While some might argue that crossovers and SUVs are slowly phasing out the demand for sedans, others beg to differ thanks to models like the 2021 Honda Accord that prove you can have your cake and eat it too. What does that mean exactly? As crossovers become more spacious and packed with features, there’s a misconception that sedans like the Accord require drivers to sacrifice spaciousness for performance and luxury for affordability. Fortunately, that’s not the case.
The 2021 Accord proves that drivers can have it all starting with an affordable price tag and ending with Honda’s exceptional warranty program that gives drivers confidence in their purchase. But this doesn’t even begin to cover everything else there is to love about the Accord. What makes the sedan so special and one of the most awarded on the road? Let’s take a closer look!
#1 Great Value Across Every Trim
Honda proves that drivers don’t have to choose between luxury and affordability with the 2021 Accord. Staring at $24,970, the Accord’s base LX model is anything but basic and gives drivers an outstanding variety of comfort, convenience, and safety features like the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist and safety tools. The model is also equipped with automatic LED headlights as well as a multi-angle rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and Bluetooth capability.
You get a lot of bang for your buck with the Accord LX but that’s even truer with the Touring 2.0T, which starts at $36,900 and exchanges the standard 1.5-liter engine with a more powerful 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. This isn’t the only upgrade, however, as drivers reap the benefits of luxury and tech features like a head-up display, wireless phone charger, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated and ventilated seating, and satellite-linked navigation system.
#2 Turbocharged Power
Honda delivers when it comes to power on the Accord and equips the sedan with a 1.5-liter VTEC turbocharged engine with Eco Assist and a continuously variable transmission. Between the Eco Assist and the CVT you’ll know that the engine is always running at its peak efficiency. The Accord is one of the most fuel-efficient sedans on the road and averages 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. What’s even more impressive is that this efficiency doesn’t come at the cost of power with the powertrain delivering 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque.
If you’re looking for more power under the hood, Honda equips the Touring 2.0T with a 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged engine and 10-speed transmission, which is an available upgrade on the Accord Sport. This combination transforms the sedan into a powerhouse by delivering 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. This type of power gives you an immediate rush that leaves you breathless with excitement behind the wheel, which is unheard of in a practical sedan like the Accord.
#3 So Many Awards
With Honda’s reputation for building reliable vehicles, it’s no surprise that the 2021 Accord is one of the most awarded in the Honda lineup. The Accord was included in Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars list and also earned a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Honda Sensing suite, as well as the Accord’s exceptional construction, earned the sedan a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety while its affordability earned it the 2021 Best Buy for a Midsize Car from Kelley Blue Book.
#4 Top-Notch Safety
Earning the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there’s no question that the 2021 Accord is one of the safest sedans on the road. That safety begins with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technology that’s designed to increase visibility and minimize the potential for collisions. The suite includes Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System that automatically applies the brakes when a front collision is imminent. The Road Departure Mitigation System monitors the Accord’s position in its lane and alerts you when the sedan veers from its lane without signaling. If you fail to correct the vehicle’s position, the technology can assist with steering or braking to prevent lane or roadway departure.
The suite also includes a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Traffic Sign Recognition. The Lane Keeping Assist System makes cruising down the highway easier by providing subtle steering to help keep the Accord centered in its lane. This feature is enhanced with tools like Adaptive Cruise Control, which allows you to maintain a set distance and speed according to the flow of traffic ahead, and Traffic Sign Recognition that alerts you to changes in the speed limit while driving down the road.
#5 Extra Special, Special Edition
The 2021 Accord lineup gives drivers even more with the all-new Accord Sport Special Edition or SE. The trim is immediately distinguishable with its rear trunk lid spoiler, dark chrome grille, chrome exhaust finishers, LED fog lights, and 19-inch wheels. The interior also adds a few unique features, including leather trim, heated front seats, and a power driver and front passenger seat, as well as heated mirrors and remote engine start. Add in the leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and the eight-speaker audio system, and there’s no question why the Sport SE is one of the most popular in the lineup!
#6 Tech Rich
Accord drivers don’t have to worry about staying connected to their lives off the road thanks to Honda’s innovative technology. The Accord features an 8.0-inch touchscreen entertainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that gives drivers access to music, navigation, messages, and more. The higher-tier trims make this feature wireless in addition to offering a wireless charging station that reduces clutter in the cabin. The trims also feature USB charging ports in the center console so the driver or passengers can easily charge additional devices.
#7 Peace of Mind
While Honda is one of the most reliable brands in the automotive industry, the automaker goes to great lengths to give you peace of mind and confidence in your purchase. That’s why the 2021 Accord comes with several warranties. The new vehicle limited warranty runs 3-years or 36,000-miles and covers the 12-volt battery. If the battery is replaced by a Honda dealer, the replacement is covered by an 8-year limited warranty. The sedan’s powertrain and seat belts are also protected, with the powertrain warranty running 5-years or 60,000-miles and the seat belt warranty running 15-years or 150,000-miles.
As long as your 3-year or 36,000-mile new vehicle warranty is active, you also have access to 24-hour emergency roadside assistance for your 2021 Accord. This means that whether you have a flat tire, need a jump start, or you’ve locked yourself out of the sedan, Honda has you covered. Now that’s service!
Drive Home Happy
Honda is determined to keep the sedan in the automotive game and is doing exactly that with models like the 2021 Accord. Giving drivers the ultimate in performance and luxury with an affordable price tag, the 2021 Accord is an outstanding sedan that handles well, whether navigating errands around town or trekking across state lines for a weekend getaway. It can easily handle it all, and it does so with sophistication and class.