The Honda Accord is a car with a legacy which transcends generations and has with its slew of class leading features been crowned at the king of the midlife sedans for quite some time now, which has been updated for the 2021 Model year. The new Accord sports a wider grille which has been restyled and has an improved radar unit inside. The new LED headlamps don’t just look better but also have better farther and wider reaching illumination capabilities.

On the inside the Car renowned for its class leading comfort and tech loaded cabin has the luxury of a standard 8in Touch display with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The higher trims also feature wireless charging pad and wireless connection, which frees up USB space for extra device charging/connection, the Sport and higher trims also have a 2.5V USB port at the back.

The Hybrid version of the Accord which is being offered as a more powerful and efficient version of the car, according to Dave Gardner, VP Honda America, it is the car to go to as it offers a better refined ride and lower emissions. The two-motor hybrid powertrain has been updated to provide a crisper throttle response, which now works even more in tandem with the combustion engine to provide a more seamless acceleration rather than one which lags behind due to either of the power sources. The system puts out 212hp and 232lb-ft of torque, which in the Accord lineup is the max, along with an excellent economy of 48 mpg.

Advancements in the hybrid technology now enable the car to be dependent on electrical power more and for much longer than before and in comparison to other hybrid cars, throw in the brake-by-wire technology and the Accord offers consistent stopping power and natural pedal feel, while the regenerative braking keeps the battery pack brimming.

The Hybrid system uses a propulsion motor and a starter motor which is patented by Honda which uses magnets, which does not rely on rare-earth metals thereby reducing weight and environmental impact. The intelligent system switches automatically between EV, Hybrid and combustion optimizing fuel efficiency to the maximum. The Hybrid comes with blue H markings on the grille and fenders and rides on 19in wheels for a sportier look.

To keep the occupants and the car itself safe, the Accord comes with rear seat reminder and seatbelt reminder as standard, informing the driver about children or pets in the back seats. The Touring and Hybrid models come with Low Speed Braking Control, which uses sonar to either warn the driver or even apply brakes if the situation arises. The car has a 5-Star rating and a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The non-hybrid Turbo versions have updated engine software, which provide better throttle control, the 192hp 1.5L VTEC Turbo is standard in LX, Sport, Sport SE and EX-L variants while the higher specced Sport 2.0T and Touring variants get the meatier 2L VTEC Turbo which makes 252hp.

Sales begin this month with a starting price of $24,770 for the standard version and $26370 for the Hybrid.

2021 Honda Accord Pricing & EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Model / TrimDrivetrainMSRP1MSRP Including $955 Destination ChargeEPA Mileage Rating (City/Hwy/Combined)
Accord LX1.5T/CVT$24,770$25,72530 / 38 / 33
Accord Sport1.5T/CVT$27,230$28,18529 / 35 / 32
Accord Sport SE1.5T/CVT$28,720$29,67529 / 35 / 32
Accord EX-L1.5T/CVT$31,090$32,04530 / 38 / 33
Accord Sport 2.0T2.0T/10AT$31,910$32,86522 / 32 / 26
Accord Touring2.0T/10AT$36,700$37,65522 / 32 / 26
Accord HybridHybrid$26,370$27,32548 / 48 / 48
Accord Hybrid EXHybrid$30,320$31,27548 / 48 / 48
Accord Hybrid EX-LHybrid$32,690$33,64548 / 48 / 48
Accord Hybrid TouringHybrid$36,240$37,19544 / 41 / 43

Powertrain Specs

 1.5THybrid2.0T
Engine1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder2.0-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine; AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
TransmissionCVTNA10AT
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)192 @ 5,500212 @6,200 (total system; not SAE net)252 @ 6,500
Torque @ rpm (lb.-ft., SAE net)192 @ 1,600-5,000232 @ 0-2,000 (not SAE net)273 @ 1,500-4,000
Recommended fuelRegular UnleadedRegular UnleadedRegular Unleaded
CARB emissions ratingLEV3-SULEV30LEV3-SULEV30LEV3-SULEV30
Tune-up interval100,000 +/- miles tune-up interval100,000+/- miles engine tune-up interval100,000 +/- miles tune-up interval

