2021 Honda Accord

What’s new

  • Updated front-end styling
  • Revised trim level lineup
  • Newly available wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Manual transmission no longer available
  • Part of the 10th Accord generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • Engines are both powerful and fuel-efficient
  • Interior is cavernous and uses upscale materials
  • Sporty handling makes it fun to drive
  • Many advanced driver safety aids come standard
  • Not as quiet as some rival sedans
  • Low seating position slightly hampers entry and exit
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2021 Honda Accord Review

For a few decades now, the Honda Accord has been a paradigm for a midsize family sedan. Whether you've been looking for safety, fuel economy, performance or a reputation for reliability, the Accord has had something to offer. This continues to hold true for the 2021 Accord. This year's car gets a few updates, including a face-lift and the introduction of wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which means you don't need to use a USB cord to integrate your phone's apps with the touchscreen.

The Accord has been our top pick for a midsize sedan the past few years, but a new rival has managed to just barely edge the praiseworthy Honda out of first place. The Kia K5 does almost everything as well as — or better than — the Accord, but at a lower price and with a bit more style. It's a very close battle between the two, and other contenders including the Mazda 6 and Hyundai Sonata aren't far behind. As close as all of these vehicles are, it may very well come down to personal preference and which dealer can cut you a better deal.

What's it like to live with?

The current 10th-generation Honda Accord has been a hit with Edmunds editors since it debuted in 2018. As a result, we added an Accord EX-L with the 1.5-liter engine to the Edmunds long-term test fleet and logged over 13,000 miles in a year. Check out our long-term Accord test, where we cover our real-world ownership experiences. Note that while we tested a 2018 Accord, most of our observations still apply to the 2021 model.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

8.3 / 10
The Accord is a class leader. It's an undeniably compelling package, and it's enjoyable to drive. Some rival sedans might best the Accord in a few areas, but no other sedan puts it all together as well as this one.

How does it drive?

8.5
We like how the Accord's engine and transmission respond quickly and provide sufficient power. The raw numbers aren't special — our as-tested 0-60 mph time of 8 seconds is average for a base engine in this segment — but the rapid response to driver input is. Honda's CVT automatic will lower engine rpm as much as possible to improve fuel economy, but it responds quickly and smoothly to provide more power when you need it.

The car corners well, sticking to the road with no drama, and the brakes are easy to control for smooth stops. Our panic-stop braking test from 60 mph resulted in an average stopping distance for a midsize sedan, and the Accord's brakes instill confidence thanks to arrow-straight stops. The steering, though accurate and easy, doesn't give you much feel for the road.

How comfortable is it?

8.0
The Accord is quiet and comfortable in most situations. The front seats have well-placed headrests and comfortable back support, but the seat cushions don't have a lot of padding. Finding the right adjustment is important to staying comfortable on long drives. All climate settings can be adjusted with straightforward and clearly labeled manual controls, and the system's automatic setting regulates cabin temperature well.

We tested the top-trim Accord Hybrid Touring, which comes with an adaptive suspension as well as big 19-inch wheels. While we appreciate the extra features of the Touring (ventilated front seats, for example), we haven't found that the adaptive shock absorbers contribute much to the ride quality. In fact, we'd go so far as to recommend either the EX or EX-L trim level if comfort is a priority for you. They cost thousands less than the similarly equipped Touring trim and still have a smooth ride thanks to their smaller 17-inch wheels that have cushier tire sidewalls. The Accord's cabin is nicely insulated against wind noise, though tire noise is noticeable on the highway.

How’s the interior?

8.0
The interior of the Accord offers modern design, quality soft-touch materials, lots of room, and a user-friendly infotainment system and control layout. Basic functions are easy to navigate thanks to physical buttons, but the controls on the wheel aren't intuitively laid out and take getting used to.

The cabin is airy and open, but taller drivers will want to test the seating position since their knees might rub on a piece of hard plastic trim. The doorsills are high and wide, meaning other sedans are a little easier to get in and out of. Rear legroom is excellent, though taller passengers will run out of headroom and will have to duck while exiting the back seat.

How’s the tech?

