Honda Accord: Which Should You Buy, 2020 or 2021?

Most significant changes: New Sport SE trim replaces EX on gas models; new grille on the exterior; no more manual transmission

Price change: $250 to $520 on gas models; $500 to $800 on hybrids; destination charge unchanged at $955

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Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? Opt for model-year 2021 for LX, Sport and Sport SE trims, which add useful features. Choose model-year 2020 if you want a manual transmission or a lower price.

Honda gives its Accord mid-size sedan a fresh look in front and adds a new Sport SE model for 2021, but it scratches the six-speed manual transmission from the lineup. The Accord had been available with a manual since it was introduced in 1976, but stick-shift interest has steadily declined, making it expendable. The six-speed manual was a no-cost option for 2020 on Sport models.

Related: What’s New From Honda for 2021?

All Accords with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine now come with a continuously variable automatic transmission; those with a 2.0-liter turbo come with a 10-speed automatic. Hybrid models have a 2.0-liter engine and a CVT, while the Sport SE replaces 2020’s EX trim for gas-engined models and comes with the 1.5-liter engine, leather seats, power and heated front seats, as well as remote entry and start.  

LX and Sport models and the base Accord Hybrids add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an 8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. The EX-L, Touring and all hybrid sedans except the base model gain wireless integration for CarPlay and Android Auto, as well.

All models feature a wider grille, and Honda says models with LED headlights have new high and low beams with wider and longer illumination. All models also add a rear-seat occupant reminder system.

Lower-priced models gain useful features for 2021, such as CarPlay, Android Auto and a larger touchscreen, but the prices are higher, as well. The gas-only LX now starts at $25,725 (all prices include destination), up by $500. The base Accord Hybrid also is up by $500 and starts at $27,325. Other hybrid models get bigger price bumps: The Hybrid EX increases $650 to $31,275 and the Hybrid Touring by $800 to $37,195.

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