2021 Honda Accord

2021 Honda Accord Test Drive Review: The Art Of Execution

The affordable midsize sedan segment is an ever-evolving market of sensible cars for sensible people. Thankfully, Honda continues to insist on injecting a little excitement into the Accord's chassis, and that's how it separates itself from the pack that's dominated in sales by Toyota's Camry. The current Honda Accord will happily move people around with little fuss and plenty of creature comforts, but it also has a fun and sporty side we've come to love and respect.

The bread and butter of the Accord's range in 2021 is a robust 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For those wanting a little more power, the Sport model offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and for those that want to get the most out of the fuel tank, the hybrid employs a 2.0-liter engine mated with two electric motors. For the 2021 model year, Honda has dropped the manual transmission option, and given the Accord a mid-cycle refresh with new standard tech, extra features further up the trim levels, and a better overall driving experience. With prices starting at $24,770, the Accord brings all the comfort, technology, and safety features a family vehicle needs. At the same time, it keeps the spirit of enjoyment alive in a segment that often forgets to engage the driver.

2021 Honda Accord Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Accord?

Honda's already excellent Accord sedan receives a number of updates for the 2021 model year. Externally, a mild freshen-up sees a broader grille in front and the Honda Sensing system's radar unit being better fused with the overall design. On upper trims, there are new LED headlights with an improved spread of illumination. Rounding out the exterior changes are new alloys for certain trims and a Sonic Gray Pearl paint color on certain trims.

The interior now features a standard eight-inch Display Audio touchscreen across the lineup, while Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is thankfully standard, too. These smartphone integrations are wireless higher up in the range. A new rear-seat reminder and a more conveniently positioned USB port in front are applicable to all models. For non-hybrid Accords, a new Sport Special Edition (SE) trim replaces last year's EX 1.5T. It comes with features like leather upholstery, Smart Entry, and heated front seats.

Unfortunately, you can no longer buy a new Honda Accord with a manual gearbox as this has been dropped from the 2021 lineup.

Pros and Cons

  • One of the most fun-to-drive contenders in this class
  • Quick steering and comfortable ride
  • Energetic powertrains
  • Hybrid delivers excellent gas mileage
  • Spacious cabin
  • Lots of safety features
  • No AWD or manual gearbox is offered
  • Not the quietest cruiser
  • Rearward visibility not great

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2021 Honda Accord Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$24,970
Hybrid
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$26,370
Sport
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$27,430
Sport SE
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,920
Hybrid EX
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$30,320

Accord Exterior

Minor changes to the Accord have not drastically changed the sedan's overall look. Besides a widened grille and upgraded LED headlights on certain trims, along with tinier openings for the fog lights, it remains largely similar to last year's model. The sloping rear roofline remains an attractive styling feature, while hybrid models have a blue Honda badge in front. Lower trims have 17-inch alloy wheels, while sportier variants get 19-inch rims. A gloss black decklid spoiler is equipped to the Sport and Sport SE variants, as are chrome exhaust finishers. The latter feature also makes it onto the Touring 2.0T. A power moonroof is standard on upper trims.

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Dimensions

The mid-sized Honda Accord's key dimensions include a length of 192.2 inches, a height of 57.1 inches, a width of 73.3 inches, and a 111.4-inch wheelbase. Curb weight begins at 3,131 pounds for the base LX and goes all the way up to 3,428 lbs for the Touring 2.0T. The Accord is lighter than rivals like the Toyota Camry, which begins at 3,310 lbs and exceeds 3,500 lbs in hybrid guise, which goes some way to explaining why the Honda is so enjoyable to drive.

  • Length 196.1 in
  • Wheelbase 111.4 in
  • Height 57.1 in
  • Max Width 73.3 in
  • Front Width 63.0 in
  • Rear Width 63.4 in
  • Curb Weight 3,150.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

On the base LX, customers can choose from one of just five colors: Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Radiant Red Metallic. The latter two shades will add $395 to your final bill. While the EX-L shares these color choices, opting for the Sport or Sport SE avails a vibrant blue color called Still Night Pearl that also goes for $395, plus Sonic Gray Pearl with the same price. However, Modern Steel Metallic falls away for the Sport-badged models. On the Honda Accord Touring and Hybrid Touring, Still Night Pearl falls away, but Modern Steel Metallic is offered. All other hybrid models share their color choices with the non-hybrid LX and EX-L. It's not a particularly adventurous color palette although we do quite like the Radiant Red.