8.0
The available navigation system's graphics look crisp, and instructions are easy to follow. Honda also did a nice job integrating the infotainment system with the gauge cluster screen and optional head-up display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work well, and the near-field Bluetooth pairing is a neat trick. However, the standard pairing method is easy enough that it's mostly a novelty. The premium audio system produces a lot of volume without distortion, but sound quality is unexceptional for an upgraded system.

Many active safety and driver aids come standard on the Accord, but blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert aren't standard on lower trims. The adaptive cruise control system mostly works well, but it sometimes picks up neighboring lanes in curves. Forward collision alert doesn't deliver false warnings but is very sensitive.

How’s the storage?

9.0
The Accord offers about as much utility as possible for a sedan. It has excellent trunk volume. The opening is wide, if a little narrow, and it's easy to maneuver objects in and out. The 60/40-split folding rear seats open up even more room for long objects. The cabin offers plenty of spots for small items. The center console armrest bin is generously sized, and the front charging ports and wireless charging pad (if equipped) are in a cubby with room for more than one phone.

For family duty, the Accord has car seat anchors that are located under clearly marked flaps and are close to the surface with no seating material impinging on access. Even bulky car seats shouldn't pose a problem.

How economical is it?

7.0
The EPA estimate of 32-33 mpg combined with the base engine is excellent for a midsize sedan. But we only managed to average 28.5 mpg on our evaluation route. Other vehicles we test do a better job of matching the EPA estimates. The Accord's small turbocharged engine seems to get thirsty when driven in the real world.

Is it a good value?

7.5
You get a lot of car for your money. The Accord's interior design is modern and upscale. The touch points are covered in soft-touch materials, and the panels are fit tightly together. Only a few of the textured surfaces reveal themselves to be somewhat tacky-feeling hard plastics. Equipment scales well through the trim levels, so you don't feel like you're being shorted for opting for a lower trim. Dollar for dollar, the Accord feels like it's in a different league.

Wildcard

9.0
You feel good getting in the Accord. It reminds you that you chose wisely as you settle into the low seat. You can sit low and back, ensconced in the vehicle, and it imparts a sensation of being in a much more expensive car. If the steering was sharper, this Honda could even be a sport sedan. As it is, the Accord is a sporty and competent sedan that's actually a lot of fun to whip through corners thanks to its stability.

Which Accord does Edmunds recommend?

The new Sport SE trim replaces the previous EX trim, which got our recommendation last year. Just like its predecessor, it delivers plenty of features for the money. In particular, the keyless entry, leather upholstery and heated seats are worth the price premium over the Sport trim. You also get a handful of other convenience items.

Honda Accord models

The 2021 Honda Accord is a midsize sedan available in six trim levels: LX, Sport, Sport Special Edition (or simply SE), EX-L, Sport 2.0T and Touring. Most Accords come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (192 horsepower) and a continuously variable automatic transmission that powers the front wheels. The Sport 2.0T and Touring receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (252 hp) and a traditional 10-speed automatic transmission. There's also an Accord Hybrid model that is reviewed separately.

LX
This base trim comes well equipped for the price, with feature highlights that include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth upholstery
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features that includes:
    • Frontal collision mitigation (applies the brakes automatically to stop the vehicle to avoid or minimize a collision)
    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping assist (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)

Sport
Stepping up to this model adds some sporty styling flourishes and a few convenience items such as:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Foglights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Unique seat upholstery
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • Rear-seat USB charge ports

Sport SE
This new trim level builds on the regular Sport with more convenience and luxury features that include:

  • Keyless entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote ignition
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front passenger seat

EX-L
Goes without the Sport SE's paddle shifters, spoiler and 19-inch wheels but adds:

  • Sunroof
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Premium 10-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Added safety features that include:
    • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
    • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)

Sport 2.0T
This model is outfitted similar to the Sport SE minus the leather upholstery and power front passenger seat, but it gains the more powerful engine and traditional automatic transmission. It also adds:

