A sporty, well-equipped midsize sedan.

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If you're on the lookout for a stylish and practical midsize sedan that can keep up with your busy lifestyle, then look no further than the 2021 Honda Accord. It's a car that balances everyday practicality and sporty excitement, offers a selection of engines that blend power and efficiency, has a spacious and well-equipped interior, and provides smooth yet exciting handling and performance. The 2021 Honda Accord is a midsize sedan that brings the best parts of smaller compact cars and larger full-size sedans together, in a great-looking and fun to drive package. What's not to love?

While we currently do not have many 2021 Honda Accords on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Honda Accord with similar features.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Honda Accord review:

Key Specs & Features


  • The 2021 Honda Accord with the 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive, achieves an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.1
  • When equipped with the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and ten-speed automatic transmission, the 2021 Honda Accord can achieve an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined.1

Cargo Space:

  • The 2021 Honda Accord offers up to 16.7 cu-ft of cargo volume in the trunk behind the rear seats.

Seating Capacity:

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  • The 2021 Honda Accord has seating for up to five passengers.
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Engine Options:

  • The standard engine for the 2021 Honda Accord is a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque.
  • Also available is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, increasing output to 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

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  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Forward collision warning and mitigation
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration.


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5 Reasons To Buy

1. Efficient and Exciting Engines

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Is it possible to have performance and practicality in one engine bay? Honda thinks so, and the 2021 Honda Accord proves it. There are two different engine options to choose from, both with their own unique characteristics. If minimizing trips to the pumps is your main priority, the base 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine is your pick. Having 192 hp means it isn't exactly underpowered, but most importantly it is capable of an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.1

If that's not quite enough power for you, consider the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant. This ups the output to 252 hp, but is still capable of an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined - including 32 mpg on the highway.1 So if you're looking for a car that can handle city driving and longer-distance cruising with ease, the 2021 Honda Accord is a great choice.

2. Midsize on the Outside, Full-Size on the Inside

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Looks can be deceiving, and the 2021 Honda Accord's stylish midsize sedan body hides an interior that is a lot larger than you might expect. Five passengers can sit inside comfortably, and in total there's 105.6 cu-ft of passenger volume available. This means that even with a full complement of passengers aboard, everybody has space to stretch out and enjoy the journey comfortably.

There's also a deceptively large trunk area, with 16.7 cu-ft of cargo volume available behind the rear seats - and more available with them folded. So though the 2021 Honda Accord might not be a full-size car per se, you still get all the space and comfort inside you could want from much larger cars.

3. A Packed Feature List

Every model and trim level of the 2021 Honda Accord is packed full of features and equipment, meaning that no matter which one you pick, you'll get maximum bang for your buck. The base LX model includes features like dual-zone automatic climate control and an eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration while stepping up to the Sport trim adds paddle shifters, rear-seat USB ports, and heated front seats on Sport SE models. And at the very top of the range is the Touring trim, including a heads-up display, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a wireless charging pad.

The 2021 Honda Accord is a technology-forward midsize sedan and is a great choice for those who want the best in interior equipment and functionality.

4. Driver Convenience Tech in Abundance

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Included within that impressive feature list is a generous amount of driver convenience features, to give you that extra peace of mind while out driving. Base models feature front collision warning and mitigation to help avoid and minimize collisions, as well as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist to make highway driving a breeze. Elsewhere in the 2021 Honda Accord model range are features such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors (both on EX-L models), and low-speed anti-collision braking (Touring models). For a midsize sedan that makes everyday driving more convenient, both in the city and on the highway, the 2021 Honda Accord has you covered.

5. Eight Exterior Colors Available

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With a new facelift for 2021, the Honda Accord remains a very stylish and sleek midsize sedan. So it's only fair that it gets a strong selection of exterior colors for you to choose from, right? Happily, that's exactly what you get. There are eight colors available, including a variety of silver and gray tones for a more low-key look, and some more bold choices to really maximize the curb appeal of this sleek sedan. Some favorites include San Marino Red, Still Night Pearl (blue), and Platinum White Pearl, all eye-catching and guaranteed to turn heads on the street. Whichever one you choose, be assured that the 2021 Honda Accord will look great in that color.

