2020 Honda Accord VTi-LX Review | carsales

2020 Honda Accord VTi-LX Review | carsales

In a declining market, and for passenger cars
in particular, Honda has launched its 10th generation Accord in Australia. A bold move? Or foolhardy? Honda says neither. The importer believes the business case for
the Accord is sustainable, and this new car, representing the company’s current pinnacle
of technological development, keeps faith with Honda’s existing customer base. Pricing for the new Accord reflects that balancing
act. The new model range comprises two powertrain
variants in one well-specified trim level, VTi-LX, which offers as standard adaptive
cruise control, parking assistance, leather upholstery, satellite navigation and advanced
smartphone connectivity. Under the bonnet of the Accord there’s a choice
of four-cylinder hybrid power or this downsized turbocharged engine, which is paired with
a continuously-variable transmission The flagship hybrid is $8500 cheaper than
the previous hybrid Accord, discontinued in 2016. Although the turbo engine is based heavily
on the turbocharged engine in the CR-V range, it produces more torque in the Accord. Both cars proved to be economical, but comfortable
and smooth during the drive program for the local launch of the new Accord. Honda has configured the two different powertrains
to deliver more than enough performance for overtaking at open-road speeds, despite the
fuel-saving promise of the two variants. For the media drive program the two variants
posted figures below seven litres per 100km. Ride comfort does feel busy on country road
surfaces that are less than perfect, but the Accord will soak up some harder impacts quite
well, and the suspension provides flat handling and a respectable level of grip. Inside, the cabin of the Accord is quiet and
presentable, in design terms. The seats are well shaped for comfort, and
there’s plenty of rear-seat legroom, although headroom in the back is inadequate for taller
adults. Boot space is generous in the case of both
vehicles, with the hybrid’s battery well out of the way underneath the rear seat. The Accord is a practical and refined package,
but at this price point it may not be enough to sway buyers other than rusted-on Honda
fans. And Honda’s own sales projection of 150 cars
supports that thinking.

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