You know it, we love it: the Honda Accord. This is Honda's long-standing midsize sedan, positioned above the Civic and Insight among Honda's four-door offerings. The Japanese automaker introduced the current, 10th-generation model for 2018 and gives it a midcycle refresh for 2021. Honda also builds an Accord Hybrid for those watching their carbon footprint. The Accord competes against other midsize sedans including its longtime rival, the Toyota Camry, as well as more recent competition like the Subaru Legacy and Hyundai Sonata.
As evidenced by its place atop our rankings of midsize sedans, the Accord is the best car in its segment. It exemplifies everything great about Honda: packaging prowess enabling a large rear seat and trunk, confident driving dynamics, impressive efficiency, and thoughtful feature content.
The Accord is a comparison test favorite, having bested not just the expected competition in comparisons against the Camry in base and upgrade-engine forms but also an entry-level luxury car when it faced off against the Audi A4. In all three cases, the Accord provided better performance and handling, a greater quantity of easier-to-use technology features, and a more spacious, comfortable interior.
The Accord does near everything well. There's more road noise than you'd find in a luxury sedan, sure, and there are better-calibrated active safety features out there, but this Honda has so much to offer. If you're in the market for a midsize sedan, the Accord should be at the top of your list.
Honda offers three engine and transmission pairings for the Accord. Most trims utilize a 1.5-liter turbo-four mated with a CVT automatic to drive the front wheels. The little four-cylinder engine develops 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque that, in our testing, motivated the Accord from 0-60 in 7.6 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 30/38 mpg city/highway city/highway or 29/35 mpg if you go for the Sport or Sport SE trims.
Accord Sport 2.0T and Touring models make use of a 2.0-liter turbo four, a tuned-up version of the one you can be found under the hood of the enticing Civic Type R. For Accord duty, it's paired with a 10-speed automatic and generates 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Efficiency numbers read 22-23/32-34 mpg, and the 2.0-liter Accord will hit 60 in 5.7 seconds. As of 2021, neither engine can be had with the previously available six-speed manual transmission.
If you care more about sipping fuel than driving quickly, go for the Accord Hybrid. With help from an electric motor, it achieves 48 mpg in combined city/highway driving for most models. The top Touring model earns 43 mpg combined now that it rides on 19-inch wheels; other models get 17s. Regardless of wheels, the Accord Hybrid is good for 212 combined-system horsepower.
All three 2021 Accord engines have been revised to feel more responsive to throttle inputs, and Honda says the brakes have been retuned to be smoother.
The Accord is a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick. In the organization's safety testing, it earns the highest possible crashworthiness ratings across the board, plus Superior and Advanced front crash prevention ratings. The 2020 Accord earned Acceptable and Marginal ratings for its two available headlight options, but the 2021's revised LED options could change that score for 2021. The Accord also earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, with five-star ratings in every test.
In addition to strong safety scores, the Accord provides a collection of driver-assist active safety features as standard on all trims. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams are included on every Accord that rolls off the assembly line. A rear-seat reminder and rear-seat seatbelt reminder are new for 2021, standard on every car. The 2021 Accord Touring also gets a Low Speed Braking Control system that can apply the brakes in low-speed parking situations, if the car detects a solid object.
Like its competitors across the midsize sedan segment, the Accord seats five across two rows of seating. Legroom up front measures 42.3 inches and rear seat passengers have 40.4 inches in which to stretch their legs. Cargo volume in the trunk is rated at an impressive 16.7 cubic feet in regular and hybrid forms.
Although last year's model penalized buyers for choosing the entry-level Accord by equipping them with outdated infotainment systems, the 8.0-inch touchscreen setup is now standard across the range. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and they gain wireless functionality on the Accord EX-L and Touring. Opting for the top-spec Touring also adds smartphone capability to lock, unlock, and track the car, as well as notify of a collision.
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