Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Pricing and Details on the 2021 Honda Accord 10th Generation Refresh
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Pricing and Details on the 2021 Honda Accord 10th Generation Refresh

Honda's top selling sedan gains more technology across the board but gives up its manual option as the masses demand automatic.

Alex Stoklosa
Oct 12, 2020
Editor: Rodrez

Rodrez: The 2021 Honda Accord, in many ways is Honda's legitimate golden child. Sure, we've applied that label to the FK8 Civic Type R as the hot hatch and FF media darling has demanded the spotlight ever since its introduction, but in terms of sales, it's tough to argue that the Accord isn't the brand's shining star and serves as its bread and butter.

Ever since its debut in the mid-70s, the Accord has been a standout for Honda, its sales numbers every bit as reliable as its on-road reputation. The 10th generation line up brought in turbocharged motivation but completely eliminated the coupe option. That similar give and take that occurs with many of the Accord generations continues with this mid-cycle refresh as we will no longer see a manual option—a trend that shows no signs of slowing.

Alex Stoklosa: There are two plot arcs in the 2021 Honda Accord story. Which one you follow depends on whether you're one of the hundreds of thousands of buyers who snatch up new Accords year in and year out, or if you're among the extreme minority who purchase the midsize sedan because of its available manual transmission. To the bigger group, the headline changes to Honda's Accord for 2021 are its minor restyle and richer standard equipment across the lineup. That's pretty standard mid-cycle refresh stuff.

2021 Honda Accord Refresh Front Bumper Photo 11/11   |   Pricing and Details on the 2021 Honda Accord 10th Generation Refresh

To the smaller group that enjoys shifting Honda's sweet-driving sedan for themselves, bad news. Just as Honda had warned, the Accord's six-speed manual transmission option is gone. The automaker even wrote what read as an apology to the shrinking number of driving enthusiasts who bought manual-transmission Accords in just enough numbers over the years to keep the stick option alive. If you're among them, take a moment. In the meantime, for everyone else, let's turn our focus to how the sedan gets better for 2021-just in time to take on its nemesis, the recently refreshed 2021 Toyota Camry.

The changes Honda made to the Accord's styling are tough to spot: the grille is wider, the fog lights are smaller, and higher-end models wear new LED headlights. The radar sensor for the Accord's standard adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking functions is hidden in the grille better, too. Taken overall, however, the Accord's face looks pretty much the same as before.

More on the latest generation Honda Accord:
When the turbocharged 10th gen. Accord debuted
Hondata pulls power from turbo 2.0L Accord

2021 Honda Accord Refresh 19 Inch Wheel Photo 11/11   |   Pricing and Details on the 2021 Honda Accord 10th Generation Refresh

We barely notice any changes to the car's rear, aside from what looks like some new trim along the up-kicked body crease that runs from under the front and rear doors and wraps around the rear bumper. Honda also tweaked the lower rear valance, near the exhaust outlets. Most impactful among the 2021 Accord's visual changes are new wheel designs for every trim, ranging from the 17-inch units on the base Accord LX to the 19s on Sport and Touring models.

2021 Honda Accord Refresh Interior Photo 11/11   |   Pricing and Details on the 2021 Honda Accord 10th Generation Refresh

Since it was last fully redesigned for 2018, the Accord's entry-level LX trim has been a hair's width away from a total smoking value. For around $25,000, buyers could look forward to the Accord's excellent ride and handling, handsome interior, standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features (it includes the likes of adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and automatic emergency braking), LED headlights, and even automatic climate control. What more could you want? Well, if you own a smartphone . . . perhaps Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration? Those features were previously limited to the next-level-up Sport trim and beyond-but no more. For 2021, the Accord lineup from top to bottom, including the LX, features an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility-a unit that was previously reserved for fancier Accord models.

The 2021 Accord LX now starts at $25,725 and also gains a rear-seat reminder (to nudge you to check the back seat for a child before leaving the car), a rear-seat seatbelt reminder, and improved adaptive cruise control and lane-keep programming for smoother operation. As before, it rides on 17-inch wheels and comes standard with a 192-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. That same powertrain is also found in the Accord Sport, EX-L (the non-hybrid EX trim is gone for 2021), and the new-for-2021 Sport SE trim that essentially replaces the EX and lives between the Sport and EX-L.

