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

Victoria D. Doty

You can (and need to) get the Accord in Sonic Grey. Steven Ewing/Roadshow The Honda Accord receives a couple of small advancements this 12 months, none of which need to hamper the perennial achievement of this uncomplicated-to-like family members sedan. That’s much more significant now than at any time, too, […]

You can (and need to) get the Accord in Sonic Grey.


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The Honda Accord receives a couple of small advancements this 12 months, none of which need to hamper the perennial achievement of this uncomplicated-to-like family members sedan. That’s much more significant now than at any time, too, as the 2021 Accord faces versus significantly stiff opposition. In addition to the Honda’s longstanding archrival, the Toyota Camry, companies like Hyundai, Kia and Nissan are giving far better midsize solutions than at any time just before. Fortunately, the tenth-technology Accord was a winner from the get-go.

Like

  • Clean, robust turbo power
  • Roomy, comfy, silent inside
  • Engaging and refined to generate
  • Plenty of typical driver-guidance tech

Do not Like

  • No all-wheel generate choice
  • Not as successful as some competitors
  • Infotainment tech could use a refresh

In reality, this Accord was so fantastic out of the gates that its mid-cycle refresh is limited to just a couple of styling tweaks, minimal cabin tech upgrades and some design positioning/packaging modifications. Actually, the biggest news for the 2021 Accord is an improved hybrid drivetrain, which my buddy Andrew Krok talks about in depth in a individual evaluate.

Visually, the slimmer LED headlights and wider grille of my Activity tester really don’t actually shift the needle one particular way or the other, although I have to say the Accord’s new Sonic Grey paint choice — which at first debuted on the Civic — appears to be like entirely very hot. LX and EX-L styles roll on milquetoast seventeen-inch wheels, while Activity, Activity SE and Touring trims get snazzier 19s, wrapped in 235/forty-collection tires.

Honda’s one.5-liter turbo I4 is even now the base motor choice, placing out 192 horsepower and 192 pound-toes of torque. A much more highly effective two.-liter turbocharged inline-four is out there with Activity and Touring styles, bringing a healthful 252 hp and 273 lb-ft to the occasion. Unhappy trombone time, although: The Accord’s six-pace manual transmission choice goes away this 12 months. The one.5T motor arrives typical with a repeatedly variable transmission and the two.0T has a ten-pace automatic. And just before you complain, know that only a super-duper-smaller percentage of Accord consumers truly spec’d the manual gearbox. In other words, y’all only have yourselves to blame.

One more issue you can’t get on the Accord? All-wheel generate. I know AWD may possibly audio like an oddity for a midsize sedan, but much more and much more automakers are embracing this foul-temperature friendliness in an attempt to appease customers who simply really don’t want an SUV. No lengthier reserved for the Subaru Legacy, the Kia K5Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry all offer you AWD now. Go to your Honda vendor searching for all-wheel generate and they’ll fortunately clearly show you a CR-V.

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


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The two.-liter I4 is a overall peach of an motor — as it need to be, due to the fact it is correctly the identical device employed in the delightful Civic Form R. You can experience a easy wave of torque from just one,500 rpm, and the ten-pace transmission is happy to cling out in the lower conclude of the engine’s rev array, earning the most of that turbocharged woosh. On the other hand, this means the ten-pace gearbox is frequently hesitant to kick down and go-go-go-go-go when brief highway passes are demanded, although if you run the Accord in its Activity manner, the transmission is not only snapper to shift, but retains onto gears lengthier, too.

With the two.-liter motor, the Accord need to return an EPA-estimated 22 miles for every gallon in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg mixed. That’s… good. But likewise highly effective turbocharged competitors like the Nissan Altima and Subaru Legacy are marginally much more frugal. Of system, if fuel performance is a major concern, you are most likely far better off just sticking with the one.5T, or for that issue, an Accord Hybrid.

The Activity two.0T has mainly the identical suspension setup as other Accord styles, conserve for the Touring, which offers adaptive dampers. But even without having ’em, the Accord Activity strikes an fantastic stability of comfort and ease and composure this motor vehicle will try to eat up highway miles with amazing, collected self esteem and it is not going to get all pissy if you toss it into a corner with gusto. The steering is properly weighted and brief to reply and, normally talking, the Accord feels much more agile than just about something else in the class, except perhaps the Mazda6. Perhaps.

The cabin may possibly seem to be a small basic, but it is silent, comfy and neatly structured.


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Extra than its outright sportiness, although, the Accord has an aura of refinement that’s lacking from other midsize sedans. There is a experience of high quality solidity that tends to make this Honda easy to generate. Mix that with a silent cabin and comfy seats, and long stints driving the wheel of the Accord are something but fatiguing.

This Honda is an uncomplicated motor vehicle to dwell with working day to working day, too. The inside may possibly absence the flashy style of some newer sedans like the Hyundai Sonata, but all of the Accord’s controls are just wherever you hope them to be and each area you contact appears to be like and feels actually nice. Head- and legroom is generous for equally front and rear travellers and there are a good deal of small storage cubbies in the course of the cabin, which includes one particular beneath the local weather controls that homes a wireless charging pad on higher trims.

Every single 2021 Accord now arrives with an eight-inch touchscreen managing Honda’s Display Audio multimedia system. Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle are typical and can be operated wirelessly on any Accord that has the aforementioned charging pad. These are smaller tech upgrades, but thoughtful types. That stated, the Display Audio software actually lags driving what a ton of other automakers offer you in conditions of style and performance and the Accord can’t compete with the larger screens and higher-res displays identified in rivals like the Sonata and K5. Throughout its entire portfolio, Honda could actually stand to give its infotainment tech a boost.

The two one.5-liter and two.-liter turbocharged engines are out there.


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At minimum driver-guidance tech is in superior source. Every single Accord receives adaptive cruise handle, lane-preserving guide, targeted traffic-signal recognition, ahead-collision warning and automatic superior-beam headlights. Sadly, blind-place checking with cross-targeted traffic inform is not out there on the lower trim degrees and you can only get a head-up show on the major-conclude Touring. It is really all good tech to have, but male, the lane-preserving guide and ahead-collision warning sure are sensitive. I find myself turning them off much more frequently than not.

Starting at $twenty five,765 which includes a $995 desired destination charge, the 2021 Honda Accord continues to be competitively priced inside the midsize sedan class. You can’t get into a two.-liter design for something a lot less than $33,a hundred and five and a major-of-the-line Touring will run you just beneath $38,000. That’s a couple of thousand bucks much more than you’ll spend for an equivalent Hyundai Sonata Constrained, although the latter doesn’t have as a lot power and is not very as nice to generate. The Hyundai offers much more putting style, a lengthier warranty and way far better cabin tech, although — three factors that are arguably much more significant for the regular family members sedan buyer.

Continue to, while some competitors may possibly surpass the Accord in specific elements, none truly feel as wholly perfectly-rounded. Nicely-designed, fantastic to generate, refined and handsome, Honda’s midsize sedan carries on to be a good acquire.

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