Honda's large sedan is now in its 10th generation. The latest was launched in 2018, so three years later Honda has made some small changes for 2021 to help keep it looking fresh.
A wider grille that better integrates the car's driver assistance sensors is the most noticeable change outside, but new LED high and low beam lights have been installed and the fog light openings have shrunk. An SE trim becomes the new base model, while the manual transmission is gone from the lineup. All new Accords get wireless Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay plus wireless device charging. Blind spot assistance and a rear belt reminder are included and Honda Sensing has been tweaked for smoother braking and more natural-feeling lane centering.
The Honda Accord is offered in four trim levels for 2021. SE, Sport, EX-L, and Touring. All come with a 192 hp 1.5L turbo four-cylinder and CVT driving the front wheels, while Sport and Touring are both offered in 2.0 versions with a 2.0L turbo-four with 252 hp and a 10-speed automatic.
Starting with SE, the Honda Sensing driver assistance suite includes collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise with low-speed follow, lane keeping, blind spot alert, and rear cross traffic monitoring. SE has body-colour door handles and side-sill garnish as well as a dark chrome grille, dual exhaust, and LED lights. A 7.0-inch digital dash is standard as is active noise control and dual-zone climate, power door locks and windows, and proximity key with push-start. The driver seat has 12-way power adjustment (four-way manual passenger) with heated front seats and a leather-wrapped wheel. The seating surfaces are fabric and leatherette.
Sport adds a power moonroof and a heated steering wheel as well as a premium 10-speaker audio system. EX-L offers 17-inch wheels, chrome door handles, and a bright chrome grille. The passenger mirror has reverse-tilt, and there is no rear spoiler. An acoustic windshield comes standard as does an auto-dimming mirror, HomeLink remote, rear console vents, driver seat memory, power passenger seat, heated rear seats, and perforated leather seating.
Touring adds rain-sensing wipers and interior ambient lighting. The Display Audio system gains navigation and bilingual voice recognition, there is a head-up display, and ventilated front seats.
1.5L models are rated to get 7.8 L/100 km city, 6.5 highway while 2.0 models should get 10.4/7.4.