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2021 Honda Accord

2021 Honda Accord

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2021 Honda Accord Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Related: Honda Passport: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

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...

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.

Related: Honda Passport: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

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

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

What drivers are saying

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(5.0)
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(5.0)
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(5.0)
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(5.0)
(5.0)

Beautiful car, and reliable too. Love Honda's.

by Betty Lou Johansen from West Milton, Ohio on November 19, 2020

This car seems to meet all my needs. Four door sedan sport. It is great to drive, and reliable. It is beautiful. A great "retirement " car. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 Honda Accord currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2021 Honda Accord has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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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* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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