2021 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T First Test: The Midsize Sedan With a Hot-Hatch Heart


2021 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T First Test: The Midsize Sedan With a Hot-Hatch Heart

Oh look, another Honda Accord. By now you’re accustomed to seeing this sedan out and about, but that one rolling by might pack a secret: an engine borrowed from one of our favorite sports cars. Under the hood of the Accord Sport 2.0T is a version of the mill found in the Honda Civic Type R, and it enables acceleration nearly as quick as that epic hot hatchback.

Although it’s not the Accord Type R that exists only in fantasy land, the Sport 2.0T model backs up its badge—for the most part—and does so while delivering the well-rounded everyday attributes that make the Accord a comparison test winner and our top-ranked midsize sedan. We tested the 2021 Accord Sport 2.0T on the track and in the real world to find out if it’s the one to get.

You’d be forgiven for not noticing the subtle but appreciable changes made to the Accord for 2021. Besides a wider grille and all-LED front lighting, newly available Sonic Gray Pearl paint taken from the Civic Hatchback looks snazzy—as seen on our test car. All models receive standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; wireless connectivity is included on the EX, Sport, and Touring trims. Wireless charging and rear-seat USB charging ports have been added to those higher-end trims, as well. In addition to driver assist refinements, all models get a rear-seat occupant reminder. Particularly relevant to this Sport 2.0T model, throttle and brake calibrations are revised for quicker response and better control. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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