  • Sunroof
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging pad

Touring
At the top of the lineup, the Touring is similarly equipped as the EX-L but with the 2.0T engine and transmission. It also adds:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Paddle shifters
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Navigation system
  • Low-speed anti-collision braking (applies the brakes if a collision is imminent between 1 and 6 mph)

Consumer reviews

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1 star reviews: 13%
Average user rating: 4.5 stars based on 8 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, The Sport mode
Kevin L Thomas,
Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

I m not new to Honda brand my and I have been for at least 20 yrs and they’ve yet to disappoint. The quality of the cabin ride has improved quite a bit from the previous version not that they were bad but I love when you closed any door it feels like your in a higher end luxury car without the price tag. Now the handle of the suspension in sport mode takes it to another level and yet mpg is still not to shabby the horsepower from the v6 to 4cylinder with turbo mode is great and it still doesn’t take away from the fuel economy. The technology is very unique because you get all the features of a navigation system without the cost with the apple CarPlay feature sure you use your cell data but the savings of upgrade to have the feature built in well you do the math. So let’s also talk about the easy connection to your cell phone for hands free calls and playing your own music especially with your subscription.

5 out of 5 stars, 2021 Accord LX- An incredible value
Rick R,
LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Just purchased a new 2021 Accord LX after shopping many different vehicles. With standard Apple Carplay, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and dual zone climate control, the features are plenty for me, and are offered at a reasonable price. Cars are all really expensive, so reasonable is a relative term, but I do believe that this was a great value for the money. For me, driving the car is enjoyable. The car gives a stable, larger car ride but with good cornering and feedback from the road. Acceleration is good even in the eco mode and so combined mileage near 30 mpg is good. So far, I am very happy with this purchase and would recommend to anyone looking for a good value in reliable transportation. The fact that the car is built in Ohio is another plus for me. I am happy to support American workers regardless of the brand. Another part of this experience that helped me to be so positive is having the transaction conducted at a dealership that is straightforward and decent to do business with. The salesperson was outstanding and was completely honest with me. It is much easier to like a car more when the purchasing experience is also positive. I look forward to many years of driving this car.

5 out of 5 stars, Incredible Value
TJ,
Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Just hopped into the Accord Sport SE and all I can say is its an absolute steal! The car is stylish, packed with features backed by Honda's unbeatable reliability and support and has more than enough power for the average driver! Go test drive one and you will know its the best car in class for the price.

5 out of 5 stars, Mid Cycle Slight Upgrade
Vcrutchf,
Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

This car sits a little lower than the Ford Fusion.

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2021 Honda Accord videos

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NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Honda Accord, but since the 2021 Honda Accord is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

In this video, Edmunds' Carlos Lago and Elana Scherr find out how the new Hyundai Sonata compares to the Honda Accord. The Honda Accord has been Edmunds’ top recommendation to most shoppers looking for a midsize sedan, but the new Hyundai Sonata looks to be a competent challenger on style, value and features. In this comparison, we determine which one is worth your dollar.

