the organization’s 5-star overall vehicle score drivers can feel all the more secure in their decision to buy a Honda Accord.
Plus, the 2020 Honda Accord is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
2020 Honda Accord Top-3 Features
So here are my top-3 favorite features for the 2020 Honda Accord – in order:
- Value: No matter what trim level you go with the Accord is a great deal.
- Technology: If you go with the Touring trim you’re getting all the tech content that carmakers in putting in cars 3 to 4x the cost.
- Interior: Great design from user-friendliness to style. While the Touring would be my pick I was very impressed with the Sport’s quality look and feel.