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2021 Honda Accord Refresh Brings Price Increase And Upgrades

Honda consistently delivers when it comes to the Accord, and its latest iteration looks to be another hit. The 2021 Honda Accord features a refreshed design and upgraded features. However, shoppers can expect to pay a little extra for these enhancements.

There’s a reason the Honda Accord is popular; it’s reliable. Everything else it offers is just sugar on top. That’s why the 2021 Honda Accord just might be the perfect choice for drivers who need to get to where they need to go in comfort and a little style. 

Honda announced the changes via a press release, and several crucial points are sure to capture prospective buyers’ attention.

Buckle up and sit tight, the 2021 Honda Accord is sure to make some lasting impressions, and we’re here to tell you why. 

The 2021 Honda Accord is made to last

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid driving down a road
2021 Honda Accord Hybrid in action | Photo via Honda

The Honda Accord is a mainstay for modern drivers. It’s dependable, upscale, and continues to deliver safety and style. However, this year’s model is upping the ante by giving customers just a little more of what they already expect when shopping with Honda. 

All of the Accord’s stylistic and technological upgrades share a common goal – improving safety. Honda restyled the midsize sedan’s grille to improve the radar performance of its safety systems. The most noticeable visual difference is that the grille is wider than previous models, giving it a bolder look.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Accord features revamped LED headlights, which provide better illumination than the previous lights did. However, these headlights only come on the Sport trim and above in gas-powered models and the EX trim and above in hybrid models. Notably, the IIHS dinged the 2020 Accord for average-to-marginal headlights in its assessment. This was the only rating that held the midsize sedan from achieving Top Safety Pick+ status.

The beauty of the Accord is more than just surface-level

Moving inside the cabin, you’ll notice a few additions as well. The 2021 Honda Accord’s base trim now comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Meanwhile, higher trim levels will now receive a wireless version of these smartphone mirroring technologies. 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow passengers to access some of their favorite mobile apps on the touchscreen display. This encourages drivers to put their phones down while still having easy yet safe access to everything they need.

The Honda Accord’s final significant upgrade is the addition of rear-seat occupant reminder and rear-seat seatbelt reminder as standard equipment. The former gives drivers a simple alert when exiting the vehicle to check the back seat for their children, pets, or items. Meanwhile, the latter warns the driver if anyone sitting in the back row hasn’t buckled their seatbelt.

The verdict is in: The 2021 Honda Accord is worth the extra cash

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All good things come at a price. The 2021 Honda Accord’s base model has a starting MSRP of $25,725, which is $500 higher than that of the 2020 model. Prices of other 2021 Honda Accord trims weren’t as drastically affected. Additionally, Honda eliminated the option for drivers to equip the Accord with a manual transmission.

All-in-all, these sacrifices are well worth the positive changes that buyers will receive in return.