2021 Honda Accord

2021 MODEL
$24,020 - $36,250
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2021 Honda Accord Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 21, 2020
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In an ever-expanding, competitive sedan segment, it is quite difficult to be the perennial top seller. Yet somehow, Honda has managed to pull this feat miraculously with the Accord. consistency. After many generations, several updates and redesigns later, the 2021 Honda Accord still enjoys a favorable vote - that reflects in its sales figure consistently.

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Pros

A small sized but a powerful engine

Quick on acceleration

Reliable and powerful braking system

The Multilink adaptive suspension

The opulent fuel economy

Smoother transmission

Advanced infotainment

Low maintenance cost

Huge cargo space

Cons

Not too good steering experience

Cramped up driver space

The voice commands don’t process that fast

The voice commands don’t process that fast

The door openings aren’t the greatest for moving in and out.

What's New?

External redesign and enhancements

Updated feature list Pros:


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Honda Accord Review video
2021 Honda Accord Safety video

Styles

2021 Honda Accord in Champagne Frost Pearl color 2021 Honda Accord in Crystal Black Pearl color 2021 Honda Accord in Lunar Silver Metallic color 2021 Honda Accord in Modern Steel Metallic color
Champagne Frost Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Interior

8.0

Safety

9.0

8.5

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Honda Accord LX

LX

power
192 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
48 combined

$24,020


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $24,020 MSRP (48/48/48) 192 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Accord EX

EX

power
192 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
48 combined

$27,920


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $27,920 MSRP (48/48/48) 192 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Accord EX-L

EX-L

power
252 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
48 combined

$30,420 - $32,420


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $32,420 MSRP (48/48/48) 252 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $30,420 MSRP (48/48/48) 192 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Accord Sport

Sport

power
252 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
48 combined

$31,360


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $31,360 MSRP (48/48/48) 252 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Honda Accord Touring

Touring

power
252 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
48 combined

$36,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $36,250 MSRP (48/48/48) 252 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

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The 10th generation Honda Accord was launched in 2018 and the highlight was its sleek and dynamic design language, from which the 2021 Accord hasn’t deviated much. With an exceptional build quality and with brisk performance, the 2021 Honda Accord seems to have mastered the art of churning the most from the least. The most exciting part is the segment that it competes in. The midsize sedan segment features the most sought after vehicles and that means, some exciting competition too.

2021 Honda Accord will remain largely unchanged

Starting with the“Father of Reliable Vehicles” - the Toyota Camry. An all-round performer that features one of the most unique engines in the entry-level sedan section. Moving on, the second in the list, the ever-popular, Nissan Altima. Its aggressive look and practical cabin, along with an upscale cabin, makes it a serious competitor. On the other hand, the Ford Fusion’s patriotic appeal is more than enough to give its competition some jitters. So, is it worth waiting for the 2021 Honda Accord? Let’s find out.


 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2021 Honda Accord Features

Trims levels of the2021 Honda Accord are expected to remain the same. It will come in six variants: LX, Hybrid, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim. Though, prices are expected to rise a bit this year. Aside from that, the base LX trim will receive some more standard driver-assist features, like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Automated Emergency Braking.

The entire Accord line-up is so well equipped that buying one will not burn a hole in your pocket, nor in the soul. So, getting the right Accord is important, for this car has all the traits - practicality, utility, performance. Let’s take a look at all the trims offered with the upcoming Accord and the features that they 

Trim

LX

Hybrid

Sport

EX

EX-L

Touring

MSRP

$23,870

$25,620

$26,530

$27,770

$30,270

$36,100

Key Features

Honda Sensing

Remote Engine Start System

Rear Spoiler

One-Touch Power Moonroof

Leather-Trimmed Interior

Head-Up Display (HUD)

 

17-inch Alloy Wheels

Active Shutter Grille

19-inch Alloy Wheels

Heated Front Seats

Driver's Seat Memory

Side Mirrors with Reverse Gear Tilt-Down

 

Eco Assist System

Deceleration Selectors

Chrome Exhaust Finishers

60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seatback

Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Body-Colored Parking Sensors (Front/Rear)

 

Auto High-Beam Headlights

Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock

180-Watt Audio System with 8 Speakers

Heated Power Side Mirrors

450-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers

Interior Ambient Lighting

 

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

 

12-Way Power Driver's Seat

12-Way Power Driver's Seat

Power-Adjustable Front Passenger Seat

Near Field Communication (NFC)

 

Bluetooth Audio

 

8-inch Display Audio Touch-Screen

Remote Engine Start

HomeLink Remote System

LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off

On an honest note, the turbocharged engine might not sound like a lot on paper but they are a lot more fun and frugal alternatives to naturally aspirated units. All Accords are thrifty to drive and there’s enough tech onboard that ensures all Accords are not boring at all.

