Honda Accord 2021 – Review, Fuel economy, Price

The 2021 Honda Accord isn’t going to bring many changes as opposed to the 2021 model, however, its already plush interiors and the unmatched comfort factor remains one of the best in the segment. Scheduled to release around fall this year, should you wait for the 2021 Honda Accord or just go with the 2021 model itself? Let’s move ahead and find out. Achieving this feat constantly for over a decade now, the Honda Accord has been one of the most sold midsize sedans in the US. Even the recent 2021 model had everything right in its portfolio, so much so that we couldn’t get our hands off it. However, as the year 2021 is making way for updated models of the rival cars, Honda plans to get into the battlefield with the same Accord, with no significant changes, challenging the newbies to come to take it up straight with the Godfather himself!Price, technical specifications, interior, exterior of the car – Honda Accord 2021 read below.

New Honda Accord 2021

Though midsize sedans aren’t as popular as they once were, the segment is full of some of the best vehicles on the market. Chief among these is the Honda Accord. A perennial favorite of buyers and critics alike, the newest model counts expressive styling among the typical Accord strengths such as a passenger-friendly cabin and a cushy ride. The Accord’s priced like a midsize, but its vast amount of interior space is more akin to what you’ll find in a full-size sedan. In upper trims, the quality of materials is closer to what you’d find in a luxury sedan than any of its more budget-friendly direct rivals. Buyers looking for an enviable blend of affordability and luxury should put the Accord on their short list. The Accord, however, isn’t faultless. While we like the standard 1.5-liter engine, our long-term Accord with this engine failed to live up to its EPA estimates in real-world driving. We think this small-displacement engine has to work a little harder than anticipated to move the Accord’s hefty mass. If the Accord feels a little conservative to you, be sure to check out the sleek and luxurious Mazda 6. While quite a bit more expensive, the Kia Stinger is a sporty alternative that will have you grinning ear to ear every time you hit the throttle. Honda Accord 2021 – review, fuel economy, engine and release date, read about all of this below!

Interior

The interior’s features and finishes occupy a well-judged middle ground between bargain basement and premium. The Insight feels a bit more upscale than the closely related Civic, and it measures up well to other hybrid competitors. A customizable digital gauge in the instrument panel can display a variety of information, from fuel-economy data to speed-limit info. You sit low in the Insight’s front seats, but there’s plenty of space to stretch out. Adjustable lumbar support is missing from the driver’s seat, however, which is disappointing. The rear seats have plenty of room for two adults. The Insight’s battery pack is located under the rear seat, so it doesn’t infringe on cargo capacity at all; the rear seats still fold mostly flat to accommodate larger items. Several of the Honda’s competitors are hatchbacks—the Insight is a conventional sedan with a separate trunk—which means they can hold more stuff and their large cargo areas are easier to load. The Insight does have a very useful and configurable center console that can hold tons of personal items. There are also a few bins in the cargo area. Honda Accord 2021 – see the photo at the end of the article!

Exterior

The Accord has never been the best-looking sedans in the segment, however, with the 2021 refreshment, it has certainly gotten closer to become one. The 2021 Honda Accord is expected to look just as same as the current model. There may be a few enhancements done here and there, just to give it a fresh feeling, but we’d ask you not to get your hopes high. The 2021 Accord is expected to carry forward the same “waterfall” all-LED headlamps from the previous year model. Adding to this effect is the front grille that grabs attention with its shiny chrome treatment. On the sides, the gently inclining C-pillars cleanly blend into the trunk, extending a Sportback-Esque profile to the onlookers. At the back, it all sums up with beautifully crafted taillamps that sneak up into the side profile of the car. Dimensionwise, the 2021 Honda Accord should be just as spacious and ground-hugging as its previous-year model, if not more.

