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2021 Honda Accord Review: Prices, Release Date, And Changes Explained

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Amratya Nigam

Automotive Journalist July 13, 2020 at 12:02 PM
The 2021 Honda Accord isn't going to bring many changes as opposed to the 2020 model, however, its already plush interiors and the unmatched comfort factor remains one of the best in the segment. Scheduled to release around fall this year, should you wait for the 2021 Honda Accord or just go with the 2020 model itself? Let's move ahead and find out.

Achieving this feat constantly for over a decade now, the Honda Accord has been one of the most sold midsize sedans in the US. Even the recent 2020 model had everything right in its portfolio, so much so that we couldn’t get our hands off it. However, as the year 2021 is making way for updated models of the rival cars, Honda plans to get into the battlefield with the same Accord, with no significant changes, challenging the newbies to come to take it up straight with the Godfather himself!


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The 2021 Honda Accord is aimed at bringing a more matured version of the 10th Gen Accord which was introduced back in 2018. There may be some tweaks in the feature list and on the exterior styling front for the new model, but let us give you a heads-up - the 2021 Accord isn’t going to be astonishingly different from the current outgoing model. So, should you wait for the 2021 Honda Accord or go with some other popular choices in the segment like the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and the batman to this superman - The 2021 Toyota Camry? Let’s move ahead and find out.

What’s the Price and Maintenance Cost of the 2021 Honda Accord?

Although you could own a brand new 2020 Honda Accord for $23,870 for the base “LX” trim, Honda is expected to bump up the prices a bit as the calendar hits the year 2021. That said, the 2021 Honda Accord should start at $24,000 for the base trim and shouldn’t go past the $38,000-mark with the range-topping one.

While it may sound a bit disappointing considering you can get a fully loaded Toyota Camry for over a thousand dollars less, the Accord surely brings a unique set of features and practicality that is scarce in the segment. Maybe that’s the secret behind Accord’s unmatched success. Who knows!

Now, buying a car is one thing, but living with it is completely different. It is the maintenance cost that causes a slow death to your bank balance. However, this mid-size sedan excels in all parameters, including the minuscule maintenance costs. The 2020 Honda Accord had recorded an annual maintenance cost of $400, which is pretty less than the segment average. That said, $400 average annual maintenance cost for 2021 Honda Accord is a blessing in disguise considering the segment average stands at around $496. Another plus one in Accord’s favor!

What’s the Engine under the 2021 Honda Accord’s hood?

As the Accord has grown on to attract all types of users with varying tempers, the folks at Honda have ensured that you get the best of both worlds - luxury and performance. Since there aren’t going to be many changes for the 2021 Honda Accord, we expect the same 1.5L, turbocharged, inline-4 motor to discharge duties under the hood producing 192 HP of power and 192 lb-ft of torque.

This motor is offered as standard across the lineup and can be mated to either a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual transmission driving just the front wheels (FWD). However, there’s a catch - the stick shifter, just like the current model, is expected to be limited to “Sport” trim only. 

There is also going to be a 2.0L, Naturally Aspirated, inline-4 motor on offer with the 2021 Honda Accord that will be good for 252 HP of power and 272 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, again, in an FWD setup as standard in the “Touring” trim, but picking the “Sport” trim with this engine will reward you back with a 6-speed stick shifter.

There is no CVT on offer with this NA motor. That said, even though the 1.5L motor is low in performance figures, we really admired the punch offered by the turbo as opposed to the calm and sluggish nature of the Accord's optional 2.0L motor. Nevertheless, overtaking maneuvers won’t pose any problem irrespective of the engine you pick. 

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

MSRP

$24,000

$24,295

$23,170

$24,100

Engine

1.5L, Turbocharged, Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated, Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT 

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Power

192 hp @ 5,500 rpm

203 hp @ 6,600 rpm

173 hp @ 6,000 rpm

188 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque 

192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

174 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

The Accord’s 1.5L motor is a hoot to drive and if by any chance, you have opted for the slick 6-speed manual, you’ll keep looking for excuses to stay on the road all day long! That said, the Accord also remains to be the only turbocharged vehicle here, as the others that fall into this price bracket bring NA motors to the table. Though not as fun as the 1.5 Accord, the Toyota Camry and the Ford Fusion are two such rivals that pack the abilities to de-throne it.

What are the MPG figures of the 2021 Honda Accord?