  • Radiant Red Metallic
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Sonic Gray Pearl
  • Still Night Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • San Marino Red

Accord Performance

The Honda Accord is powered by three engines that all do a good job of moving the sedan around with gusto while not using too much gas. The base engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit with outputs of 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. As on every other version of the Accord, power goes to the front wheels exclusively, even though competitors like the Toyota Camry offer the availability of all-wheel drive. This engine provides decent, if not thrilling, acceleration. Of course, this will only cause problems if you regularly intend on taking your Accord to the drag strip. A much sportier option is the 2.0-liter turbo-four which is optional for the Sport and standard on the Touring. It manages outputs of 252 hp and 273 lb-ft. In this guise, independent tests suggest that the Accord will get from 0-60 mph in a brisk 5.5 seconds. Slotting in between the 1.5 and 2.0 gas engines is the Accord Hybrid. It combines a 2.0-liter engine with two electric motors to generate 212 hp. It isn't nearly as fast as the top gas-powered Accord but it delivers strong acceleration around town.

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Engine and Transmission

The 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is equipped to most gas-only Accords and produces 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. This smaller-capacity Accord turbo is paired exclusively with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In terms of output, the next most powerful version is the Accord Hybrid. It pairs a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with two electric motors and an electronic CVT transmission. On its own, this four-pot produces 143 hp and 129 lb-ft but with the aid of the electric motors, power jumps to 212 hp. Finally, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft and is paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. Sadly, the manual gearbox that was on offer last year has been dropped from the lineup entirely. Paddle shifters on most models can be used for drivers who want a bit more control, but these can't replace the engaging 6-speed manual that was offered last year.

Both gas-only powertrains are smooth enough and take full advantage of the sedan's relatively light weight to offer easy acceleration, but the Honda Accord 2.0-liter turbo offers ample passing power and much more grunt all the way up to its red line. Although the CVT is fine, the ten-speed automatic is more enjoyable for aggressive driving. As is typical for the hybrid model, it gets off the mark with urgency, thanks to the electric motors, but it doesn't feel as comfortable on the highway at higher speeds when the four-pot has to do most of the work.

  • Engines
    1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid, 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    10-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

While the Accord has its sporty side, it's not a compromise to comfort and good manners. The Sport trim firms up the ride, but without the risk of spilling coffee, let alone jarring anyone's teeth. Our test vehicle was the Hybrid model and, along with the other non-Sport trimmed vehicles, is an absolute pleasure for drivers and passengers to cruise along with. On top of the well-tuned ride, there's little road noise seeping through into the cabin. Also noticeable is the refinement in the engine management software. It delivers a more controllable and linear response from the throttle pedal to the engine. When mixed with the refreshed model's new braking system, there's no excuse for passengers to spill their beverages when negotiating rush hour.

None of the engines available lack power, and the hybrid drivetrain is no exception. It's quick off the line and happy to stretch its legs on the freeway before cruising along at an EPA rated 48 mpg. Usually, the word hybrid means a dull drive when the road starts to get twisty, but the Accord Hybrid bucks the trend. A quick twist of the wheel brings an equally quick turn-in response, followed by precise steering and predictable shifts in grip from the chassis. Understeer is inevitable, but the lost grip is quickly regained by easing off the throttle and letting the rear rotate.

We found ourselves caught in the snow on a mountain road during our week with the Accord Hybrid. Some of the safety systems shut themselves off due to the snow impeding some of the sensors, which is a typical issue regardless of brand. However, Honda's traction and braking control systems dealt with the fresh layer of snow and later icy conditions with surefooted confidence.

Accord Gas Mileage

If reducing your visits to the pumps is a top priority, the easy choice in the Honda Accord range is the hybrid, with its EPA-rated figures of 48/48/48 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. Even so, the Toyota Camry Hybrid can return an even better 51/53/52 mpg, but both are brilliantly thrifty for large, comfortable family sedans. In Sport/Touring guises, the Accord Hybrid's numbers will dip to 44/41/43 mpg. With the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the Accord sedan will see 30/38/33 mpg, while Sport or Touring variants with the same engine dip to 29/35/32 mpg. Finally, the 2.0-liter turbo engine is predictably the heaviest on gas, returning 22/32/26 mpg - it is by far the least efficient model in city driving. The Accord Hybrid has a 12.8-gallon gas tank so can travel in the region of 614 miles on a full tank. With a larger 14.8-gallon gas tank, the 1.5-liter turbo can attain a maximum range of 488 miles, but the 2.0-liter turbo can only get around 385 miles on a full tank.