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS: The Honda Accord has long been our favorite family sedan. It's spacious, smart, and nice to drive. It even won our best sedan award two years in a row. SPEAKER: If anything is going to challenge it, it would be the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. It's entirely new and packed with usable features. Mostly usable. CARLOS: We've spent a lot of time evaluating these vehicles. We've done performance testing, static measurements. We've even taken them on our standardized road test loop. We've also lived with the cars, and commuted in rush hour, and ran all the family errands. SPEAKER: All of that sounds pretty thorough, so which one should you buy? CARLOS: That's what we're going to tell you in this video. But before we do, make sure you hit subscribe and visit Edmunds.com to find your perfect car. [MUSIC PLAYING] Yeah, these cars aren't evenly matched with regard to pricing and powertrain. But with that in mind, remember we've tested every variety of Accord over the past few years. We even had a 2018 as a long-term test car. So think of this red touring as a representative of our experience. SPEAKER: Mid-sized sedans have a reputation for being boring, but both the Sonata and the Accord are clearly making efforts design-wise. Now, it's pretty difficult to say which one has the best design because that is so subjective. But I think we can tell you which one has the most design. Carlos, do you have a giant grill? CARLOS: I have a chrome unibrow. SPEAKER: Not as good. Do you have light-up chrome strips? CARLOS: I have chrome, but they don't light up. SPEAKER: I'm taking that point. What about a full chrome greenhouse surround? CARLOS: Partial chrome? SPEAKER: Chrome door handles? CARLOS: Again, partial chrome. SPEAKER: Do you have speed nubbings on the tail lights? CARLOS: Are those fake vortex generators? SPEAKER: Do I look like an aerodynamicist? CARLOS: No, I don't have speed nubbings. SPEAKER: How cool is your hidden trunk release? CARLOS: Uh, not as cool, and my trunk's a little flaccid. SPEAKER: I think it's fair to say that these Sonata wins for most style. Whether you like it or not is up to you. CARLOS: Obviously the interior of a midsize sedan should be functional answer of the duties of a family commuter or both. But because you'll be spending a lot of time inside, it should make you feel good, too. SPEAKER: Based on specs, the interior dimensions are similar, but the Sonata has a few small advantages. It appears to favor the front seats more, especially with regard to leg room. The Sonata is currently telling me that my attention level is high, I think. I don't know. Also, it's saying that it's sunny, which is something I could have figured out by looking out the window. CARLOS: I think so, yeah. Yeah. SPEAKER: What do you think of the interior in the Sonata? CARLOS: I think this design is really strong, but it's ultimately let down by the materials. Like, the layout's really cool, and modern, and pleasant. But then you look at some of the materials they used to put it all together and the way it's kind of assembled, and it just doesn't match the design. The dash material right here and some of the gaps just aren't as uniform or as pleasant as they are in the Accord. SPEAKER: Yeah, I can't argue with that. I like the way that they laid out, like, these door handles that are insert in the door, like a 911 or something. And this is kind of cool and Star-Trekky. But you would never have this much hard black plastic in a real luxury car. CARLOS: Piano black trim across all cars-- this goes for luxury cars, too-- is the worst. It looks great when it's clean. But as soon as I put my gross oily hands on the shifter area, which I would do because I'm shifting while driving the car, look. Now, it's covered with my gross oil hand oil. SPEAKER: That is so gross. CARLOS: And now, you have to touch that. SPEAKER: I'm not touching. [LAUGHTER] CARLOS: OK. But design aside, the Sonata actually does some really nice things with storage, like this front cubby, right? SPEAKER: The cubby is so much better than the one in the Honda. And I'm actually very surprised to ever let a Honda lose in terms of small storage, because they normally do such a good job. But this cubby has more options for more different size phones. You could put things that aren't phones there. You can see what's there and reach it while you're driving without having to dig inside. And all of that cleverness applies all the way back, too. This is really nice in the cup holder. CARLOS: Yeah, yeah. It's really cool that you can have multiple phones in multiple places in the center console and have it not interrupt the functionality, whether you're in the wireless charger, whether you're in the center of the cup holders. Really nice, clever stuff. And then on the right here, I have an additional little cubby that you don't have on that side and the Accord doesn't have it all. And that's really nice just to have more options to put your things. SPEAKER: The other thing about the Sonata has over the Accord is charging ports in the back seat. CARLOS: At least one, yeah. At least one. It doesn't have heated back seats, but I think the power options for rear passengers is more important. And the car seat situation is more traditional, where