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Compare 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. 2021 Honda Accord Sedan

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid vs 2020 Honda Accord Sedan


The Honda Accord has long been a staple in the world of affordable and stylish midsize sedans. However, in 2005, Honda decided to modernize the sedan even more, adding on a hybrid variant to keep up with the demands for cleaner, more sustainable automotive practices. But what exactly are the differences between the Honda Accord vs. Honda Accord Hybrid? The cars are pretty similar, but below we'll dive into the key differences in fuel economy, power, and other important specs. After that, feel free to hop over to our Honda lease specials, and you can get into your favorite Honda Accord for a great monthly price and flexible terms!

Trim Levels

Let's start by comparing trim availability between the Accord vs. Accord Hybrid in 2021. Seeing as the fully gas-powered Honda Accord has been around for much longer — since 1976, to be exact — it offers up more trim variants than its hybrid counterpart. The difference here is five for the original model and four for the hybrid version.

Honda Accord Trims

  • Honda Accord LX
  • Honda Accord Sport
  • Honda Accord Sport Special Edition
  • Honda Accord EX-L
  • Honda Accord Touring 2.0T

Honda Accord Hybrid Trims

  • Honda Accord Hybrid (base hybrid model)
  • Honda Accord Hybrid EX
  • Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L
  • Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

Power and Performance

When looking at the power — as well as subsequent features of the Honda Accord vs. Honda Accord Hybrid — we'll be comparing only the base models of each (i.e., we're going to be looking at the LX and the Hybrid base model trims).

All in all, the Honda Accord offers up slightly improved SAE net horsepower, torque, and engine specs over the Honda Accord Hybrid for sale. The difference isn't incredibly vast, however, and the two models share many elements. For example, each one has a 16-Valve DOHC VTEC® valve train and an in-line 4-cylinder engine. Additionally, they each boast the Eco Assist System, electric parking brake with automatic brake hold, and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to decrease excessive road noise in the cabin. Check out the table below to see where they differ.

Powertrain Differences

Honda Accord Honda Accord Hybrid
Engine In-line four-cylinder with turbocharger In-line four-cylinder
Horsepower (SAE net) 192 143
Torque (SAE net) 192 lb.-ft. 129 lb.-ft.
Three-Mode Drive System (ECON/Sport/EV) Unavailable Standard
Fuel Injection Direct Port

We should also note the difference in SAE net horsepower and total system horsepower. When you take into account total system horsepower, the Honda Accord Hybrid clocks in at 212 hp., which just beats out the fully gas-powered Honda Accord.

Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, obviously there are going to be differences between the 2021 Accord Hybrid vs. Accord sedan. Given that the hybrid will also have an electric range, it will naturally have slightly increased combined fuel economy.

The Honda Accord has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30/38/33 city/highway/combined MPG.1 The Honda Accord Hybrid has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 48/48/48 city/highway/combined MPG.1

There is also a difference in the tank capacity between the two models. The Honda Accord sedan for sale has a fuel tank capacity of 14.8 gallons, and the Honda Accord Hybrid has a fuel tank capacity of 12.8 gallons. However, there are no special fuel requirements for either model, as they both take regular unleaded fuel.

Additional Features

In the table below, we'll dive into a few extra features that we think you might want to know about. These will encompass safety, convenience, and tech options, but this list is not an all-inclusive index of features. Keep in mind these comparisons only take the base models into account, and higher trims may offer features not available on the base trims.

Honda Accord Honda Accord Hybrid
Honda Sensing Suite Standard Standard
Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock® Not Available Standard
Fold-Down Rear Seatback with Center Armrest Standard 60/40 Split
Illuminated Power Window Switches Driver's Only Standard
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Standard Standard
8-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution Electrostatic Touch-Screen Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Not Available Standard
Idle-Stop Standard Not Available

The Winner Is…

To be honest, there's no winner between these two amazing cars. Each one offers tons of amazing features and even more at higher trim levels. If you're environmentally-conscious, you might want to lean towards the hybrid. If you're more of a traditionalist with a hunger for extra power, the Honda Accord might be your ticket to happiness. If you would like to dive deeper into the differences between the Honda Accord vs. Honda Accord Hybrid, feel free to call us. Or, better yet, you can visit us and test drive each model for yourself. There's no better way to make a clear distinction between two cars than to feel them in action. So, come see us today and drive away in an amazing Honda sedan.


130 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX and EX-L trims. 29 city/35 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport and Special Edition 1.5T trims. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 48 city/48 highway/48 combined mpg rating for Hybrid, Hybrid EX and Hybrid EX-L trims. 44 city/41 highway/43 combined mpg rating for the Hybrid Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.