2021 Honda Accord review

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Honda Accord highlights

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  • Engines are both powerful and fuel-efficient
  • Interior is cavernous and uses upscale materials
  • Sporty handling makes it fun to drive
  • Many advanced driver assist aids come standard on all trims


  • Not as quiet as some rival sedans
  • Low seating position slightly hampers entry and exit

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 32 highway, 26 combined

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The smartly engineered 2021 Honda Accord adds wireless smartphone integration, enhancing its class-above feel

The Honda Accord leads its class of mainstream midsize four-door sedans with a winning blend of driving dynamics, technology features, and upscale refinement. Available with hybrid and conventional gas engines, standard equipment includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, and advanced driver assist systems such as automatic emergency braking. A refresh for the 2021 model year added wireless smartphone integration, along with a few minor styling tweaks.

However, the Accord is more than the sum of its parts, and distinguishes itself by feeling a cut above its competitors. Credit goes to the upscale exterior and interior styling, which could easily be from a more expensive luxury brand. The Accord is also surprisingly fun to drive, with sharp steering and sporty handling, but maintains a comfortable ride around town. Our partners at Edmunds have found the Accord’s various powertrains don’t quite match their EPA fuel economy estimates in real-world testing, and we wish the interior was a little quieter, but those are minor quibbles for an otherwise class-leading car.

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What is new for the 2021 Honda Accord?

  • The Accord is available in a new trim called the Sport SE.
  • The EX trim has been discontinued for 2021.
  • Accord trims have been upgraded with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.
  • The EX-L trim now comes with Parking Sensors as standard equipment.
  • The LX trim now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Parking Sensors as standard equipment.

2021 Honda Accord trims

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What We Like

Upscale Feel: Even the base model Accord feels like an upscale car, and not just because of a good set of standard features. Instead, the Accord leaves the driver and passenger alike feeling as if they’re in a more expensive car. Credit goes to the entire package, from how the Accord is styled, to how it’s put together and how it drives.

Performance: The Accord is not a sport sedan, but you could be forgiven for thinking it might be after driving it for a while. Acceleration is average, although with the 2.0T that average is pretty quick, but the responsiveness to driver inputs is where the Accord really shines, responding quickly and smoothly to provide more power when you need it. The Accord corners well, with good grip and no surprises, and the brakes are also strong for smooth stops. We do wish the quick and accurate steering provided more feedback.

Storage: Honda’s reputation for space management is exemplified by the Accord. The trunk is huge, regardless of whether you choose a standard or hybrid drivetrain, and the interior features plentiful spots for small items. There’s a huge center console bin, and a cubby in the dash that easily accommodates a smartphone. Families will also appreciate the easy access car seat anchors in the rear.

What Needs Improvement

Fuel Economy: On paper the Accord has very competitive fuel economy, but our partners at Edmunds show that the Accord comes up short in the real world. Even the smaller 1.5-liter gasoline powered engine and the hybrids can’t quite match their EPA estimates, while other cars in this class can.

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If you're looking for engaging driving dynamics, check out the sport-styled 2017-2019 Honda Civic. Choose from three body types: sedan, two-door coupe, or hatchback. Stay in control with an available six-speed manual transmission, or enjoy the smooth ride of the continuously variable transmission. When equipped with the optional turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine, the 2017-2019 Honda Civic gets an impressive EPA-estimated 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.

The Touring trim on the 2017-2019 Honda Civic adds heated rear seats, leather seating, a 450-watt sound system, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids.

You'll get many in-demand features standard on a 2017-2019 Honda Civic, including:

  • LED daytime running lights

  • Four-speaker audio system

  • Multi-angle rearview camera

  • Automatic climate control

  • Bluetooth audio streaming

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Honda Accord an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Honda Accord 5th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Honda Accord features and specs

LX 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.3"/R 40.4"

Head room

F 39.5"/R 37.3"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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Color options

Exterior 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

Interior details

  • 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

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2021 Honda Accord received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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