2020 Honda Accord Review Canada – Let’s not delay the verdict here: The 2020 Honda Accord should be on the must-drive list for anyone considering a mid-size sedan. Heck, it’s also worth rethinking for those who have left the segment in favor of a CR-V or some other compact crossover. With the deal, you get a thoroughly well-rounded vehicle with a rear seat that’s more comfortable and spacious than a compact SUV’s, superior fuel economy, and a huge suitcase that doesn’t sacrifice much in the way of utility. It also tends to be cheaper, and if you’re like us and appreciate some fun behind the wheel, well, a sedan is just generally a better way to go.
2020 Honda Accord Review Canada
Against other sedans, but the deal also shines. We even put it on top of the pedestal in a comparison test with the Toyota Camry and Mazda6. It offers unmatched interior space and generous content, including user-friendly infotainment technology. Its engines are powerful and efficient (especially the 2020 Honda Accord hybrid, which is arguably the pick of litter), and the driving experience in general has re-gained some of the enthusiasm lost in previous generation deals. The Sport trim can even have a smooth-shifting manual transmission. That’s right, a manual!
However, if you are just looking for an automatically fitted spacious transport to go from A to B, you just can’t go wrong with a deal. It’s both the best sedan in the segment, and thanks to the agreement’s superior residual values and long-standing reputation for reliability, a smart choice as well.
Nothing! The agreement remains unchanged for 2020 Honda Accord , as it was last year. The last changes took place in 2018, when it was completely redesigned. You can learn about what was changed at that time in our first drive review.
What is the interior and In-Car technology like?
The 2020 Honda Accord Cabin offers excellent fit and finish, plus materials that are among the best in the segment. Climate control buttons even click like an Audi. The design will not impress you, but it is tidy and in upper trim levels, sufficiently elevated in appearance. More importantly, the interior is arguably the most functional of any midsize family sedan. The under-arm storage space is gigantic and the large squarish cup holders can fit vessels of all shapes and sizes (good news for boxed water enthusiasts), while the placement forward of the Shifter has a USB port and is large enough to fit any number of phones sizes. We are not a fan of Honda’s silly button transmission Shifter included with 2.0-liter and hybrid powertrains, as it takes up less space than the 1.5-liter traditional Shifter. It’s different for different reasons.
In terms of In-Car technology, the deal’s touch screens are much better than those found in other 2020 Honda Accord (Civic, Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline). A 7-inch screen with physical buttons and buttons is standard on the basic deal, but everything else gets an 8-inch device along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an upgraded USB port and an 8-speaker audio system. This upgraded touch screen especially features sharp graphics, a sensible menu structure and physical accompanying controls. It is very good, and not only for a Honda, but even compared to the competitors. We especially like that it’s easy to see mounted high on top of the Dash.
The deal is gigantic. Even compared to a Toyota Camry, which is fairly roomy in its own right, the 2020 Accord provides more back seat space and, as we discovered during our midsize sedan comparison test, the trunk can hug in more luggage than its competitors.
The same can be said about that back seat. There is so much space between seating sticks, even with tall drivers up front, that getting cars (or SUVs) provides so much space to install a rear-facing child seat. The headroom is sufficiently average for the segment, but the deal’s exceptional All-Around visibility makes it more comfortable to ride in the back.
Note that the hybrid no longer has a battery pack that needs truck space. It is now located under the rear seat, retaining the same truck volume as the gas-only models.
What is performance and fuel economy?
The 2020 Honda Accord is available with three Powertrain Control choices, including the 2020 Honda Accord hybrid pictured above.
The standard engine of all gas-only Accord is a 1.5-liter Turbocharged inline-four that produces 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. This makes it one of the most powerful base motors in the segment. A constant variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard. The EPA-estimated fuel economist for the CVT-equipped 1.5-liter Accord is an excellent 30 mpg city, 38 mpg Highway and 33 mpg combined in most trims (the sport gets 31 mpg combined probably due to bigger wheels). The Sport trim can be fitted with a six-speed manual that reduces fuel economy to a still-excellent 30 mpg combined.
Standard on the Touring, and optional on the Sport and EX-L, is a 2.0-liter Turbo inline-four that produces 252 HP and 273 pound-feet of torque. Its acceleration is mind-blowing for a family sedan, with many publications finding it will hit 60 mph in the mid-5-second range. It comes standard with a 10-speed automatic, but again, sport trim can be had with a manual. The auto-equipped car returns 23 mpg City, 34 mpg Highway and 27 mpg combined in the EX-L. The sport and touring are reduced to 26 combined which is the manual.
Hybrid Powertrain Control consists of the same distinctive setup utilized in Honda Insight, albeit with a more powerful engine. Under most driving situations, power comes from the electric motor, while the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder mostly serves as a generator to feed the battery. Steady highway cruising is the most frequent occurrence when the engine is connected directly to the wheels. Total system output is 212 horsepower. Fuel economy is an excellent 48 mpg in the city, highway and combined cycles. It’s the same as the range-topping Honda Insight Touring, which is smaller and less powerful.
What is it like to drive?
Despite being bigger than any previous deal, the latest model re-acquires some of the running Mojo lost with the previous two generations. It actually feels quite light on your feet if you decide to cramp it along a winding road. It would be nice if the steering had more feedback, like Honda agreements of the past and Mazda6 of the present, but we guess most people would like that its lightweight effort makes it easy to steer.
Riding quality is excellent in most trims, but models with 19-inch wheels have so little tire sidewalls that there is a big impact on bumps over bumps. It is in spite of the Touring trim adaptive suspension, which would otherwise improve ride and handling. The Accord hybrid Touring has a much better ride, thanks to 17-inch wheels that provide more ride-enhancement sidewall. That’s just one of the reasons we considered hybrid the easiest deal to recommend.
In fact, handling also improves a bit with the hybrid. Moving the battery forward on the rear axle is the most balanced and clear Accord. We also like the Honda hybrid powertrain, which uses the electric motor to directly power the wheels in most cases. This provides an almost EV-like power supply of buttery smooth, right-now torque, which is pretty much the best part about driving an electric car with few of the disadvantages of limited range.
As for gas-only powertrains, both are excellent. You certainly don’t need the larger Turbo, but in addition to giving a bigger punch, we prefer its 10-speed automatic to the base engine’s CVT. As far as CVTs go, it’s not terrible and avoids excessive droning, but we prefer the more typical 10-speed changing performance. There is also the six-speed manual which is excellent and we applaud Honda for making it available.