2021 Honda Accord assessment: Nearly as good because it’s ever been

You presumably can (and will) get the Accord in Sonic Gray.

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The Honda Accord will get only a few little enhancements this 12 months, none of which must hamper the perennial success of this easy-to-like family sedan. That’s additional important now than ever, too, as a result of the 2021 Accord faces in direction of increasingly more stiff opponents. Together with the Honda’s longstanding archrival, the Toyota Camry, companies like Hyundai, Kia and Nissan are offering larger midsize selections than ever sooner than. Luckily, the Tenth-generation Accord was a winner from the get-go.


Desk of Contents

  • Clear, sturdy turbo power
  • Spacious, cozy, quiet inside
  • Collaborating and refined to drive
  • Quite a lot of customary driver-assistance tech

Don’t Like

  • No all-wheel drive risk
  • Not as setting pleasant as some rivals
  • Infotainment tech could use a refresh

In actuality, this Accord was so good out of the gates that its mid-cycle refresh is restricted to only some styling tweaks, minor cabin tech upgrades and some model positioning/packaging changes. In truth, an important info for the 2021 Accord is an improved hybrid drivetrain, which my buddy Andrew Krok talks about in detail in a separate review.

Visually, the slimmer LED headlights and wider grille of my Sport tester don’t really switch the needle indirectly, although I’ve to say the Accord’s new Sonic Gray paint risk — which initially debuted on the Civic — seems fully scorching. LX and EX-L fashions roll on milquetoast 17-inch wheels, whereas Sport, Sport SE and Touring trims get snazzier 19s, wrapped in 235/40-series tires.

Honda’s 1.5-liter turbo I4 stays to be the underside engine risk, inserting out 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. A additional extremely efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four is obtainable with Sport and Touring fashions, bringing a healthful 252 hp and 273 lb-ft to the celebration. Sad trombone time, though: The Accord’s six-speed handbook transmission risk goes away this 12 months. The 1.5T engine comes customary with a continuously variable transmission and the 2.0T has a 10-speed computerized. And sooner than you complain, know that solely a super-duper-small proportion of Accord patrons really spec’d the handbook gearbox. In numerous phrases, y’all solely have yourselves responsible.

One different issue you’ll be capable to’t get on the Accord? All-wheel drive. I do know AWD could sound like an oddity for a midsize sedan, nonetheless an growing variety of automakers are embracing this foul-weather friendliness in an attempt to appease prospects who merely don’t want an SUV. Not reserved for the Subaru Legacy, the Kia K5Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry all present AWD now. Go to your Honda vendor searching for all-wheel drive they often’ll thankfully current you a CR-V.

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

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The 2.0-liter I4 is an entire peach of an engine — precisely, as a result of it’s efficiently the equivalent unit used inside the nice Civic Type R. You presumably can journey a clear wave of torque from merely 1,500 rpm, and the 10-speed transmission is totally joyful to hold round inside the lower end of the engine’s rev range, profiting from that turbocharged woosh. Alternatively, this suggests the 10-speed gearbox is often hesitant to kick down and go-go-go-go-go when quick freeway passes are demanded, though in the event you occur to run the Accord in its Sport mode, the transmission shouldn’t be solely snapper to shift, nonetheless holds onto gears longer, too.

With the 2.0-liter engine, the Accord must return an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon inside the metropolis, 32 mpg on the freeway and 26 mpg combined. That’s… advantageous. Nevertheless equally extremely efficient turbocharged rivals identical to the Nissan Altima and Subaru Legacy are barely additional frugal. In any case, if gasoline effectivity is a main concern, you’re most definitely larger off merely sticking with the 1.5T, or for that matter, an Accord Hybrid.

The Sport 2.0T has largely the equivalent suspension setup as completely different Accord fashions, save for the Touring, which gives adaptive dampers. Nevertheless even with out ’em, the Accord Sport strikes an excellent stability of comfort and composure; this automotive will eat up freeway miles with cool, collected confidence and it’ll not get all pissy in the event you occur to toss it proper right into a nook with gusto. The steering is correctly weighted and quick to answer and, often speaking, the Accord feels additional agile than completely anything inside the class, moreover presumably the Mazda6. Probably.

The cabin could seem slightly bit plain, nevertheless it certainly’s quiet, cozy and neatly organized.

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Larger than its outright sportiness, though, the Accord has an aura of refinement that’s missing from completely different midsize sedans. There’s a feeling of premium solidity that makes this Honda straightforward to drive. Combine that with a quiet cabin and comfy seats, and prolonged stints behind the wheel of the Accord are one thing nonetheless fatiguing.

This Honda is a simple automotive to stick with each day, too. The within could lack the flashy design of some newer sedans identical to the Hyundai Sonata, nonetheless all of the Accord’s controls are exactly the place you anticipate them to be and every flooring you contact seems and feels very good. Head- and legroom is generous for every entrance and rear passengers and there are lots of little storage cubbies all by means of the cabin, along with one beneath the native climate controls that properties a wi-fi charging pad on larger trims.

Every 2021 Accord now comes with an 8-inch touchscreen working Honda’s Present Audio multimedia system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are customary and might be operated wirelessly on any Accord that has the aforementioned charging pad. These are small tech upgrades, nonetheless thoughtful ones. That said, the Present Audio software program program really lags behind what numerous completely different automakers present by means of design and efficiency and the Accord can not compete with the bigger screens and higher-res reveals current in rivals identical to the Sonata and K5. All through its full portfolio, Honda may very well stand to supply its infotainment tech a elevate.

Every 1.5-liter and a pair of.0-liter turbocharged engines might be discovered.

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A minimum of driver-assistance tech is in extreme present. Every Accord will get adaptive cruise administration, lane-keeping assist, traffic-sign recognition, forward-collision warning and computerized high-beam headlights. Sadly, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert isn’t obtainable on the lower trim ranges and it’s possible you’ll solely get a head-up present on the top-end Touring. It’s all good tech to have, nonetheless man, the lane-keeping assist and forward-collision warning sure are delicate. I uncover myself turning them off as a rule.

Starting at $25,765 along with a $995 trip spot value, the 2021 Honda Accord stays competitively priced all through the midsize sedan class. You presumably can’t get proper right into a 2.0-liter model for one thing decrease than $33,105 and a top-of-the-line Touring will run you just under $38,000. That’s only a few thousand {{dollars}} better than it’s possible you’ll pay for an equal Hyundai Sonata Restricted, though the latter doesn’t have as quite a bit power and isn’t pretty pretty much as good to drive. The Hyundai gives additional inserting design, an prolonged assure and strategy larger cabin tech, though — three points that are arguably additional important for the standard family sedan purchaser.

Nonetheless, whereas some rivals could surpass the Accord particularly sides, none actually really feel as wholly well-rounded. Successfully-built, good to drive, refined and handsome, Honda’s midsize sedan continues to be a superb buy.

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