Honda discontinues manual transmission in Accord sedan
The stick-shift models accounted for less than 2% of sales.
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Honestly, we're a little surprised this didn't happen sooner. Manual transmissions are less and less popular with new car buyers these days, especially in mainstream models like the Honda
. To that end, the Accord officially loses its stick-shift option, according to a document Honda sent Roadshow on Friday.
Honda says it stopped building manual transmission-equipped Accords last December; the models accounted for less than 2% of overall sales. The six-speed manual was available as a no-cost option on the Accord Sport, and you could get it with either the 192-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbo I4 or the more powerful, 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbo I4.
The Honda Accord was the last midsize sedan to offer a manual transmission in the US, with competitors like the
discontinuing them years ago. We always enjoyed when a manual Sport would roll through our test fleet -- it gave the otherwise well-rounded Accord a little extra somethin'-somethin'.
It's unclear what other changes are in store for the 2021 Honda Accord. An updated version will debut later this year. We can expect a few styling tweaks and technology updates, both of which will help the Accord stay fiercely competitive. We'll just shed a brief tear for the manual transmission while we can.