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The 2021 Honda Accord is Sporty and Competent According to Edmunds

The 2021 Honda Accord is one of the most affordable entry-level sedans on the market. We expect it to be reliable, offer decent fuel economy, and maybe even provide drivers with a few luxuries. What you might not have expected? The 2021 Honda Accord offers a surprisingly peppy driving experience.

The Honda Accord seems to be one of the more easily forgotten choices in the brand’s lineup. With options like the Honda Civic coming with such variety at such a reasonable price point, it is easy to see how other great options like the Accord might be overlooked. But, the 2021 Honda Accord has so much to offer for the price that it’s worth taking it for a test drive — and who knows, it might even surprise you.

How much does the 2021 Honda Accord cost?

The 2021 Honda Accord ranges in price depending on drivetrain and trim level, but it starts out at a rather affordable entry-level price. If you’re checking out the base model LX, you can expect sticker prices around $25,765, and it only goes up from there. While all of the options offer their own reasons to purchase them, according to Edmunds, the best choice for the money is the Sport SE trim, which replaces the EX trim from previous model years.

The Sport SE trim is far from the most expensive option, being only one step above the base model LX trim and costing around $29,715. It is recommended because of everything it offers at the price. This includes leather upholstery, keyless entry, and heated seats.

A black Honda Accord seen on display at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2020
Honda Accord | Vachira Vachira, NurPhoto, Getty Images

The sporty sedan overall

While Edmunds recommends certain trim levels, they give each vehicle an overall rating and a breakdown of that rating by category. The 2021 Honda Accord received an overall score of 8.3 out of 10 making it one of the best-rated sedans of its class on the site. The rating that might surprise you the most about the vehicle is how well it performed in driving tests for being such a sporty sedan.

White Honda Accord Hybrid on display at the Chicago Auto Show
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What we expect from the Honda Accord

The driving experience for the 2021 Honda Accord received an overall rating of an 8.5 for the drive quality. It reports that the reported statistics for the car are nothing special — and they truly aren’t. If you’re looking at times for 0 – 60 mph or 1/4 mile time you want be impressed, but chances are you weren’t expecting much from a responsible consumer sedan.

After all, our expectations for the 2021 Honda Accord are probably pretty basic. We expect it to get reasonable fuel economy, which it does, though the numbers vary depending on what drivetrain you’re looking at. You also expect a decently comfortable interior with enough space for passengers and cargo. If that’s all you were expecting, you won’t be disappointed. But, there is still so much it has to offer.

The Honda Accord offers a surprisingly peppy driving experience

Driving the 2021 Honda Accord won’t ever feel like you’re driving a high horsepower sports car, but it won’t feel like you’re driving a horse and buggy, either. According to Edmunds, actually, it offers spunky acceleration and peppy handling that makes it a car that’s enjoyable to drive and navigate through traffic.

“…it responds quickly and smoothly to provide more power when you need it…The car corners well, sticking to the road with no drama, and the brakes are easy to control for smooth stops.”


You might not have expected much of an enjoyable driving experience for the 2021 Honda Accord, but a quick test drive might just be what you need to change your mind.


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