The tenth-generation Honda Accord only arrived on our shores a few months ago but there’s already a facelifted version available in the US.

    That’s because the current Accord entered production in the US in September 2017.

    Visually, all of the changes are concentrated at the front. There’s a wider and deeper grille with chrome highlights for the horizontal slats, plus smaller fog light pods.

    The LED headlights have been improved, and now cast their illumination wider and further down the road.

    There are also new alloy wheel designs, with 19-inch rims added to top-spec hybrid models.

    Out the back and on the inside there are no visual updates but there’s some new equipment available, including wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

    The USB ports for the driver and front passenger have been moved into the centre console, while there are two new 2.5V USB ports available to those sitting on the rear pew.

    2021 Honda Accord facelift unveiled in the US

    As far as safety equipment is concerned, all American Accords gain a rear seat reminder on exit, and seat belt warnings for the rear seats.

    Higher grades also feature a new Low Speed Braking Control system, which uses sonar to detect solid objects and can autonomously brake to avoid collisions.

    Honda has also retuned the adaptive cruise control to be smoother, while the lane keeping assist now has “more effective and natural lane centering”. Controls for both of these systems now use industry standard iconography.

    2021 Honda Accord facelift unveiled in the US

    The automaker has also tweaked the automatic engine stop/start system and hybrid drivetrain to be smoother, but the output of the 143kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo, 158kW 2.0-litre hybrid, and 188kW 2.0-litre turbo options are unchanged.

    It’s unclear when these upgrades will flow through to local Accords, as our range is sourced from Thailand.

    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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