Since there aren’t going to be any significant changes in the 2021 Honda Accord’s powertrains, the MPG figures shouldn’t be affected much. That said, a 1.5L, 6-speed manual-equipped 2021 Honda Accord should churn out 26 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. In case you opt for the fuel-friendly CVT gearbox, the numbers escalate to 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on highways, which is really very impressive for a sedan coming from this segment.

The rather fuel-guzzling 2.0L unit can also be mated to two different gearboxes, as discussed already. The 6-speed manual-equipped 2.0L Honda Accord should be good for 22 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highways. Even if you pick the 10-speed automatic, these numbers do not get affected much, unlike the case with the CVT unit. That said, the Accord’s 14.8-gallon fuel tank is pretty favorable for long trips, translating to a combined overall range of 488 miles.

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

MPG (City)

30

29

21

28

MPG (Highway)

38

41

31

39

MPG (Combined)

33

34

25

32

Fuel Capacity 

14.8 gallons

14.5 gallons

16.5 gallons

16.2 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

444/562/488 miles

442/595/505 miles

347/512/412 miles

454/632/518 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

5.3

5.2 

7.3

5.5

The Honda Accord has always been one of the creamiest contenders of this segment whenever fuel economy has come into the discussion. However, the next bet - Toyota Camry, is suddenly gaining traction here as it is the most frugal vehicle in the segment if you spend more time on the freeways especially. The Ford Fusion takes a beating in the fuel economy department yet again as it comes equipped with the most fuel-hungry motor under the hood.

What changes can you expect from the 2021 Honda Accord’s Exterior?

The Accord has never been the best-looking sedans in the segment, however, with the 2018 refreshment, it has certainly gotten closer to become one. The 2021 Honda Accord is expected to look just as same as the current model. There may be a few enhancements done here and there, just to give it a fresh feeling, but we’d ask you not to get your hopes high.

The 2021 Accord is expected to carry forward the same “waterfall” all-LED headlamps from the previous year model. Adding to this effect is the front grille that grabs attention with its shiny chrome treatment. On the sides, the gently inclining C-pillars cleanly blend into the trunk, extending a Sportback-Esque profile to the onlookers.

At the back, it all sums up with beautifully crafted taillamps that sneak up into the side profile of the car. Dimensionwise, the 2021 Honda Accord should be just as spacious and ground-hugging as its previous-year model, if not more.

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

Curb Weight (lbs)

3131 lbs

3241 lbs

3472 lbs

3212 lbs

Length (in)

192.2

192.1

191.8

192.9

Width (in)

73.3

72.4

72.9

72.9

Height (in)

57.1

56.9

58.2

56.7

Ground Clearance (in)

N/A

5.7

N/A

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

111.4

111.2

112.2

111.2

Extravagant dimensions translate to an equally brutal presence on the road and a spacious cabin as well. The 2021 Honda Accord is expected to be just that, showcasing some of the most extravagant dimensions of the lot. The Ford Fusion sure is a bigger sedan, but then its heavy curb weight and a fuel-guzzler engine is just a bit too much compromise for a few extra inches of length. The Nissan Altima's low roofline translates to a cramped up seating posture, which could get discomforting for the tall passengers.

What’s going to change in the 2021 Honda Accord’s interior?

If you’re excited about some new enhancements in the 2021 Honda Accord, we hate to disappoint you but there won’t be any. However, that shouldn’t be an issue. Fabulous ride quality and comfortable interior are the major reasons behind the Accord’s class-leading sales figures. Hence, even if the 2021 Accord carries forward unchanged, it is still going to be one of the best cabins in the competition, hands down.

The Accord’s seats are also going to be the same, with the leatherette seats discharging duties in the lower trims and the leather ones in the top trims. The power adjustability, heating, and ventilation features are obviously going to be the part of the package. The dual-zone climate control has always worked supremely in the 2020 model even on the hottest of days. Expect the 2021 Honda Accord to be just as capable, if not more. 