the anchor points are just sort of wedged in between the seat bottom and the seat cushion. So you do have to reach into them. It's not bad. It's not something to not buy the car over. But just know the Accord pays a little bit more attention to that. SPEAKER: Yeah. I mean, Honda is just really good about thinking about moms and dads, you know, what they might need. CARLOS: Families, yeah. SPEAKER: Families. [LAUGHTER] [MUSIC PLAYING] I cannot reach the dead pedal in this car. CARLOS: And how tall are you with your shoes on? SPEAKER: Like 5'5" with these shoes on. So that's a normal height. I should be able to reach it. And it's, like, two, three inches away from me. So I don't know who their test driver is over at Hyundai, but they are very long-legged. I really like the way that the digital gauge cluster looks, even if it does give me information that I don't necessarily need. CARLOS: Like it's sunny? SPEAKER: Yeah, I know. CARLOS: Yeah, thank you. SPEAKER: And I absolutely adore the way that they integrated this into the dash. It just looks so pretty, and it's really easy to use. Even if you've never been in one before, you'll be able to figure it out. CARLOS: This is like 10.3 inches or something. It is the top of the line system in the Sonata, but you can option it on most Sonata trim levels, and it's just nice. It's powerful. It's high-resolution, definitely a higher resolution than the Accord, and it moves more fluidly, too. And it's a little bit easier to use. Not only that, but when you have Android Auto or Apple CarPlay in use, you get the widescreen version of both those systems. And that's a really nice advantage when you have it, because that's the way I'd like to use those systems. SPEAKER: Yeah. There's a lot of little things in the Sonata that make it kind of cool or quirky. CARLOS: Accord's definitely more comfortable, but this has a lot more tech. Before we move on to functionality and all that, let's talk about overall style of the Accord. SPEAKER: OK. I think it's boring, but nice. [LAUGHTER] CARLOS: Well, here's the thing. When I hop in the Accord, I get a very obvious but kind of undefinable sense of quality. And I think that it has to relate to how the interior is assembled, and just sort of the quality of materials. It just seems nicer than most vehicles in this segment. SPEAKER: Yeah. I mean, if I was just looking into each of the vehicles that we have here, I think that the Sonata actually is a cooler interior. But once I get in, this one feels better put together. CARLOS: Yeah. Now, the backseat, you get heated seats in this car, for sure. But no power ports for backseat passengers? SPEAKER: Yeah, it's interesting. When you think about why people might choose a small SUV over a mid-sized sedan, I think that a lot of that has to do with the design of the seats behind the driver. CARLOS: Let's talk about the car seat hook-up. The upper anchor points are easy to find. You have the lower tether anchor points. I think that's the right term. They're kind of by little fabric blankets that you can fold in. And once you do, the anchor points are right there. You don't have to reach your fingers in and squeeze them in between seat cushions. That's a nice little touch on that in the Accord. SPEAKER: Yeah. Then, you don't have to fight your way through year old Cheerios to find the tethers. I think that if you were looking for a more family-friendly car, unsurprisingly, once again, Honda is the way to go. CARLOS: Now, up front, we can talk about the entertainment system, but I think you want to talk about seats, right? SPEAKER: I mean, I want to take a nap, because this is an extremely comfortable seat, and I'm enjoying sitting in it. CARLOS: The Accord has a nicer front seats, for sure. I mean, I've got a 12-way adjustable seat in the driver's seat. I think year is eight-way adjustable. And they are obviously so much more comfortable than the Sonata's. The Sonata's aren't bad. But for long driving, these are the seats I want to be in. And what's nice are these are the seats that you get across most Accord models, too. SPEAKER: Yeah. I think that there's, like, without question, the Accord has more comfortable. Really just across the board, but especially in terms of the seats. CARLOS: Now, the entertainment display, this is the biggest and nicest screen you can get in the Accord. SPEAKER: It's not that big and it's not that nice. [LAUGHTER] CARLOS: It's an adequate screen. Like, it gets the job done. But the upgraded screen in the Sonata, which you can option on most Sonata trim levels, is just not only bigger, but it's nicer to look at and it's nicer to use, too. SPEAKER: Yeah. It's glossy, and it's really clear, and the cameras are really clear, and it doesn't have these little fiddly buttons. CARLOS: The Accord is definitely the more comfortable car and the one that feels more nicely put together. But it does have some key disadvantages with, again, the entertainment display and interior storage. SPEAKER: Yeah It's also just less interesting, you know? Like, it doesn't have neat digital gauges or anything like that. [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS: When it comes to performance measurements, we don't really care about outright speed. What we care about is how well you can keep pace with the flow of traction, control your