Honda is capping off the year with the introduction of the 2021 Accord. Aside from getting subtle design updates and a new Sport Special Editon (SE) trim, the debut of the new Accord shows Honda’s commitment to continue producing sedans. In a nutshell, the 2021 Accord comes with a restyled look, updated tech, and more standard features.
The facelifted 2021 Honda Accord
The front end of the 2021 Accord looks quite similar to the outgoing model. However, if you look closer, you’ll notice that it is fitted with a revamped grille. We find the new grille design more appealing and classier than the outgoing model. The fog lights housing also has a new look, which is now more subtle as compared to the previous version.
Turning at the side, the Honda Accord comes with a carryover design except for the new set of alloy wheels. Of note, the SE and Hybrid trims of the 2021 Accord sit on a set of 19-inch alloy wheels. The rear is likewise the same in comparison to the outgoing model. It still has the Accord’s usual large taillights, lip spoiler, and large bumper. The Hybrid variant, on the other hand, has trim-specific badges on the trunk lid and front fenders. It also has a blue H-mark on the grille.
The 2021 Accord still comes with the same rear design
Like the side and the rear, the 2021 Accord’s interior looks similar to the outgoing model. It still comes with the same dashboard layout as well as a two-tone interior theme. However, Honda equipped all variants of the 2021 Accord with more standard features.
The interior looks similar to the outgoing model
All Accord variants now come with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. On the other hand, the EX-L and Touring trims of the Accord are integrated with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Honda says that this eliminates the extra step of physically connecting the phone, which results in a more seamless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
In terms of safety, the Honda Accord 2021 is equipped with a new Rear Seat Reminder, a feature that could help preoccupied drivers. The said tech chimes when the car is turned off along with a notification on the digital meter reminding drivers to check the rear seating area when exiting the car for children, pets, or other precious cargo.
As a side note, this feature is also seen in some Nissan vehicles. In addition, the 2021 Accord gets a Rear Seatbelt Reminder that shows a warning on the digital meter to let drivers know if rear seat passengers have not fastened their seatbelts.
There are three power unit options for the 2021 Honda Accord
Honda added that it has also updated the Accord’s adaptive cruise control as it now comes with smoother braking when following another vehicle. It has also revamped its lane keep assist system and the Japanese carmaker said that it now “offers more effective and natural lane centering.”
Meanwhile, the Touring and Hybrid Touring variants of the 2021 Accord feature a new front and rear braking system called Low Speed Braking Control. Through the help of sonar-based parking sensors, the new system can sense solid objects at low speeds, and warn the driver or apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision.
The Accord's new grille looks better
The 2021 Accord has three power unit options, depending on the variant. The first is the 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine that delivers 192 hp and 260 Nm of torque. It is connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The other power unit is a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline that puts put 252 hp and 370 Nm of torque. The said engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Lastly, the 2021 Accord can come with a 2.0-liter Hybrid engine that generates 212 hp and 314 Nm of torque.
The Accord's subtle design updates make the front-end more premium-looking
Are you looking forward to the 2021 Accord? Well, it might take some time before our market gets it. However, you do have to take note that Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. will be launching two new models on October 22.
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Know more about Honda Accord
The entry of the Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. to the executive sedan segment is the Honda Accord. The current Honda Accord is in its 10th generation. It features sharper-looking LED headlights, restyled grille, LED multi-projector lamps, revamped front bumper, and C-shaped LED taillights. Overall, the current Honda Accord has a sportier design execution. The instrument cluster receives a full-color TFT display along with improved resolution to accommodate Honda Sensing – the newest addition to the current-generation Honda Accord. Honda Sensing is the brand’s newly-introduced suite of safety features that includes the utilization of radar technology to assist the driver. Honda Sensing comes with the following car technologies: road departure mitigation, low-speed follow, adaptive cruise control, lane keeps assist system, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning. With the help of the new safety technology, the latest Honda Accord is presently the safest version of the model. Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. offers the Honda Accord with a single variant only – the Honda Accord 1.5 EL Turbo CVT (with Honda Sensing) priced at Php 2,288,000. The Honda Accord's power comes from the 1.5L Earth Dreams Technology DOHC 16-valve VTEC Turbo engine that produces 187 horsepower and 260 Newton-meter. It is the upgraded version of the engine used in the Honda Civic RS Turbo.
Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. Aside from his interest in cars, he loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball (note: video game only), eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.