This summer has been a summer of staycations in and around Metro Vancouver. During one of those staycations, we had the opportunity to take out the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Edition to see how it suited our family, our travel style and a typical week in our life while at home.
Our typical weeks involve school, soccer, karate, ball hockey, as well as work trips, whether daytrips or road trips. While we did not take the Accord on a long road trip, we did use it for our Vancouver Daytrip into the city.
2021 Honda Accord Likes
I currently drive a 2011 Honda Pilot, so technology has changed a lot in 10 years. Some of the things that I loved about the Accord were the backup camera (I now see why people do not look behind them when they backup because the camera offers better sight lines).
I also really liked the seat coolers. While other seat coolers often make you feel like you have peed your pants, these ones had vents near the head rests that blew nice cold air onto your neck and shoulders.
SEAT BELT ICONS
From a safety perspective, I liked that it showed me who was buckled up in the back seat. You can see the icon in the photo below!
EASY TO PARK
The Honda Accord was so easy to park. It is small enough to fit into Vancouver parking spots and the rear camera makes parallel parking a breeze!
The trunk on the Honda Accord was generously large! It would easily fit our suitcases and a cooler for a road trip!
KEYLESS ENTRY / START
The proximity key entry was convenient. It was nice to not have to dig my keys out of my purse to lock and unlock the car.
2021 Honda Accord Dislikes
I am not a huge fan of the brake assist. I bet it is ideal if you drive in rush hour to work or use it as a commuter car. One second can make a big difference in a highway rear-ender. We all know how many distractions there are on the road. But for me, as I was pulling into a parking spot at the local mall, the car literally slammed on the breaks when I was pulling into the parking spot. It felt as though we had actually crashed into something (we did not hit the curb. there was one of those parking bumpers, then a curb and a bush on the curb that I guess the car thought was another car’s bumper). My friend in the passenger seat exclaimed “what was that!” as she was just as surprised as I was. Many times the BRAKE BRAKE light came on while I was driving. I get that it is a safety feature, but as a confident driver, I did find it criticizing my driving haha.
REAR SIGHT LINES
When I mentioned above that the backup camera was great, the reason it was great was because the sightlines out the back were not. I am not quite sure why, but year after year, the back row seats are more and more bucketstyle and it is tough for kids to even see out the window. If you take a look at the photo of my son below, he can barely see out the window.
2021 Honda Accord Touring Technical Info
I took some of what I would look for when purchasing a new vehicle and put it below. The full specs are available on the website. While some of these things are for safety and some are for convenience, these were the features I looked for or enjoyed while driving.
- 2.0 Litre, 16-value, Atkinson cycle DOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder
- 143 Horsepower Engine (@6200 RPM)
- 121 Electric motor Horsepower (@5000-6000 RPM)
- 212 Combined Horsepower (@6200 RPM)
- Reccomeded Fuel REGULAR
- Front Wheel Drive
- 17″ Aluminim-alloy Wheels
- All Season Tires
- Brake Assist
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Forward Collision Warning System
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Honda LaneWatch Bling Spot Delay
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Front Airbags
- Front knee airbags
- Side Curtain Airbags
- Backup Camera
- Lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH)
- Heated mirrors
- Rain sensing windshild wipers
- 12v power outlet
- Seat heaters and seat coolers (ventilated) in the front seats
- Rear seat heaters
- Proximity key entry
- Push button start
- Wireless phone charging
- Driver Seat position memory
- Apple Carplay / Android Auto
- Rear USB ports
Lindsay Nieminen hails from Vancouver, Canada and shares her love of travel on this website. She is passionate about showing others that they should not put off traveling the world just because they have young children or are single parents. She aims to encourage them to seek out adventure, whether it is at home or abroad by providing information on how just about everywhere can be a destination to explore as a family.