position within traffic and make it up freeway on-ramps. But we can talk about overall drivability, too. SPEAKER: Just for the record, I do care about outright speed. But these things are surprisingly decent. CARLOS: Even for mid-sized sedans. This Accord is significantly faster than the Sonata and more enjoyable to drive because its turbo two-liter engine is simply more powerful than the Sonata's 1.6-liter four-cylinder. We should note, however, that the less expensive and more comparable Accord EXL comes with a 1 and 1/2-liter engine that's closer in performance to the Sonata's. On the other hand, you can option the two-liter turbo engine in the EXL Accord for about the same money as this Sonata Limited. It's a worthwhile upgrade. Also, currently the Sonata isn't available with a more powerful engine. Now, the big difference between the two is definitely ride quality. SPEAKER: It's not even a question. The Accord has so much more comfortable in every way. I mean, we already talked about how the seats are more comfortable. But it's also quieter, and smoother, and just feels more refined in every input. CARLOS: Absolutely. The Sonata's suspension is way more firm, not uncomfortably so. But in that car driving back-to-back with the Accord over the same stretch of road, you certainly noticed bumps and hear bumps in the Sonata that you didn't even notice in the Accord. And that adds to that Accord's overall sense of refinement that the Sonata just doesn't have when it comes to ride quality. And you're right about the noise, too. The Sonata is just louder inside, both wind, tire, and engine noise. SPEAKER: Yeah. I mean, it's not insane or anything, but it's noticeable. One place where the Sonata does have it over the Accord is turning radius, though. On paper, it doesn't look like a whole lot. But it was dramatic on the street. CARLOS: Yeah. I want to say the difference was, like, four or five feet. And that makes the difference on a tight busy street between making a three-point turn, not making the U-turn at all, just not attempting it, or making it like you can in the Sonata. I mean, on the same stretch of road, we could make tighter turns in the Sonata than you can in the Accord, and that's a real plus when you're commuting or running errands. SPEAKER: Definitely a better getaway car, if you're planning on committing some crimes. [LAUGHTER] [MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS: When you talk about value, you often get into safety features. And the truth is it's pretty much the same between these two. They both have similar features. SPEAKER: Yeah. They pretty much match up feature for feature. I mean, they both have blind spot monitoring and collision mitigation. CARLOS: Adaptive cruise, and so on and so on. SPEAKER: Yeah. CARLOS: But the Sonata does have some advantages when it comes to tech features. A lot of them, though, we've classified as why tech. SPEAKER: Why do you call it why tech? CARLOS: We'll show you. SPEAKER: All right, why tech number one blind spot monitoring cameras in the digital gauges. Oh, look. It's showing me what's behind me in here. Except if I'm turning, I need to be looking over there. So, like, neat trick, Hyundai, but why? Why tech number two, sounds of nature. I mean, I like nature, but don't really need-- [CRUNCHING] --the sound of a snowy village while I'm driving. And even worse-- [WATER RUSHING] --I have to pee. [TRICKLING] Now, I really have to pee. Can we cut? CARLOS: You have the ability to record voice memos in the Sonata. It's nice, but it makes you wonder-- why would I ever use this feature? Smart Park is a neat idea that kind of falls apart in execution. You can drive the car forward and backwards with just the key fob, but it doesn't steer that much. And any parking spot that type is just a place where you're going to get a bunch of door dings. So unless you have a really tight garage, why? We have to point out the Sonata's his biggest feature, and that is warranty coverage. It simply has longer powertrain and basic coverage. SPEAKER: While we're on the topic of features, though, I just kind of want to remind everybody that a nice seat is a feature. A good engine is a feature. Ride quality is a feature. And I think they might be the most important features. CARLOS: Agreed, and that brings us quite nicely to our conclusion. The Sonata has some real advantages on paper. It has great tech features, a really cool surround system. We love the entertainment display and we really like the digital gauge cluster. SPEAKER: The Sonata is more fun, or at least it wants to be more fun. It's doing some kind of cool, silly things. But in the end, it might be more sprinkle than cake. CARLOS: The Accord wins this comparison. And that's because it has priority on the things that matter when you're driving. These are cars. You have to drive them. So we consider more carefully how comfortable the seats are, what the ride quality is like, what it's like from behind the wheel. And while there are some shortcomings versus the Sonata, like the entertainment system and a couple of other things, they don't add up to outweigh the upsides. And that's why the Accord is our best midsize sedan. SPEAKER: Again. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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Features & Specs

