The Honda Accord is a top-3 in every possible way in the mid-sized sedan segment.
The 2020 Honda Accord hasn’t changed much from the 2019 model, at least as of right now. Should that change, we will let you know but for now we can expect a mid-sized sedan with decent power, ok styling, and a remarkably comfortable demeanor on the road. The Accord feels expensive, more expensive than it actually is.
It’s refined, quiet, poised, solid, and elegant. The interior is a bit cluttered and heavy in typical Honda fashion, but the quality is there and the overall layout is luxurious. The other great thing about the 2020 Accord is that you know it will never break. It’s an easy car to own, an easy car to drive and definitely a top choice in the segment.
Like 2019 Accord models, the 2020 version will get a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine standard with an optional 2.0-liter turbo. A hybrid is also available. The base turbo makes 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Paired to a CVT automatic, the base engine is just fine in terms of power and behavior.
If you want something with a bit more bite, the 2.0-liter turbo makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. We’ll have to wait and see, but the 6-speed manual should be back which, paired with the powerful turbo, is an auto journalist dream. Of course, most buyers will opt for the 10-speed automatic which is perfect for the powerful turbo. The entry-level turbo’s CVT doesn’t like to be pushed and behaves as such. It makes the Accord a very competent highway and city car, but not one that will provide any kind of particular fun. It just works, in other words.
What the 2020 Honda Accord Does Well
1) The interior is incredibly spacious and welcoming. There’s a ton of space behind the rear seats and even more up front. The cavernous trunk can hold 473 liters.
2) The Accords behaves like a luxury sedan on the road. It’s more comfortable and quiet than it needs to be at this price range.
3) The optional 2.0-liter turbo isn’t playing around. It gets to 100 km/h in the 6.0-second range which fast for a mid-sized sedan.
4) The 2020 Accord, like the 2019 model, will be more comfortable than the Camry while being just as enjoyable and sporty. It’s not the most dynamic car in the segment, but it makes up for it with its refinement.
5) There are plenty of versions with plenty of equipment to choose from.
What the 2020 Honda Accord Doesn’t do Well
1) The top-of-the-line models can get expensive really quickly, especially the 2.0-liter turbocharged models.
2) Speaking of turbocharged Accords… They will depreciate like you won’t believe. Don’t buy, lease and see.
3) The entry-level CVT gearbox is typical Honda. That means that it makes the Accord more comfortable and smoother, but screams out in pain when you push it.
4) The infotainment system needs a bit of a refresh. It’s ok and fairly easy to get used to it, but it doesn’t feel as modern and new as other systems in the segment.
What We Tell Our Friends
You can’t go wrong with a 2020 Honda Accord. It’s balanced and very comfortable, packed with tech and safety, reliable and easy to maintain, and a fairly competent winding road runner. Stick to an entry- or mid-level model.