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Pros & Cons

  • Robust engine options
  • Lively handling
  • Large trunk
  • Spacious, handsome cabin
  • Narrow trunk opening
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

Rankings & Awards

The 2020 Honda Accord's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2020 Best Midsize Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2020 Best Midsize Car for Families award. Currently the Honda Accord has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.1
Safety: 9.9
Reliability:
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Is the Honda Accord a Good Car?

The Honda Accord is an excellent midsize car, in fact, we named it a finalist for our 2020 Best Midsize Car for the Money award because of its combination of quality and value. The Accord was also a finalist for our 2020 Best Midsize Car for Families award because of its solid combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features.

Should I Buy the Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is worth buying if you’re interested in a midsize sedan that excels across the board. However, the same can be said for many of its competitors. For instance, the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and Mazda6 are all worthy choices in a competitive class.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Accord?

The 2020 Accord belongs to a generation that began with a redesign for the 2018 model year. Honda has made only one notable change since then. For 2019, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine became the only power plant available in the top Touring trim. Honda had offered a standard 1.5-liter turbo engine in all trims for 2018, while the 2.0-liter variant was optional. With that in mind, you should buy a 2020 model if you really want to buy new, but you could save money on a nearly identical 2018 or 2019 Accord.

You might be able to save even more money with a previous-generation Accord, but you’d miss out on the major updates from the redesign, including a larger trunk, more standard safety features, and improved fuel economy (30/38 mpg city/highway versus 27/36 mpg).

Be sure to read our 2017 Accord, 2018 Accord, and 2019 Accord reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 28 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as cargo space dimensions, horsepower specs, and predicted reliability, as well as the opinions of the automotive press.

This Honda Accord review draws on 28 reviews and incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Honda Accord Cost?

The base Accord LX has a starting MSRP of $24,270, which is in line with the retail prices of many midsize sedans. The top-of-the-line Touring trim starts at $36,400.

We review the Honda Accord Hybrid separately.

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Honda Accord Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Accord or Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry and the Accord are both great midsize cars, and choosing one boils down to preference. The Camry rivals the Accord with its fuel economy, list of active safety features, and handsome interior. The Toyota has more standard tech features and an available V6 engine, but the Honda boasts two turbocharged four-cylinder options and a larger trunk. Both sedans have sporty yet comfortable rides. The Accord was a finalist for our 2020 Best Midsize Car for Families award, but the Camry took home the top honor.

Which Is Better: Honda Accord or Acura TLX?

In a side-by-side comparison with the Acura TLX, a luxury midsize car, the Accord is better in nearly every way. Though the Acura’s starting MSRP is roughly $8,700 more than the Honda’s, you may feel like you’re getting less for your money. It has tighter rear seats, a smaller trunk, lower fuel economy estimates, and duller handling than the Honda, and it has some low-rent cabin materials. The TLX does have more standard features, but you can get many of them in upper Accord trims and still save money.

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Accord Interior

How Many People Does the Accord Seat?

The Accord seats up to five people on cloth upholstery that comes standard. The seats are supportive, and legroom is generous in both rows, making it easier for passengers to remain comfortable on long drives. However, taller occupants may find that the sloping roofline makes second-row headroom a bit tight.

Available upgrades include leather-trimmed upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Accord and Child Car Seats

The Accord has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has a single tether anchor and can borrow a lower anchor from either side. This LATCH system earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's best rating of Good+ for its ease of use. The anchors are easy to find and can’t be confused with other hardware.

Accord Interior Quality

This vehicle has a handsome cabin with high-quality materials and excellent fit and finish.

Accord Cargo Space

The Accord has a 16.7-cubic-foot trunk, which is above average for a midsize car. However, the narrow trunk opening can make it tricky to load cargo.

