2021 Honda Accord Gets Many Updates, Misses a Few Things

The current-generation Honda Accord has reached the midpoint of its cycle and a proper update is in order—especially with its arch nemesis, the Toyota Camry, getting an update of its own for 2021.

All Accord models now boast a wider, restyled grille. Sport and above models get new LED high- and low-beam headlights with longer and wider down-the-road illumination. Also new are smaller openings for the fog lights, new alloy wheel designs and an additional body colour called Sonic Gray Pearl.

Inside, the front USB ports have been moved to the front of the centre console for easier access, while Sport and higher trims now include dual 2.5-volt USB ports for rear-seat passengers. In some cases, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is offered. There’s also a new Rear Seat Reminder that chimes when the car is turned off, with a notification on the instrument panel reminding drivers to check the rear seating area when exiting the car for children, pets or other precious cargo. 

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The Accord SE is new to the lineup for 2021, replacing Accord LX. This entry trim is exclusive to customers in Canada and shares styling with the popular Accord Sport.  The new SE comes equipped with 19-inch wheels, full LED lighting with LED fog lights, a rear trunk lid spoiler, dark chrome grille and chrome exhaust finishers. In the cabin, the SE is equipped with leatherette/fabric seating surfaces, a leather steering wheel and 12-way power driver’s seat. 

If you were hoping for some engine upgrades, we’re sorry to tell you there are none. And while more and more midsize sedans are offering all-wheel drive, like the aforementioned Camry and the Nissan Altima, that’s not the case here.

As previously reported, the Accord is losing its manual gearbox option—the only one that remained in the segment—due to a take rate of just 2 percent. It will now exclusively offer a CVT with the 1.5-litre turbo engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission with the 2.0-litre turbo.

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On the other hand, the Accord Hybrid benefits from updates to the two-motor hybrid system for a more direct and immediate throttle response with a more natural acceleration feeling, Honda claims.

Finally, you should know that safety has been enhanced in top-line Touring trim with the addition of a new front and rear braking system called Low Speed Braking Control. Using sonar-based parking sensors, the system can sense solid objects at low speeds, such as in parking situations, and warn the driver or apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision. What’s more, Honda has revised the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist systems for easier use and more natural vehicle operation.

On sale at Honda dealerships beginning December 4, the 2021 Accord will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $32,305 (not including destination and handling), while the 2021 Accord Hybrid will be available at a starting MSRP of $35,805.

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