Even though midsize sedans sales have fallen in favor of SUVs and crossovers, that's not stopping Honda from bringing in the all-new Accord in the Philippines. Now loaded with even more tech and turbo power, the tenth-generation model aims to make a compelling case for the traditional executive saloon.
The 2020 Honda Accord makes leaps and bounds in the aspect of active safety. This generation comes standard with the marque's safety suite dubbed Honda Sensing. It comes standard with adaptive cruise control, along with low-speed follow which gives it semi-autonomous driving capabilities. That means it can cope with stop and go traffic without the need to speed on the brakes or accelerator. Of course, using features like these must still have the full attention of the driver.
Aside from those two features, Honda Sensing has five other devices to prevent an accident. It comes with collision mitigation braking system (automatic emergency braking), lane keep assist system, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Other active safety features include the LaneWatch camera, multi-view reverse camera, parking sensors front and rear, driver attention monitor, and stability control, just to name a few. The 2020 Accord also comes with six airbags.
Then there's the cabin which adapts Honda's latest take on interior design. It now comes with a new wraparound dashboard, a new floating touchscreen infotainment, and a three-spoke steering wheel complete with media / cruise control buttons and paddle shifters. Like the CR-V and Civic, the all-new Accord has the fully digital instrument cluster with a built-in multi-information display. The new-generation infotainment system also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with sound being pumped out through eight speakers. On top of that, active noise cancellation keeps the interior hushed at speed.
On to the engine and it uses an uprated version of the Civic RS Turbo's mill. The boosted 1.5-liter in the Accord puts out 190 PS and 260 Nm of torque, which is actually more than the naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter engine in the outgoing model that had 175 PS and 226 Nm of torque. It is then paired to a continuously variable transmission. Despite being turbocharged, you could load the 2020 Accord with 91 octane fuel.
Unlike the previous generations, the tenth-generation Accord will only come one variant in the Philippines. That's the EL Turbo CVT Honda Sensing, and it starts at Php 2,288,000.