Fresh Styling and Updates on the New 2021 Honda Accord

November 12th, 2020 by

The entire 2021 Accord model line has raised the bar with upgraded styling, tech and safety features. Specifically, the Accord Hybrid has been updated with stronger, more responsive acceleration and upsized 19-inch alloy wheels for its Touring trim. A new Sport Special Edition trim has been added to the Accord family that adds premium features to popular Sport 1.5T.

The Honda Accord has established itself as the benchmark midsize sedan and the 2021 edition builds on this legacy with a refresh that includes updates to styling, technology, drivability and safety features. The Hybrid model has been given upgrades that improve upon its already impressive performance as well as its overall design. Available now at Schaller Honda in New Britain, CT, the 2021 Accord carries an affordable MSRP starting at $24,770 and the Accord Hybrid is available at a starting MSRP of $26,370.

“The new Honda Accord Hybrid is really the Accord to buy, offering customers more of everything they like about Accord — more power, refinement and, of course, excellent fuel economy ratings,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations at American Honda.

2021 ACCORD UPGRADES

Every Accord model has been given a facelift with a wider, restyled grille up front that offers a more seamless integration the Honda Sensing® system’s radar unit. The Sport, EX and Touring trims have been given new high and low-beam LED headlights with vastly improved road illumination. Fog lights have been redesigned with a tighter profile and LX, EX-L and Touring trims have new alloy wheel designs. The Sport, Sport Special Edition (SE) and Touring trims are now offered in a brand new color: Sonic Gray Pearl.

Turning attention to its sophisticated interior, you’ll discover 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, and EX-L and Touring trims (EX and above on Hybrid models) boast new wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. Wireless charging and smartphone integration eliminates the need to plug-in your phone enhancing convenience and freeing up available USB ports for passenger phones. 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.

ACCORD HYBRID

Honda engineers have updated Accord’s innovative two-motor hybrid system to have a more precise throttle response and a more naturally increasing acceleration to driver 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. Accord Hybrid’s unique powertrain design allows it to operate solely on electric power longer than other hybrids, improving your fuel economy and lessening the environmental impact. The motors utilize magnets that contain no rare-earth metals, reducing cost, weight and impact.

Visually, 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 new edition to the 2021 Accord lineup replaces the Accord EX 1.5T and expands on the popular Sport trim with popular features that you have been asking for. Amenities include 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, which is already equipped with dual rear USB ports, leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, leather-wrapped shift knob, and an 8-speaker audio system. Accord Sport and Sport SE can be 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.

2021 Honda Accord Pricing & EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Model / Trim

Drivetrain

MSRP1

MSRP1 Including $955 Destination Charge

EPA Mileage Rating (City/Hwy/Combined)2

Accord LX

1.5T/CVT

$24,770

$25,725

30 / 38 / 33

Accord Sport

1.5T/CVT

$27,230

$28,185

29 / 35 / 32

Accord Sport SE

1.5T/CVT

$28,720

$29,675

29 / 35 / 32

Accord EX-L

1.5T/CVT

$31,090

$32,045

30 / 38 / 33

Accord Sport 2.0T

2.0T/10AT

$31,910

$32,865

22 / 32 / 26

Accord Touring

2.0T/10AT

$36,700

$37,655

22 / 32 / 26

Accord Hybrid

Hybrid

$26,370

$27,325

48 / 48 / 48

Accord Hybrid EX

Hybrid

$30,320

$31,275

48 / 48 / 48

Accord Hybrid EX-L

Hybrid

$32,690

$33,645

48 / 48 / 48

Accord Hybrid Touring

Hybrid

$36,240

$37,195

44 / 41 / 43

1 MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $955 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (Hybrid only), and other factors.

POWERTRAIN AND DRIVING DYNAMICS

In addition to the updates made to 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.

Powertrain Specs

 

1.5T

Hybrid

2.0T

Engine

1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

2.0-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine; AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder

Transmission

CVT

NA

10AT

Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)

192 @ 5,500

212 @6,200 (total system; not SAE net)

252 @ 6,500

Torque @ rpm (lb.-ft., SAE net)

192 @ 1,600-5,000

232 @ 0-2,000 (not SAE net)

273 @ 1,500-4,000

Recommended fuel

Regular Unleaded

Regular Unleaded

Regular Unleaded

CARB emissions rating

LEV3-SULEV30

LEV3-SULEV30

LEV3-SULEV30

Tune-up interval

100,000 +/- miles tune-up interval

100,000+/- miles engine tune-up interval

100,000 +/- miles tune-up interval

 

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.

Accord Key Features

Feature

LX

Sport

Sport SE

EX-L

Sport 2.0T

Touring

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 headlights

Low 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

Feature

LX

EX

EX-L

Touring

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 Headlights

Low 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

 

 

 

Source: https://hondanews.com/en-US/honda-automobiles/releases/2021-honda-accord-gets-refreshed-styling-updated-hybrid-variant-new-sport-special-edition-trim-plus-wireless-apple-carplay-and-android-auto-integration

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