Honda Accord Hybrid

Editors' Review

The Honda Accord is like a blue-chip stock: always a smart buy. For 2021, the hybrid variant makes a strong case that it's the best all-around model in the Accord range, building on the nameplate's fundamental excellence by offering far greater fuel economy.

To keep the Accord at the top of its game, this venerable Honda was mildly tweaked for 2021. Its grille is wider, and the Honda Sensing system's front-mounted radar sensor is slightly less prominent. Improved headlamps have greater reach and a wider beam pattern for enhanced visibility at night.

As for the hybrid, not much sets it apart from other Accords, at least visually. A blue-accented Honda badge on the grille hints that something a little different lurks under the hood. There are hybrid badges on the front fenders and trunk, and really, that's about it. Separating it from more plebeian variants, the top-shelf hybrid Touring model rolls on stylish 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear all-season tires. Despite a tread pattern that looks optimized for fair-weather use, these rubbers handle ice and snowy slop with ease, though a set of winter tires would certainly increase driving confidence.

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The Good ~ Good low-speed acceleration ~ Excellent driver aids ~ Quality trimmings ~ Roomy interior

The Bad ~ Annoying regenerative braking paddles ~ Real-world efficiency can disappoint ~ Meh infotainment system

The Bottom Line The Accord remains the best all-around four-door sedan you can buy today, and the hybrid model builds on that foundation by offering even greater fuel economy.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 9
  • Design 8
  • Media 8

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