During our very full week with the Accord Hybrid, it experienced freeways, back roads, mountain roads, LA traffic, and a daunting run at low speeds on snow and ice. It did all that and returned a more than respectable 40.2 indicated MPG.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    14.8 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 30/38 mpg
* 2021 Honda Accord LX 1.5T CVT

Honda Accord Sedan Interior

Usually, we'd start with the viewpoint from the driver's seat, but a highlight of the Honda Accord's cabin is its spaciousness, in particular the over 40 inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers. As proven in our Honda Accord review, the positioning of the hybrid model's battery doesn't impinge on passenger space. There's a lot to like in front, though, as the Accord's cabin is attractively finished, the seats are comfortable, and there aren't any serious quirks to adjust to. It's not the most imaginative design, but that isn't a great concern in this segment. All models ship with equipment like dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, and adaptive cruise control, while upper trims boast amenities like a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Accord is technically a mid-size sedan, but it has near full-size model interior space. Five can be seated comfortably, while four will feel like they have all the elbow room in the world. In models with a sunroof, there's 37.5 inches of headroom up front, and even more without. The rear is equally tall-person-friendly with up to 37.3 inches of headroom and 40.4 inches of legroom to stretch out in. Up at the front, there is 42.3 inches of legroom, and with the telescopic steering wheel system and 12-way adjustable driver's seat available from mid-tier trims, there's no excuse for the pilot not to find the perfect driving position. Not only is the Accord great for moving passengers around the city, but nobody will be complaining when covering long distances.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.3 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.3 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Depending on the exterior color, the entry-level Accord LX's interior can be had in a choice of Black or Ivory, with cloth-upholstered seats and silver inserts on the dashboard and door panels. However, your choice of exterior color or trim will dictate whether the Ivory interior is offered or not. The Sport also has cloth-trimmed seats but the interior inserts are in black. Further up in the lineup, the Accord gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Leather-trimmed seats are equipped to upper trims (perforated on the Touring), but the same Black/Ivory color choices apply here, while wood-effect trim inlays are fitted to more luxurious models. Sport and Sport Special Edition derivatives have unique sport pedals. All 1.5-liter models besides the LX come with a leather-wrapped gear shift knob.

Accord Trunk and Cargo Space

This is another area where the Honda Accord shines with a spacious 16.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Once again, it's worth noting that despite the additional components of the hybrid model, it offers exactly the same amount of cargo space as the gas-only models. The rear seats can be folded down in a 60/40-split fashion, although the base model requires folding down the entire seat as one piece, which is a less versatile solution. Still, this opens up space for bulkier items. A narrower lower opening for the trunk area is the only criticism we could find during our Accord review.

Inside, small items like phones and wallets can be stored in the center console storage compartment, door pockets in all the doors, and the usual glove box. Most Accord models have a driver-side seatback pocket, but all offer front/rear cupholders and a dedicated sunglasses storage compartment.

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  • Trunk Volume
    16.7 ft³

Accord Infotainment and Features

Features

There is plenty of choice within the Accord range, with five trims for the gas-only models and four different hybrid trims, so shoppers can choose from the essentials and a lower price tag, or more expensive models kitted out with all the trimmings. The cheapest LX comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a multi-angle rearview camera, auto high-beam headlights, push-button ignition, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and traffic sign recognition. Its entry-level status is noticeable in that the driver's seat lacks power adjustment and the rear seatback lacks a 60/40-split. Moving up to the Sport adds a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat and a power moonroof (not on 1.5T models). Other features equipped to select upper trims are LED fog lights, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-traffic monitoring. Touring models uniquely come with heated rear outboard seats, ventilated front seats, and a head-up display.

Infotainment

Honda has come a long way from the last generation Accord's atrocious infotainment system. While the current one isn't flashy, it's smooth, responsive, and packed with standard features from the get-go. For 2021, all models get an 8-inch touchscreen, which is an inch larger than the unit previously equipped on lower trimmed models. Also available is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while higher specs see the introduction of wireless Apple and Android integration. The four-speaker sound system is upgradeable to an eight or ten-speaker experience depending on trim levels, as is HD radio, Sirius XM, satellite navigation with voice recognition, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

Accord Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power has rated the 2021 Honda Accord at 82 out of 100, a solid score indicating that it should fare well in terms of reliability. So far, there have been no recalls for 2020/2021 versions of the Accord, and that includes hybrid versions. However, 2019 models were recalled for a fuel pump that could fail, leading to an engine stall while driving.

