Mid-size sedans no longer fly off the dealer lots like before, but there are still some automakers banking on them. One of them is Honda, and the Japanese automaker gave the Accord a bit of a facelift.
It's only been two years since the tenth-generation Accord came out, but Honda decided that it's time to give their mid-size sedan an update. Set for the 2021 model year, what does the new Accord offer?
Perhaps the most noticeable change is the grille. That panel is more prominent this time around, and the company says the radar for the Honda Sensing system features better integration. There are also more slats on the lower grille, and select models get a new set of LED headlights. Honda also tweaked the fog lights a little bit, which are smaller than the pre-facelift models. Last but not least are the redesigned wheels, which are all different from last year's Accord.
There are minor changes inside, although it's mostly down to additional tech. For 2021, the Accord gains wireless smartphone charging at the front, along with a rear-seat reminder. The latter is for alerting the driver to check the back seats for passengers before they leave the vehicle and lock it. Not only that, the updated Accord even features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other minor tweaks include new trims and the relocation of charging ports.
All Accord engine options carry over from the pre-facelift models. The range starts with a 1.5-liter turbo with 190 PS and 260 Nm of torque. For those looking for more performance, there's also a 2.0-liter turbo that puts out 256 PS and 370 Nm of torque. As for fuel economy-minded customers, they can opt for the 1.5-liter hybrid. That option may be light on fuel, but it still delivers 212 PS and 315 Nm of torque. Honda also claims that the Accord Hybrid can get up to 30 kilometers per liter.
We can expect the new-look Accord to arrive in local dealerships, but not in the immediate future. After all, Honda has two models launching soon, so the arrival of this executive sedan will have to wait.