2021 Honda Accord Refresh Driver Side Rear View Photo 11/11   |   Pricing and Details on the 2021 Honda Accord 10th Generation Refresh

Sitting a step above the Sport without forcing buyers into the much pricier Sport 2.0T, which shares its more powerful 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (and 10-speed automatic) with the range-topping Accord Touring, the Sport SE is a welcome addition. The SE wears the same aggressive styling kit as the Sport, including its 19-inch wheels, wider tires, LED fog lights, full-LED headlights (the LX has LED low-beams only), chrome exhaust tips, paddle shifters, and 180-watt eight-speaker audio system, but adds remote engine starting, leather seating, heated front seats, and a four-way power front-passenger seat.

Honda still reserves some must-haves for nicer Accords. For example, to get blind-spot monitoring one must opt for the EX-L, Sport 2.0T, or Touring. Ditto wireless Apple CarPlay functionality (lesser Accords require your iPhone to be plugged in), a wireless phone charger, a 450-watt audio system, and a moonroof. On the gas-fed side of things, Accord Sports, EX-Ls, and Touring models gain dual 2.5-volt USB ports for the rear seats, as do the Accord Hybrid EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. Every Accord sees its front-seat USB ports move from a cubby ahead of the shifter, under the dashboard, to the center console for easier access.

2021 Honda Accord Refresh Hybrid Engine Photo 11/11   |   Pricing and Details on the 2021 Honda Accord 10th Generation Refresh

For 2021, the Honda Accord Hybrid receives tuning changes to its gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that are said to more closely tie the engine revs to the sense of acceleration-a bugaboo on the current model partially by design. You see, in the Accord Hybrid, the gas-fed 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine acts primarily as a motivator for an electric motor/generator, which in turn feeds electricity to the primary electric drive motor; a novel single-speed transmission can feed engine power directly to the wheels at higher speeds. This means that in typical driving, particularly around town, the engine's revs are often out of sync with the vehicle's speed and acceleration. Press the throttle pedal down, and the engine might rev higher than you'd expect and then stay at a set level for a time, even as the vehicle's speed increases. If Honda did find a way to lessen that effect, it'd be welcome.

The Accord Hybrid once again makes a peak 212 hp from its two electric motors and gas engine, along with a substantial 232 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy looks to stay the same: 48 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 48 mpg combined. As before, the Hybrid is offered in base, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels.

2021 Honda Accord Refresh Driver Side Front View 03 Photo 11/11   |   Pricing and Details on the 2021 Honda Accord 10th Generation Refresh

2021 Honda Accord Pricing

  • Accord LX: $25,725
  • Accord Hybrid: $27,325
  • Accord Sport: $28,185
  • Accord Sport SE: $29,675
  • Accord EX Hybrid: $31,275
  • Accord EX-L: $32,865
  • Accord Sport 2.0T: $32,865
  • Accord EX-L Hybrid: $33,645
  • Accord Touring Hybrid: $37,195
  • Accord Touring: $37,655

2021 Honda Accord Refresh Front Grill Photo 11/11   |   Pricing and Details on the 2021 Honda Accord 10th Generation Refresh

 

By Alex Stoklosa
3 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

On Friday, November 27, 2020, a half dozen of our favorite MotorTrend hosts will be subjected to a series of holiday-themed automotive challenges that you, almost certainly, have never seen the like of before. But before all the Holiday Hooptie Challenge starts, let’s get to know one of the lucky contestants from All Girls Garage on the MotorTrend App
Jordon ScottNov 25, 2020
LOOKING BACK AT THE SUPER STREET COROLLA The new 2021 Toyota Corolla is an entry-level car that we’ve had a ton of experience with as we built a 2019 hatchback two years ago. With the help of our friends at Auto Tuned and a rendering by Jon Sibal, we transformed our little XSE into a
Sam DuNov 24, 2020
Putting down the first few sentences of a feature like this 1987 Honda CRX Si is a little tougher than usual. It’s not the familiar story of picking up an old, used Honda, adding wheels and a drop before giving in and going all out on a full-blown build. Furthermore, to be clear, it’s also
RodrezNov 24, 2020
Rodrez: It’s the measuring stick that offers as much speculation and attempts to discredit driver achievement as it does real-world data and raw, obsessively focused attempts to chip away at the clock. The Nurburgring serves as a standard by which most automakers set their sights. It arms internet debate specialists with numbers and comparisons by
Nick YekikianNov 21, 2020
It’s safe to say that Angel Pena, owner of this supercharged 2008 Acura TSX, has a “type.” Having been enamored with Acura’s entry-level sedan ever since it was first introduced, he knew right away he’d get his hands on one, and eventually, he did just that. Today, a decade later, he’s moved on to his
RodrezNov 21, 2020
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
TO TOP