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

You can (and ought to) get the Accord in Sonic Grey. Steven Ewing/Roadshow The Honda

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


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The Honda Accord will get a handful of minimal advancements this calendar year, none of which ought to hamper the perennial success of this easy-to-like family members sedan. That is extra critical now than ever, far too, as the 2021 Accord faces towards more and more stiff competitors. In addition to the Honda’s longstanding archrival, the Toyota Camry, organizations like Hyundai, Kia and Nissan are offering far better midsize alternatives than ever prior to. Fortunately, the 10th-technology Accord was a winner from the get-go.

Like

  • Smooth, potent turbo ability
  • Roomy, comfortable, silent interior
  • Partaking and refined to push
  • A lot of regular driver-aid tech

Will not Like

  • No all-wheel push option
  • Not as efficient as some opponents
  • Infotainment tech could use a refresh

In point, this Accord was so very good out of the gates that its mid-cycle refresh is restricted to just a handful of styling tweaks, minor cabin tech upgrades and some design positioning/packaging changes. Truthfully, the major news for the 2021 Accord is an enhanced hybrid drivetrain, which my buddy Andrew Krok talks about in element in a individual evaluate.

Visually, the slimmer LED headlights and broader grille of my Sport tester don’t actually go the needle a single way or the other, while I have to say the Accord’s new Sonic Grey paint option — which initially debuted on the Civic — appears to be absolutely sizzling. LX and EX-L styles roll on milquetoast seventeen-inch wheels, even though Sport, Sport SE and Touring trims get snazzier 19s, wrapped in 235/forty-sequence tires.

Honda’s 1.five-liter turbo I4 is still the foundation engine option, putting out 192 horsepower and 192 pound-ft of torque. A extra highly effective 2.-liter turbocharged inline-four is readily available with Sport and Touring styles, bringing a healthier 252 hp and 273 lb-ft to the bash. Unhappy trombone time, though: The Accord’s 6-velocity guide transmission option goes absent this calendar year. The 1.5T engine arrives regular with a continually variable transmission and the 2.0T has a 10-velocity computerized. And prior to you complain, know that only a tremendous-duper-small proportion of Accord purchasers actually spec’d the guide gearbox. In other phrases, y’all only have yourselves to blame.

A further point you can’t get on the Accord? All-wheel push. I know AWD may well audio like an oddity for a midsize sedan, but extra and extra automakers are embracing this foul-climate friendliness in an attempt to appease clients who only don’t want an SUV. No longer reserved for the Subaru Legacy, the Kia K5Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry all offer you AWD now. Go to your Honda supplier wanting for all-wheel push and they’ll fortunately clearly show you a CR-V.

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


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The 2.-liter I4 is a whole peach of an engine — as it ought to be, since it really is properly the very same device utilized in the delightful Civic Sort R. You can experience a easy wave of torque from just 1,500 rpm, and the 10-velocity transmission is delighted to dangle out in the lessen end of the engine’s rev selection, generating the most of that turbocharged woosh. On the other hand, this suggests the 10-velocity gearbox is frequently hesitant to kick down and go-go-go-go-go when fast freeway passes are demanded, though if you operate the Accord in its Sport mode, the transmission is not only snapper to shift, but retains on to gears longer, far too.

With the 2.-liter engine, the Accord ought to return an EPA-approximated 22 miles per gallon in the town, 32 mpg on the freeway and 26 mpg blended. That is… high-quality. But in the same way highly effective turbocharged opponents like the Nissan Altima and Subaru Legacy are marginally extra frugal. Of class, if gas effectiveness is a top rated issue, you’re most likely far better off just sticking with the 1.5T, or for that make a difference, an Accord Hybrid.

The Sport 2.0T has largely the very same suspension setup as other Accord styles, help you save for the Touring, which offers adaptive dampers. But even devoid of ’em, the Accord Sport strikes an great harmony of ease and comfort and composure this vehicle will take in up freeway miles with neat, gathered assurance and it will never get all pissy if you toss it into a corner with gusto. The steering is nicely weighted and fast to react and, normally speaking, the Accord feels extra agile than just about nearly anything else in the course, except maybe the Mazda6. Probably.

The cabin may well appear a minimal basic, but it really is silent, comfortable and neatly organized.


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A lot more than its outright sportiness, though, the Accord has an aura of refinement which is lacking from other midsize sedans. You will find a sensation of premium solidity that helps make this Honda effortless to push. Incorporate that with a silent cabin and comfortable seats, and very long stints behind the wheel of the Accord are nearly anything but fatiguing.

This Honda is an easy vehicle to stay with day to day, far too. The interior may well lack the flashy style and design of some newer sedans like the Hyundai Sonata, but all of the Accord’s controls are accurately in which you be expecting them to be and just about every surface area you contact appears to be and feels actually pleasant. Head- and legroom is generous for the two front and rear travellers and there are loads of minimal storage cubbies through the cabin, including a single beneath the climate controls that properties a wi-fi charging pad on upper trims.

Just about every 2021 Accord now arrives with an eight-inch touchscreen functioning Honda’s Display Audio multimedia program. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are regular and can be operated wirelessly on any Accord that has the aforementioned charging pad. These are small tech upgrades, but thoughtful kinds. That said, the Display Audio software package actually lags behind what a ton of other automakers offer you in phrases of style and design and features and the Accord can’t compete with the larger screens and greater-res displays discovered in rivals like the Sonata and K5. Across its total portfolio, Honda could actually stand to give its infotainment tech a raise.

The two 1.five-liter and 2.-liter turbocharged engines are readily available.


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At minimum driver-aid tech is in superior source. Just about every Accord will get adaptive cruise control, lane-trying to keep guide, site visitors-indication recognition, ahead-collision warning and computerized superior-beam headlights. Sadly, blind-place monitoring with cross-site visitors notify is not readily available on the lessen trim concentrations and you can only get a head-up display on the top rated-end Touring. It is all good tech to have, but gentleman, the lane-trying to keep guide and ahead-collision warning sure are sensitive. I obtain myself turning them off extra frequently than not.

Commencing at $25,765 including a $995 spot demand, the 2021 Honda Accord stays competitively priced within just the midsize sedan course. You can’t get into a 2.-liter design for nearly anything significantly less than $33,one hundred and five and a top rated-of-the-line Touring will operate you just less than $38,000. That is a handful of thousand bucks extra than you can pay back for an equal Hyundai Sonata Confined, though the latter won’t have as significantly ability and is not pretty as pleasant to push. The Hyundai offers extra striking style and design, a longer warranty and way far better cabin tech, though — three issues that are arguably extra critical for the ordinary family members sedan consumer.

Still, even though some opponents may well surpass the Accord in precise factors, none really feel as wholly perfectly-rounded. Effectively-created, very good to push, refined and handsome, Honda’s midsize sedan proceeds to be a good obtain.