Midsize executive sedans are perhaps the biggest victim of the SUV craze, but Honda is still betting big on the Accord. The refreshed 2021 Honda Accord executive midsize sedan has just been given a mid-cycle update just two years after this generation first came out.
From the outside, the Accord gets a slightly redesigned grille, which now looks more prominent now than the previous model. There are also new foglight housings and new alloy wheel designs. Moving towards the back, and you’ll see that the changes are quite minor since it’s only limited to a newly redesigned rear bumper.
As for the interior, it largely remains the same as before. Honda did upgrade the features, though, as it’s now equipped with wireless charging along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also new for 2021 is a rear-seat reminder, which alerts drivers before leaving the car if there are passengers or pets that were left in the rear seats.
The Honda Accord’s engines carry over from the previous version with minor tweaks. In the US, the top of the range engine choice is a detuned version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline engine, which produces 256 hp and 370 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The base engine is a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline motor that produces 190 hp and 260 Nm of torque, which is what’s also offered here in our region. New for 2021 is the addition of an engine start/stop system. This engine is mated to a CVT.
Lastly, there’s also a hybrid powertrain that consists of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors. Total system output is at 212 hp, which Honda claims makes the Accord hybrid a full second quicker to 60 mph (96 kph).
As expected with most modern cars nowadays, the 2021 Honda Accord comes with Honda Sensing as standard. This means that it gets full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, just to name a few.
The 2021 Honda Accord is now on sale in the North American market. It’ll take quite a while before the refreshed Accord reaches our market though since our Accord is sourced from Thailand.