2020 Honda Accord Hybrid Arrives Amid Soaring Hybrid Sales


2020 Honda Accord
Credit: Honda
The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid is now arriving at CarProUSA certified dealers amid soaring hybrid model sales for the brand. The automaker says the Accord Hybrid is currently in a tight race with its compact-class cousin the Honda Insight to be its top-selling hybrid, with sales of the two hybrid models combined up 139 percent for the first eight months of the year. (Honda also recently announced it is launching a 2020 CR-V Hybrid, its first hybrid SUV.) The Accord Hybrid starts from $26,400 excluding destination and all trims come equipped with Honda Sensing technology.

New for 2020

For 2020, the Accord Hybrid offers an updated Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS). It functions whenever the car is operating on electric power only (unless in Park), enhancing awareness for pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users.

Powertrain

The 2020 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 48 mpg in city and combined cycles. The two-motor hybrid-electric powertrain joins a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212-horsepower. The unique two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission and was named to the 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines list.

2020 Honda Accord Interior
2020 Honda Accord Interior
Credit: Honda

Technology and Connectivity

All Accord Hybrid trims come standard with Bluetooth music streaming and Hands Free Link, as well as Pandora compatibility. Accord Hybrid EX and above trims add an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, along with a range of leading-edge connectivity features, including HD Radio and SiriusXM satellite radio.

The range-topping Accord Hybrid Touring adds HondaLink subscription services (subscription required) which allow a wide range of remote services such as locking and unlocking doors from virtually anywhere via a compatible smartphone, automatic emergency calling, stolen-vehicle tracking, automatic collision notification and enhanced roadside assistance. Accord Touring also comes with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi (subscription required) and can even accept in-vehicle package deliveries via Amazon Key (subscriptions required, including Amazon Prime).

Safety and Driver Assist Technology

Honda Sensing, a suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, is standard on every 2020 Honda Hybrid. It includes Collision Mitigation Braking System with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Also standard are automatic high-beam headlights, a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and a driver attention monitor. Additional available driver-assistive features include blind spot information and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Honda says the Accord Hybrid achieves a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA in its NCAP safety ratings, along with a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the highest available IIHS rating of "Good" in all crashworthiness tests.
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