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 Entry Level - MSRP $25,470
EX - MSRP $29,370
EX-L - MSRP $31,870
Hybrid Touring - MSRP $35,140
MPG: Up to 48 / 47
Horsepower: 212 hp
Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder, 4-cylinder Transmission: Continuously variable automatic transmission comes standard
charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot and it also comes with 19-inch alloy wheels.
In the kingdom of midsize sedans, the Honda Accord has long reigned supreme when it comes to retail
sales. That means consumers like you choose it more than the competition, without sales to businesses like
rental car and government fleets.
This is an important distinction because it reflects the Accord’s enduring popularity with the everyday car buyer. Furthermore, it comes in a variety of appealing trim levels and configurations, including an excellent but often overlooked Accord Hybrid version.
Priced just $1,600 higher than an equivalent gas-engine Accord, the Accord Hybrid is rated to get 48 MPGe in combined driving. Better yet, the hybrid powertrain doesn’t encroach upon interior space, leaving the car’s huge cabin and giant trunk intact. In the 2020 model year,
the only change to the Accord is a futuristic-sounding noise emitted at low speeds to make sure pedestrians know the car is operating nearby.
The price comes to $36,070, including the $930 destination charge. For comparison, an equally equipped Accord Touring with its standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder costs $960 more than the Hybrid.
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Before the discussion of the results of the evaluation of the 2020 Accord Hybrid, it is helpful to understand who buys the Accord, and what they like most and least about midsize cars.
The Honda Accord is most popular with men. According to data, sixty- seven percent of Accord owners are male. Accord owners are a median age of 55 years old and they earn more money in terms of median annual household income ($100,987 vs. $85,976). People who buy the Accord primarily identify as Practical Buyers. They are more likely to identify as Performance Buyers.
Accord owners closely align with the owners across the midsize car
segment when it comes to what they value in a new vehicle. The largest differences in sentiment relate to environment and image. More Accord owners agree that they’re willing to pay extra for a vehicle
that is environmentally friendly. Fewer Accord owners agree that to them a vehicle is just a way of getting from place to place.
People who buy the Accord do, however, have strong feelings related to quality, maintenance, reliability, and performance. When it comes to high maintenance costs, seventy-four percent of Accord owners strongly agree that they avoid such vehicles. In terms of reliability, seventy-two percent strongly agree that it is a
first consideration when choosing a new vehicle. The data also shows that fifty-eight percent of Accord owners strongly agree that first considerations when choosing a new vehicle is the quality of workmanship. There are fifty-two percent of Accord owners who strongly agree that
they like a vehicle with responsive handling and strong acceleration.
Owners say their favorite things about the Accord are the storage and space, interior design, the exterior styling, the driving dynamics, and
the seats. Owners indicate their
least favorite things about the Accord are the visibility and safety, engine/ transmission, infotainment and climate control systems, and fuel economy.
The latest version of the Accord is a standout when it comes to looks. The bulging hood, the horizontal grille and headlamps are the least favorite aspects of the car, but it’s quickly forgiven as the eyes are drawn to
the coupe-like profile with its sharp creasing along the flanks, concluding in a spoiler-like ledge in the rear.
The Honda Accord is one of those vehicles that does almost everything superbly as it knocks the hybrid equation out of the park. Buying one may not be the most exciting choice, but you will never regret the purchase.
with a 7-inch display, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, dual- zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, remote start, alloy wheels, rearview camera and automatic high-beam headlights.
The Honda Sensing suite of safety features is also standard which includes a road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and sign recognition.
The EX adds Apple CarPlay
and Android Auto smartphone integration, an 8-inch touch screen, eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, blind spot monitoring, 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats.
The EX-L 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.
The Hybrid Touring has the only trim that is less expensive than its nonhybrid equivalent. Standard features include a satellite-linked navigation system, wireless device
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