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2020 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

With a spacious, upscale interior and dynamic performance, the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid earns a spot near the top of our hybrid and electric car rankings.  

Pros & Cons

  • Great gas mileage
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Spacious, handsome cabin
  • Large trunk
  • Narrow trunk opening
  • Short on engine power at higher speeds

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Hybrid and Electric Cars category. Currently the Honda Accord Hybrid has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 20 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.8
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.9 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Honda Accord Hybrid a Good Car?

Yes, the Honda Accord Hybrid is a great car. It stands out in our hybrid and electric car rankings because of its large trunk, smooth ride, and stellar fuel economy estimates. The Accord Hybrid's cabin is comfortable and roomy, featuring easy-to-use tech. It does have a few minor shortcomings – it's not as upscale on the inside or nimble around corners as its rivals – but it's still a great hybrid.

Should I Buy the Honda Accord Hybrid?

If you’re interested in a midsize hybrid sedan with impressive gas mileage, a comfortable ride, and generous trunk space, the Accord Hybrid deserves a test drive. However, this is a highly competitive segment. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a bit more fuel-efficient and has a nicer interior. The Honda Insight also has better fuel economy than the hybrid Accord, but it costs a bit less to buy. You might also be interested in the nonhybrid Honda Accord.

Compare the Accord Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Insight »

Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2020 Accord Hybrid belongs to a generation that launched when Honda redesigned the Accord for 2018. There have been no major changes since then, so you could shop as far back as the 2018 model year and get a similar vehicle that likely costs less than a new model.

You might be able to save even more money with a previous-generation Accord Hybrid. However, you’d miss out on the major updates of the redesign, including a larger trunk, roomier rear seats, and more available features, including wireless device charging and a head-up display.

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

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Accord Hybrid »

We Did the Research for You: 20 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 Hybrid review draws on 20 reviews and incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for the 2018 model year.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. We care about cars, but we care more about providing useful consumer advice. To ensure our impartiality, an independent party handles our advertising, and our editorial team doesn’t accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the Honda Accord Hybrid Cost?

The base Accord Hybrid has an MSRP of $25,470, which is high compared to the midsize car class but more in line with other hybrids.

We review the nonhybrid Honda Accord separately.

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Honda Accord Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Accord Hybrid or Toyota Camry Hybrid?

In a side-by-side comparison, the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid stand out as two of the best vehicles in the class. You can’t go wrong with either one. The Toyota has nicer cabin materials, a longer list of standard features, and higher fuel economy estimates (51/53 mpg to 48/47 mpg). On the other hand, the hybrid Accord has a larger trunk and a more affordable starting price by around $2,800. Pick the one that best meets your wants and needs.

Which Is Better: Honda Accord Hybrid or Honda Accord?

Choosing between the nonhybrid Honda Accord and the Accord Hybrid comes down to what you value in a sedan. The hybrid gets significantly better fuel economy estimates, as you might expect, and thanks to its electric motors, it also has a stronger base engine. Both vehicles have comparable space for passengers and cargo, as well as similar lists of features. The nonhybrid Accord is available with a manual transmission and has a more potent turbocharged engine option, but otherwise, it’s similar to the hybrid in many ways.

Compare the Accord Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Accord »

Accord Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Accord Hybrid Seat?

This sedan seats up to five people on standard cloth upholstery. Leather-trimmed seats are available, as are heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and heated outboard rear seats.

Head- and legroom are generous in both rows, and the seats are comfortable. However, the low stance of the seats may leave taller people sitting in an uncomfortable knees-up position.

Accord Hybrid and Child Car Seats

The Accord Hybrid has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second row.

Accord Hybrid Interior Quality

This vehicle has a handsome cabin with excellent fit and finish, though there are a few low-rent pieces scattered about.

Accord Hybrid Cargo Space

The Accord Hybrid offers 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, matching the amount provided by the nonhybrid Accord. That’s a good total for the class, though a narrow trunk opening can make it tricky to load cargo.

Accord Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard equipment in the Accord Hybrid includes a 7-inch display, a USB port, a four-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth. The touch screen responds quickly to input and can be customized to your liking. There are also some physical controls that make the system a bit easier to use than previous iterations in the Accord Hybrid.

