The 2021 Accord Hybrid receives a midlife refresh for its fourth year in current form. The hybrid system has been returned for quicker throttle response and smoother acceleration. The base model gains an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The other trims now feature wireless phone integration and two rear USB ports. All models get a rear seat reminder system.
Exterior updates include a wider grille, restyled front lighting, new wheel designs, and revised badging. The line-topping Touring moves up to 19-inch wheels and adopts low-speed brake support technology.
Choosing Your Honda Accord Hybrid
The Accord Hybrid is once again available in four trim levels: Hybrid, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Pricing starts at $27,325 including destination and tops out at $37,195 for the Touring.
Every Honda Accord Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a pair of electric motors. Combined output is 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels.
Efficiency is excellent for family sedan. According to EPA estimates, the Accord Hybrid achieves 48 miles per gallon city, 47 mpg highway, and 48 combined. Ratings for the Touring model, which has larger wheels and more equipment, dip to 44/41/43 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Accord Hybrid offers more rear leg room than most midsize sedans, so five can ride in comfort. Trunk space is also well above average at 16.7 cubic feet. A split-folding rear seat is standard.
The Honda Sensing system comes standard, which means all models get adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard starting with the EX. The EX-L and Touring also feature front and rear parking sensors. The Touring now comes with Honda's Low-Speed Braking Control, an automatic braking feature that operates between 1 and 6 mph, even in reverse. A head-up display is also exclusive to the Touring.
The Honda Accord Hybrid starts out with an 8-inch touchscreen, four speakers, two front USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Moving up to the EX brings eight speakers, two rear USB ports, wireless phone connectivity and charging, and HD and satellite radio.
The EX-L and Touring carry a 10-speakers sound system, and the Touring gets navigation.
The base Accord Hybrid comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key access, remote start, heated side mirrors, LED headlights, and paddle shifters. The cloth interior has manual adjusting front seats. The Hybrid rolls on 17-inch aluminum wheels.
A heated steering wheel is available throughout the lineup for $417.
The EX offers more comforts, including a 12-way power driver seat, heated front seats, and a sunroof. The outside wears LED fog lights and high beams.
The EX-L boasts a leather-trimmed interior with driver memory and a four-way power passenger seat. The standard auto-dimming review mirror features an integrated universal home remote.
The Touring tops off the Accord Hybrid with ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, automatic wipers, ambient interior lighting, auto-tilting side mirrors, and 19-inch wheels.
For buyers who can live without leather seats, the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid EX offers the best value of the bunch. Its connectivity features and standard sunroof make for a complete and enjoyable family sedan.