Honda has been producing the Accord since 1976 with 2017 marking the Tenth Generation.There are few brands and models that have the loyalty and association with reliability than the Accord.
The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid continues to represent the brand well. It delivers a great driving experience, has some cool upgrades from 2020 and is a comfortable car to drive.
The 2021 Accord is fun to drive and the acceleration is surprising for the 43 MPG average. I didn’t clock it from 0-60 and have seen a range online but overall it’s a quick car and offers smooth acceleration. The cabin is noticeably quiet even on this particularly noisy stretch of the 202 in Phoenix. This is an easy car to park and the turning radius is good, especially for making U-turns or similar maneuvers. I did take it for a short road trip down to Tucson which overall was a 6 hour trip with about 5 hours of combined highway/city driving. The cruise control is noteworthy, I like the way the front radar adjusts your speed when you are approaching other vehicles then readjusts to the open road. I can see why so many people love this easy to drive automobile.
The Exterior of the new accord has been given a minor but noticeable facelift. The grille has a new look and the front fenders have a nice flare about them to give it a more sporty stance.
I liked the addition of the 19-inch alloy wheels along with the LED headlights. This solid mid-sized sedan is stylish, sporty and practical. My test vehicle was in Platinum White which saved me more than a few degrees of heat in the Arizona summer sun.
My Honda Accord Hybrid had a beautiful Ivory interior with black trim. The classic Ebony and Ivory interior had quite a bit of space. The rear seats have a good amount of leg-room. I like the heated and ventilated seats. With the Touring trim you get an upgraded 450-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers, including a Subwoofer. There is an 8-Inch Display Audio with High- Resolution Electrostatic Touch-Screen center console which is intuitive and easy to use.
Engine / Drivetrain
This engine is quiet, smooth and offers great gas mileage. The 2.0 L 4 cylinder i-Vtech engine gives 212 Horsepower. Coupled with the Hybrid Touring Transmission it offers a great blend of power and gas mileage. The heads up display shows you exactly how the Hybrid engine works. You can see when you are braking that the electric motor is charging. The visual looks cool but there is a lot of information about the drive dynamics of this car right at your fingertips.
With a 14.8 gallon fuel capacity and HWY 44 MPG / City 41 MPG / Overall 43 MPG, you will make less trips to the gas station and enjoy the extended travel distance on road trips.
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users. If vehicle safety is one of your top concerns then do a little research as Honda has a reputation in this area and is on the forefront of innovation.
The 2021 Honda Accord has won several IIHS Top Safety Ratings The Accord is loaded with safety features. You have Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control, Multi-Angle Rear view Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System ,Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning. You also have a lot of driver’s assistance technology including Traffic Sign Recognition System , Blind Spot Information System and a Heads-Up Display.
The bottom line is you get a lot of car for your money with the Honda Accord. At the time of this article, gas prices are rising and this makes the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid even more attractive. Reliability, safety, practicality and an overall great mid-sized sedan is what you get with this car.
As Tested MSRP $37,830