2020 Accord New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Honda Accord is one of the best-looking family sedans you can buy. It's more comfortable and spacious than most rivals with superb rear legroom. It's unchanged for the new model year.
That base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-4 making 192 horsepower, but there is an available 2.0-liter turbo that makes 252 hp. There's also a hybrid using a normally aspirated 2.0-liter that makes 212 hp combined with its two electric motors, and gets 48 miles per gallon.
There are three transmissions to choose from: a smooth 10-speed automatic, a fuel-efficient but boring CVT, or a fun 6-speed manual.
The base engine with CVT (continuously variable transmission) is EPA-rated at 30 mpg city, 38 highway, 33 combined. The 2.0-liter turbo-4 with a 10-speed automatic rates 23/34/27 mpg. The 6-speed manual transmission brings the mileage down by 3 mpg with the 1.5-liter and 1 mpg with the 2.0-liter.
The Hybrid's 48 mpg is the same in city and highway. Honda's hybrid system is different than others, using the Atkinson-cycle engine to power a generator that feeds the 181-hp electric motors that power the wheels.
The Accord aces its safety ratings with five stars overall from the NHTSA including five stars in every crash test, which is extremely rare. The IIHS backs that up with its top 'Good'? scores in every crash test, including the driver- and passenger-side front small overlap crash test. The Accord's standard forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking earned a 'Superior'? rating for crash avoidance.
The lone demerit on the IIHS scorecard is an 'Acceptable'? rating for the Accord's headlights on most trim levels.
Standard on every 2019 Accord is a suite of active safety equipment including forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a rearview camera with multiple angles. Blind-spot monitors and a head-up display are options. .
The Accord is available in LX, EX, EX-L, Sport and Touring trim levels.
The $24,615 Accord LX offers 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, a 7.0-inch infotainment display, one USB charge port, and the suite of active safety features.
The EX for $28,515 adds remote start, blind-spot monitors, a moonroof, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, two high-power USB ports, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Leather upholstery adds $2,500, and includes a power passenger seat and upgraded audio.
The 2.0-liter turbo-4 becomes available for $2,000 on the EX-L and Sport. Sport versions are equipped similarly to EX trims but lack heated seats, while adding exterior accents and 19-inch wheels. Sport versions start at $27,180.
For $36,845, the Touring comes standard with that 2.0-liter turbo, along with the 10-speed automatic, adaptive dampers, leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, a head-up display, navigation, a wireless smartphone charger, and wi-fi hotspot (subscription required).
The Accord Hybrid is available in base, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims and adds $1,600 to comparably equipped models with a 1.5-liter engine..