The 10th-generation Honda Accord was a winner out of the gate in 2018, making us fall in love with Honda’s midsize sedan all over again. There are no changes for the 2020 model, but that’s hardly a bad thing. As it stands, the Honda Accord is stylish and comfortable, and it hits big with utility.
Most of the Accord’s competitors have been refreshed or redesigned over the past few years, but the Honda still shines in the class. On the road, the Accord is quiet and smooth, with our biggest complaint a bit of excessive tire noise at highway speeds. It’s fun to drive, too, thanks to a pair of peppy engines and an available manual transmission. The car’s 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space is among the biggest in the class, and the passenger area offers lots of bins and pockets for phones, sunglasses, water bottles and more.
Honda packs in a good bit of technology into the Accord, too. In addition to the standard Honda Sensing package that includes features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and traffic sign recognition, the Accord is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED lighting and a wireless phone charger.
While the base Honda Accord LX is equipped with quite a few features for relatively little money and the Sport trim comes with sharp design accents and an available manual transmission, we recommend stretching for the EX trim. For just a bit more money, you get blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry, and heated front seats as well as vents and USB ports for the rear passengers.
The 2020 Honda Accord is sold in five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. The LX is the most affordable model but is still reasonably well-equipped. The Sport doesn’t cost much more and comes with some visual upgrades, while the EX and the EX-L add more convenience features. The top-trim Touring loads up with every feature available.
A turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (192 horsepower, 192 lb-ft of torque) is standard on all trim levels except the Touring. It comes connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels.
If you’re looking for a little more excitement, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (252 hp, 273 lb-ft) is available on the Sport and the EX-L and standard on the Touring. A 10-speed traditional automatic is paired with this engine. A six-speed manual transmission is a no-cost option on the Sport model regardless of engine.
Standard feature highlights on the base LX model include LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a four-speaker audio system. Standard driver aids include lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The Sport doesn’t do much to enhance the Accord’s performance, but it does come with extras such as bigger wheels, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker audio system. The EX builds off the LX model, adding a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, blind-spot monitoring and heated front seats, among other features.
The EX-L further adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, and a 10-speaker audio system. A navigation system is optional for the EX-L.
At the top of the ladder is the Touring trim. It gets you everything on the EX-L plus adaptive suspension dampers, parking sensors, a head-up display, a navigation system, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a wireless phone charger.