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2020 Honda Accord 2.0T Touring Test Drive Review

By Omar Rana | August 06, 2020

In a world where everyone is obsessed with crossovers and SUVs, some people still prefer a sedan. In fact, a lot of people still prefer a sedan. Take the Honda Accord for example. It's one of the best selling vehicles in the United States, and the second longest running nameplate for Honda, right behind the venerable Civic.

This is actually my first experience with the 10-generation Accord that was introduced as a 2018 model year and it's really my first experience with Honda in quite a while.

My first impressions? It's pretty amazing, as the Accord feels like an entry-level luxury car. So let's take a closer look at the 2020 Honda Accord 2.0T Touring.


2020 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T Exterior

I absolutely love the exterior design of the new Honda Accord. Not too long ago, Honda dialed back making dramatic changes to its lineup’s exterior design language. But now, cars like the latest Honda Civic and Accord, the design department is back to pushing the envelope. As a result, the new generation of the Honda Accord looks better than ever.

All Honda Accord trims come standard with LED headlights, which frame an aggressive fascia with a sharp grille. From the side, there’s a fastback-inspired sloping roofline, and the rear showcases a wide, athletic stance. Details like LED taillights and dual exhausts also help provide an up-market feel.

As a whole, the design of the new Accord shrugs off the suggestion that a mid-size sedan has to be understated, and I think it’s a great addition to the segment.

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2020 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T Interior

Since the new Honda Accord is longer and wider than the outgoing model, it’s also more spacious inside.

Rear passengers get an extra two inches of legroom, for a total of 40.4-inches, which is the largest in the mid-size sedan segment. While heated seats are standard on EX models and above, if you want ventilated seats, you’ll have to go for the Touring model. My test model also came with heated rear seats.

When it comes to tech, you have a digital gauge cluster, and then depending on the model or options, you get an eight-inch touchscreen display which houses an infotainment system that’s easy-to-use and responds to inputs quickly. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the model range.

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2020 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T Performance

If you’re someone that enjoys performance, make sure you opt for the Honda Accord 2.0T like my test model. The 2.0L four-cylinder turbo engine is a detuned version of the 306-horsepower unit found in the Civic Type R, and for this application, makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

My test model featured the ten-speed automatic transmission, which assists the Accord in making the run from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 5.7 seconds. Keep your foot buried, and you’ll hit a top speed of 126 mph. If you’re looking for something a little more engaging to drive, the Accord Sport is available with a 6-speed manual transmission.

When it comes to handling, the new Honda Accord does not disappoint. While some have criticized the steering feel as being a little light, I didn’t find that to be true. The Accord exhibits little harshness from bumps or road imperfections, which makes it a great choice for a sporty daily driver.

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2020 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T Safety

When it comes to safety tech and driver assist features, all trim levels of the 2020 Honda Accord come standard with the Honda Sensing Suite, which adds features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, road departure mitigation, collision mitigation, and more.

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2020 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T Overall

There are some very impressive options in the mid-size sedan segment including the Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5, Mazda6, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, and the Volkswagen Passat.

That said, the Honda Accord has a deserved reputation of being a reliable car that will perform years to come, which should provide potential buyers with peace of mind.

Pricing for the 2020 Honda Accord starts at $24,020* for the base LX model, while the Accord Touring I tested here carries a starting price tag of $36,250. If you’re in the market for a mid-size sedan, visit your local AutoNation Honda dealership for a test drive today. You’re sure to be impressed with the latest generation of Honda’s Accord!

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2020 Honda Accord 2.0T Touring Specs

Layout

4-door, 5-passenger, Sedan

Engine/Transmission

252-hp 2.0L 4-cyl, 10-spd auto

Mileage

22/32 mpg (city/hwy)

NHTSA Safety Rating

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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