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2021 Honda Accord Redesign

Honda gives the 2021 Accord a mild update

Introduction

Honda Accord is a familiar sight on any street. This highly rated midsize family sedan has been bossing its marketplace with its peppy engines and value-for-money infotainment and safety features. The brand’s stellar reliability record adds to the sedan’s appeal as thousands of happy families invest in this sedan each year

Accord has gone through many different avatars ranging from hatchback, coupe, station wagon, and crossover. Still, the sedan variant remains its most popular incarnation ever. Even with 2021 Honda Accord Redesign, it is expected to have the same promise as its yesteryear models to dominate its segment and industry. Moreover, Honda gives the Accord a mild update. Will this update be a gamechanger or will it serve only as eye candy?

What’s new?

The proposed mild update for the 2021 Honda Accord brings some substantial changes. For starters, the vehicle loses its manual transmission. Honda might be at loggerheads with classic automotive fans for this move. The 1.5-liter variant gets a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The bigger 2-liter engine has to be content with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2021 model also includes a refreshed visual change on the cards. Some new infotainment and safety features are also added to the equation. This whole multitude of changes raises the asking price of the 2021 Accord, $500 more than its outgoing model. If hybridization is your thing, you are in for a treat as the Accord hybrid has a snappier acceleration. The company has tweaked its hybrid powertrain to get a more direct throttle response, leading to a more natural acceleration.

New trim pricing

The base variant of the 2021 Honda Accord will be sold at a price of $25725. It comes equipped with a CVT and a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4. Next up is the Sport trim at $28815 that includes the same powertrain as the base model and adds some extra infotainment features. Further, we have the Sport Special Edition (SE) model that replaces the now-defunct EX trim level. The Sport SE model has a base price of $29675 and includes intelligent features and leather seats. The EX-L trim brings wireless smartphone connectivity to the equation and opens its price at $32045. The top two trims of the Accord are the Sport 2.0T and Touring 2.0T. Both these trims have a more powerful 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine as well as some excellent safety and infotainment features in their arsenal.

As for the Honda Accord Hybrid, it sports a total of 4 trims, which are- the base model, EX, EX-L, and Touring Hybrid. The base hybrid model is available at a thrifty asking price of $27325. The EX and EX-L trims are powered by the same 1.5-liter turbo inline-4 as the base model with that extra hybrid punch and are priced at $31275 and $33645 respectively. The top draw Touring hybrid sources its power from a hybrid 2-liter turbo inline-4 and is available at $37195.

In a nutshell, the price details of the various trim levels of the Honda Accord is-

2021 Honda Accord-

● Base- $25725

● Sport- $28815

● Sport Special Edition (SE)- $29675

● EX-L- $32045

● Sport 2.0T- $32865

● Touring 2.0T- $37655

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid-

● Base- $27325

● EX- $31275

● EX-L- $33645

● Touring- $37195

Infotainment and tech changes

2021 Honda Accord brings the highly requested standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration to its fleet. They are now a standard feature on the EX-L and Touring trims. For the hybrid trims, it is an even better deal as this feature is pre-equipped on every trim level excluding the base variant.

New Accord owners may also get accustomed to the new 8-inch touchscreen, now standard on every trim. Earlier, it was only the privilege of EX-L and higher trims, so this is quite a welcoming change. Honda has also repositioned the 2 USB ports near the lower center console. One USB port is solely for smartphone charging while you can utilize the other for connectivity purposes as well. Backseaters also get 2 USB ports for their own charging purposes.

The vehicle also gets some new safety equipment in its catalog. The new rear-seat occupant alert notifies the driver when passengers occupy the rear seats. It also comes with an inbuilt seat-belt reminder feature to warn the driver if the backseaters haven’t put on their seat belts. The Touring trims get a new safety feature called Low-Speed Braking Control. This technology warns the driver beforehand of a collision and in severe cases, takes full control of your car to apply the brakes. The adaptive cruise control feels smoother and more natural thanks to some tweaked software updates.

Exterior changes

This is probably the most significant change that is instantly noticeable for the 2021 Honda Accord. The mild update for 2021 welcomes a headlamp redesign for the Accord. The brand tweaked the headlight design owing to its ‘Marginal’ rating in the Headlamps section of its 2020 IIHS safety report. This subpar headlamp rating prevented the car from earning an ‘IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award’. Honda was adamant about perfection and improved the LED headlight efficiency. The new headlight design provides better vision thanks to its longer and wider dimensions. Also, the new grille design looks neat and structured although it may not be the prettiest thing out there in the market.

Conclusion

The Accord is in the middle of its 10th generation’s lifespan and receives a mild update from the automaker. This refresh ought to improve the safety scores of the car. Besides, Honda brings a multitude of standard infotainment and safety tech to add to its ever-growing feature list. The loss of manual transmission won’t probably have a huge impact on the Accord, as the sales numbers were very less. The hybrid powertrain is peppier than ever and the non-hybrid powertrains have been tweaked as well. Overall, 2021 Honda Accord Redesign is a welcome change to this family sedan.

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