Available tech upgrades include an 8-inch touch screen, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 8- or 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, wireless device charging, and a moonroof.   

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Accord Hybrid Performance

Accord Hybrid Powertrain: Quick Off the Line

The Accord’s hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors that produce a combined 212 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) comes standard.

The powertrain feels punchy enough around town, and the CVT is refined. The electric motors help with pushing the car off the line quickly, but acceleration at higher speeds or up hills is not as lively. Also, the engine drones under heavy acceleration.

Accord Hybrid Gas Mileage: Great All Around

The Accord Hybrid gets an EPA-rated 48 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. While not class leading, those are great ratings even among rival hybrids.

Accord Hybrid Ride and Handling: Balanced Cruiser

This vehicle rides smoothly over most surfaces, and its suspension soaks up road imperfections well. Ride quality worsens slightly in models with the larger wheels. Although the Accord Hybrid isn’t the sportiest sedan in its class, its well-weighted steering helps it feel composed. Front-wheel drive is standard.

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Accord Hybrid Reliability

Is the Honda Accord Hybrid Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Accord Hybrid a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.  

Honda Accord Hybrid Warranty

Honda covers the 2020 Accord Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile or a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty, depending on state regulations where you purchase the vehicle.

Read more about reliability »

Accord Hybrid Safety

Accord Hybrid Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Accord Hybrid the highest  rating of five out of five stars in all crash tests.

Accord Hybrid Safety Features

Standard safety features in this Honda include a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, and a suite of driver aids, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, 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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Honda Accord Hybrid Dimensions and Weight

This vehicle is about 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,342 to 3,428 pounds. 

Where Is the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid Built?

Honda builds the 2020 Accord Hybrid in Ohio.

Which Honda Accord Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

Honda offers the Accord Hybrid in four trim levels: base, EX, EX-L, and Touring. They each have a four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

Most shoppers should jump to the EX trim to get more tech and safety features, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

For the first three hybrid trims, you can opt for wireless device charging for $300 and front and rear parking sensors for $514 (standard in the Touring). Available throughout the whole lineup is a pair of charge-only rear-seat USB ports for $120 and a heated steering wheel for about $400.

Honda Accord Hybrid

The entry-level Honda Accord Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $25,470. It comes with a 7-inch display, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, remote start, alloy wheels, a rearview camera, and automatic high-beam headlights.

The Honda Sensing suite of safety features is also standard. It includes a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition.

Honda Accord Hybrid EX

With an MSRP of $29,370, the Accord Hybrid EX adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an 8-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker stereo, a second USB port, satellite radio, HD Radio, blind spot monitoring, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a moonroof.

Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L

The Accord EX-L retails for $31,870. It builds off the EX’s roster with leather-trimmed seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 10-speaker stereo.  

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

The Accord Hybrid Touring has an MSRP of $35,140. It’s the only trim that’s less expensive than its nonhybrid equivalent. Standard features include a satellite-linked navigation system, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a head-up display. It also comes with 19-inch alloy wheels.

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 Honda Accord Hybrid is a very well rounded car, and it gets stellar fuel economy ratings. Although it has a narrow trunk opening and a droning engine, this vehicle distinguishes itself in the hybrid and electric car class. It boasts a large trunk, easy-to-use tech features, spacious seats, and a smooth ride. This Honda is worth a test drive.

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

  • "As sedans go, the 2020 Honda Accord just gets everything right. It has a roomy cabin, excellent fuel economy plus an impeccable reputation for reliability and strong resale. The Accord has won numerous awards from KBB over the years including a Best Buy award, and the hybrid model delivers a combined 48 mpg. From its standard Honda Sensing suite of driver assists to its potent turbocharged engines and available manual transmission, the Accord gives every competitor a run for its money." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With the same performance, trunk space and driving dynamics as the base sedan, the new Accord will make going hybrid easier than ever." -- CNET (2018)
  • "Like a confirmed urbanite who never strays far from the city, the Honda Accord hybrid isn't taking well to the roads here in rural New Hampshire. Nearly two decades since the first Honda Insight hit U.S. shores, hybrids still struggle when traveling uphill. Cars like this Accord hybrid are better suited to environments with lots of elevators, not lots of elevation." -- Car and Driver (2018)
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