The 2021 Honda Accord is expected in fall 2020
The major change will be the withdrawal of the manual gearbox option
2021 Accord pricing expected to remain consistent with 2020 model
The 2021 Honda Accord is expected this fall with minimal changes, but Honda did tweak its midsize sedan’s list of available equipment.
The big news for the 2021 Honda Accord is that it will no longer be available with a manual gearbox on either the base engine or the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Purists will be upset, but purists weren’t buying a Honda Accord. The fact of the matter is that the take rate on a manual Accord was under 2 per cent.
We’re disappointed, but again nobody on the team here was buying a Honda Accord, manual gearbox or not. The rest of the lineup is expected to remain the same with LX, Sport, EX-L, Touring, Sport 2.0, and Touring 2.0 models expected to return in Canada.
The US market should also get the same LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring models.
The base engine powering the 2021 Honda Accord will continue to be a 1.5-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder will return with 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid will feature a four-cylinder, Atkinson Cycle combustion engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 212 horsepower and an average fuel consumption rating of under 5.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
Consumers are turning to SUVs more than ever and no segment has been hit harder than the mid-size sedan market. But, the Accord remains and when it comes to getting from point A to point B, it has a lot going for it.
What The 2021 Honda Accord Does Well
1. The Accord has a fairly luxurious interior with a nice design, quality materials that feel expensive, and comfortable seats. It’s a great place to spend some time.
2. There is a ton of interior space inside the 2021 Honda Accord. The rear seats offer more leg room than many SUVs and front head room is generous for tall drivers and passengers.
3. The trunk is generous as well. You can’t fit bulky objects, but things like luggage will fit right in for your next vacation.
4. The Accord is one of the most comfortable sedans you can buy under $75k. Yes, you read that right. The Accord is reminiscent of an E-Class or Audi A6.
5. The turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine delivers a ton of performance. 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque? What’S not to love about that?
6. The base turbo isn’t as dynamic as the Mazda6 or even the Toyota Camry, but it is more fuel-efficient.
What The 2021 Honda Accord Doesn’t Do So Well
1. It’s a bit soft on the road. Buyers looking for sharp handling in their mid-size sedan will want to look at the Mazda, Toyota, or Volkswagen.
2. There’s no all-wheel drive option. This is a major problem for the Accord, especially with the Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry now offering AWD.
3. The centre console is wide and kind of far from the driver. You can find yourself reaching for the buttons on the far right.
4. Resale value is on the way down because consumers are moving away from mid-size sedans.
What We Tell Our Friends About The Honda Accord
If you don’t need all-wheel drive, the Honda Accord is the best overall mid-size sedan you can buy. That said, the Toyota Camry is right there with it. If you need AWD (many do, they just don’t know it yet), then the Camry, Subaru Legacy, or Nissan Altima are better options.
The 2021 Honda Accord will continue to stand out when it comes to comfort, but it’s not the sharpest sedan. That title goes to the Mazda6, but even the Camry is sportier.
Ultimately, it depends on what you want.