2020 Honda Accord
Some things never change, and the ever-popular Honda Accord continues to be a class leader in comfort, style, and standard equipment. Over the decades, it has sold steadily and remained one of the most favored five-passenger sedans on the market, offering more power and amenities than the compact Civic.
For the 2020 model year, the Accord is available in five trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Powering most of these trims is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (making 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque) that’s mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The top-trim Touring gets a more exciting turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that whisks out a robust 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. This stronger engine, which is available as an upgrade on the Sport and EX-L trim, is paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, although a six-speed manual is made available on the performance-oriented Sport trim.
Convenient Equipment and Tech
The LX is equipped well for a base trim, with standard features that include automatic LED headlights, a rearview camera, a fold-down rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, and a four-speaker audio system. The Sport adds larger wheels, sport pedals, a spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, LED fog lights, an 8-inch touchscreen on the infotainment center, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker audio system (satellite radio is included with the 2.0-liter engine configuration).
The EX loses the leather wrappings and other special touches of the Sport trim but gains a power driver’s seat, LED fog lights, power heated side mirrors, a sunroof (which the 2.0-liter version of the Sport trim is eligible for), keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, and standard satellite and HD radio. The EX-L adds turn signals for the side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable passenger seat, memory for the driver’s seat, leather upholstery, and a ten-speaker premium audio system. The top-of-the-line Touring trim adds to that list an adaptive suspension, ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard (window) seats, a head-up display, an integrated navigation system, voice recognition capability, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a wireless device charger.
As an important part of the automaker’s commitment to safety, all trims come standard with the highly rated Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist technologies. This includes active safety features such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The EX and higher trims also receive a blind-spot monitor.