Honda Accord Loses Manual Transmission For 2021

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, Automotive Editor - July 20, 2020

When Honda announced that the Civic coupe and Fit were going to be discontinued after 2020, the Japanese automaker also publicized the death of the manual transmission for the midsize Accord. It was a big blow, as the Accord was the last midsize sedan in the segment to offer consumers with a manual gearbox. From the sound of things, it doesn’t look like Honda will offer another manual transmission with the nameplate again.

Honda offered the six-speed manual transmission on Accord Sport trims. The gearbox was a no-cost option on both the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Despite being a no-cost option, very few consumers actually purchased an Accord with the box ticked for the six-speed. According to information Honda gave Car & Driver, only around 1 to 2% of Accord sales were for models with the manual transmission. With Honda selling 267,567 units of the Accord in 2019, that means somewhere between 2600 and 5400 sedans with a six-speed manual were sold. Those figures are too low for Honda to continue offering the manual gearbox on the sedan.

Furthermore, the outlet claims that Honda stopped making Accords with a manual transmission last year. So, if you want an Accord with a manual gearbox, you’d better act fast. If you can’t find one new, you’ll have to look toward the used market. Since they weren’t all that popular when new, we expect they’ll be difficult to find.

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For consumers, this means the Accord will only be available with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Now that the Fit's dead and the Accord no longer offered with a manual transmission, the only vehicle in Honda’s lineup that offers a manual transmission now is the Civic. The automaker offers a six-speed manual transmission for the Sport trim on both the sedan and hatchback body styles. The high-performance Civic Type R and sporty Civic Si sedan are only available with manual transmissions, too.

More and more automakers are cutting manuals out of their lineups because consumers simply don’t buy them. Last year, Toyota revealed that Corollas with a manual transmission accounted for less than 1% of sales. Even with the 86, an enthusiast favorite for offering a raw sports car experience, the take rate for a manual transmission is low at 33%. Porsche cut the number of 911 models that are available with a manual transmission to just the Carrera S and 4S models for the 992-gen 911. Earlier this February, data revealed that electric cars outsold vehicles with a manual transmission in 2019.

For the most part, the majority of vehicles on the market that are offered with manual transmissions are sports cars. We’re surprised to see that the Genesis G70, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Venue, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Subaru Crosstrek, and Mazda3 are still offered with a manual transmission.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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