2021 Honda Accord

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2021 Honda Accord
2021 Honda Accord

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Overview

6 trims

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2021 Honda Accord review: Our expert's take

By Brian Normile

Competes with: Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Kia K5, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat

Looks like: The current Accord with a slightly different face and a new Sport SE trim

Powertrain: Turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (LX, Sport, Sport SE, EX-L); turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 10-speed automatic transmission (Sport 2.0T, Touring); 2.0-liter four-cylinder, electric motor and battery pack (Accord Hybrid); front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Tuesday

Honda’s popular Accord and Accord Hybrid roll into the 2021 model year with minor, but important, enhancements as well as refreshed front styling. It makes sense that Honda wouldn’t want to alter too much a successful formula like the Accord’s, choosing instead to make incremental improvements and replacing the Accord EX 1.5T with a new Sport SE trim.

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The announcement of these changes comes just a day before the new 2021 Accord and Accord Hybrid are scheduled to arrive at dealerships. Honda is also making a significant push for the Accord Hybrid as the “best Accord of them all” (the company’s words). On the heels of the elimination of the manual transmission from the Accord lineup, one wonders if the gas-only Accord is long for this world.

Exterior

Styling changes to the 2021 Accord and Accord Hybrid are minor, and focused mostly on the front, which has a new, wider grille with new chrome accents (Sport models get dark chrome grille accents) and updated LED headlights on all but the base models. The lower front bumper and foglight surrounds are also updated. Honda also says it’s done a better job of integrating the Honda Sensing radar pod into the grille.

Three new wheel designs are now available, and the Accord Hybrid Touring now gets 19-inch wheels instead of the previous 17-inchers. Sport, Sport SE and Touring also get a new Sonic Gray Pearl color option.

Interior

Honda’s 8-inch Display Audio infotainment system is now standard on all models, as is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Both were previously only available on the EX and above. New for 2021 is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, standard on the Accord EX-L and above, and Accord Hybrid EX and above.

The two front USB ports have been moved to in front of the center console and gear selector, while Accord Sport and Accord Hybrid EX and higher get two new USB ports for rear passengers.

The new Sport SE trim adds upgraded interior features like leather upholstery, heated front seats and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.

Engine and Gas Mileage

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid engine 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid | Manufacturer image

Engine upgrades are similarly subtle, with the same power figures for all engines as in 2020: 192 horsepower from the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, 252 hp from the turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 212 total system horsepower for the Accord Hybrid. Instead, Honda updated the engine management software for the gas engines to give them what it says is “more linear and responsive throttle control.” The Accord Hybrid’s powertrain gets similar updates to improve acceleration feel, and Honda says the Accord Hybrid can spend more time being powered solely by its electric motor.

According to EPA fuel economy estimates, the Accord Hybrid averages 48/48/48 mpg city/highway combined, except for the Touring, which drops to 44/41/43 mpg. Gas models are lower, with the Sport 2.0T and Touring 2.0T rated at 22/32/26. The 1.5-liter Sport and Sport SE are rated 29/35/32, while the same powertrain in the LX and EX-L is rated 30/38/33.

Safety

All Accords and Accord Hybrids get standard Honda Sensing, which includes forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist.

For 2021, Honda updated the adaptive cruise control to provide what it says is smoother braking when behind another vehicle, and the lane keep assist is also updated for “more effective and natural lane centering.” The new LED headlights also provide longer and wider illumination, according to the manufacturer.

Two new features for all 2021 Accords and Accord Hybrids are a reminder to check the backseat before leaving the vehicle and a rear seat belt alert that detects whether rear occupants have buckled up. Accord Touring and Accord Hybrid Touring also get a new low-speed front and rear automatic braking system that uses the parking sensors to detect an imminent collision, warn the driver and brake automatically if necessary.

Pricing and Release Date

The 2021 Accord and Accord Hybrid go on sale on Tuesday. Prices for the Accord start at $25,725 for the Accord LX and range up to $37,655 for the Touring. The Accord Hybrid, meanwhile, starts at $27,325 and climbs to $37,195 for the Touring. All prices include a $955 destination fee.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Beautiful car

Everything I wanted in a car. The technology is outstanding. The interior is beautiful. The Large trunk space is more than sufficient. Plenty of room in the back seat.

5.0

Love it!

RIdes like a dream. Has a lot of get up and go. Extremely roomy and great features through out. Love the color. I have been a Honda owner since 1985 and this one is tops!

5.0

The best vehicle to have.

I love the space and everything about it. The color is awesome, the trunk has a lot of space. The car is perfect all around.

See all 33 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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