The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid is one of Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars. Kelley Blue Book named it 2020 Best Buy: Midsize Car.
Accord Hybrid’s mileage is excellent: 48/48/48 city/highway/combined, and its range is extensive: 614 miles. With a base model MSRP of $26,570, this is a highly affordable car – a bull's eye for the budget-conscious – and a super-efficient HEV.
The U.S. Department of Energy calculates that driving a 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid will save you $3,750 in fuel costs over 5 years, compared to driving an average new vehicle.
Year after year, Accord Hybrid is one of Honda’s best-sellers. Honda has indicated that by 2030, it wants two-thirds of its global fleet to be electrified. The company moved its hybrid production from Ohio to Japan to make expanding Honda's world hybrid supply easier, and to double production using its larger Japanese factories. Honda's seriousness about selling hybrids is borne out by the fact that the Honda Accord Hybrid is sold in all 50 states. Many other hybrids are not – they're sold in a few select states where eco-conscious customers are clustered.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration awarded the 2021 hybrid a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) made it a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid comes in four trim levels: Hybrid (MSRP: $26,570), EX (MSRP: $30,520), EX-L (MSRP: $32,890) and Touring (MSRP: $36,440). All trims come with Front Wheel Drive, use a 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder gas/electric hybrid CVT engine outputting 212hp @ 6200 rpm, and a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission.
For 2021, the Honda Accord Hybrid gets upgraded from a 1.5 liter engine to a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors fed by a lithium-ion battery. During most driving situations, power comes from the e-motors motor while the gas engine mostly serves as a generator to feed the battery. Total system output is a healthy 212 horsepower. Despite the slightly different approach of mixing gas and electric, superior fuel economy is achieved.
Standard features for the Accord Hybrid trim include 17-Inch Alloy Wheels, Apple CarPlay Integration, Android Auto Integration , 60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seat back, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Remote Engine Start, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, Deceleration Selectors, Honda Sensing, 8-Inch Display Audio Touch-Screen, LED Low-Beam Headlights with Auto-On/Off, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Push Button Start, Eco Assist System, Auto High-Beam Headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Bluetooth Steaming Audio.
Honda Sensing Technologies include: Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR).
Passive Safety Technologies include: Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure, Advanced Front Airbags, SmartVent Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor, Driver's and Front Passenger's Knee Airbags, 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions, Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning SystemLower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All), Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat-Belt Reminder, Child-Proof Rear Door Locks.
Audio and Connectivity includes: a 160-Watt Audio System with 4 Speakers, a USB Audio Interface, an 8-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution Electrostatic Touch-Screen, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Radio Data System (RDS), Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC), HondaLink, Apple CarPlay Integration, and Android Auto Integration.
Trunk space is considered decent, at 16.7 cubic feet.
Says motor trend.com reviewer Duncan Brady: “Sip fuel in style with the most efficient version of Honda's top-ranked midsize sedan, the Accord Hybrid. Honda introduced the 10th-generation Accord for the 2018 model year and issues a mid-cycle refresh for 2021. The 2021 Accord Hybrid competes in a small segment of midsize hybrid sedans alongside the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata, and may also be considered against Honda's Clarity plug-in hybrid. The Accord Hybrid is a surprisingly quick and agile midsize sedan. Its cabin is comfortable, if not luxurious, and Honda’s infotainment is user-friendly. Updates for 2021 make the car drive smoother than before.”
Says Kelley Blue Book reviewer Colin Ryan: “The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid midsize sedan is one of those rare ideal cars. It has plenty of space for occupants and cargo, a pleasant cabin environment, strong reliability, several standard safety systems, superb fuel economy, a satisfying amount of muscle, and an engaging driving experience. The Honda Accord is already exceptionally good. We’re often giving it the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award. Where this hybrid variant makes its case is the balance between usable power and outstanding fuel economy.”
WRITTEN MAY 2021
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