The sole change on the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid wasn’t up to Honda: it came from the government. Federal mandates now require that cars running solely on electric power at low speeds must have a sound that alerts pedestrians.
Honda calls their system Acoustic Vehicle Alert System, or AVAS. It functions whenever the Accord is running on electric power without the parking brake on. The Accord Hybrid also sees a $150 price increase across the board.
Choosing Your Honda Accord Hybrid
The Accord Hybrid comes in four trims: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Pricing starts at $26,400 including destination for the Hybrid and range up to $36,070 for a Touring, making it relatively affordable for its class.
The Honda Accord Hybrid utilizes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. When necessary, the car can draw power from all sources for a total of 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. Power gets to the front wheels by way of a continuously variable transmission
But the statistic everyone cares about is the efficiency: the EPA estimates that the Accord Hybrid gets 48 miles per gallon city, 47 mpg highway, and 48 combined. That’s excellent by most standards, although still bested by the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s 52 mpg combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Accord may be a mid-size sedan in name, but it’s full-size in carrying capacity. The sedan seats five in comfort, with more than 40 inches of legroom in the second row.
The trunk can hold 17 cubic feet of cargo, which is also strong for the class. The rear seats can also tumble forward to fit skis or other unusual baggage.
The Honda Accord Hybrid is a safety star. All models come standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high beams.
The EX and higher add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Touring gets a head-up display.
The Accord Hybrid carries a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
Base Accord Hybrid models start with a 7-inch LCD screen (not a touchscreen). Regrettably, the base system doesn’t come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility.
Getting that requires stepping up a trim to the EX, where the car gets an 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration. Moving up to the Touring brings wireless charging, wi-fi hot spot capability, and navigation.
The base Accord Hybrid keeps things simple to keep the price low. It still comes with remote start, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic high beams, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Buyers can add 19-inch wheels ($2,744 and up), parking sensors ($514), and wireless charging ($300) as standalone options.
Stepping up to the EX trim nets the upgraded infotainment system, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The EX also gets a power moonroof, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
The “L” in EX-L may stand for leather, which is what the interior is upholstered in. But the EX-L also gains a few creature comforts, including driver’s seat memory settings, a premium sound system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
A heated steering wheel is available at this trim for $399.
The top-trim Hybrid Touring comes with most of the standalone options included: wireless charging, parking sensors, and interior ambient lighting. On top of that, it gets a head-up display, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. The exterior gets rain-sensing wipers and automatic LED headlights.
The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid EX is a nice balance of features with price. With hybrid efficiency and Honda’s comprehensive safety tech, it’s a strong value for family buyers.