Accord Key Features

FeatureLXSportSport SEEX-LSport 2.0TTouring
Performance
VTEC Turbo® 1.5-liter, DOHC direct-injected inline-4 engine with 192 HP/192 lb.-ft. torque
VTEC Turbo® 2.0-liter, DOHC direct-injected inline-4 engine with 252 HP/273 lb.-ft. torque
Continuously Variable Transmission(with paddle shifters)(with paddle shifters)
10-Speed Automatic Transmission(with paddle shifters)(with paddle shifters)
Remote Engine Start
Exterior
LED high/low beam headlightsLow beam
Auto on-off and auto high beam headlights
17-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels
225/50R17 All-Season Tires
19-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels
235/40R19 All-Season Tires
LED Fog Lights
Rear Spoiler
Chrome Exhaust Finishers
Rain-Sensing Wipers
Heated Side Mirrors
Side Mirrors with Turn Signals
Reverse Auto-Tilt Mirrors
Interior
Push Button Ignition
Dual-Zone Climate Control
Automatic Headlights
Bluetooth Hands Free Link
USB Audio Interface
8-Inch Display Audio
160-Watt Audio System with 4-Speakers
180-Watt Audio System with 8-Speakers
450-Watt Premium Audio System with 10-Speakers Including Subwoofer
HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
Wireless Phone Charger
TFT Color Meter
Driver’s Seat with Manual Height Adjustment
12-Way Power Driver’s Seat
Memory Driver’s Seat
Cloth Seats
Combination Seat
Leather Seats
Heated Front Seats
Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
Heated Outboard Rear Seats
4-Way Power Passenger Front Seat
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters
Rear USB Chargers (2.5v)
Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob
Sport Pedals
Smart Entry
Remote Engine Start
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror with HomeLink
HondaLink
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
Head-Up Display
Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies
Honda Sensing
Multi-View Rear Camera
8 Airbags, Including Driver and Passenger Front Knee Airbag
Blind Spot Information System
Cross Traffic Monitor
Parking Sensors
Low Speed Braking Control

Accord Hybrid Key Features

FeatureLXEXEX-LTouring
Performance
2.0-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine; AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor; 212 total system horsepower, 232 lb.-ft. torque
Remote Engine Start
Exterior
LED High/Low Beam HeadlightsLow beam
Auto on-off and auto high beam headlights
17-Inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels
225/50R17 All-Season Tires
19-Inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels
235/40R19 All-Season Tires
LED Fog Lights
Rain-Sensing Wipers
Heated Side Mirrors
Side Mirrors with Turn Signals
Reverse Auto-Tilt Mirrors
Interior
Push Button Ignition
Dual-Zone Climate Control
Automatic Headlights
Bluetooth Hands Free Link
USB Audio Interface
8-Inch Display Audio
160-Watt Audio System with 4-Speakers
180-Watt Audio System with 8-Speakers
450-Watt Premium Audio System with 10-Speakers Including Subwoofer
HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Wireless Phone Charger
TFT Color Meter
Driver’s Seat with Manual Height Adjustment
12-Way Power Driver’s Seat
Memory Driver’s Seat
Cloth Seats
Leather Seats
Heated Front Seats
Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
Heated Outboard Rear Seats
4-Way Power Passenger Front Seat
Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters
Rear USB Chargers (2.5v)
Smart Entry
Remote Engine Start
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror with HomeLink
HondaLink
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
Head-Up Display
Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies
Honda Sensing
Multi-View Rear Camera
8 Airbags, Including Driver and Passenger Front Knee Airbag
Blind Spot Information System
Cross Traffic Monitor
Parking Sensors
Low Speed Braking Control

Anagh Bhaskar
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Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator

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