2020 Accord New Car Test Drive
The Honda Accord, unchanged for 2020, offers an attractive mix of style, practicality, space and price. The fastback roofline is good-looking, and the rear seat offers an impressive 40 inches of legroom for four or five adults. What's more, the federal government gives the latest Accord a perfect crash-test rating, with five stars in every single test. Automatic emergency braking, active lane control and adaptive cruise control are standard on every Accord.
A 1.5-liter turbo-4 is standard, with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 available on EX and Sport models and standard on Touring. There is also an Accord Hybrid, which comes in LX, EX, and Touring.
The 1.5-liter engine makes a solid 192 horsepower, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), although a 6-speed manual is available. The 2.0-liter, with 60 more horsepower, can accelerate to 60 mph in about six seconds. The 2.0 comes with either a 10-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.
With EPA ratings of 30 mpg city, 38 highway, 33 combined in most configurations, the Accord's gas mileage is as good as most hybrids were just a few years ago. Meanwhile today's Accord Hybrid turns in 48/47/48 mpg.
The 2.0-liter turbo-4 gets 23/34/27 mpg when equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission in the EX, or 22/32/26 mpg in the Sport or Touring with either the 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic.
The NHTSA gave the latest Accord a rare five stars in every crash test. The IIHS called it a Top Safety Pick, with the top 'Good'? scores in all its crash tests. They called the Accord's standard automatic emergency braking system 'Superior'? at avoiding forward crashes at 12 and 25 mph, and at avoiding collisions with pedestrians. They called the headlights 'Acceptable'? or 'Marginal'? depending on the model. .
The Accord is available in LX, Sport, EX, and Touring. The LX costs $24,800, while the Touring can cost more than $37,000.
The LX is equipped with cloth upholstery, a 7.0-inch screen for infotainment, Bluetooth, one USB port, 16-inch wheels, and active safety features.
For $28,700, the EX gets remote start, 17-inch wheels, blind-spot monitors, a moonroof, more durable cloth upholstery, 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.
The optional 2.0-liter engine adds $2,000. Leather seats, steering wheel and shift knob adds $2,500, while including a power-adjustable passenger seat and upgraded audio.
The Hybrid EX costs $30,300.
The Accord Touring can be fairly considered a luxury car. It adds adaptive dampers, 19-inch wheels, a head-up display, heated and cooled front seats, premium audio, navigation, a wireless smartphone charger, and sportier driving mode for more than $37,000. .