Accord Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The standard infotainment system in the base Accord is one of the most user-friendly interfaces in the class. It features logically displayed menus and responds rapidly to inputs, and it has a wide array of physical controls. Moving up trim levels can get you many infotainment and tech upgrades that improve on an already easy-to-use system.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch display, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless device charging, satellite radio, an eight- or 10-speaker sound system, voice recognition, navigation, additional USB ports, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and HondaLink
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button start
  • Other available features: a moonroof and remote start

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Accord Performance

Accord Engine: 2 Potent Choices

There are two engine choices in this Honda. Standard in all but the top Touring trim is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), though the Sport trim can swap that for a six-speed manual.

Standard in the Touring is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This engine is also available in the EX-L and Sport trims. Sport models can be had with the automatic or manual transmission.

The base engine feels capable and energetic, providing ample power for daily driving, and the CVT draws praise for its smoothness and responsiveness. For swifter acceleration and more power, look to models with the stronger turbo-four engine.

Honda Accord Powertrain/Performance Options:
  • Base engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque; starts at $24,270 (LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L)
  • Available engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque; starts at $31,510 (standard in Touring)
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard continuously variable automatic (CVT); available six-speed manual (standard in Sport); available 10-speed automatic (standard in Touring)
Honda Accord Appearance Packages:
  • Illumination package (prices start at $628): interior ambient lighting, puddle lights, and illuminated door sill trimming
  • Fashion Accent package (prices start at $3,186): 19-inch alloy wheels, a sport grille, rear trimming, and gloss fender emblems with black, chrome, or bronze accents
Accord Gas Mileage: Great All Around

The base Accord with the CVT gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Those are great figures for a midsize sedan. Fuel economy dips to as low as 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway for models with the stronger engine, whether it’s coupled with the six-speed manual or the 10-speed automatic transmission.

Honda also offers the Accord Hybrid, which we review separately.

Accord Ride and Handling: Nimble and Fun

The Accord is one of the more athletic sedans in the midsize car class, offering responsive steering and minimal body lean around corners. It also maintains a gentle ride over most roads. Front-wheel drive is standard.

Does the Honda Accord Have All-Wheel Drive?

No, the Accord is not available with AWD, but that isn’t uncommon for the class. That said, there are a handful of rivals like the Buick Regal, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry with available AWD. The Subaru Legacy is the only class competitor to feature standard AWD.

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Accord Reliability

Is the Honda Accord Reliable?

The 2020 Accord has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Honda Accord Warranty

Honda covers the 2020 Accord with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Honda Accord?

The cost of insuring a Honda Accord will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Accord Safety

Accord Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Honda Accord an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with the sedan earning five stars in all three crash tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2020 Accord a Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests and a top rating of Superior for front crash prevention. The Touring trim earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. All other trims’ headlights received the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

Accord Safety Features

Standard safety features in this Honda include a rearview camera and automatic high-beam headlights. Also standard is the Honda Sensing suite, which comes with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and a road departure mitigation system.

Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available, as are front and rear parking sensors and a head-up display.

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Accord Dimensions and Weight

The Accord is about 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,131 to 3,428 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Honda Accord Built?

Honda builds the 2020 Accord in Ohio.

When Did the Honda Accord First Come Out?

In 1976, Honda launched the inconspicuous Accord. The original Accord only came as a two-door hatchback and housed a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that churned out a measly 68 horsepower. However, its little engine was more fuel-efficient than many competitors at the time, helping make it a popular option. Adding to that growing popularity, Honda debuted an Accord sedan body style in 1979. In 1988, Honda added a third body style to the Accord lineup, the coupe.

Over the following three decades, Honda continued to upgrade the Accord. The 1994 model marked the debut of Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system, which helped it gain recognition in the international racing community. The 1995 Accord was the first model with an available V6 engine. Aside from the debut of a hybrid variant in 2005, the Accord’s most notable changes over the next decade consisted mainly of giving the four-cylinder and V6 engines multiple power increases.

In 2018, the brand introduced the most recent generation of the Accord, which is drastically different from any of the previous models. This redesigned Accord only comes in a sedan body style and features a larger trunk, and a newly available turbocharged four-cylinder engine takes the place of the optional V6. Also for 2018, Honda added safety features like driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition to the standard features list. There was only one notable change for the 2019 Accord, with Honda making a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine the only power plant available in the top-of-the-line Touring trim. There were no notable updates for the 2020 model.

