UPDATE: Upon closer examination, we now think this is the next-gen Honda Civic, not the next refreshed Accord. Proof of this is its relative size in these pictures, as well as the mounting location of its side mirrors on the door rather than on the A-pillar base.
A Motor1.com The reader caught what we believe will be the Honda Accord’s next (sorry, Civic) refresh during updated sedan testing near the small town of Salida, Colorado. This is our first look at the revised four-door version.
From the front there appears to be a significant styling change. Where the current Accord has a semi-open grille, the updated model splits the opening into two distinct sections, at least judging by the location of the camouflage. The headlights are still narrow but have a slightly rounder shape. The changes to the lower fascia are hidden under the concealment.
In profile, the raised part running along the lower part of the doors appears more prominent. The spoiler at the end of the trunk lid also appears to be at a steeper angle.
Unfortunately, our reader failed to break the Accord from the back. The side shots, however, are enough to show that there are different taillights.
Inside, the current industry standard is to use a refresh as a chance to update infotainment systems. This could also be the case for the Enhanced Accord.
The mechanical changes for the refreshed Accord are a mystery. The current model is available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 192 horsepower (143 kilowatts), a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivering 252 hp (188 kW) or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with power assist. hybrid producing a total of 181 hp (135 kW).
Honda stopped building the Accord with a manual transmission in December 2019 because only 1-2% of sedan customers were buying them. It’s a safe bet that the automaker wouldn’t reintroduce the three-pedal setup for this update.
When Honda released information on what is different from each of the brand’s vehicles for the 2021 model year, the company listed the Accord, Accord Hybrid and Ridgeline in the “To Be Announced” section. This suggests that the refreshed sedan is expected to debut fairly soon since the 2021 model year is already underway.