2021 Honda Accord review: As good as it’s ever been

Nancy J. Delong

You can (and really should) get the Accord in Sonic Gray. Steven Ewing/Roadshow The Honda Accord gets a couple of tiny advancements this yr, none of which really should hamper the perennial achievements of this straightforward-to-like family sedan. That’s far more crucial now than at any time, as well, as […]

You can (and really should) get the Accord in Sonic Gray.

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The Honda Accord gets a couple of tiny advancements this yr, none of which really should hamper the perennial achievements of this straightforward-to-like family sedan. That’s far more crucial now than at any time, as well, as the 2021 Accord faces from progressively rigid level of competition. In addition to the Honda’s longstanding archrival, the Toyota Camry, businesses like Hyundai, Kia and Nissan are providing far better midsize options than at any time prior to. Fortunately, the 10th-technology Accord was a winner from the get-go.


  • Easy, powerful turbo power
  • Roomy, relaxed, quiet inside
  • Partaking and refined to generate
  • Plenty of common driver-assistance tech

Will not Like

  • No all-wheel generate alternative
  • Not as productive as some rivals
  • Infotainment tech could use a refresh

In actuality, this Accord was so great out of the gates that its mid-cycle refresh is restricted to just a couple of styling tweaks, small cabin tech updates and some design positioning/packaging changes. Actually, the most important news for the 2021 Accord is an improved hybrid drivetrain, which my buddy Andrew Krok talks about in detail in a individual evaluation.

Visually, the slimmer LED headlights and wider grille of my Sport tester don’t definitely move the needle a single way or the other, even though I have to say the Accord’s new Sonic Gray paint alternative — which at first debuted on the Civic — seems to be thoroughly sizzling. LX and EX-L versions roll on milquetoast 17-inch wheels, although Sport, Sport SE and Touring trims get snazzier 19s, wrapped in 235/forty-series tires.

Honda’s 1.5-liter turbo I4 is nonetheless the base engine alternative, placing out 192 horsepower and 192 pound-ft of torque. A far more effective two.-liter turbocharged inline-4 is out there with Sport and Touring versions, bringing a healthful 252 hp and 273 lb-ft to the bash. Unfortunate trombone time, while: The Accord’s six-velocity handbook transmission alternative goes absent this yr. The 1.5T engine arrives common with a constantly variable transmission and the two.0T has a 10-velocity automated. And prior to you complain, know that only a tremendous-duper-tiny percentage of Accord customers essentially spec’d the handbook gearbox. In other terms, y’all only have yourselves to blame.

An additional thing you can’t get on the Accord? All-wheel generate. I know AWD may well sound like an oddity for a midsize sedan, but far more and far more automakers are embracing this foul-climate friendliness in an try to appease shoppers who simply just don’t want an SUV. No extended reserved for the Subaru Legacy, the Kia K5Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry all offer you AWD now. Go to your Honda dealer seeking for all-wheel generate and they’re going to happily demonstrate you a CR-V.

These 19-inch wheels are exclusive to the Accord Sport.

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The two.-liter I4 is a whole peach of an engine — as it really should be, considering the fact that it’s effectively the very same unit utilized in the delightful Civic Type R. You can ride a smooth wave of torque from just 1,500 rpm, and the 10-velocity transmission is joyful to hang out in the lessen close of the engine’s rev range, earning the most of that turbocharged woosh. On the other hand, this suggests the 10-velocity gearbox is typically hesitant to kick down and go-go-go-go-go when quick freeway passes are demanded, while if you run the Accord in its Sport method, the transmission is not only snapper to change, but holds onto gears extended, as well.

With the two.-liter engine, the Accord really should return an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon in the town, 32 mpg on the freeway and 26 mpg merged. That’s… fine. But equally effective turbocharged rivals like the Nissan Altima and Subaru Legacy are somewhat far more frugal. Of class, if gas performance is a prime issue, you happen to be most likely far better off just sticking with the 1.5T, or for that make any difference, an Accord Hybrid.

The Sport two.0T has largely the very same suspension set up as other Accord versions, help save for the Touring, which presents adaptive dampers. But even without ’em, the Accord Sport strikes an exceptional equilibrium of consolation and composure this motor vehicle will consume up freeway miles with neat, gathered self-confidence and it will not likely get all pissy if you toss it into a corner with gusto. The steering is properly weighted and quick to respond and, normally speaking, the Accord feels far more agile than just about just about anything else in the course, apart from probably the Mazda6. Probably.

The cabin may well appear a tiny basic, but it’s quiet, relaxed and neatly structured.

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Additional than its outright sportiness, while, the Accord has an aura of refinement that’s lacking from other midsize sedans. There’s a sensation of top quality solidity that can make this Honda easy to generate. Incorporate that with a quiet cabin and relaxed seats, and lengthy stints powering the wheel of the Accord are just about anything but fatiguing.

This Honda is an straightforward motor vehicle to dwell with day to day, as well. The inside may well deficiency the flashy structure of some more recent sedans like the Hyundai Sonata, but all of the Accord’s controls are just where by you expect them to be and each area you contact seems to be and feels definitely wonderful. Head- and legroom is generous for each entrance and rear passengers and there are a good deal of tiny storage cubbies all through the cabin, which includes a single underneath the local weather controls that residences a wi-fi charging pad on upper trims.

Each 2021 Accord now arrives with an 8-inch touchscreen functioning Honda’s Exhibit Audio multimedia process. Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile are common and can be operated wirelessly on any Accord that has the aforementioned charging pad. These are tiny tech updates, but thoughtful types. That explained, the Exhibit Audio software program definitely lags powering what a good deal of other automakers offer you in terms of structure and operation and the Accord can’t compete with the even larger screens and higher-res displays discovered in rivals like the Sonata and K5. Throughout its complete portfolio, Honda could definitely stand to give its infotainment tech a enhance.

The two 1.5-liter and two.-liter turbocharged engines are out there.

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At least driver-assistance tech is in higher provide. Each Accord gets adaptive cruise manage, lane-retaining support, traffic-indicator recognition, forward-collision warning and automated higher-beam headlights. Regretably, blind-place monitoring with cross-traffic warn is just not out there on the lessen trim ranges and you can only get a head-up screen on the prime-close Touring. It’s all terrific tech to have, but person, the lane-retaining support and forward-collision warning confident are delicate. I find myself turning them off far more typically than not.

Starting at $25,765 which includes a $995 desired destination charge, the 2021 Honda Accord continues to be competitively priced inside the midsize sedan course. You can’t get into a two.-liter design for just about anything significantly less than $33,105 and a prime-of-the-line Touring will run you just underneath $38,000. That’s a couple of thousand pounds far more than you can pay for an equivalent Hyundai Sonata Limited, while the latter does not have as significantly power and is just not fairly as wonderful to generate. The Hyundai presents far more placing structure, a extended guarantee and way far better cabin tech, while — a few issues that are arguably far more crucial for the regular family sedan customer.

Even now, although some rivals may well surpass the Accord in distinct facets, none sense as wholly perfectly-rounded. Very well-crafted, great to generate, refined and handsome, Honda’s midsize sedan continues to be a terrific acquire.

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