The 10th-generation Honda Accord arrived back in 2018, and it’s remained mostly unchanged since. The 2021 Accord may see a handful of small updates when it arrives to help it remain fresh, but we expect the bulk of the Accord to remain the same.
Given the Honda Accord follows a similar schedule as the 10th-generation Civic, we may see a light refresh on the 2021 model. Like the Civic, which received only an updated bumper, we expect this refresh to be very light. Honda understands the Accord is a perennial top seller, so there is no need to change much.
With its cabin still plenty fresh and modern, we expect no significant changes inside the 2021 Accord. We expect the 2021 Accord to carry on with the bulk of the interior design remaining the same, including its floating infotainment screen, focus on horizontal lines, push-button transmission, and clean center stack. We could, however, see some light updates like a refined infotainment system and other small items.
Under its hood, we expect no changes. If this is the case, the 2021 Accord will come standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’ll produce 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. We expect buyers to continue to have the option of a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. We expect most 2021 Accord models with the 1.5-liter to use a continuously variable transmission, while most 2.0-liter-equipped models will boast a 10-speed automatic. Regardless of the engine chosen, we also expect the Accord to remain one of the few midsize sedans with an available six-speed manual transmission.
The current Accord crushes it in safety with a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS thanks to “Good” crash-test ratings across the board, “Acceptable” and “Marginal” headlights ratings, and a “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection. The current Accord also comes standard with active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. We expect the 2021 Accord to continue with the same standard safety features and ratings.