2020 Honda Accord vs. 2020 Acura ILX

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Safety

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The Accord’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The ILX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Accord and the ILX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Accord is safer than the Acura ILX:

Accord

ILX

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

26%

Neck Stress

184 lbs.

257 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

40%

Neck Stress

140 lbs.

166 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

378/216 lbs.

768/623 lbs.

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

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 Honda Accord is safer than the Acura ILX:

Accord

ILX

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

234

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

431 lbs.

487 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

62 G’s

64 G’s

Hip Force

428 lbs.

699 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

HIC

242

299

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

756 lbs.

945 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The ILX last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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There are almost 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 16 places higher in reliability than Acura.

Engine

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The Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (192 vs. 180) than the ILX’s 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 51 more horsepower (252 vs. 201) and 93 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 180) than the ILX’s 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Accord 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Acura ILX (automatics tested):

Accord

ILX

Zero to 60 MPH

5.5 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.6 sec

17.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Accord 1.5T gets better fuel mileage than the ILX:

MPG

Accord

Manual

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

Auto

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Sport/Touring 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/35 hwy

ILX

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/34 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord uses regular unleaded gasoline. The ILX requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Accord has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the ILX (14.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Accord has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The ILX doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Honda Accord higher (6 to 7 out of 10) than the Acura ILX (3). This means the Accord produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the ILX every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Accord 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the ILX.

The Accord has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The ILX doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Accord stops much shorter than the ILX:

Accord

ILX

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

184 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Accord has larger standard tires than the ILX (225/50R17 vs. 215/45R17). The Accord Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ILX (235/40R19 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accord Sport/Touring has standard 19-inch wheels. The ILX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Accord has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the ILX; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Accord offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The ILX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Accord’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The ILX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accord’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the ILX (111.4 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Accord is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the ILX.

The Accord’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.9% to 41.1%) than the ILX’s (63% to 37%). This gives the Accord more stable handling and braking.

The Accord Sport handles at .90 G’s, while the ILX A-SPEC pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Accord EX 1.5T/EX-L 1.5T uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The ILX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accord a Large car, while the ILX is rated a Compact.

The Accord has 16.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ILX (105.6 vs. 89.3).

The Accord has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 6.4 inches more rear legroom, 3.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the ILX.

Cargo Capacity

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The Accord has a much larger trunk than the ILX (16.7 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Accord easier. The Accord’s trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the ILX’s liftover is 28.7 inches.

The Accord Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The ILX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Towing

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The Accord 2.0L Turbo offers up to a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The ILX has no towing capacity.

The Accord with a manual transmission can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Accord can be unhitched and driven around locally. The ILX can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Accord EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The ILX doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Accord Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The ILX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Accord’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The ILX has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Accord Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The ILX’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Accord’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the ILX’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Accord detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The ILX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Accord and the ILX offer available heated front seats. The Accord Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the ILX.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Accord Touring keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The ILX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Accord and the ILX offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Accord Sport 2.0T/EX/EX-L/Touring has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda Accord Touring has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The ILX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Accord owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Accord with a number “8” insurance rate while the ILX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Accord will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Accord will retain 41.37% to 47.34% of its original price after five years, while the ILX only retains 36.22% to 38.53%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord is less expensive to operate than the ILX because it costs $73 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Accord than the ILX, including $36 less for a water pump, $12 less for front brake pads, $80 less for a starter, $15 less for fuel injection, $86 less for front struts and $21 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Accord, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The ILX isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2020 and 24 of the last 26 years. The ILX has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Honda Accord outsold the Acura ILX by over 18 to one during 2019.

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