We explore the popular midsize sedan's many trims
So you’ve decided the 2020 Honda Accord is the midsize sedan for you. Great! Now you get to sift through the trims to determine which spec will work best for you. Let us help you make sense of the trim levels and standard features on the Accord, a MotorTrend favorite.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 Honda Accord trim levels.
What’s Standard on the 2020 Honda Accord
The base-model Accord is the LX trim, which is available exclusively with Honda’s 192-hp turbo-four engine. Standard features include automatic emergency braking, a lane-keeping assist system we found excellent in the real world, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, LED low-beam headlights, a cavernous 16.7-cubic-foot trunk, and a single 1.0-amp USB port.
The base hybrid isn’t badged as an LX, but it has a similar standard-features list. Aside from the much-improved fuel economy, the 2020 Accord Hybrid also adds hands-free keyless access and paddles that can subtly decelerate the car.
If a low price is your primary concern, we’d suggest considering a 2020 Hyundai Sonata SE, which offers a larger touchscreen than the base Accord, and also adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2020 Subaru Legacy also undercuts the 2020 Accord, and throws in standard AWD and those two phone-mirroring features, too. The value equation may change drastically once you consider regional incentives. For example, if you don’t mind that a new Kia Optima is on the way and that the outgoing car isn’t very efficient, try a heavily discounted 2020 Kia Optima LX.
2020 Accord Sport Features
The 2020 Accord Sport is for those willing to spend a little extra for curb appeal. With attractive 19-inch wheels, LED foglights, and Sport-specific pedals, the Sport model balances those aesthetically pleasing details with functional upgrades you’ll appreciate. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are integrated into an 8.0-inch touchscreen (1 inch larger than on the LX), and a 12-way power driver’s seat is included, as is an upgraded eight-speaker sound system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Accord Sport is also the trim to get if you’re interested in the more powerful 252-hp 2.0T turbo-four engine. Honda will even sell you an Accord Sport 1.5T or 2.0T with a manual instead of the automatic options (CVT with the 1.5T and a 10-speed auto with the 2.0T). Those big 19-inch wheels might mess with the fuel economy of the hybrid model, which isn’t offered in Sport form. If you stick with the 1.5T, fuel economy drops from the 30/38 mpg (7.8/6.2 L/100 km) of other trims to 29/35 mpg (8.1/6.7 L/100 km) or 26/35 (9/6.7 L/100 km) with the six-speed manual.
What the Sport with the base 1.5T engine still lacks for the 2020 model year is hands-free keyless access. Unlocking the car with your hand on the door while the key remains in your pocket or purse is an awesome real-world plus we wish were offered not just on the Sport 2.0T, but on the Sport 1.5T, too. With Honda, by the way, there’s no button to push on the door to unlock, as there is with Nissan, Kia, and others.
2020 Accord EX Features
Spending more on the Accord EX means rolling on smaller 17-inch wheels than the more in-your-face Sport’s 19s, and adding a moonroof, heated front seats, hands-free keyless access, and blind-spot monitoring. Where the Sport gets a 2.5-amp USB port in front (instead of the LX’s 1.0-amp unit), the EX gets a second 2.5-amp port in the center console.
Moving to the EX-L doesn’t just add leather seats—the trim variant also adds a 10-speaker sound system and a four-way power front passenger seat. The standard EX is available with the 1.5T and hybrid powertrains, while the 2.0T becomes available again as an EX-L.
2020 Accord Touring Features
When you want the most features from the Accord nameplate, Touring is the way to go. With a 2020 Accord Touring, you’ll add ventilated front seats, a head-up display, and 19-inch wheels. When you see the huge price jump from EX-L to Touring on the configurator, keep in mind that’s because Honda no longer offers the 1.5T engine on the Touring trim, which can be propelled by the 2.0T or hybrid powertrains.
What you won’t find on any Accord trim level—even the Touring—is a panoramic moonroof, surround-view camera system, or LED headlights that turn around corners. Granted, these are high-end features that wouldn’t be offered on mid-trim Accords anyway, but you can find them on competitors’ cars.
Overall, we’re fans of the Accord’s interior. From one of our Accord vs. Camry comparisons: “The Accord has moved past interesting and gone directly to sophisticated. … Honda’s simulated open-pore wood trim and brushed-metal accents seem borrowed from a higher class of car.”
So Which Honda Accord Model Is Best?
The Accord won’t work for everyone. Consumers who are laser-focused on driving a midsize sedan with the lowest base price (before or after regional incentives) will want to look elsewhere. And although the Accord’s interior overall is impressive functionally and visually, buyers who seek high-end features might also look at the less expensive 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited.
The leaves the 2020 Accord EX as the sweet spot of the lineup in this trim comparison, below $30,000 USD with the 1.5T engine and just over $30,000 USD with the hybrid. Just beware: With the 2020 model representing the midsize sedan’s third model year, the 2021 Accord could introduce one or two minor changes to keep the car fresh.
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