The Honda Accord is a fantastic touring, performance, commuter, or family sedan. If you are like this author, and have owned multiple Accords with the amazingly smooth, responsive, fuel-efficient, and powerful V6 engine, you likely want another one. The problem is, over at the local Honda dealership they tell you a little fib. They say that Honda doesn't make the car with V6 anymore. And instead substitutes the little four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger. We are going to let you in on a little secret. New 2020 Honda Accords are in stock near you with a V6 engine. You just have to check out the Acura dealership to find it.
Acura TLX vs. Honda Accord - Engines, Transmissions, Power
The 2020 TLX could not be more similar to the Honda Accord. One way they differ is their drivetrains. The Acura version has the V6 you know and love. 290 hp as opposed to the Accord's 273. Neither is short of power, but the TLX has more. More is better when it comes to power. The Accord uses a new 10-speed automatic. The TLX offers a 9-speed. One important feature that the Acura TLX offers, that you cannot get on an Accord, is Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). Acura one of the first companies to use torque-vectoring AWD and it works amazingly well in any conditions.
Acura TLX vs. Honda Accord - Dimensions
The Acura TLX and Honda Accord have nearly identical dimensions. They are within an inch of each other in length, have the same width and are the same height. Inside, the TLX is a smidge smaller. It has an EPA passenger volume of 93.3 cubic feet and the Accord offers 105.6 cu ft. The Accord's trunk is a little larger as well at 16.7 cu ft vs. the TLX' trunk of 14.7 cu ft. Front headroom and legroom of the higher trim Accords and all of the TLX trims are basically identical.
Acura TLX vs. Honda Accord - Fuel Economy
The 2020 Accord with its 2.0-liter engine earns a 26 MPG Combined rating from the EPA. The TLX, by contrast, earns a 24 MPG Combined rating.
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Acura TLX vs. Honda Accord - Price
The 2020 TLX with the V6 starts at $37,195 including destination charges. The Accord 2.0T Touring starts at $37.030. Budget an extra $2,000 if you want SH-AWD on your V6 TLX.
Acura TLX vs. Honda Accord - Warranty
The warranty for the Accord is the familiar 3-year/36 bumper to bumper and 5-year 60K mile drivetrain warranty. That Honda warranty seems very short by comparison to those offered by Hyundai, Kia, and Volkswagen. The TLX has a 4/50K comprehensive warranty and a 6/70K drivetrain warranty. In effect, the Acura comes with an extended warranty compared to the Honda.
Acura TLX vs. Honda Accord - Manufacturing Location
Both the Honda Accord and the Acura TLX are manufactured by Honda in Marysville, Ohio.
The Honda Accord sells very well with its little four-cylinder engine. As you can see, Honda still makes a V6 Accord. It just re-brands it the Acura TLX. Check one out at your local Acura dealer.
In addition to covering green vehicle topics, John Goreham covers safety, technology, and new vehicle news at Torque News. John has owned both a 2003 and 2006 Honda Accord V6 EX-L. You can follow John on Twitter at @johngoreham.