Honda's warranty is average for the segment, but can't compete with the best. Every Accord comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. For hybrid models, the battery is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles for degradation that is greater than normally expected. By comparison, the Kia K5 has a class-leading ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Accord Safety

While 2021 models have not yet been reviewed, the 2020 version of the Honda Accord 4-door midsize sedan achieved a stellar safety rating from the IIHS, with a spread of Good ratings for crashworthiness and the agency's Top Safety Pick recognition. However, the headlights missed out on a Good rating, with a score of Marginal or Acceptable depending on the trim. The 2021 Accord and Accord Hybrid both achieved the maximum five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Key Safety Features

A bevy of driver-assist technologies comes as standard under the Honda Sensing umbrella. These include collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, and traffic sign recognition. All models have automatic high-beam headlights, while upper trims add on blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic monitoring, low-speed braking control, and a head-up display. The list of active safety features is similarly comprehensive and includes a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, vehicle stability assist with inclusive traction control, tire-pressure monitoring, and LED daytime running lights. Hybrid models additionally come with an acoustic vehicle alerting system owing to their occasionally silent operation. In the event of a crash, occupants are protected by a total of eight airbags, including side curtain airbags and knee airbags for both the driver and front-seat passenger.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Honda Accord a good car?

While the Accord is the second best selling car in its segment, we view it as the current benchmark for a combination of comfort and driving dynamics. It's a sensible car for a family with its full suite of safety technology and all the basic modern tech needs covered, but it reminds us that sensible doesn't have to mean joyless. That applies to the Hybrid model as well, which is a few MPG down on some offerings from other manufacturers, but leads the class when it comes to putting your foot down and getting things moving.

For those on the fence about getting into a new car, now is a great time to pick up an Accord. Any kinks have been worked out of this generation, and the 2021 model year facelift is a welcome refinement.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Honda Accord?

New Honda Accord prices have increased a bit compared to last year, with the base model now being $500 more expensive. The most affordable Accord is the LX with an MSRP of $24,770, followed by the Accord Hybrid at $26,370. Next is the Sport at $27,230, the Sport Special Edition at $28,720, and the Hybrid EX at $30,320, while the EX-L goes for $31,090 and the Hybrid EX-L costs $32,690. The most generously specified models are the Hybrid Touring at $36,240 and, finally, the Touring 2.0T at $36,700. All prices exclude tax, licensing, and registration costs. Honda Accord pricing also excludes a destination/handling fee of $955.

Most trims are available with just a single powertrain, but the Sport can be upgraded from the 1.5L engine and CVT gearbox to the 2.0L/ten-speed automatic for an additional $4,530. Honda doesn't offer much in the way of upgrades besides a few accessories, but a fully-loaded Honda Accord can cost nearly $43,000, including the destination fee.

2021 Honda Accord Models

Comprising both gas-only and hybrid-powered variants, the Honda Accord range is divided into nine trims: LX, Hybrid, Sport, Sport Special Edition (SE), Hybrid EX, EX-L, Hybrid EX-L, Hybrid Touring, and Touring 2.0T. All gas-powered models besides the Touring 2.0T come standard with the 1.5-liter turbo-four producing 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, paired with a CVT transmission. However, the 2.0-liter turbo with 252 hp/273 lb-ft and a ten-speed automatic is optional on the Sport and standard on the Touring 2.0T. All hybrid versions combine a 2.0-liter non-turbo four-pot with two electric motors for a 212-hp output - this setup uses an eCVT transmission. Every Accord powers the front wheels exclusively.

The base Honda Accord LX comes with LED low-beam headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, a cloth-trimmed interior includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a four-speaker sound system, an eight-inch touchscreen display, and safety technologies like adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert.

The cheapest Hybrid shares many of the LX's features but adds a 60/40-split-folding rear seatback, smart entry with walk-away auto lock, an EV driving mode, and remote engine start.

For the Honda Accord Sport, LED headlights and fog lights are standard, along with a gloss-black decklid spoiler. It also comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, sport pedals, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. This version comes in both Sport 1.5T and Sport 2.0T flavors, with the latter being optional but adding more kit like a power moonroof and heated front seats.

A new trim this year is the Accord Sport SE which gains leather upholstery, heated front seats, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. It also has an active shutter grille.

