“The Honda Accord is no longer available with a six-speed manual transmission. It was previously available on the Sport trim level, with either the 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter engine choices. The 2021 Accord will receive a facelift, which will be revealed later this year.”
Even though the demand for manuals is still high, Honda has decided to stop using manual transmissions for the Honda Accord model. However, the stick-shift production for the sedan ended way back in December 2019, but the marque decided to make it public now, in a release meant for the 2021 model-year updates.
A six-speed manual transmission was previously a no-cost option for Sport models with either the 192-hp 1.5-liter engine or the 252-hp 2.0-liter engine. However, the Japanese marque stated that the manual made up only around 1 to 2 percent of Accord sales, forcing them to give up on trying to #SavetheManuals in the mid-size sedan segment. From the Accord’s 267,567 units sold in 2019, only around 2500–5000 of those were sold with stick-shifts which is apparently not enough for Honda to justify the business case. Honda’s head of product planning, Gary Robinson, even said in an interview that the company did not plan to kill any manual-transmission models, and even suggested that it might expand the number of manual offerings.
An updated Accord is coming for the 2021 model year, presumably with new styling and features. Honda will share more info in the coming months. However, the fact that a manual won’t be available as an option, really kills the hype. Hence, if you are looking for an Accord with the fun manual transmission, then you need to act fast as time is ticking.