2020 Acura TLX vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The TLX V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Accord doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The TLX offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The TLX V6 offers an optional Surround View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accord only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the TLX and the Accord have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Acura TLX is safer than the Honda Accord:

TLX

Accord

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Hip Force

276 lbs.

431 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

229

386

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

62 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

678 lbs.

756 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The TLX comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Accord’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the TLX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Accord. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Accord ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Acura vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Acura 2 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine

The TLX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (206 vs. 192) than the Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cyl. The TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 38 more horsepower (290 vs. 252) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Acura TLX 4-cyl. is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4-cyl. (automatics tested):

TLX

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.9 sec

19.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

134 MPH

121 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the TLX V6’s fuel efficiency. The Accord doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the TLX SH-AWD’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Accord doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The TLX has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (17.2 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The TLX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Accord doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the TLX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord:

TLX

Accord

Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.5 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The TLX stops much shorter than the Accord:

TLX

Accord

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the TLX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord (245/40R19 vs. 235/40R19).

The TLX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Accord doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The TLX handles at .84 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The TLX V6 SH-AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Accord EX (26.7 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the TLX V6 SH-AWD is quieter than the Accord Sport:

TLX

Accord

At idle

39 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

70 dB

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the TLX’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Accord’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The TLX’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

The TLX uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Accord uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Honda. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 51% lower rating, Honda is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The TLX’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The TLX’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Sport 2.0T/EX/EX-L/Touring.

The TLX V6 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accord offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the TLX Advance’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the TLX and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the TLX has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the TLX is less expensive to operate than the Accord because typical repairs cost less on the TLX than the Accord, including $10 less for a water pump, $7 less for front brake pads, $85 less for a fuel pump and $5 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura TLX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Honda Accord isn't recommended.

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