The new Honda Accord was refreshed for the 2021 model year, and with it came plenty of accolades, from a Car and Driver’s 10Best – for the 35th time! – to earning the 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, the highest honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Equipped with the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety features and driver-assist technologies, it should come as no surprise.
Honda has been running on a “Safety for Everyone” platform and equipping all new Hondas with Honda Sensing®.
Honda Sensing® includes advanced safety features such as:
- Forward Collision Warning
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning
- Collision Mitigation Braking System with Pedestrian Detection
The 2021 Honda Accord earned the Top Safety Pick+ award by scoring a Superior rating in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention tests. The Accord is joined by the new Honda Insight and 2021 Honda Odyssey as 2020 Top Safety Pick+ winners.
A total of seven new Honda models earned Top Safety Pick awards or higher in 2020. To earn this distinction, a vehicle must pass all six crash-tests with a Good rating or higher. These crash-tests include driver-side and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. The vehicle must also receive an Advanced or Superior rating for both front crash prevention tests and Acceptable or Good ratings for headlights across all trims. Headlights are a notoriously hard test to pass as often only higher trim levels achieve at least an Acceptable score. The new Honda Accord received Acceptable or Good for both options of headlights.
The 2021 Honda Accord is about as safe as they come, but that’s not all. The redesigned 2021 Accord also boasts a now standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ as standard, and a new Rear Seat Reminder included in all Accord models.
On the outside, the 2021 Accord has a new paint color option, Sonic Gray Pearl, available new LED headlamps, a refreshed front grille, and new alloy wheels. Mechanically, Honda has improved throttle response on all trim levels for better driving performance. Gone in the 2021 model year, however, is the option of a six-speed manual transmission.
Also new for the 2021 model year is the Honda Accord Sport SE. The Accord Sport SE replaces the Accord EX and combines its features with the styling of the Accord Sport.
The Accord Sport includes:
- Two more USB ports in the rear
- 8-speaker audio system
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
- Paddle shifters
- Rear trunk lid spoiler
The Accord Sport SE adds to the Sport features:
- Leather seats
- Heated front seats
- Heated mirrors
- Remote engine start
- Smart Entry
- A four-way power passenger seat to go along with the new 12-way power driver’s seat.
Both the Honda Accord Sport and Accord Sport SE have dark chrome grilles and exhaust finishers, exclusive 19-inch wheel designs and LED fog lights.
The 2021 Honda Accord comes standard with a 1.5-L VTEC Turbo® engine that produces 192-horsepower, but upgrade to the Accord Sport 2.0T or Touring and get the 2.0-L VTEC Turbo® with 252 horsepower. Or opt for the Honda Accord Hybrid, which returns for 2021 with updated engine management software and improved Idle Stop performance. The 2021 Accord Hybrid also now has a quicker engine start-up after releasing the brakes.
The new 2021 Honda Accord really does check all the boxes. It is a stylish, comfortable sedan with plenty of room for five that handles well and gets impressive gas mileage. Complete with Honda Sensing® safety features, a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating and affordable pricing with plenty of options for those who want all the bells and whistles, choosing the new Honda Accord is a no brainer.
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