2021 Honda Accord in the US is sold in LX, Sport, Sport SE, EX-L, Touring 2.0T, Hybrid, Hybrid EX, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring variants. In particular, the new Sport SE is added to replace the previous EX model.
The interior of the 2021 Honda Accord is kept intact compared to its predecessor. Upgrades are in the comfort and safety equipment list on some high-end versions. Accordingly, the two most advanced models, Hybrid EX-L and Hybrid Touring, now feature wireless Apple CarPlay / Android Auto connectivity. In addition, the front USB connector is rearranged for more convenience and the second row has an additional USB port.
From the standard LX to EX-L model, Honda equips the 2021 Honda Accord with a 1.5L I4 turbocharged engine, a CVT gearbox, with a capacity of 192 hp and 260 Nm torque. The Accord Touring 2.0T variant uses a 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine for 252 hp capacity and 370 Nm torque, accompanied by a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 Accord will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $24,770 (not including destination and handling), while the 2021 Accord Hybrid will be available at a starting MSRP of $26,370.
2021 ACCORD UPGRADES
For the 2021 model year, all Accords boast a wider, restyled grille for an even more sophisticated look, along with improved integration of the Honda Sensing® system’s radar unit. Flanking the new grille on Sport and above trims (EX and above on Hybrid) are new LED high- and low-beam headlights with longer and wider down-the-road illumination. Also new are smaller openings for the fog lights. Additionally, LX, EX-L and Touring trims all receive new alloy wheel designs, while a new color is available for Sport, Sport Special Edition (SE) and Touring trims: Sonic Gray Pearl.
Inside, further enhancements to the class-leading style and sophistication of Accord’s cabin include an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen entertainment system now standard on all trims (previously, EX and above). Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration also are now standard (previously EX and above), and EX-L and Touring trims (EX and above on Hybrid models) get new wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.
The combination of wireless charging and wireless smartphone integration eliminates the extra step of physically connecting the phone, making Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ ready to go and freeing up an additional USB port for charging a separate phone. Front USB ports on all grades have been moved to the front of the center console for easier access, and Sport and higher trims (EX and higher trims for Accord Hybrid) now include dual 2.5-volt USB ports for rear seat passengers.
All Accords also receive a new Rear Seat Reminder, while upper grades gain a new Low Speed Braking Control system.
The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid benefits from updates to the innovative Honda two-motor hybrid system for a more direct and immediate throttle response with a more natural acceleration feeling as engine revs climb in concert with the driver’s throttle input. With a peak total system output of 212 horsepower and peak torque delivery of 232 lb.-ft. right off idle, Accord Hybrid has the most power and torque in its class, with a top fuel economy rating of 48 mpg.
Thanks to the unique configuration of the two-motor hybrid system, the Honda Accord Hybrid also can spend more time operating solely on electric power than competing hybrid models, imbuing Accord with a smoother and more refined driving feel. Also, Accord’s sophisticated brake-by-wire technology offers more natural and consistent braking performance and pedal feel versus competing models, seamlessly blending mechanical and regenerative braking force.
Honda’s two-motor hybrid system uses a propulsion motor and a generator/starter motor built with a patented Honda design made with magnets using no heavy rare-earth metals. This reduces magnet cost and weight, while also reducing reliance on rare-earth metals, helping avoid the often negative environmental impact of mining them.
The hybrid powertrain control system manages the power delivery between each component and seamlessly switches between EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive for maximum efficiency with no input from the driver. Accord Hybrid drivers can further maximize fuel efficiency, or power, by selecting between Sport, EV and ECON modes using the three buttons behind the push-button gear selector.
Already, Honda leads all full-line automakers in fleet-average fuel economy and low CO2 emissions according to the U.S. EPA, with 27 vehicles that received EPA combined fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg or higher.
Visually, Honda Accord Hybrid adds its own unique touches to the styling updates made to the entire 2021 Accord lineup, including a blue H-mark on the grille and Hybrid badges on the front fenders and trunk lid. This year, Accord Hybrid Touring grade features 19-inch wheels, giving it an upscale and sporty appearance.