Price and Release Date of the 2021 Honda Accord

The 2021 Honda Accord is going to range from the $24,000 price tag to $36,000. The trim levels complement different types of users. The base LX with the 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-pot motor setup will cost around $24,000 comes with all standard features. Moving up, the Sport trim gets an optional 2.0L engine with a six-speed manual. With a price tag around $26,000, it is a no brainer that this is a clear win-win car.

The other trims, namely the EX and EX-L will cost upwards of $27,000 and $31,000 respectively, for better cabin experience. The Touring trim is the most premium one in the lot, in terms of luxury.

As far as the release date of the 2021 Honda Accord is concerned, the current Co-vid has definitely pushed things back for many manufacturers. In-house experts have predicted a fall 2020 arrival. If the situation is still not under control and early 2021 release would be the only alternative.

2021 Honda Accord Engine and Performance

The 2021 Honda Accord retains the same powertrain. It includes the standard 1.5L turbocharged inline 4 motor gasoline engine that cranks out about 193 horsepower at 192 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired to either a CVT or a 6-speed manual, the transmission is smooth and the shifts are seamless. There’s also a 10-speed automatic version available on higher trim levels. But the standard setup does a decent job and in this price range, it is a no brainer.

2021 Honda Accord gets a 1.5L turbocharged engine 

All Honda Accords are front-wheel-drive only, but they all come with an optional AWD for an extra grand or two. The 2021 Honda Accord with hybrid powertrain features Honda’s sensing and a tad bit of autonomous driving. For a car in this range, the Honda Accord’s power delivery is crisp, the delay is there but it’s negligible. The turbos kick in early and the heavy Accord jolts without much lag. Ride quality feels plush too and the car moves on the road with great elegance. 

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

MSRP

$24,000

$24,295

$23,170

$24,100

Engine

1.5L, Turbocharged, Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Power (hp @ rpm)

192 hp @ 5,500 rpm

203 hp @ 6,600 rpm

173 hp @ 6,000 rpm

188 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

174 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

The Honda is the only car in this segment that offers a turbocharged engine. Though, the smaller engine helps bump fuel economy figures, however, when it comes down to competition the equally valuable Toyota Camry pack in a lot of potential with its naturally aspirated 2.5L inline-4 engine, same goes for the Ford Fusion.

How quick is the 2021 Honda Accord?

The 2021 Honda Accord might have a smaller engine, but the numbers speak for themselves. The 0-60 mph time for the 2021 Honda Accord is a stunning 7.6 which is among the quickest in its class. The torque is available at lower RPMs that helps the Accord to quickly reach its high speed.

2021 Honda Accord with its turbocharged unit is one of the quickest in this segement

Which in turn enables the car to cross the quarter-mile mark under 16 seconds which is pretty impressive for a family saloon. Only the Toyota Camry is able to outperform the Accord and that's despite the fact that Toyota gets a conventional Naturally Aspirated engine. Camry also offers a powerful V6 variant and even a TRD version which makes it ideal for those who are looking for some performance out of their family sedans, but for everything else, the Accord performs pretty well.

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

0-60 MPH

7.6 seconds

7.5 seconds

8.9 seconds

8 seconds

Quarter mile

15.9 seconds

15.9 seconds

15.2 seconds

16.0 seconds

Engine

1.5L, Turbocharged, Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4

Pretty evident from the spec sheet, that the 2021 Honda Accord has the best acceleration specs in terms of 0-60 mph timing. Though the difference might not seem much on paper, in reality, the changes are pretty evident.

How well does the 2021 Honda Accord brake?

Stepping on the brake feels as good as stepping on the accelerator. With a finely balanced weight, the pedal feels much more comfortable and easy to push. Talking about braking and safety, the 2021 Honda Accord will come with many standard driver assistance features. Like Collision Mitigation Braking System(CBMS) on top of ABS. With driveline traction control available on the higher trim levels, the car sure feels much under control than the 2020 version.

Model

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

Brake Front (in)

11.5*

12

11.8

11.65

Brake Rear (in)

11.1*

11

11.9

11.50

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,354

4,036

4,362

4,231

60-0 MPH (ft.)

116

122

122

121*

Despite being heavier than its competitors, the Honda Accord stops better than its competitor. It might not feature the biggest of brake rotors, but those assistance features come in real handy when it comes to stopping prowess.