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Besides, an Accord Type R would be an incredibly straightforward thing for Honda to produce. The company already has most of the components needed to transform the Accord accordingly, says Doug Macmillan, one of the founders of Honda tuner Hondata. (The outfit offers a series of affordable engine computer tweaks for the Civic and Accord, and thus is well versed in what either Honda is capable of, power-wise.) Doug immediately nixed our assumption that a Honda Accord Type R would simply borrow the current Civic Type R’s mighty 306-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Even though that engine should and does bolt right in, given how it’s loosely related to the Accord’s optional 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, Doug says its sensor package and computer are German. (Thank the Euro market for driving the hi-po Civic’s development. ) The stock, American-built Accord has a Japanese wiring harness. Therefore, surprise, the German-speaking Type R engine doesn’t play nicely together with the Accord’s Japanese computer, we’re told, and any efforts to make them would be colossally time-consuming and money-intensive. As Doug told us, it’s “far, far easier to bolt on the Civic Type R turbo and other go-fast bits and pieces and go from there.” Skipping the Civic Type R engine, then, seems like the path Honda would take in creating the Accord Type R, if it were to undertake such a project. Per Hondata, running a computer tune (and premium fuel—the stock Accord recommends regular as the minimum grade) and bolting on the Civic Type R’s turbocharger in place of the stock unit nets an extra 60 horsepower from the Accord’s 2.0T engine. That brings output up to around 312 horsepower; go nuts with intake and exhaust bolt-ons, and there’s even more power to be found. Doug says he’s seen one earnestly modified Accord 2.0T engine with flex-fuel capability (it can run higher ethanol-gasoline blends) put down over 400 ponies. Dial the crazy down to dealer-salable (and warranty-able) levels, and you’d be looking at around 350 horsepower or so for a would-be Honda Accord Type R using a lightly upgraded, Accord-spec 2.0-liter engine. Of course, to fully earn Honda’s Type R badge, the Accord would need some extra visual sizzle (as you can see in our exclusive renderings here) plus suspension, tire, and brake upgrades. We’d implore Honda to keep the Accord Sport’s optional six-speed manual transmission, too, although Doug from Hondata notes that their modified Accords are quicker when equipped with the available 10-speed automatic. Figure on a price of around $40,000 for this potential Honda-badged sport sedan, provided Honda is listening and gets to work creating it. Which, by the way, get to it, Honda.

Fuel economy

Honda provides two separate EPA ratings for the Insight: 55 mpg city and 49 highway for the lighter LX and EX trims and 51 city and 45 highway for the Insight Touring, which is better-equipped and comes with larger wheels. All three Insight models fall a few miles per gallon short of the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai Ioniq’s EPA ratings. But the Insight Touring achieved 47 mpg on our real-world highway test, 2 mpg better than its EPA rating. Drivers who spend more time in stop-and-go driving can expect even better results; hybrids typically are more efficient in city driving conditions than on the highway.

Horsepower

As the Accord has grown on to attract all types of users with varying tempers, the folks at Honda have ensured that you get the best of both worlds – luxury and performance. Since there aren’t going to be many changes for the 2021 Honda Accord, we expect the same 1.5L, turbocharged, inline-4 motor to discharge duties under the hood producing 192 HP of power and 192 lb-ft of torque. This motor is offered as standard across the lineup and can be mated to either a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual transmission driving just the front wheels (FWD). However, there’s a catch – the stick shifter, just like the current model, is expected to be limited to “Sport” trim only. There is also going to be a 2.0L, Naturally Aspirated, inline-4 motor on offer with the 2021 Honda Accord that will be good for 252 HP of power and 272 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, again, in an FWD setup as standard in the “Touring” trim, but picking the “Sport” trim with this engine will reward you back with a 6-speed stick shifter. There is no CVT on offer with this NA motor. That said, even though the 1.5L motor is low in performance figures, we really admired the punch offered by the turbo as opposed to the calm and sluggish nature of the Accord’s optional 2.0L motor. Nevertheless, overtaking maneuvers won’t pose any problem irrespective of the engine you pick.

Technical specifications

Under its hood, we expect no changes. If this is the case, the 2021 Accord will come standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’ll produce 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. We expect buyers to continue to have the option of a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. We expect most 2021 Accord models with the 1.5-liter to use a continuously variable transmission, while most 2.0-liter-equipped models will boast a 10-speed automatic. Regardless of the engine chosen, we also expect the Accord to remain one of the few midsize sedans with an available six-speed manual transmission. The current Accord crushes it in safety with a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS thanks to “Good” crash-test ratings across the board, “Acceptable” and “Marginal” headlights ratings, and a “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection. The current Accord also comes standard with active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. We expect the 2021 Accord to continue with the same standard safety features and ratings.

Price

LX: $23,885; EX: $25,765; Touring: $29,795. The Honda Insight’s mid-level EX trim comes with plenty of standard features and offers the best value equation. It doesn’t have leather seats like the Touring, but otherwise includes desired extras including a larger infotainment screen, remote start, and proximity-key entry.

Safety

The Insight earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. All Insights come with a comprehensive package of driver assists called Honda Sensing. Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert come standard on EX and Touring models. Key standard safety features include: Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking. Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. Standard adaptive cruise control.

Motors

The Insight does a better job than most hybrids of balancing spry acceleration with miserly fuel economy. It’s about as quick as many conventionally powered compact cars—and way quicker than the hybrid competitors we’ve tested. Its combination of a gas engine and electric motors provides a combined 151 horsepower, which motivates the Insight from zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. It can run on its electric motor alone for roughly one mile at lower speeds but request brisk acceleration and the gasoline engine will kick-in seamlessly. You might notice the engine getting loud under hard acceleration, but the Insight’s powertrain is otherwise quiet and refined. The Insight is an exceedingly pleasant vehicle to drive. It is quiet, comfortable, and refined, and it handles confidently. That’s no wonder, considering it’s in many ways mechanically similar to the Civic sedan, which shares those attributes. Although it’s not overtly sporty, the Insight has a nicely controlled ride and solid handling. Its supple suspension soaks up bumps well, and its quick steering helps it change direction responsively. The predictable and progressive brake pedal in the Insight suffers from little of the clunkiness that plagues the brakes of other hybrids. The Insight’s brakes feel just as confident as a traditional, gas-powered vehicle’s.