NEW SPORT SPECIAL EDITION
The Honda Accord Sport SE is new to the lineup for 2021, replacing Accord EX 1.5T and expands on the popular Sport trim with additional sought-after features. The new Sport SE adds leather seats, heated front seats, a four-way power passenger seat to complement the addition of 12-way power driver’s seat, heated mirrors, Smart Entry, and remote engine start to the popular Accord Sport 1.5T grade. This is in addition to the already generous equipment on the Sport 1.5T, which includes dual rear USB ports, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, leather-wrapped shift knob, and an 8-speaker audio system. Visually, Accord Sport and Sport SE are distinguished from the other trims by a rear trunk lid spoiler, trim-specific 19-inch wheel design, LED fog lights, dark-chrome grille and chrome exhaust finishers.
POWERTRAIN AND DRIVING DYNAMICS
In addition to the updates made to Honda Accord Hybrid’s two-motor system, the 2021 Accord’s two turbocharged engines receive updated engine management software for more linear and responsive throttle control. In addition, the 1.5-liter turbo has improved Idle Stop performance, with quicker engine start-up when the driver releases the brake.
A 192-horspower 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo® engine is standard in Accord LX, Sport, Sport SE and EX-L grades, while Accord Sport 2.0T and Touring are available exclusively with a 252-horsepower, 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo®.
The braking system has also been updated for smoother engagement, especially at low speeds such as in stop-and-go traffic and in parking situations.
SAFETY AND DRIVER-ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
For the 2021 model year, all Accords receive a new Rear Seat Reminder and a rear seatbelt reminder as standard equipment. The Rear Seat Reminder chimes when the car is turned off, with a notification on the digital meter reminding drivers to check the rear seating area when exiting the car for children, pets or other precious cargo. The rear seatbelt reminder uses a warning on the digital meter to let drivers know if rear seat passengers have not fastened their seatbelts.
Accord Touring and Hybrid Touring trims now feature a new front and rear braking system called Low Speed Braking Control. Using sonar-based parking sensors, the new system can sense solid objects at low speeds, such as in parking situations, and warn the driver or apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision.
Honda Sensing® receives updates to Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist system (LKAS). For 2021, ACC now has smoother braking when following another vehicle, while LKAS offers more effective and natural lane centering. Additionally, the steering wheel and dash controls for ACC and LKAS now feature industry-standard icons.
The 2021 Accord targets a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the highest available rating of GOOD in all collision tests and SUPERIOR for frontal cash prevention. Also, the updated standard LED headlights have been designed to achieve a GOOD rating in the rigorous IIHS headlight standard.
2021 Honda Accord uses the Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) platform. With the 2.0L I4 petrol engine and the electric motor, the total capacity reaches 212 hp and the torque is at 315 Nm. Vehicles equipped with E-CVT gearbox.
With the Honda Sensing safety package, the Touring 2.0T and Hybrid Touring versions add a low-speed brake control function, which helps to limit collision situations at low speeds or when reversing parking. Adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist have been tweaked.
The 2021 Honda Accord is upgraded in appearance, equipped with and added a new version for the US market. After more than 3 years of release, the 10th generation Honda Accord has just had its first upgrade. Upgraded versions of the D-class sedan have been introduced in the US market. New Accord updates focus on design, equipment and features to help this sedan compete better with the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata. Two rivals of the Accord have been launched a new version in the past.
In 2021, the appearance of the Honda Accord is refined more masculine and powerful. Shaping the lights, the grille is no different but the horizontal metal bars at the top of the car are now chrome plated. The LED fog light strip is replaced with a Projector bulb, the front bumper is also renewed sharper.
The tail section of the 2021 Accord has a new feature that the rear bumper has a more minimalist design than before. Details of the trapezoidal exhaust are removed and replaced with 2 chromium arrays, the exhaust is hidden underneath. The design of the taillights, the fish-fin antenna and the reflective light arrays remains the same.
The body of the 2021 Honda Accord still has a coupe-like vibe with the C-pillar stretched to the tail. The chrome decorative details in the glass door frames, door handles and along the bottom of the body continue to be used by the manufacturer in the new model. Honda says the new lighting system of the 2021 Accord improves the beam distance and width, especially in high beam mode. Depending on the version that Honda offers 3 sizes of wheels from 17 to 19 inch, the wheels have a new eye-catching design than before.