2020 Honda Accord Performance

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2020 Honda Accord Sedan Performance, 0-60, Top Speed and MPG

Updated on: July 13, 2020
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When it comes to building cars that are made-to-last, one of the top contenders is definitely the Japanese giant Honda. With engines that are small in size but are punch enough to shame big players, to the strong build quality, these cars are a complete package in themselves. One such example of this ideology is the 2020 Honda Accord.

2020 Honda Accord Sedan Front View

For over 45 years, the Accord has stood the test of time and has carried the weight of the brand as its flagship sedan as a gasoline vehicle. Dubbed as “America’s Favourite Sedan”, the Accord entered its tenth generation in 2018 and has been a drool-worthy vehicle with its charismatic design and the elegant way it carries itself. Let’s see what the best rated mid-size sedan has under the hood and whether it will stay relevant going down the line.

What powers the 2020 Accord?

The 2020 model of the Accord is offered in 5 trims, all of which have their own specific personality and as you move on, the personality varies. These varying personalities of the Accord are powered by a 1.5L-turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The top tier Touring trim gets a beefier 2.0L, turbocharged engine and is optional for the EX-L and Sport trim. The 2.0L unit also comes along with a slight bump in the price tag that might be hard for some people to digest, but 242 ponies? We think it's just alright!

2020 Honda Accord Sedan 1.5L I4 Engine

The power is transferred to a CVT that is standard with the 1.5L engine but gets a bump to 10-speed automatic with the 2.0L engine. For the purists out there, Honda hasn't disappointed as the "Sport" trim can opt with a 6-speed manual stick shifter as well. However, no matter which Accord you pick, the powertrain will channel the power to the front wheels only. 

Models

Honda Accord LX

Toyota Camry L

Ford Fusion S

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

MSRP

$24,270

$24,295

$23,170

$24,100

Engine

1.5L I4

2.5L I4

2.5L I4

2.5L I4

Transmission

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Horsepower

192 hp @5500 rpm

203 hp @6600 rpm

173 hp @6000 rpm

188 hp @6000 rpm

Torque

192 lb-ft @1600 rpm

184 lb-ft @5000 rpm

174 lb-ft @4500 rpm

180 lb-ft @3600 rpm

Compared to its competition, the Honda Accord is quite adequately powered and that allows is to sit nearer the top with its fellow Japanese contender, the Toyota Camry. Although the Camry has more power but lags the torque to compete with the well-rounded Accord. The Ford Fusion's 2.5L, inline-four is surprisingly sluggish in terms of power delivery and takes its sweet time to gain momentum.

How fast is the Honda Accord?

Acceleration is linear and the Accord does take a little relaxed approach to reach the 60 mph mark. That being said, the linearity helps in maintaining a very smooth yet seamless experience to glide over all surfaces. Completing the 0-60 in just under 8 seconds, the car takes almost 16 seconds to complete the quarter-mile.

2020 Honda Accord Sedan 0-60 MPH Just In 7.6 Sec.

Upgrade to the Sport trim and you'll have a blast while driving through the canyons. The stick-shifter is a blessing to use and is pretty friendly even while shifting aggressively. The 10-speed automatic gearbox is also pretty punchy in terms of transferring the power to the wheels and seems a tad bit more lively than the sluggish CVT.

Models

Honda Accord LX

Toyota Camry L

Ford Fusion S

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

0-60 MPH

7.6 sec

5.8 sec

8.9 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter mile

15.9 sec

14.3 sec

15.2 sec

16.0 sec

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

5.3

5.2

7.3

5.5

Compared to its competition, the performance does seem subpar, but then again, the Accord is not meant for being a track weapon but rather a comfortable and luxurious daily driver. the Camry indeed is a faster and more powerful sedan, but the Honda does not lag far behind either.

How is the braking performance?

The brakes feel optimum for the performance on offer. The brake pedal has loads of feel to it and is not so aggressive. Under heavy braking, the Accord maintains its composure as the brakes are supported by driver aids giving confidence to the driver in emergency situations. 

 

2020 Honda Accord Sedan Front Brake 11.5 In.

Thanks to the low travel of the suspension setup, the nosedives are very well contained under hard braking applications. This, in turn, inspires a lot of confidence and encourages the driver to go hard on the twisties, of course, by sedan standards. This is one factor that would inspire us to pick the Accord over the Toyota Camry, hands down. That said, you cannot expect this family-hauler to be a track weapon altogether.  

Models

Honda Accord LX

Toyota Camry L

Ford Fusion S

Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Brake Front (in.)