How well does the 2021 Honda Accord Handle?

Ride quality in the 2021 Honda Accord has significantly improved. The ride feels comfortable, irrespective of the surface. it can negotiate corners with minimum rollover even at speeds higher than usual. The lower ground clearance actually helps keep the car steady. And with 17-inch standard tires, it easily soaks in all the irregularities on the road, thus making the car much safer too.

2021 Honda Accord gets a 10-speed transmission

Moving on in the transmission, the CVT rubber-band effect has practically disappeared in this model. The 10 speed automatic on the Touring trim just hits a sweet spot. The Multilink Adaptive suspension goes ahead and keeps the ride stable around corners well too.

There is adrenaline in the 193 horsepower from the 1.5L engine but not at the cost of a plush ride. The hybrid powertrain is more silent with much better efficiency figures. However, the steering wheel does feel light at higher speeds, which makes it a bitter pill to swallow for the badge it wears.

2021 Honda Accord Fuel Economy

The lightweight optimizes the engine and gives out great fuel efficiency numbers. Probably that might be the reason why the Honda triumphs over its competition on paper, in this case. The 2021 Honda Accord gets an average mpg score of 30 in the city, a massive 38 on the highway, and combined fuel consumption of 33 mpg. The great scores are backed up by a decently sized 14.8 gallons fuel tank.

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

MPG (City)

30

29

21

28

MPG (Highway)

38

41

31

39

MPG (Combined)

33

34

25

32

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.8 

14.5 

16.5 

16.2 

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

444/562/488 

442/595/505 

347/512/412

454/632/518

Despite having the best city/highway efficiency figures in its competition, the Accord’ small tank capacity takes a bit of a toll. That’s where the Camry scores higher than its competition. With 41 mpg on the highway, the 2020 Camry ends up having a combined range of 505 miles which is quite a commendable feat.

2021 Honda Accord Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the 2021 Honda Accord is better laid out than its predecessor. The overall interior feels sleek and modern. The dashboard is much better on this than the Camry. Yes, there is a lot of plastic but for a sub $25,000 midsize sedan it's not in abundance and the quality is definitely above par. The doors have soft-touch material and the armrest feels well cushioned too.

2021 Honda Accord gets a simple yet good quality interior

Moving on to the seats, the leatherette finish feels fine and the seats come with ventilation and electronic adjustability. The interior sure can be upgraded to a more premium one if you’re ready to spend on it. There is dual-zone climate control and higher trims also feature a sunroof which adds to the aesthetic of the car.

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.2/57.8/44.3

39.2/58.2/43.8

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.3/56.5/40.4

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.8/56.9/38.3

36.9/57.1/35.2

The swooping roofline does eat into the rear headroom a bit, which may make things uncomfortable for people above 6.1 inches. Overall ergonomics are good as compared to the competition.

2021 Honda Accord gets a roomy cabin

All vehicles can comfortably sit 5 vehicles with decent legroom space especially in the Accord, for it is the second in the list with the longest wheelbase(more on that later.)

Infotainment

The infotainment system on the 2021 Honda Accord is intuitive and feels easy to use too. It offers a standard 8-inch touch screen, anti-glare display. There is Android Auto and AppleCarplay available with the infotainment. However, the voice command sometimes too much time to process and also isn’t that great.

2021 Honda Accord gets an 8-inch Infotainment setup

Moving on to the sound system, the standard offering is a 4 speaker setup, which isn’t all that great but is decent and gives medium loudness with respect to the cabin size. The speakers can definitely be upgraded if that is what you prioritize in your infotainment.

  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • AM/FM radio
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition* and Honda HD Digital Traffic

How much cargo can the 2021 Honda Accord carry?

Practicality is what makes the Honda a better purchase. A large 16.7 cubic feet trunk is very generous in terms of space that is complemented by a really wide opening. The trunk lid has soft close and can be controlled by the keyfob itself. The rear seats fold down that doubles the cargo capacity.

Overall the trunk is spacious. Additionally, there’s a 12V power supply, and hooks for your grocery bags and other loose items. There isn't any dedicated underfloor storage but the ability to access the boot on the go thanks to the split-folding rear seats is a blessing. 

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

16.7

14.1

16

15.4

This segment is all about practicality and effectively packing in as much room as possible into a mid-sized sedan and the Accord has been the best in this regard for decades. The trunk space of the Honda Accord is at the top of its class and beats every other car in terms of primary storage space. 

What are the other storage spaces inside?

