Apart from the possible minor revisions of the front and rear bumpers, the 10th-gen Honda Accord will enter its 4th model year coming 2021. Expected to be launched toward the end of this year, the 2021 Accord shall continue to delight buyers with its style and opulence.

As one of the most “complete” cars in the midsize sedan segment, the Honda Accord is one of the most selling cars in the States. Apart from its similarly compiled fellow countrymen, the Toyota Camry, no other car manages to rub shoulders with this mighty Jap. Sitting between compact and luxury, the midsize sedan segment aspires to offer a great blend of luxury, comfort, and practicality. That's exactly where the Honda Accord comes ticking all the boxes. The mass-selling sedan further escalated its propositions with its tenth-generation redesign unveiled in 2018 that outshined every single competitor. 

Honda Accord is the segment leader in terms of sales

The tenth-gen Accord is even more plush, stylish, comfortable, spacious, and efficient than its predecessors. Since 2018, the Accord has remained unchanged in its following model years and that's only a good thing. Coming fall of 2020, Honda is expected to release the 2021 Accord without any changes. The Accord is such a balanced car that it's near perfect with barely anything desired to be changed. However, following the lines of tenth-gen Honda Civic, we might get to see some minor styling tweaks on the 2021 Accord. On that note let's dive into a bit more details as to what the 2021 Honda Accord might pack in.

Trims and prices

You can't go any wrong with the 2020 Honda Accord range that kicks in at $23,870 for the base “LX”. The next in hierarchy to the LX are Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring, priced at $26,530, $27,770, $30,270 and $36,100 respectively. The trim structure shall remain the same for 2021 as well, but we do expect a marginal bump in price.

Engine and Transmission

The 2021 Honda Accord will continue to delight buyers with its two peppy engines and three available transmission options. Along with its nicely groomed physical etiquettes, Honda has thoughtfully packed the Accord with two lively and zestful engines to ensure there's something for everyone. Most of the Accord’s on the road today roll out of the factory with the efficiently-tuned 1.5-liter turbo inline-4, good enough for 192 hp and similar ft-lbs. For those wishing for a bit more zeal and enthusiasm, there's also an available 2.0-liter turbo that cranks out 252 hp and 272 ft-lbs

While the 1.5-liter pot comes as standard across the lineup mated to a CVT, the EX-L, Sport and Touring trims can be optioned with the 2.0-liter turbo. The powertrain configuration of the 1.5-liter unit as well as the 2.0-liter and 10-speed auto transmission remain constant across the range, except the Sport. The “Sport” could reconfigure the 1.5-liter engine with a CVT or a 6-speed manual. Even the available 2.0-liter turbo on the Sport could be hitched either to the 10-speed auto or the 6-speed manual. 

Models

2021 Honda Accord (est)

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Mazda 6

Base MSRP

$24,000

$24,100

$24,425

$24,100

Engine

1.5-liter Turbo Inline-4

2.5-liter Inline- 4

2.5-liter Inline- 4

2.5-liter Inline- 4

Transmission

CVT

CVT

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

192 hp @ 5500 rpm

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

192 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm

180 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm

184 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm

186 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

Irrespective of the engine choice, the Accord greets you with good punch and enthusiasm every time you squeeze the pedal. There's nothing even to complain of with its three transmission choices as well. Surprisingly, the 1.5-liter turbo feels more peppy and energetic compared to the 2.0-liter unit which seems rather relaxed.

2021 Honda Accord will be offered with two engine options

Pair the smaller turbo engine with the 6-speed manual and you get an Accord that will urge you to keep spinning it forever. All its other rivals do get close in terms of power but the Accord’s driving experience that stands out from the rest.

Fuel Economy and MPG Figures

We talked about a “balance” of several aspects earlier which every car in the midsize segment thrives upon. Efficiency is one of the key elements of the aforementioned amalgamation which the Accord checks very nicely. With the most likeable 1.5-liter turbo, a 2020 Honda Accord returns 30 mpg in city, 38 on highway and 33 combined. With no physical and mechanical changes, the 2021 Accord shall also deliver identical numbers. 

Models

2021 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Mazda 6

MPG (city)

30

28

29

26

MPG (highway)

38

39

41

35

MPG (combined)

33

32

34

29

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

14.8

16.2

14.5

16.4

Range (city/highway/combined)

444.0/562.4

453.6/631.8 

420.5/594.5

426.4/574.0

In terms of efficiency, the Toyota Camry is surely the undisputed king in the segment but the Accord is also not too far. Thanks to the Camry’s refined powertrain that has efficiency at its utmost priority. The Mazda 6 and Nissan Altima also fare well on the economy front, but not as good as the two “grandmasters” of the segment.

Design and Exterior Highlights

Since it recently underwent a thorough revision, two years back in 2018 for its tenth-generation, exterior changes are very unlikely for the 2021 Accord. However, similar to the tenth-gen Honda Civic, we do expect some minor styling tweaks like a revised front and rear bumper. 

2021 Honda Accord will not recieve any major updates for the 2021 model year 

Thanks to the redesign, the tenth-gen Accord is already the most exotic it has ever been on the outside. The new gen Accord debunked its conservative lines for a sleek and curvy outfit that looks a lot more modern and fresh. The revised front end with new headlamp housings integrated by unibrow chrome strip, gives it a distinctive face. At the back, things remain clean and simple with “C” shaped tail lamps, dual chrome exhausts and an integrated deck-lid spoiler. 

Model

2021 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Mazda 6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3131

3212

3241

3437

Length (in.)

192.2

192.9

192.1

192.7

Width (in.)

