A Comprehensive Rundown of the Iconic Honda Accord Trim Lineup

September 10th, 2021 by

A red 2021 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T is shown from the side parked in front of a pond.

Let’s face it: if you’re in the market for a dependable sedan that doesn’t compromise on performance, good looks, or safety, how could you not choose a Honda Accord? Head to Honda of Newnan, your Atlanta Honda Accord dealership, and once you do, you’ll quickly discover that the competition can’t hold a candle to this iconic and popular category leader. As the calendar continues towards a new model year, the Honda Accord maintains its spot near the top of the sedan category, with options like an environmentally-friendly hybrid powertrain leading the long list of available technologies designed to make life as an Accord owner easier, safer, and more cost-effective. The term “no brainer” is overused, but in this case, it fits perfectly.

If an average 48 MPG* of fuel efficiency with a hybrid powertrain doesn’t perk up your ears, the Accord’s plethora of available luxury features will. From heated and ventilated leather seating surfaces to a prominent dash-mounted infotainment touchscreen offering tons of connected features, the newest Honda Accord envelops drivers in an immersive cabin experience designed for comfortable, entertaining road trips or long days filled with errands and carpools. Here’s our rundown on the incredible 2021 Accord lineup.

Affordability Found in the Accord LX

The words “base model” tend to conjure images of spartan entry-level vehicles with few features and limited comfort and convenience equipment. Not so with the Accord LX, which is great news for budget buyers. The LX features 17-inch wheels and LED headlights, along with comfortable cloth seats and a 160-watt audio system. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, as is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen.

Honda’s global commitment to furthering safety technology is evident with the standard Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist safety technologies. The LX comes equipped with five systems: Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Traffic Sign Recognition. These systems rely on radar, cameras, and sensors to help drivers stay alert and keep occupants safe.

The Honda Accord LX features a 192 horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission that gets an average combined fuel economy rating of 33 MPG.* There’s a standard push-button start, plenty of USB ports for charging devices, and a handy fold-down rear seatback for easy cargo loading. A rearview camera with multi-angle technology is also included, helping drivers back out of parking spaces and driveways more safely.

A red 2021 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T is shown from the rear parked in a driveway after leaving a Atlanta Honda Accord dealership.

Opt for Sportiness With the Sport and Sport Special Edition Trims

If you’d like to dial up the excitement when looking at sedans for sale, check out the Accord Sport and Sport Special Edition. The Sport features more aggressive exterior equipment, including larger 19-inch wheels, LED fog lights, a stylized rear spoiler in glossy black, and a flashy chrome-tipped exhaust. Inside, the driver gets a standard power-adjustable seat, and everyone will enjoy the upgraded 8-speaker 180-watt stereo.

The Sport Special Edition costs a little more and includes additional standard comfort features, including leather-trimmed seating surfaces, heated front seats, a power passenger’s seat, and an extra USB located in the center console. A wireless device charger is standard on the Sport Special Edition, and the leather-wrapped shift knob adds an extra touch of luxury. It’s a nice mid-priced option that adds a little extra sportiness without a big increase to the price tag.

As for performance, the Accord Sport trim unlocks access to an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, a powerhouse that outputs 252 horsepower for even more on-the-road performance capability. It’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting, offering a powertrain that’s accurate, precise, and extremely fun to drive. All that extra power doesn’t compromise much on fuel economy, with the 2.0-liter engine delivering an average combined 26 MPG rating.

High-End Luxury in the EX-L and Touring Trims

Sometimes you just want the best in life. If that sounds like you, consider the Accord EX-L or the top-of-the-line Accord Touring. These two trims round out the lineup on the upper end of the price and equipment spectrum. Honda designed the EX-L and Touring trims for luxury-focused buyers who seek a cabin with plentiful standard comfort features.

The EX-L includes a standard wireless device charger, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A one-touch power moonroof is also standard, and drivers will love the memory seat position presets, eliminating the hassle of manual adjustments after other drivers make changes. The EX-L also features a 450-watt, 10-speaker premium audio system. Honda adds parking sensors on the bumpers for effortless maneuvering.

If you’re still seeking more features, the Touring has plenty. Standard ventilated front seats and heated outboard rear seats headline the interior refinements, and a head-up display bumps technology to the next level. The innovative Low-Speed Braking Control system engages at speeds between 1 and 6 mph whether the vehicle is in forward or reverse and automatically applies the brakes when an obstacle is detected.

The onboard navigation system gets a technological boost with Honda Satellite-Linked connected navigation featuring voice recognition and HD Digital Traffic. The system displays navigation with accurate, current traffic information and adapts to changing road conditions in real-time. Touch your smartphone to the N logo on the Accord Touring’s dash, and you’ll connect with the infotainment system instantaneously, thanks to Near Field Communication (NFC), the same technology that lets you touch your credit card to pay at retail stores.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Honda Accord Hybrid. The Hybrid powertrain is no slouch when it comes to performance, delivering 212 horsepower via its 2-motor system. An in-cabin button lets you switch to full EV mode for even more efficiency. Overall, the Accord Hybrid delivers estimated fuel economy ratings of 48 MPG in the city and 48 MPG on the highway, which lets you bypass the gas station and enjoy more time behind the wheel.

The Accord Hybrid is offered in a four-trim lineup: the base Hybrid, the Hybrid EX, the EX-L, and the Touring. All of the same great comfort and luxury features are present throughout the Hybrid model lineup, like the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, LED exterior lighting, and plenty of USB charging ports, so everyone stays connected, charged, and happy.

A grey 2021 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T is shown from the front parked in a driveway after leaving a Atlanta Honda Accord dealership.

You Next Sedan

With all of these capabilities and achievements, it’s no wonder that for 2021, Car and Driver awarded the Accord with a spot on its coveted Editor’s Choice list and the annual 10Best list.** That commitment to excellence hasn’t changed since the Accord first made its debut back in 1976. The 2021 Honda Accord is an excellent sedan, and we see the level of innovation and reliability people love to continue with the upcoming 2022 model as well.

If it’s time for you to get a new sedan, prepare to be dazzled by the five available trims within the Honda Accord lineup and the four Hybrid trims that round out the Accord portfolio. Affordability for budget-minded buyers, sport-tuned performance for those seeking driving excitement, and high-end luxury for discerning tastes are yours to discover at your Honda of Newnan. What are you waiting for? Contact us to get behind the wheel if your dream vehicle.

*30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX and EX-L trims. 29 city/35 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport and Special Edition 1.5T trims. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 48 city/48 highway/48 combined mpg rating for Hybrid, Hybrid EX and Hybrid EX-L trims. 44 city/41 highway/43 combined mpg rating for the Hybrid Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.
**The 2021 Honda Accord was placed on the Car and Driver 10Best Cars and Trucks for 2021 List. For more information, visit Car and Driver (https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a34493228/10best-2021/). Car and driver is a registered trademark of Hearst Autos, Inc.