EX-L 4dr Sedan features & specs
EX-L 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$31,090
MPG 30 city / 38 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower192 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Sport 4dr Sedan features & specs
Sport 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$31,910
MPG 22 city / 32 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower252 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan features & specs
Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan
1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$28,720
MPG 29 city / 35 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower192 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Touring 4dr Sedan features & specs
Touring 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$36,700
MPG 22 city / 32 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower252 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Accord safety features:

Collision Mitigation Braking System
Alerts the driver when the system senses a front collision is likely. Applies the brakes automatically to lessen the force of an impact.
Blind-Spot Information System
Warns the driver that another vehicle is in a blind spot. Illuminates a light in the mirror and beeps if the turn signal is activated.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Maintains a driver-selected distance to a vehicle ahead in traffic. Automatically brakes and accelerates to maintain the gap.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover9.3%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Honda Accord vs. the competition

Honda Accord vs. Kia K5

Since the current-generation Honda Accord's debut in 2018, it has enjoyed a prized spot among midsize family sedans. That ends with the introduction of the new Kia K5, which replaces the Optima in the lineup. The K5 drives just as well as the Accord and has similar levels of comfort and convenience. It's essentially a tie between the Accord until you get to pricing, where the Kia holds a firm advantage throughout the trim levels.

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Honda Accord vs. Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 is the sporty sophisticate of the class, with attractive styling mixed with higher levels of performance and driver engagement. It's also attractive on the inside, and we award more points for its comfortable seats and easy-to-use infotainment system. Really, the only drawback is that it rides marginally stiffer than its rivals.

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Honda Accord vs. Hyundai Sonata

Like the related Kia K5, the Hyundai Sonata is as good to drive as the Accord, delivers a lot for the money, and has plenty of storage and cargo space. It also benefits from the same 10-year/100,000-mile warranty coverage as the Kia, which is the most generous in the industry. One of the few things keeping the Sonata out of the top three is an interior that isn't as refined as we expect these days.

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FAQ

Is the Honda Accord a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Accord both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.3 out of 10. You probably care about Honda Accord fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Accord gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 33 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Accord has 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Accord. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Honda Accord?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Honda Accord:

  • Updated front-end styling
  • Revised trim level lineup
  • Newly available wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Manual transmission no longer available
  • Part of the 10th Accord generation introduced for 2018
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Is the Honda Accord reliable?

To determine whether the Honda Accord is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Accord. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Accord's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Honda Accord a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Honda Accord is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Accord and gave it a 8.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Accord is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Honda Accord?

The least-expensive 2021 Honda Accord is the 2021 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,770.

Other versions include:

  • EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $31,090
  • Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $31,910
  • Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $28,720
  • Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $36,700
  • Sport 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $27,230
  • LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $24,770
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What are the different models of Honda Accord?

If you're interested in the Honda Accord, the next question is, which Accord model is right for you? Accord variants include EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A). For a full list of Accord models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Honda Accord

2021 Honda Accord Overview

The 2021 Honda Accord is offered in the following submodels: Accord Sedan. Available styles include EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A), Sport 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT).

What do people think of the 2021 Honda Accord?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Honda Accord and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Accord 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Accord.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Honda Accord and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Accord featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Honda Accord?

2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,865. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $2,221 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,221 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,644.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 6.8% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 49 2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,675. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $1,969 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,969 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,706.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 6.6% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 108 2021 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,725. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $1,749 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,749 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,976.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 6.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 85 2021 Honda Accord LX 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,185. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $1,882 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,882 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,303.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 6.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 80 2021 Honda Accord Sport 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Honda Accord EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Honda Accord EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,045. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Accord EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,188 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,188 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,857.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Accord EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 6.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 42 2021 Honda Accord EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 Honda Accord Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2021 Honda Accord Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,655. The average price paid for a new 2021 Honda Accord Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $2,527 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,527 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,128.

The average savings for the 2021 Honda Accord Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) is 6.7% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 35 2021 Honda Accord Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Honda Accords are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Honda Accord?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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