The legendary sedan has been a household name in the class for decades it makes pretty strong sales numbers even today when the car market is mostly about crossovers. The current generation has been around for three years and while it still looks very fresh, it may get a couple of updates. According to some reports, the 2021 Honda Accord may get a facelift.
We presume this update will be pretty light, just it was the case with Civic last year. Simply, the current model still looks very good. So, the best we could see are some mild tweaks to the front end, particularly in terms of the bumper. Other than that, we might see a couple of novelties in terms of the standard equipment, though the current model is already pretty generous in this aspect.
This means that we may count on an excellent family sedan. It is comfortable and fun to drive, both powerful and efficient, both luxurious and affordable. We expect to see it in the last quarter of the year.
2021 Honda Accord Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, the 2021 Honda Accord will definitely remain the same. The current generation has been introduced in 2017, so it’s early for any change in this aspect. On the other side, we could see a so-called mid-cycle update, which would be really light in this case. We don’t expect to see bigger changes in this aspect. Still, a couple of novelties at the front could easily come.
One of the things that come to mind is a new front bumper, which could be slightly reshaped for this occasion. The front fascia might come with a couple of tweaks as well, while we really don’t expect to see changes on headlights. The rest of the car should remain pretty much the same. Still, there is always room for new wheels, color options etc.
Bigger changes on the inside probably won’t come. Of course, we could see novelties in terms of new color schemes and trims, but the overall layout should remain the same. This means the same dashboard design, which still looks very modern, as it combines classical design solutions with hi-quality materials. This is arguably one of the nicest cabins in the class. It features lots of soft-touch materials and very good front seats. Moreover, higher trims look very luxurious, almost on par with premium brands.
This sedan is also quite spacious and the amount of legroom makes you feel like you are rather in a full-size than a mid-size sedan. The only complaint goes to the rear-seat headroom, which can be a little bit tight for taller passengers. When it comes to the trunk space, you may count on about 16.7 cubic feet, which are above-average ratings for the class.
2021 Honda Accord Engines
When it comes to the engine lineup, we don’t expect any changes. The base models should carry on with a familiar 1.5-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 192 horsepower. This seems more than enough for daily commuting. You can choose between manual and CVT gearbox and the latter is particularly great if you want to get great gas mileage. You may count on about 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
An optional 2.0-liter turbo-four is a little bit thirstier, but it offers significantly better driving dynamics. This one is good for about 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. It works great and also comes with two transmission options, but this time with either manual or new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Finally, there is a hybrid version, which puts out 212 horsepower and comes with a CVT gearbox. Driving dynamics are decent, while we particularly like its mpg ratings, as you may count on about 48 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway, which are some of the highest ratings among hybrid sedans.
The list of standard equipment could easily be expanded. The current model comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, which could easily be replaced with the currently optional 8-inch unit, which comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Some of the potential additions to the list of standard equipment are things like a navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 8- or 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, wireless device charging etc.
When it comes to standard safety features, the current model is already impressive and comes standard with goodies like a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, and a suite of driver aids, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and a road departure mitigation system. The list of options includes just a couple of things, such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors and a head-up display and some of these could easily become standard in the next-year model.
2021 Honda Accord Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Honda Accord sometime in the last quarter of the year, with the base price around 25.000 dollars.