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • LX: Includes dual-zone automatic climate control, four-speaker sound system, forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and more.
  • Sport: Adds a rear spoiler, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, paddle shifters, rear-seat USB charge ports, and more.
  • Sport SE: Adds keyless entry, heated mirrors, remote ignition, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and more.3
  • EX-L: Adds front and rear parking sensors, wireless charging pad, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and more.
  • Sport 2.0T: Includes most Sport SE features, and adds 2.0L turbocharged engine, wireless charging pad, sunroof, and more.
  • Touring: Adds rain-sensing windshield wipers, heads-up display, low-speed anti-collision braking, navigation system, and more.

Available Colors

  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Radiant Red Metallic
  • San Marino Red
  • Sonic Gray Pearl
  • Still Night Pearl


  • Seats up to five passengers
  • Maximum passenger volume of 105.6 cu-ft.
  • Maximum cargo volume behind the rear seats of 16.7 cu-ft.
  • Fold-down rear seats
  • Leather upholstery on Sport SE trims upwards

2021 Honda Accord: Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 Honda Accord is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Honda Accord.2

  • 2012 — Average price less than $13,0002
  • 2013 — Average price less than $14,5002
  • 2014 — Average price less than $15,5002
  • 2015 — Average price less than $16,5002
  • 2016 — Average price less than $18,5002
  • 2017 — Average price less than $19,5002
  • 2018 — Average price less than $23,5002
  • 2019 — Average price less than $25,5002
  • 2020 — Average price less than $28,5002

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Honda Accord, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.


The 2021 Honda Accord received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Honda Accord, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic ticks a lot of boxes. A sleek and stylish body opens up to reveal, for 2019 sedans, seating for up to five passengers, 91 cu-ft of passenger volume including plenty of legroom for all passengers, plus an additional 12.1 cu-ft of cargo volume in the trunk. Additionally, thrill-seekers have the option of selecting the top-level Type R trim, featuring a turbocharged engine producing 306 horsepower (2017–2019 models), six-speed manual transmission, high-performance brakes, and a sporty suspension set up. Whatever model 2017–2019 Civic you select, you get a great selection of equipment, including:

  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Seven-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration (EX trims upwards)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (EX-T trims upwards)

Toyota Camry

With a new generation and new look for 2018, the Toyota Camry remains a great pick for a comfortable, practical midsize sedan. There's a choice of two engines on 2018-19 models; the standard 2.5L four-cylinder powerplant can achieve an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined, and the optional 3.5L V6 engine produces a potent 301 horsepower.1 The newly redesigned body is sleek and low-slung, but double-wishbone rear suspension means you get a comfortable, smooth ride without compromising on passenger or cargo volume. Speaking of which, five passengers can sit inside comfortably, with 2019 models offering 100.4 cu-ft of passenger volume and 15.1 cu-ft of luggage volume in the trunk. You'll find 2019 Camry models are also very well-equipped, offering features like:

  • A suite of driver convenience features, including adaptive cruise control and lane departure alert
  • Seven-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa® connectivity
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (XLE/XSE models upwards)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (XLE/XSE models)
  • Wireless smartphone charging (XLE/XSE models)

Nissan Altima

Another great choice for a sleek, stylish family sedan is the Nissan Altima. With a brand new sixth-generation introduced in 2019, the Altima features new styling, a packed feature list, a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and two engine options available. The standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine is good for an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined when paired with continuously-variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.1 Optionally, a 2.0L turbocharged engine is available on SR and Platinum trims, with 248 horsepower for more pulling power away from the line. Inside, there's space for five passengers, 101 cu-ft of passenger volume, and 15 cu-ft of luggage volume behind the 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The feature list for the 2019 Nissan Altima is suitably stacked too, including:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (SR models)
  • Lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist (SV models)
  • Adaptive cruise control (SV models)

The Bottom Line

The 2021 Honda Accord is the midsize sedan that blends everyday practicality with excitement and fun. For daily driving and grocery-getting, it features a spacious interior and a packed feature list. And if you want to feel the thrill of higher performance or tackle longer highway cruises with ease, there's that powerful 2.0L turbocharged engine and dynamic handling.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Based on prices on carmax.com from April 9, 2019 through September 10, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
3Remote start functionality may require the purchase of a subscription plan and/or a compatible device like a smartphone. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
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