11.5

12

11.8

11.7

Brake Rear (in.)

11.1

11.1

11.9

11

60-0 MPH (ft)

120

123

122

116

Compared to the others, the Honda Accord, despite having smaller brakes comes to a stop in a remarkably short distance. The Nissan Altima does a better job at this, with the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry cutting it pretty close.

How does the Accord handle?

When it comes to making cars that offer driving pleasure, Hondas are born with this character instilled in them. The Accord is no different. Handling is very smooth and does not cause any stutter or jitters with erratic and sudden changes in inputs. The steering wheel could have been more responsive though like seen in a Honda Civic but still does a great job.

2020 Honda Accord Sedan Three Quarter View

Getting in and out of corners is also not an issue as the suspension is tuned to handle all that the road can throw at the car. The Touring trim, besides the beefier engine also gets adaptive suspension, which takes the dynamics of the car and consequently, the fun of driving to another level altogether.

With the 2020 Honda Accord, the brand has created a masterpiece by acing the driving dynamics and giving the car a very zestful and playful character that can easily put a smile on your face.

Is the 2020 Honda Accord worth buying?

If driving dynamics, sturdy build, reliable character, and longevity are the things you look for in a car, then the Honda Accord is the car you should opt for. Backed with a sufficient amount of power and with the immense amount of comfort all at a price of $25k, is a steal deal. The 2020 Honda Accord stands in the vanguard for mid-size sedans that are getting scarce on the roads due to the increase in crossovers and SUVs.

2020 Honda Accord FAQs:

 

What is the MSRP of the 2020 Honda Accord?

The 2020 Honda Accord falls anywhere between $24,020 - $36,250 depending on the trim you pick. There is also a couple of engine and three transmission options available for you to choose from based on your driving style.

Which engine is more fun ion the 2020 Honda Accord? The 1.5L or 2.0L?

Both the 1.5L and the 2.0L motors are turbocharged but the quick-revving nature of the 1.5L motor and its mod-friendly nature is sure to draw more purists towards it. The 2.0L one is a bit calmer and better suited to daily drivability.

Should you prefer a used Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord?

Though the Accord has proven itself to be one of the most reliable sedans in the market, it has often seen challenged by the Toyota Camry for this factor, and the Honda has lost to it every single time. Over the years, the Camry has emerged as the most reliable sedan in the market. So even if the Camry you have your eyes set on has clocked more than the Accord, we'd ask you to consider the Camry itself.

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2020 Honda Accord Performance Reviews


EF

Erik C. Fisher

2020 Honda Accord

EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

I'm happy to have an pleasant interior

Pros - Seats, visibilities, sensors

Cons - Less mileage, performance, no manual transmission

Performance Review

8 /10 Performance Rating

It’s better on the engine performance and the mileage.

7/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

RM

Robert M. McIntosh

2020 Honda Accord

Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Great for steep terrains.

Pros - 10 speed automatic, hill start assist, all season floormats

Cons - Handling and visibility

Performance Review

9 /10 Performance Rating

Got the smoothest transmission and great gas mileage. Not best for suburb traffic because of the lack of precise handling but does pretty good on highways.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

TJ

Thomas D. Johnson

2020 Honda Accord

Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Honda Accord Sport seats aren't upto the name

Pros - Manual transmission, mileage, power

Cons - Pricing and seats

Performance Review

8 /10 Performance Rating

Glad I chose the one with manual transmission for of sorts old school driving along with more engaging and commanding experience.

7/10
Features
6/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
6/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

7

User Overall Rating

I'm happy to have an pleasant interior

It’s better on the engine performance and the mileage. To maintain a decent mileage, I would drove this one mostly on the eco-mode.

by Erik C. Fisher

9

User Overall Rating

Great for steep terrains.

Got the smoothest transmission and great gas mileage. Not best for suburb traffic because of the lack of precise handling but does pretty good on highways. Visibility also isn't great and one needs to get used to it when hopping in for the first time

by Robert M. McIntosh

7

User Overall Rating

Honda Accord Sport seats aren't upto the name

Glad I chose the one with manual transmission for of sorts old school driving along with more engaging and commanding experience. Love the power when in right gear and the only thing it will come up is seats which aren't great for comfort

by Thomas D. Johnson

9

User Overall Rating

Different driving modes

Got different driving modes for different set of experiences.

by Richard A. Hernandez

10

User Overall Rating

Reliable

I'd call the driving of my new Honda sheer practicality. Appreciate how they have made it keeping in mind ones needs in daily driving

by Calvin D. McCane

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