Honda has returned to Australia’s mainstream hybrid vehicle market with its all-new Honda Accord sedan.
The Honda NSX supercar aside, this 10th-generation Accord is the first hybrid in the Japanese car-maker's local line-up since the 2016 Accord Sport Hybrid.
Honda Australia Director Stephen Collins believes it is the right time to re-introduce an Accord hybrid to the local market.
“The Australian market and consumer preferences have evolved in that time, so it’s great to be able to give Honda customers that option once again.”
The electrified Honda Accord features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired with two electric motors to produce 158kW of power and 315Nm of torque.
Honda says it has an official combined fuel consumption rating of 4.3L/100km, which is considerably more frugal than second powertrain in the Accord range; the 140kW/260Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which consumes a still-respectable 6.5L/100km.
The turbocharged petrol engine represents a significant improvement over the 129kW/225Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine under the bonnet of the outgoing model, including punchier performance and 20 percent more efficiency.
Each powertrain comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) driving the front wheels and offers manually-selectable Normal and Sport driving modes.
Variants and features
Choosing a powertrain and colour will be the only choices you’ll have to make with the 2020 Accord, which is available in just the one premium, VTi-LX spec level.
Pricing starts at $47,990 for the Accord VTi-LX 1.5-litre turbo, with the VTi-LX hybrid attracting a $2500 premium.
Powertrain differences aside, both are identically equipped and feature a range of significant improvements including a stronger and lighter aluminium chassis, reduced noise/vibration/harshness levels and improved aerodynamics helped by a sleeker external design and active shutter grille.
It’s also bigger, with 55mm longer wheelbase resulting in additional legroom and 25 percent bigger boot that holds up to 570 litres.
The 2020 Accord comes with the full suite of Honda Sensing driver assistance and active safety tech that includes autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam, front and rear parking sensors, rear-collision mitigation, rear-cross traffic alert, driver attention monitor and surround view parking camera.
That’s all on top of a long list of other standard features, which include:
- 8.0-inch infotainment screen
- 6.0-inch head-up display (HUD)
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity
- Remote engine start/stop
- Audio system Internet connection using Wi-Fi
- Wireless phone charger
- Full LED lighting including headlights, DRLs, tail-lights and fog-lamps
- Digital gauge cluster
- Smart keyless entry
- Push-button start
- 12-way power adjusted driver’s seat
- Four-way power adjusted front passenger seat
- Heated front seats
- Active noise control
- Rear-seat ventilation ducts and 2x USB sockets
The Accord VTi-LX is available in four main exterior paint colours – Platinum White, Lunar Silver Modern Steel and Crystal Black, while a fifth colour, Passion Red, is exclusive to the hybrid.
The 2020 Honda Accord goes on sale throughout Australia next month and is covered by a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. Collins concedes it won’t be a big seller, but said there is still room in the local Honda line-up for a premium-spec sedan.
“In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda’s designers and engineers sought to convey ‘absolute confidence’ in every element of design and performance,” said Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins.
“They have built upon the bedrock character of Accord over 43 years and nine generations, and while we don’t have large volumes in mind for this car, it is certainly one that is important to the Honda line-up.”
2020 Honda Accord retail pricing
- Accord VTi-LX 1.5L turbo - $47,990
- Accord VTi-LX 2.0L hybrid - $50,490