Practicality and affordability are what the Honda aims for and this car is an epitome of that. With multiple storage cubbies inside the cabin, there are compartments for the smallest of things. Starting with the glove box, which is decent in size and can store several miscellaneous items.

The center console has a cubby up front which can be closed and hides a tray under the armrest as well. The door bins are decent sized and there are four cup holders in total. That wraps up the secondary storage of the 2021 Honda Accord.

Interior Features

Some of the noteworthy interior features that make the 2021 Honda Accord a solid bargain for its price range are:

  • Dual-Zone Automatic
  • Climate Control System
  • Push Button Start
  • Center Console with Armrest and Storage Compartment
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • 12-Volt Power Outlets
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column

2021 Honda Accord Exterior

The 2021 Honda Accord is one of the better-looking sedans, if not the best. The exteriors are aesthetically pleasing and somewhere down the line, the Accord’s design ages very well. The body lines merge into the trunk with much elegance. There are a lot of edges on the outside, which along with the curves make the car aerodynamically more stable.

2021 Honda Accord is a good looking sedan

The front fascia does not have a large grille, instead, it features a very sleek chrome lining that joins the two LED headlights. The chrome adds class to the exterior of the 2021 Honda Accord. The waterfall all-LED headlamps and taillights look great and just bring out the attention to detail. The sleek LED fog lights look amazing too, especially with the low ground clearance stance. The design is top-notch and the car looks really premium from the outside. 

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

Curb Weight (lbs)

3131 lbs

3241 lbs

3472 lbs

3212 lbs

Length (inches)

192.2

192.1

191.8

192.9

Width (inches)

73.3

72.4

72.9

72.9

Height (inches)

57.1

56.9

58.2

56.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

5.7

N/A

4.9

Wheelbase (inches)

111.4

111.2

112.2

111.2

The car has large dimensions and a healthy road presence as well. What really works for the Honda Accord, is the subtle design changes that it has bought this year, It might not look much different from last year, for Honda will be keeping the current generation of looks for quite some time. So, those changes are more of an enhancement that showcases the potential beauty under the car.

2021 Honda Accord Safety

9.0/10

Reliability is one of the strong points of all Honda vehicles and this sedan is no exception. The 2021 Honda Accord is expected to come with a collision mitigation braking system(CMBS) on top of the four channels of ABS. driveline traction control is available on the top trims, which help you control the car even better. The 2020 Honda Accord was awarded 5 stars by NHTSA which is expected to be carry forwarded by the 2021 Honda accord. 

  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) + FCW
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
  • Traffic Sign Recognition System
  • Blind Spot Information System

2021 Honda Accord Competition

Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry

The Camry is the Accord’s arch-nemesis. Both the Camry and the Accord has been setting sale figure goals for all the right reasons. Both cars offer experience with similar traits.

Both are fuel-efficient, and when it comes to performance both have similar output form different setups. While the Accord has featured a turbo engine, the Camry gets the N.A. one. So, when it comes to speed, the Accord takes a lead with a slightly better 0-60mph time.

2020 Toyota Camry

However, the Toyota Camry scores above the Accord in terms of fuel efficiency figures. By having a more combined range than the Honda, Toyota goes the longest mile.

Honda Accord vs Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima is one of the top sellers in the sedan market. It has better interior ergonomics and also more aesthetic exterior. But the Nissan falls short in terms of power. The 2.5L engine cannot produce as much power as the turbocharged one on the Accord. Also, the Nissan Altima is more spacious and has massive door openings but comfort-wise, it just doesn’t match up to the Accord at times,

2020 Nissan Altima

Honda Accord vs the Ford Fusion

The 2021 Honda Accord triumphs over the Ford Fusion in every criterion. Better fuel economy, performance, cargo space, exterior design, and braking. However, the Ford Fusion is more spacious than the Accord, which is a downside to having a large trunk and comparable exterior dimensions.

2020 Ford Fusion

2021 Honda Accord Final Verdict

The 2021 Honda Accord ticks all the boxes to be adjudicated the best mid-sized sedan. The craftsmanship of Honda and the unparalleled build quality, along with exceptional performance, make this one of the best vehicles currently on sale.

But what has worked for the Honda Accord in the past is its affordability quotient. As far as features are concerned, the Honda Accord is packed in. Even reliability is great on the Honda Accord. Reports have suggested that Honda Accords post-2013 can easily clock over 200,000 miles on the oddo without having to replace any major engine components. Overall a great midsize sedan with a crisp performance that is good looking on the outside, with a practical interior and a large trunk space. All the features at a justified price tag and this car remain unbeaten to date.