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New Honda Accord Sport Turbo Brings One Feature All Other Sedans Dropped

The newly-refreshed 2020 Honda Accord holds a unique distinction. See why it’s the only sedan in America with a manual gearbox.

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With a choice of two transmissions, the 2020 Honda Accord Sport brings something no there sedan in America offers. You can get the new 2020 Accord Sport model change with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission. But why would you want a CVT in a sport sedan?

Subaru Legacy dropped the 6-speed manual transmission when 2015 sedans got a new remodel, and Mazda just axed the manual gearbox in the 2019 Mazda6 sedan leaving the new Honda Accord as the only one to offer one. U.S. News says automakers are dropping the manual rowers in order to squeeze out a little more fuel mileage.

2020 Honda Accord Sport

How sporty is the 2020 Honda Sport? The Sport trim comes powered with a choice of two turbocharged engines. You can opt to get a 1.5-liter direct-injected engine producing 192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. Or you can get it with 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo with 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The 1.5-liter turbo comes mated with a CVT automatic or the 6-speed manual gearbox. The 2.0-liter turbo comes with either a 10-speed automatic or the 6-speed manual rower.

To get the hotter Honda Accord Sport 2.0T 6-speed manual ($31,990), you will need to shell out an extra $4,530 over the Sport 1.5T. That works out to be $75.50 for each additional horsepower over the Accord Sport 1.5T trim ($27,460). If we compare fuel mileage, the Sport 1.5T gets an EPA estimated 26/35/30 city/hwy/combined mpg. The Accord Sport 2.0T comes in at 22/32/26 city/hwy/combined mpg.

2020 Honda Accord Sport 6-Speed manual

Fuel mileage stays the same with the less-efficient 10-speed automatic in the 2.0T, but the 1.5T gains in efficiency coming in at 29/35/31 city/highway/combined mpg with the less-desirable but more efficient CVT automatic. So it is true automakers are opting to drop the manual gearbox for fuel-efficiency.

The 2020 Honda Accord Sport with a 6-speed manual gearbox begins arriving at dealer showrooms today, September 17, 2019. American Honda says the 2020 Accord Hybrid on-sale will be announced separately. Stay tuned.

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George (not verified)    September 18, 2019 - 11:17AM

You indicated that this car is “newly refreshed” for 2020. That is incorrect. The only thing that has been refreshed is the price.