Sadly, family sedans have taken a sales-per-year beating by the hands of compact SUVs and crossovers. Still, there are some absolutely terrific, not-to-be-missed midsize sedans out there if you’d rather color outside the lines. One of those cars is none other than the award-winning Honda Accord, which sees a few nifty updates for 2021.
The 2021 Accord gets a little refresh, including a tweaked front grille, some optional LED headlights, redux alloy wheels, a Sonic Gray Pearl paint scheme, and newly standard trim-ranging gear like an 8.0-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and USB hookups that are easier to fiddle with.
For what it’s worth, the new 2021 Honda Accord has a lot going for it — some new, some old. Here are some of our favorite, dare we say best Accord features, that should sway you to pick one up at a Honda dealership near you.
Top 5 Reasons to Buy the ‘21 Accord
#5) Slew of Charming Features Come Standard
While the top Touring trim comes completely decked out in the season’s best — this includes heated and ventilated leather front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a heads-up display, Wi-Fi with NFC capability, and snazzy lights near the door handle — Accord’s lower trim levels aren’t to be confused with chopped liver.
In all but the base LX (and Hybrid) model, you gain the following standard features:
- One-touch power moonroof with tilt
- Wireless phone charging pad*
- Blind Spot Information w/ Cross Traffic Monitor
- Bluetooth with special SMS Text Message functions*
- Wireless Apple CarPlay®*
- Wireless Android Auto™*
- An upgraded 180W 8-speaker audio system (Sport and Hybrid EX)
- SiriusXM® Radio* & iBiquity HD Radio™*
- Leather steering wheel
- 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat w/ 4-way lumbar support
- Heated power side mirrors
Well, wait a second — why did we leave out the Accord LX? Is it just that bad? On the contrary. The 2021 Accord LX, even as the base trim, is far from basic. It comes standard with a great selection of creature comforts, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (non-wireless) capability, an 8.0-inch high-res touchscreen, HondaLink, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and Honda Sensing (see reason no. 4 below).
#4) An IIHS Top Safety Pick+, Too
Just two words will give you that coveted peace of mind everyone always talks about — Honda Sensing. With the 2021 Accord, this suite of safety and driver-assistive features comes 100% standard, which led it to a 2020 IIHS TSP+ award.
What you get with the new Accord and Honda Sensing:
Collision Mitigation Braking System
Automatically brings your Accord to a stop by hitting the brakes before you hit something you’re not supposed to hit, like another car. (Honda should really call this the “Anti-Hit-Stuff System.”)
Road Departure Mitigation System
If your Accord crosses a line — no, not like telling your mother-in-law what it really thinks about her green bean casserole — RDM will gently steer it back into the lane or stop altogether to avoid driving off the road.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
Embrace the future by keeping your heel on the pedal. With ACC and LSF, you can set the following interval behind detected vehicles; if the detected vehicles slow down, so too does your Accord. Should that vehicle come to a stop, your Accord follows suit. It’s like the car version of the game Simon Says, only the Accord always wins.
Lane Keeping Assist System
With your hands on the steering wheel, LKAS makes those long highway drives easier by adjusting your Accord to stay centered in its lane.
Forward Collision Warning
Using both visible and audible warnings, FCW alerts drivers when and if a potential crash is imminent. Then it’s your job to smash those brakes; if you don’t the Collision Mitigation Braking System will take over to, hopefully, avoid a catastrophe.
Lane Departure Warning
The cohort to LKAS, LDW provides you with a warning if you begin veering out of your lane. Visual indicators will trigger, as will an audio alert, to get you back on track.
Traffic Sign Recognition System
TSR displays pertinent signage information right within your Accord’s Driver Information Interface or available Head-Up Display. That way you always know what the speed limit is.
Additionally, all Accords come with Auto High-Beam headlights, while select 2021 Accord trims come with Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic Monitor and Low-Speed Braking Control. You’re always protected with the Accord, which is the essential gist.
#3) Parents: It’s Got Rear-Seat Reminder
New for the 2021 model year is a Rear-Seat Reminder system. When your Accord is turned off and its driver-side door opens, the system sends an alert to the instrumentation panel, which tells you to check the back for children, pets, or stray Mango Tango Crayola crayons on the seat cushions. This safety comes standard on all Accord trims.
#2) Enjoy Best-in-Class Cargo Space
What could you do with 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space? More than what’s possible with the Camry (15.1 cu. ft.), Altima (15.4 cu. ft.) or Sonata (16 cu. ft.). That’s right: the 2021 Honda Accord offers a segment-best 16.7 cubes in the trunk, which is extraordinarily carried over to its Hybrid model — a trait most sedan-hybrid twins don’t share.
#1) A Hybrid, Just for You
This year’s Accord Hybrid is like Steve Austin: better, stronger, faster — but priced at $26,370*, not $6 million.
Its two-motor hybrid system benefits from an update that improves throttle response as RPMs peak. In doing so, Accord Hybrid offers the most natural hybrid power and torque in its class: 212 total horsepower and 232 lb.-ft. of torque straight off the line.
Like a rockstar, that two-motor thingamajig puts Accord near the top in terms of fuel economy. It operates on all-electric power more frequently, which sees EPA-estimated returns of 48 mpg city/48 mpg highway*.
Get an Accord Quote in Jacksonville
If you’re interested in a great sedan in Jacksonville, whether it be a gas-chugger or a hybrid, you’ll do no better than an Accord. Contact your First Coast Honda Dealers for a quote today. Our Honda dealerships serve northern Florida and southern Georgia, including Jacksonville, Lake City, St. Augustine, FL; and Waycross and Brunswick, GA. (Click here to find your nearest location.)
Honda wireless phone charger is compatible with Qi wireless charging standards. Check with your device’s manufacturer for wireless capability.
Compatible with select phones with Bluetooth®. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply. State or local laws may limit the use of texting feature. Only use texting feature when conditions allow you to do so safely.
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HD Radio is a proprietary trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation.
MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $955 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.
30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX and EX-L trims. 29 city/35 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport and Special Edition 1.5T trims. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 48 city/48 highway/48 combined mpg rating for Hybrid, Hybrid EX and Hybrid EX-L trims. 44 city/41 highway/43 combined mpg rating for the Hybrid Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.