73.3

72.9

72.4

72.4

Height (in.)

57.1

56.7

56.9

57.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

5.7

6.5

Wheelbase (in.)

111.4

111.2

111.2

111.4

Above all, it's the present generation Accord’s side profile that will grab your eyeballs. A coupe-like sloping roofline, wide and muscular shoulder line along with large wheel-arches provide enough script to its drama. Overall, unlike the somewhat traditional lineage of its other rivals, the tenth-gen Accord gracefully embraces a distinctively stylish attire for sure. 

Interior, Seating, and Cargo

The updated tenth-gen Accord in 2018 took its already polished interiors to a whole new level. Following the recent update, the Accord beautifully reserved its interior serenity in the upcoming models. Even for 2021, the Honda Accord will greet you with the same vibe and opulence on the inside without any change. Why should it? It just has the right ambiance that one would seek at this price and class.

2021 Honda Accord features a clean and clutter free dash layout

The tenth-gen Accord opens up a spacious cabin which has the best in class front seat headroom and rear seat legroom. Even with a sloping roofline, its rear seat headroom falls short only to the Camry. Apart from the room, you do have all the essential amenities in the box that one would seek in a midsize sedan today. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering, power-adjustable and memory front seats as well as automatic climate control. You name it and the Honda Accord has it.

Models

2021 Honda Accord

2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Mazda 6

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.2/58.2/43.8

38.3/57.7/42.1

38.4/55.9/42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.3/56.5/40.4

36.9/57.1/35.2

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.1/55.1/38.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-fts)

16.7

15.4

14.1

14.7

Above all you will be overwhelmed by its neat and premium interior layout, every time you step inside it. Dual-tone interiors which can also be grabbed with all-black theme work very well with the interior layout. Artistic use of soft-touch materials on the dash, center console and armrest along with wooden inserts ooze luxury, combine that with the light and airy colors and the large windows used inside and the feeling of space is exemplified.

2021 Honda Accord offers one of the most spacious cabins in the segment

A simplistic dash with infotainment screen, climate control knobs and some silver accents only elevate the composure. While the Mazda 6 and Nissan Altima are more trendy on the inside, the Accord and Camry still remind you of their plush old heritage. Apart from cabin space, the Honda Accord also helps you with class-leading cargo area of 16.7 cu-fts. That's enough composition to make you drool over it. 

Infotainment and Connectivity

We might get to see changes in the infotainment department with the 2021 Honda Accord. Contrast to the 7.0-inch touchscreen in the lower models could be updated with a standard 8.0-inch unit. The latter is available only with the Sport and higher trims of the 2020 Accord. No surprise if we also see a better suite of standard features in the 2021 model. Features like SiriusXM Radio, 4G WiFi capability and HondaLink subscription services could be standardized for 2021. These features right now are only available with the higher 2020 Accord models. 

2021 Honda Accord gets the same 8-inch unit as seen in the outgoing model

However, we do get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and USB connectivity on every Honda Accord today. Honda's infotainment system itself is very intuitive with a clutter-free menu and active responses. The present 2020 Accord also offers a 4 and 8-speaker audio system in the lower and mid trims, while the Touring gets a 10-speaker premium audio. The Audio arrangement should also go untampered in the 2021 model.

Safety Features and Ratings

You certainly can’t be a top-seller in the States without a very strong safety standard. The Accord’s trajectory over the years speaks for itself and is testimony to the peace of mind which it brings in. With a healthy suite of safety and driver-assistance features, the Accord ensures top-notch safety of its occupants. With a 5-star rating from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick categorization by IIHS, the 2020 Honda Accord is one of the safest cars on the roads.

 However, for some of the most advanced driver-assistance features, it does ask you to vacate some extra volume of your wallet. Nevertheless, the 2020 Honda Accord offers a very comprehensive suite of safety-tech on board which shall probably remain the same even in 2021. Some of its notable safety features are listed below:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic high beams

Verdict

The present tenth-generation Honda Accord is as good as a midsize sedan could be. With peppy and smooth engines, stylish yet elegant presence, near-luxury fit and finish, great efficiency and best in class practicality, the Accord leaves nothing to be desired of. Among its rivals, it's only the Toyota Camry which promises equally strong attributes (not better for sure). While the camry focuses more on presence and class, the Accord brings in style together with luxury and some driving fun. If you are looking for a midsize sedan, you just cannot overlook the mighty Accord. 

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2021 Honda Accord FAQs

Is the Honda Accord a good car?

Yes, the Honda Accord is a very good midsize sedan that you can buy right now. The mass-selling Japanese is one of the most selling sedans in the States because of its great overall value. It's stylish on the outside, comfortable and premium on the inside offers good efficiency, has a reliable track record and offers plenty of passenger and storage spaces as well. All of that within a price bracket of $25k. 

How fast is the 2020 Honda Accord?

The midsize sedan segment won’t entice you with very light feet for sure. The class of cars consists of mild and relaxed cruisers which are more tuned for comfort and efficiency. However, among its rivals, the Accord happens to be one of the most exciting cars to drive with a set of energetic powertrains strong enough to push the Accord from 0-60 mph in just 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 115 mph.

Is the Honda Accord better than Toyota Camry?

The Accord and Camry have been archenemies for ages now. Both these cars sit in the same price range and class and are very close in their orientation as well. Both these cars offer you comfort, elegant presence, luxury, efficiency, safety, and utility. However, there is a certain difference in the character of both these cars. While the Honda Accord leans more on the style and driveability factor, the Toyota Camry is the most efficient, opulent, comfortable, and classy in its segment.