2021 Honda Accord review: As good as it’s ever been

You can (and should) get the Accord in Sonic Gray.


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The Honda Accord gets a few little improvements this year, none of which should hamper the perennial success of this easy-to-like family sedan. That’s more important now than ever, too, as the 2021 Accord faces against increasingly stiff competition. In addition to the Honda’s longstanding archrival, the Toyota Camry, companies like Hyundai, Kia and Nissan are offering better midsize options than ever before. Thankfully, the 10th-generation Accord was a winner from the get-go.

Like

  • Smooth, strong turbo power
  • Spacious, comfortable, quiet interior
  • Engaging and refined to drive
  • Lots of standard driver-assistance tech

Don’t Like

  • No all-wheel drive option
  • Not as efficient as some competitors
  • Infotainment tech could use a refresh

In fact, this Accord was so good out of the gates that its mid-cycle refresh is limited to just a few styling tweaks, minor cabin tech upgrades and some model positioning/packaging changes. Honestly, the biggest news for the 2021 Accord is an improved hybrid drivetrain, which my buddy Andrew Krok talks about in detail in a separate review.

Visually, the slimmer LED headlights and wider grille of my Sport tester don’t really move the needle

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Stimulus check sending in 2 phases: Will your payment come before or after the deadline?

The IRS is sending $600 stimulus checks now, but if you don’t get yours soon, you may have to wait.


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The IRS is in its final stretch to send the second stimulus checks to those who meet the requirements before this week’s deadline. After Friday, Jan. 15, those who don”http://www.cnet.com/”t automatically get their $600 check will need to claim their money on their taxes later this year. As of late last week, the IRS is about 80% of way to sending the out all the relief money Congress allocated for this round of payments, using the two primary ways the IRS has sorted payments: To bank accounts through direct deposit and in the mail as a paper check or an EIP debit card

But with the Jan. 15 deadline days away, the IRS still has 20% of the payments to make and is working through a major electronic-transfer problem, so there’s a chance that the delivery of your second stimulus check could slip into the days past the cutoff — or that if it doesn’t show up you’ll have to claim a make-up payment, called the Recovery Rebate Credit, for all or part of the

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