Configurations

The 2021 Honda Accord is aimed at bringing a more matured version of the 10th Gen Accord which was introduced back in 2021. There may be some tweaks in the feature list and on the exterior styling front for the new model, but let us give you a heads-up – the 2021 Accord isn’t going to be astonishingly different from the current outgoing model. So, should you wait for the 2021 Honda Accord or go with some other popular choices in the segment like the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and the batman to this superman – The 2021 Toyota Camry? Let’s move ahead and find out. Although you could own a brand new 2021 Honda Accord for $23,870 for the base “LX” trim, Honda is expected to bump up the prices a bit as the calendar hits the year 2021. That said, the 2021 Honda Accord should start at $24,000 for the base trim and shouldn’t go past the $38,000-mark with the range-topping one. While it may sound a bit disappointing considering you can get a fully loaded Toyota Camry for over a thousand dollars less, the Accord surely brings a unique set of features and practicality that is scarce in the segment. Maybe that’s the secret behind Accord’s unmatched success. Who knows! Now, buying a car is one thing, but living with it is completely different. It is the maintenance cost that causes a slow death to your bank balance. However, this mid-size sedan excels in all parameters, including the minuscule maintenance costs. The 2021 Honda Accord had recorded an annual maintenance cost of $400, which is pretty less than the segment average. That said, $400 average annual maintenance cost for 2021 Honda Accord is a blessing in disguise considering the segment average stands at around $496. Another plus one in Accord’s favor!

Review

If you’re excited about some new enhancements in the 2021 Honda Accord, we hate to disappoint you but there won’t be any. However, that shouldn’t be an issue. Fabulous ride quality and comfortable interior are the major reasons behind the Accord’s class-leading sales figures. Hence, even if the 2021 Accord carries forward unchanged, it is still going to be one of the best cabins in the competition, hands down. The Accord’s seats are also going to be the same, with the leatherette seats discharging duties in the lower trims and the leather ones in the top trims. The power adjustability, heating, and ventilation features are obviously going to be the part of the package. The dual-zone climate control has always worked supremely in the 2021 model even on the hottest of days. Expect the 2021 Honda Accord to be just as capable, if not more. As seen in the 2021 model, the 2021 Honda Accord is expected to stick to the same 7.0-inch High-Definition Touchscreen system which will be offered as standard across all trims. However, the feature-list associated with this infotainment swells up as you move up to the higher trim levels. We expect the features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to be offered as standard for the 2021 model year, as the world has moved on to expecting them in almost all cars now. The transitions of the touchscreen system were smooth during our brief session with it. However, the ones on the lower trim were found to be a bit laggy when interacted with them. Nevertheless, the higher placement of the screen certainly aids in better visibility of the content on the screen but could hinder the sight-line of the shorter drivers. That said, the major features that are expected to carry forward in the 2021 Honda Accord are: 160-Watt Audio System; 4-Speaker set; Android Auto; Apple CarPlay; Radio Data System (RDS); 1.0 A USB Audio Interface.

Release date

The official release date of the 2021 Honda Accord was set around the end of fall this year, however, the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has halted most of such launch events. Owing to this situation, Honda, just like most manufacturers, would hold back its 2021 model lineup until things get back to normal. Since there aren’t going to be any major updates in the new model over the current outgoing one, we’d ask you to get yourself the 2021 model itself. It is already a wholesome package that pampers every tantrum you throw at it, be it as an enthusiast or a lazy, laid-back passenger. Honda hasn’t released an official on-sale date for the 2021 Accord, but based on previous release dates, look for a fall 2021 arrival. Pricing is also unconfirmed, but with the 2021 Accord expected to get only a mild refresh, it is pricing likely won’t stray far from the current model’s MSRP range of $24,975 to $37,205 (destination fees included).

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The 10th-generation Honda Accord arrived back in 2021, and it’s remained mostly unchanged since. The 2021 Accord may see a handful of small updates when it arrives to help it remain fresh, but we expect the bulk of the Accord to remain the same. Given the Honda Accord follows a similar schedule as the 10th-generation Civic, we may see a light refresh on the 2021 model. Like the Civic, which received only an updated bumper, we expect this refresh to be very light. Honda understands the Accord is a perennial top seller, so there is no need to change much. With its cabin still plenty fresh and modern, we expect no significant changes inside the 2021 Accord. We expect the 2021 Accord to carry on with the bulk of the interior design remaining the same, including its floating infotainment screen, focus on horizontal lines, push-button transmission, and clean center stack. We could, however, see some light updates like a refined infotainment system and other small items.

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