2021 Honda Accord

2021 Honda Accord
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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.

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2021 Honda Accord Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 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

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.

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2021 Honda Accord Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Sport 1.5T
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Sport SE 1.5T
1.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid EX
2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
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2021 Accord Exterior

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  • 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

  • Radiant Red Metallic +$395
  • Platinum White Pearl +$395
  • Still Night Pearl +$395
  • Sonic Gray Pearl +$395
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • San Marino Red

2021 Accord Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • 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

2021 Accord Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

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

2021 Accord Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    16.7 ft³

2021 Accord Safety and Reliability


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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

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 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 hp29/37 mpg$27,895
Honda Civic Sedan 158 hp30/37 mpg$23,750
Toyota Camry 203 hp28/39 mpg$26,420

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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