2020 Honda Accord vs. 2020 Cadillac CT4

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Accord are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Cadillac CT4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The CT4’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

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 CT4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Accord and the CT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 CT4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 19 percent more Honda dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 18 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 15 more horsepower (252 vs. 237) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 258) than the CT4’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Accord gets better fuel mileage than the CT4:

MPG

Accord

FWD

Manual

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Auto

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Sport/Touring 1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

29 city/35 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

Sport/Touring 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

CT4

RWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

2.7 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

2.7 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CT4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Accord offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The CT4 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

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 CT4 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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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 CT4; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some tire options on the CT4 don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

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 CT4’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 CT4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accord’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the CT4 (111.4 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Accord is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the CT4.

Chassis

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The Honda Accord may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 350 pounds less than the Cadillac CT4.

The Accord uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The CT4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accord a Large car, while the CT4 is rated a Compact.

The Accord has 15.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CT4 (105.6 vs. 90).

The Accord has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 7 inches more rear legroom, 2.5 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the CT4.

Cargo Capacity

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The Accord has a much larger trunk than the CT4 (16.7 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord offers cargo security. The CT4’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Towing

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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 CT4 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Accord the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the CT4 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Accord’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The CT4’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the Accord and the CT4 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 CT4.

Recommendations

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

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2020 and 24 of the last 26 years. The CT4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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