Models

2021 Honda Accord (Expected)

2020 Toyota Camry

2020 Ford Fusion

2020 Nissan Altima

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

39.2/57.8/44.3

39.2/58.2/43.8

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/56.5/40.4

38.0/55.7/38.0

37.8/56.9/38.3

36.9/57.1/35.2

As the numbers speak for themselves, the 2020 Honda Accord is, and always has been the most spacious vehicles in the segment, in terms of passenger volume. The 2021 Accord isn’t going to let down its predecessor either, considering there’s barely anything that will change. The Camry also offers the second-most capable cabins in the segment but falls slightly short of its Japanese arch-rival. That said, some of the major interior features that are expected to carry forward in the 2021 Honda Accord are:

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control System
  • Power windows with Auto Up/Down feature for front row
  • Push Button Start
  • Center Console with Armrest and Storage Compartment
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • 12-Volt Power Outlets
  • Floor Mats
  • Illuminated Steering Wheel Mounted Controls
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column

Are there going to be any changes in the 2021 Honda Accord’s Infotainment system?

As seen in the 2020 model, the 2021 Honda Accord is expected to stick to the same 7.0-inch High-Definition Touchscreen system which will be offered as standard across all trims. However, the feature-list associated with this infotainment swells up as you move up to the higher trim levels. We expect the features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to be offered as standard for the 2021 model year, as the world has moved on to expecting them in almost all cars now. 

The transitions of the touchscreen system were smooth during our brief session with it. However, the ones on the lower trim were found to be a bit laggy when interacted with them. Nevertheless, the higher placement of the screen certainly aids in better visibility of the content on the screen but could hinder the sight-line of the shorter drivers. That said, the major features that are expected to carry forward in the 2021 Honda Accord are:

  • 160-Watt Audio System 
  • 4-Speaker set
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Radio Data System (RDS)
  • 1.0 A USB Audio Interface

What are the Safety Features in the 2021 Honda Accord?

The 10th Gen Honda Accord is based on an all-aluminum structure that imparts maximum rigidity to the architecture of the sedan, meanwhile, keeping a check on the curb weight as well. The 2021 Honda Accord is going to be set on the same platform. The fact that the 2020 Honda Accord had been awarded “5 stars” by NHTSA and is also IIHS’s “Top Safety Pick 2019”, ought to deliver a firm statement about the 2021 Honda Accord’s build quality.

Apart from the structure, the Accord has always been one of the top-deck cars whenever discussed driving assist features. We have no reason to doubt the 2021 model’s feature list as well. That said, some of the key advanced driver-assist safety features that are expected to make way to the new 2021 Honda Accord are:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR)
  • Auto High Beam Headlights
  • Multi-angle Rearview Camera
  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Electronic Brake Distribution

What’s the Release Date of the 2021 Hond Accord and should you wait for it?

The official release date of the 2021 Honda Accord was set around the end of fall this year, however, the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has halted most of such launch events. Owing to this situation, Honda, just like most manufacturers, would hold back its 2021 model lineup until things get back to normal. Since there aren’t going to be any major updates in the new model over the current outgoing one, we’d ask you to get yourself the 2020 model itself. It is already a wholesome package that pampers every tantrum you throw at it, be it as an enthusiast or a lazy, laid-back passenger.

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2021 Honda Accord FAQs

What's the warranty plan with the new Honda Accord?

Honda shall continue to cover the 2021 Honda Accord with the same warranty coverage as the 2020 model itself, offering a 3-yr/36,000-mile basic and 5-yr/50,000-mile powertrain warranty plan. There is no complimentary scheduled maintenance on offer.

Which is better: Toyota Camry or the Honda Accord?

Though both of them come from the same background and are pretty good at what they do, the Toyota Camry is a tad quicker than the Honda Accord and also offers a better overall fuel economy of 34 MPG combined. This gives an upper hand to the Camry over the Accord whereas every other aspect is pretty evenly matched between the two.

Is there going to be an AWD Honda Accord for 2021?

The 2021 Honda Accord isn't subject to many changes this year, making it least likely to be offered in an AWD setup. The 2020 Accord lineup has a couple of engine options (2.0L and a 1.5T) and three transmission options (CVT, 6MT, 10AT) but all of them are set up in an FWD configuration only. That said, do not expect the 2021 Honda Accord to be available as an AWD. Hitting Accord's weakest point though, the 2021 Toyota Camry is sure to bring an AWD trim as well. 

Should I buy a used Honda Accord?

Yes, the Honda Accord is one of the most reliable sedans that money can buy today. Infact, reports suggest that any Accord past the 2013 model year is capable of churning 200,000 miles without breaking a sweat, ofcourse, only if properly cared for. The transmission costs, amounting to around $2,700, come in at around 100,000 miles, but that's alright. So you can buy a used Accord, but we'd suggest don't go to the much older ones as they encountered some serious transmission problems.

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