The Honda Accord Hybrid EX adds to the cheapest Hybrid's feature count with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, heated front seats, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, HD Radio, an eight-speaker sound system, LED fog lights, a power moonroof, wireless phone charging, and blind-spot monitoring.

Next, the Honda Accord EX-L comes with a two-position memory system for the driver's seat, a ten-speaker premium sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Besides the obvious addition of the hybrid powertrain, the Hybrid EX-L adds to the EX-L's features with an acoustic vehicle alerting system and LED turn indicators for the side mirrors.

The Hybrid Touring boasts heated front/rear seats, ventilated front seats, low-speed braking control, a head-up display, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

At the top of the range, the Touring is the only model to get the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine as standard. It comes with all the high-tech features of the Hybrid Touring plus chrome exhaust finishers, a turbo boost meter, and a sequential mode gear selector indicator.

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Additional Packages

Honda doesn't offer any major package upgrades for the Accord range, so for shoppers wanting more features, going up a trim level or two will be necessary. However, there are some appearance upgrades and standalone options available. Across the lineup, the Bronze Accent Package goes for $510 and adds a bronze grille accent and rear trim with bronze accents. A similar Black Accent Package costs the same but replaces the bronze exterior accents with black. On the base LX, parking sensors will cost $269 and wireless phone charging adds $350 to the bill. For derivatives not already equipped with a decklid spoiler, this can be added for $365. Honda has specced the Accord carefully, though, and it remains one of the best midsize sedans for sale whether or not you add any extras.

🚗What Honda Accord Model Should I Buy?

With nine trims to choose from, there's an Accord for everyone. For most, we're inclined to recommend the Accord Hybrid as it brings the benefit of economy at the fuel pump, but without any compromise in driving dynamics. We would opt for the lower cost Hybrid EX trim, but understand the logic of using the gas savings to offset against the cost of choosing the loaded Touring model.

For gas-only models, the base LX model comes well stacked with features for the more frugal driver. The Sport trims are where the Accord delivers the extra edge Honda is known for when turning its hand to satiating enthusiasts. For those looking at a Sport trim, we recommend splashing out for the 2.0T version for the extra power. We can't quite justify the additional $1,490 on the Sport SE, though, unless wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and heated seats are absolute essentials on the features list.

For those more concerned with having all the bells and whistles than saving extra money, heading for the Touring package brings a lot of bang for the extra bucks and starts to challenge the German brands in its comfort and convenience.

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2021 Honda Accord Comparisons

Honda Civic Sedan Honda
Toyota Camry Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Honda Accord192 hp30/38 mpg$24,970
Honda Civic Sedan 158 hp30/37 mpg$21,700
Toyota Camry 203 hp29/41 mpg$24,425

2021 Honda Accord vs Honda Civic Sedan

At a starting price that is $3,720 below the Accord, the smaller Civic sedan offers many of the same Honda attributes for shoppers who don't need the extra space. Like the Accord, the Civic is an enjoyable sedan to drive, with quick steering and a comfortable ride. The Civic's base engine delivers just 158 hp, but it can be upgraded to a 174-hp 1.5-liter turbo. Still, the Accord offers more performance and the option of a hybrid powertrain. At just under ten inches longer, the Accord's bigger body frees up more cabin space and a larger trunk, although the Civic can't be called cramped. The Civic is more basic in other aspects as well, seen in its puny five-inch LCD screen fitted to the LX and the absence of Apple CarPlay/Android Auto on this model. There isn't a poor choice here, but the more luxurious Accord does mostly justify its higher price tag.

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2021 Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry

The top-selling Toyota Camry continues to be a segment stalwart, but is it actually better than the Honda Accord? At a starting price of $24,970 for the Camry, the two cars are very similarly priced. The gas-only Camry uses a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-pot that is surprisingly efficient for its size, while a 301-hp 3.5-liter engine offers burly V6 power and potent acceleration. That 6-cylinder engine remains one of the Camry's unique selling points, plus the Toyota is available with AWD. The hybrid versions of both provide decent, if not spectacular, acceleration, but the Camry Hybrid is four mpg more efficient in a mix of city and highway driving. Although the Camry is more enjoyable to drive than before, it's the Accord that is even better suited to a twisty road. The Accord also has more space for rear-seat passengers and a bigger boot. We would not go so far as to say that the Accord embarrasses the Camry, but it just about does enough here to edge out its Japanese rival.

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