Mid-size sedan, Type R Heart
Oh look, another Honda Accord. You’re used to seeing this sedan out and about now, but this one might hold a secret: an engine borrowed from one of our favorite sports cars. Under the hood of the Accord Sport 2.0T sits a mill version of the Honda Civic Type R, and it allows acceleration almost as fast as this epic hot sedan.
While it’s not the Accord Type R that only exists in Fantastic Lands, the Sport 2.0T model saves its badge – for the most part – and does so while delivering the well-balanced everyday attributes that make the Accord a comparison test winner and our top-ranked midsize sedan. We’ve tested the 2021 Accord Sport 2.0T on the track and in the real world to find out if this is the one for you.
What’s new for 2021
You would be forgiven for not having noticed the subtle but appreciable changes to the Accord for 2021. Along with a wider grille and full LED front lighting, the new Sonic Gray Pearl paintwork taken from the Civic Hatchback looks chic. – as shown in our car test. All models receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard; wireless connectivity is included on the EX, Sport and Touring trims. Rear wireless charging and USB charging ports have also been added to these high-end versions. In addition to driver assistance enhancements, all models receive a rear seat occupant reminder. Particularly relevant to this Sport 2.0T model, the throttle and brake calibrations are revised for faster response and better control.
VTEC Turbo Tire Spinner
Any 2021 deal is reasonably quick. In those equipped with the small, but punchy 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4, 60 mph comes in in 7.2 seconds. Fuel-efficient hybrid models accomplish this feat in 6.7 seconds. The Sport 2.0T, however, is even faster.
Its turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission manages the shifting (six-speed manual, we miss you). After building a boost with overlapping pedals, the Sport 2.0T hits 100 km / h in 5.5 seconds, making it just a tenth of a second slower than the Civic Type R we had in our test fleet. long-term. Its 14.1-second quarter-mile result at 100.4 mph is only two-tenths of the Civic Type R. On a dragstrip, this Accord leaves the Civic Si (for now) Honda in the dust.
You might be wondering where that performance hides when you first insert the push-button shifter. In standard mode, the throttle response is moderate and the transmission seems determined to ramp up to around 2,000 rpm. Things feel relaxed, even lazy. Then you activate Sport mode. As the LED accents on the gauge cluster glow red, the engine responds with coupler verve. It seems more than fast enough for everyday traffic and will chirp the front tires easily. The steering torque and turbo lag are minimal.
Are 10 gears too many? Sometimes the transmission seems to have more speeds than it knows what to do. In particular, overtaking maneuvers are hampered because it decides the number of ratios to lower. Once it downshifts, however, acceleration from 45 to 65 mph takes a respectable 2.7 seconds, a full second faster than Accord models with the 1.5-liter engine. And tenth gear keeps the engine quietly below 2,000 rpm at highway speeds. The gear changes are smooth and the paddle shifters are responsive enough.
In a straight line and on winding roads, this Accord looks less like the truly sporty Honda models. For a midsize sedan, however, it performs well. Turn the thick, leather-wrapped wheel and the steering is heavy and pleasantly direct. Even though the 235 / 40R-19 tires don’t provide much sidewall to isolate against road noise, good body control helps keep things level and calm. Speaking of this body, there is no way to hide its size; The Accord is too big to qualify as agile. Nonetheless, it sticks impressively, holding 0.90g on our skidpad.
On the brakes, a stopping distance of 114 feet 60-0 is among the shortest in the segment. Still, the pedal is incredibly smooth and soft. Sports-oriented cars usually brake more immediately and with more confidence than that. At least the Accord’s calibration makes it easy to make smooth, smooth stops.
Our figure-eight test quantifies the combined acceleration, braking and handling capabilities of a vehicle. Among its rivals, the Accord Sport 2.0T’s average result of 26.1 seconds and 0.70 g is beaten only by the Hyundai Sonata N Line, which completed a lap of 25.8 seconds and 0.72 g. The Mazda 6 Turbo, once a benchmark for mid-size sedan performance, trails at 27.3 seconds and 0.63g on average. What does this mean for Accord’s sporting acumen? It’s not the best, but it’s up there.
Not much to criticize
Where the Accord shines – the Sport 2.0T model or any other – is in its competence and comprehensiveness. How well he does so much adds up to an overall package that is modestly brilliant. The cabin is extremely spacious, as is the segment’s largest 16.7 cubic foot trunk. Sight lines are good and usability is facilitated by the intuitively placed controls and storage areas. Although the materials are entry-level, everything seems solidly put together. Thoughtful details like temperature dials that glow red when you turn up the heat and blue when you turn it down, add ambiance. Audiophiles will be disappointed with the tiny audio system, but Honda’s infotainment setup is generally still easy to use.
In addition to excellent safety scores from the IIHS and NHTSA, the Accord’s Honda Sensing driver assistance technology builds confidence. The combined effect of adaptive cruise control, lane centering and blind spot monitoring makes highway driving as easy as keeping a slight grip on the wheel and your eyes on your surroundings – Honda Sensing helps you with that. rest. The fact that most of it is standard on every 2021 Accord adds to the car’s IntelliChoice value rating from Excellent.
Is Sport 2.0T the right deal?
The Accord ranks first in our mid-size sedan rating because of its strength across the lineup. No model pulls extra weight; each trim and powertrain complements the others. At $ 33,500 as tested, the Sport 2.0T model sits on the expensive end of the Accord spectrum. It’s also the thirstiest, rated by the EPA at 22/32 mpg city / highway, as opposed to 29/35 mpg in the Sport trim with the 1.5-liter engine or up to 48/48 mpg in the trim. hybrid. But it’s definitely the fastest, and it’s pretty fun that a hot hatchback exile who needs a sedan isn’t too disappointed to make the switch. For less enthusiastic motorists, the Sport 2.0T model isn’t the Accord we recommend – you don’t need it. To be sure, we would always recommend the Accord, just another one.
Advantages and disadvantages of the 2021 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T
- Almost as fast as the Civic Type R
- Spacious interior and trunk
- Excellent safety scores, driver assistance technology
This seems good! More details?
- Less efficient than other Accord models
- Spongy feel of the brake pedal
- Transmission sometimes hesitant
|CHARACTERISTICS||Honda Accord 2.0T Sport 2021|
|STARTING PRICE||$ 33,105|
|PRICE TESTED||$ 33,500|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||4-door front-engine sedan, front-wheel drive, 5 passengers|
|ENGINE||2.0L / 252 hp / 273 lb-ft DOHC 16-valve in-line turbo|
|WEIGHT ON BOARD (F / R DIST)||3356 pounds (62/38%)|
|Length x Width x Height||192.2 x 73.3 x 57.1 inches|
|0 to 60 mph||5.5 seconds|
|QUARTER MILE||14.1 s at 160 km / h|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||114 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.90 g (average)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.1 s at 0.70 g (average)|
|EPA CITY / HWY / COMB FUEL ECON||22/32/26 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / ROAD||153/105 kWh / 100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.76 lbs / mile|