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2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Review by Mark Fulmer


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Still A Winner After All These Years

Mark Fulmer
The Auto Channel


The 2021 Accord Hybrid power system has two electric motors, a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery, and a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine. Those create 212 horsepower and 232 pounds-feet of torque. The 2021 edition has tweaked the tuning and software to provide enhanced low speed torque, seamless shifts, and a smooth, silent, and comfortable ride. A sci-fi mellow chiming sound (somewhat like the sound of a Star Trek transporter) helps pedestrians realize your presence when backing up in parking lots or driveways. I was able to attain high 40's in fuel economy in town, mid 40's on the freeway.


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Honda's strategy and design for instruments and gauges has always favored simple, clear, and readable. No silly glitz or touchscreens - or as Dragnet's Joe Friday (or NCIS Gibbs) would say: "Just the facts." No weird color schemes or font styles, just good, clear info. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are compatible and there is wireless connectivity and charging for all your power hungry mobile devices.


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The front seats are well cushioned and have both heating and cooling available. Leg room and head room are both adjustable to fit all except those with basketball or volleyball player length. Safety has been a strong point throughout the lifespan of the Accord which once again earns top marks for safety systems and design.


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The photo above shows that the rear seats (a 60 and a 40) can be be folded almost flat by two seat releases in the trunk for transporting lengthy cargo. The second row also enjoys what my kids call "bun warmers" (heated seats) as well as a pair of USB ports for mobile devices.


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The award-winning, best-selling Accord just simply get better each year, preserving its strengths and adding useful and reliable systems to its useful and reliable track record.