Which Honda Accord Model Is Right for Me?

Honda offers the 2020 Accord in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. If budget allows, we recommend shoppers spend the extra $2,700 to jump up to the Sport trim because of its added tech and amenity features. These upgrades include Apple CarPlay, an eight-speaker stereo, an 8-inch touch screen, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and more. It’s also the first trim available with a stronger turbocharged engine. If you opt for that engine, you get heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a moonroof to boot.

With the first four trims, you can get a heated steering wheel for about $400, wireless device charging for $314, and front and rear parking sensors for $538. A pair of rear-seat charge-only USB ports are available throughout the lineup for about $130.

Honda also sells a hybrid version of the Accord, which we review separately.

Honda Accord LX

The Accord LX has a starting MSRP of $24,270 and comes with a 192-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Standard features include a 7-inch display, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and alloy wheels.

The base LX is also loaded with safety features. The standard Honda Sensing suite includes a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. Other standard safety features include a rearview camera and automatic high-beam headlights.

You can add optional features like larger alloy wheels ($2,899 to $3,150) as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror ($437).

Honda Accord Sport

With a starting MSRP of $26,980, the Accord Sport adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker stereo, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, larger alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler.

The Sport trim comes standard with the 1.5-liter turbo engine and a six-speed manual transmission. You can add the CVT at no additional cost. The Sport trim is also the first to offer a larger 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four engine for $4,530. It comes with your choice of either the six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Honda Accord EX

The Accord EX retails for $28,070 and builds off the Sport trim with standard remote start, proximity keyless entry, satellite radio, HD Radio, a second USB port located in the center console, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The EX trim offers the same options available in the Sport trim, but it comes with smaller alloy wheels. Depending on the type of alloy, you can upgrade to a larger set of wheels (starts at $2,899).

The EX trim comes standard with the 1.5-liter engine and the CVT. This trim does not offer the 2.0-liter engine.

Honda Accord EX-L

The Accord EX-L has a starting MSRP of $30,570. It gains memory settings for its 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather-trimmed seats, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and a premium 10-speaker stereo.

The EX-L comes standard with the CVT, but you can upgrade to the stronger turbocharged engine and get the 10-speed automatic transmission for $2,000.

Honda Accord Touring

With a starting MSRP of $36,400, the Accord Touring doesn’t disappoint, as it’s the best-equipped model in the lineup. The Touring trim features standard tech like a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, navigation, voice recognition, ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic LED headlights, and a head-up display.

This trim is only available with the 252-horsepower turbo-four engine and the 10-speed automatic transmission.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Honda Accord is an excellent all-around vehicle. With upscale cabin materials, a good number of standard safety features, lively handling, energetic engines, and decent fuel economy, it stands out among midsize cars as a great family or commuter vehicle.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Let's not delay the verdict here: the 2020 Honda Accord needs to be on the must-drive list for anyone considering a midsize sedan. Heck, it's also worthy of reconsideration for those who have abandoned the segment in favor of a CR-V or some other compact crossover. With the Accord, you'll be getting a thoroughly well-rounded vehicle with a back seat that's more comfortable and spacious than a compact SUV's, fuel economy that's superior, and a huge trunk 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." -- Autoblog
  • "Might it be possible to design a midsize sedan so attractive, so dynamic, and so generally compelling that it at least slows the sales exodus from sedans to crossovers? Probably not, but wow, Honda sure is giving it the old college try with its 10th-gen Accord." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "We applaud Honda's decision to bring its A-game to a segment that desperately needs an injection of energy. The 2018 Accord is an excellent ambassador for what many view as a design whose heyday is behind it. If all sedans were this good, maybe fewer people would be looking elsewhere." -- Left Lane News (2018)

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Last Updated: October 22, 2020

Cooling Sales: The Accord is currently the second best-selling midsize car this year, behind only the dominant Toyota Camry. However, dealerships have moved 28.9 percent fewer Accord models in 2020 relative to the same period last year.

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