Most sedans are not commonly known for having many options when it comes to powertrains. The average sedan is available with one powertrain unless there is a special edition sports model available. However, this isn’t the case for the new 2020 Honda Accord. There are two powertrain choices that depend largely on the trim level. Let’s pop the hood and take a look at them!
The Accord's Standard Engine
Standard on all trim levels except for the top-tier Touring model is a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. With this engine, the Accord can generate up to 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, and it is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and FWD. The average estimated fuel economy is 33 MPG combined (30 city/38 highway), so you won’t have to spend all your money at the pump.3
The Honda Accord's Powerful 2.0L Engine
The standard powertrain for the Touring model is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. You may also upgrade to this powertrain on the Sport and EX-L trims. This engine produces an incredible 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and uses a 10-speed automatic transmission on the EX-L and Touring trims. However, on the Sport trim, you have the option to trade out the automatic transmission for a manual transmission. This switch also applies to the aforementioned smaller powertrain on the Sport trim.
If the powertrain lineup wasn’t enough to help you choose a trim, then you’ve come to the right place! Here, we will go over all five 2020 Honda accord trims to help you decide which one is best for your driving style and needs.
The 2020 Honda Accord LX
Starting off with the base LX model, this trim comes with dual-zone climate control that allows you and the front-seat passenger to set different temperatures. Also included is an innovative infotainment system that uses a 7-inch LCD monitor to display the video feed from the rearview camera as well as all of the vehicle’s entertainment options. Bluetooth connectivity enables hands-free calling and text messages, and push-button start technology gives the sedan a futuristic feel. Don’t forget that the Honda Sensing safety package is also equipped on every trim, including the base LX. This safety suite adds features such as emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control to help prevent accidents on the road.
The 2020 Honda Accord Sport
Stepping up to the Sport trim will get you a stronger powertrain option and the option of a manual transmission like we mentioned before. You will also get 12-way power-adjustable front seats, an 8-speaker sound system, and an upgraded 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Paddle shifters have also been mounted to the leather-wrapped steering wheel for more of a racecar vibe. Keep in mind that if you opt for the larger engine, you will also get the added luxury of heated front seats.
The 2020 Honda Accord EX
Moving up to the mid-level EX will get you some cool additions. This model builds off of the LX and includes keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats with 12-way power-adjustability, remote engine start technology, and a sunroof. The Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock is also included along with added safety features like rear cross-traffic alert and blindspot monitoring. You can go wrong with this inclusive trim level.
The 2020 Honda Accord EX-L
Stepping up to the EX-L adds driver memory setting and leather-trimmed seats for an elegant interior look. An auto-dimming rearview mirror has been added as well as an upgraded ten-speaker sound system. One stand-alone option that you can also get for this trim level is a navigation system.
The 2020 Honda Accord Touring
As the cream of the crop, the top-tier Touring trim adds some luxury features like a navigation system, a wireless charging pad, an integrated Wifi hotspot, heated back seats, heated/cooled front seats, and a head-up display. Also included in this top-of-the-line model are extra safety features like parking sensors and adaptive suspension dampers. Ambient lighting throughout the cabin has also been installed to allow you to set a relaxing mood for long rides.
Sometimes the exterior styling can make or break a deal when buying a new car. After all, it doesn’t matter how cool the interior features are if you hate the way the vehicle looks from the outside. Luckily for you, the 2020 Honda Accord is as incredible on the inside as it is on the outside. The exterior design was inspired by the muscular style of a fastback, and the front end leads the way with a bold, distinctive grille design. As for the wide rear, it’s strong lines extend over the length of the car for a more streamlined, aerodynamic look.
Exterior Features of the 2020 Accord
The base LX model rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, and features LED low-beam headlights with automatic on/off technology, LED daytime running lights, and automatic high beams for optimized visibility. Next, the Sport trim is very different from the other models. Riding on 19-inch alloy wheels, it comes with an athletic rear spoiler, chrome exhaust finishers, and LED fog lights. Next, the EX builds off of the LX model and adds a one-touch moonroof. You can bring the outdoors in with this nifty feature. As for the EX-L, no significant changes have been made to the exterior of this model. Lastly, the Touring gets LED headlights with automatic on/off technology, rain-sensing wipers, body-colored front/back parking sensors, and side mirrors that come with reverse gear tilt-down technology.
Exterior Color Options
Finally, we will cover the exterior paint options. The 2020 Honda Accord is offered in nine unique shades, including Platinum White Pearl, Champagne Frost Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Still Night Pearl (blue), Radiant Red Metallic, and San Marino Red. Most of these paint colors have a shiny metallic or glistening pearl finish. The two color options that aren’t labeled as such are done in a clear-coat finish. We can’t say which one is the best shade, but we have to say that you have some wonderful options to choose from. The Champagne Frost Pearl is unique to the Honda Accord, and you won’t find another sedan out there in a comparable color.