We all prioritize different things when choosing a car to buy. But no matter your criteria, comfort is probably a requirement. After all, you’ll likely spend considerable time inside your vehicle. U.S. News recently compiled a list of the most comfortable cars, which is a good starting point. Of the 12 models listed, three are from Honda, including the 2021 Accord Hybrid. Here’s why this model made the list.
The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid’s exterior and performance
For some, comfort begins with knowing you’re in a reliable vehicle that can get you and your passengers where you want to go safely. Starting at $26,370, the Accord Hybrid looks great with a restyled grille and the sleek lines that define this generation. But it also provides solid handling, acceleration, cornering, and braking.
Honda’s smooth-shifting continuously variable transmission pairs with a 2.0-liter inline-four and two electric motors. Combined, they get an impressive 48 mpg in the city or on the highway. (However, it should be noted that the Touring trim’s fuel efficiency drops to 44/41 mpg city/highway.)
The Accord Hybrid’s mileage is a bit better than comparable sedans like the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid (44/47 mpg) and 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (45/51 mpg).
The Honda Accord Hybrid has an interior to match its attractive exterior
The Honda Accord Hybrid gets high marks from U.S. News for its spacious cabin and features.
The interior is spacious with 42.3 inches of legroom in the front and 40.4 inches in the rear. The trunk is also fairly spacious at 16.7 cubic feet, which is impressive because hybrids often sacrifice cargo space for their electric components.
The interior styling is also attractive, with cloth seats for the standard model. The Accord Hybrid also comes with a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration and a four-speaker sound system.
Comfort also includes peace of mind, and you’ll have that with an Accord Hybrid. It’s a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning the highest scores in all IIHS tests. It also earned 5 out of 5 stars from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Every Accord Hybrid trim comes with the Honda Sensing Suite, a package of advanced safety features. They include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and road sign recognition. If you want rear cross-traffic alert or blind-spot monitoring, you’ll need to upgrade to any trim above the base model.
The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid’s trim levels
If you’re looking for a bit more comfort than the base model provides, you can opt for the EX trim. It comes with enhanced LED headlights, a moonroof, an eight-speaker sound system, and a 12-way power driver’s seat. You also get blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert as part of the Honda Sensing Suite. But you’ll pay about $4,000 over the base price for the EX.
The EX-L costs about an additional $2,400. This trim comes with leather upholstery, a four-way power front passenger seat, front and rear parking sensors, and a 10-speaker sound system. Plus, it has a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The minimal price difference between the EX and EX-L might make the EX-L a better buy.
But if you’re looking to splurge on all the comforts the Accord Hybrid has to offer, opt for the Touring, the top trim, which starts at $37,895.
More about the Touring trim and other options
The Honda Accord Hybrid Touring, which rides on 19-inch wheels, comes with ventilated and heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a head-up display, and leather upholstery. You also get rear heated outboard seats and a passenger-side mirror that slopes down when you’re driving in reverse. And for the extra $3,500 the Touring costs, you get a low-speed automatic braking system that kicks in if you’re about to hit objects when you’re moving at up to 5 mph.
To keep your 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid running, you can take advantage of the standard limited warranty covering 36,000 miles or three years. The powertrain warranty covers 60,000 miles or five years, but unlike warranty packages for competing Camry and Hyundai models, the Accord Hybrid offers no scheduled complimentary maintenance.
However, no matter which version of the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid you purchase, you’ll be assured knowing you’re riding in comfort and style.