Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Competitors
The 2020 crop of hybrids are all high on the list of in-demand vehicles due to their efficiency, low environmental impact, and high level of standard amenities. Even better, so many best-selling vehicles that were once upon a time made only in conventional versions are now offered as hybrids. The 2020 Honda Accord is in this category, and through its generous fuel economy, pleasing horsepower, and superior accommodations, it’s making a lot of drivers happy with their choice. The competition is fierce, though, with the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Kia Optima Hybrid, and Ford Fusion Hybrid all vying for their own share in the market. Let’s take a closer look at how the Accord stands up to these rivals.
According to the EPA’s official fuel economy ratings, the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid gets 48 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway, more than the Fusion Hybrid’s 43 city/41 highway and the Optima Hybrid’s 40 city/45 highway. The Accord Hybrid also beats the fuel economy of the Camry Hybrid’s SE and XLE trim levels, which both achieve 44 city/47 highway. The Accord Hybrid also comes with a capless fueling system. This is not only more convenient, as you don’t need to constantly unscrew the cap every time you fuel up, but it also helps reduce fuel evaporation, which contributes to pollution. The Sonata Hybrid doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.
Although most hybrid buyers aren’t choosing this type of vehicle for its power, it’s a good thing to have, especially as you’re merging or passing on the highway. The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid makes a respectable total system output of 212 hp, leading all of the models mentioned here. The Fusion Hybrid only produces 188 hp, the Sonata Hybrid and Optima Hybrid 192 hp, and the Camry Hybrid 208 hp.
The 2020 Honda Accord is one of the most spacious in the bunch with its 105.6 cubic feet of total passenger volume. This is more than the Fusion Hybrid (102.8 cu. ft.) and Camry Hybrid (99.9 cu. ft.). The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid also yields more rear legroom than the Sonata and Optima Hybrids. Where carrying cargo is a concern, you’ll be able to store more luggage in the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid as a result of its 16.7 cu. ft. of trunk space. While the Sonata Hybrid comes close with its 16 cu. ft., the Fusion Hybrid (12 cu. ft.), Optima Hybrid (13.4 cu. ft.), and Camry Hybrid (15.1 cu. ft.) all fall much shorter.
Comfort and Convenience
Unlike any level of the Toyota Camry Hybrid, the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid’s EX-L and Touring trims offer memory functions that can accommodate more than one driver. Drivers will also appreciate the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid’s standard remote starting system, a feature the Sonata and Optima Hybrids lack. And to pamper the second-row passengers, the Accord Hybrid’s Touring trim has standard heated rear seats, a luxury not found in the Fusion Hybrid, Sonata Hybrid, Optima Hybrid, or Camry Hybrid.
*(NHSTA) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).