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Which Honda Accord Has Leather Seats?

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Leather seats provide a luxurious feel in any car, no matter the price point. Not only that, but leather is much easier to clean than cloth seats - which is the standard material in most cars. The Honda Accord's base trim starts at an affordable MSRP of $24,970, but does it offer cloth seats or leather ones? Do any of the trims offer leather seats - if so, which ones? Let's dive in through the latest years of the Honda Accord to see which ones offer this luxurious seating.

2021 Honda Accord

The 2021 Honda Accord is the #1 recommended midsize sedan. This year, the Accord dropped its EX trim, but gained a new Sport Special Edition (Sport SE) trim. It also discontinued its manual transmission option. However, wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto became standard, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen to go along with the feature.

Out of the five trim options offered by Honda for the 2021 Accord, three of them offer optional leather seating for the vehicle. Those trims are: the Sport SE, EX-L and Touring trims.

2020 Honda Accord

2020 offered no major changes for the Honda Accord. However, the car still won Kelley Blue Book's Midsize Car Best Buy Award of 2020. The Accord offers a roomy, comfortable interior with a large trunk space, and the car itself is easy to handle.

The 2020 Accord comes in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Leather seating is optional on the following trims: EX-L and Touring.

2019 Honda Accord

For the second year of the newest generation, the 2019 Accord released a 2.0-liter/4-cylinder engine as standard for the luxurious Touring trim. The car, across all trims, offers a long list of great standard features - this likely adds to one of the reasons why it has such a high resale value. The touchscreen infotainment system only becomes available for higher trims, which also includes Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Among the five trim levels, only two offer optional leather seating. These trims are: the EX-L and the Touring.

2018 Honda Accord

The 2018 Honda Accord began the 10th generation of the vehicle with its complete makeover. The remodel put the Accord at the front of the pack for midsize sedans, providing standard Honda Sensing on every trim, offering two new turbocharged engines, the latest infotainment technology, and more. This generation also expanded the number of trim levels from three to the five that we are familiar with nowadays.  

For the release of the new generation, Honda was generous with their leather seats - the EX-L and Touring trims had standardized leather seating.

2017 Honda Accord

The 2017 Accord presented a ton of customization among the trims to fit every lifestyle - there are manual and automatic transmissions, sedans, coupes, hybrid options, and more. The 2017 model also released the Sport Special Edition trim this year, adding more glamour to the typical Sport trim. Among all the customizations, the vehicle still gets great gas mileage and received a perfect safety rating.

The Sport, Sport SE, EX-L, and Touring trims all had standardized leather seating, rather than optional.

2016 Honda Accord

In 2016, Honda Sensing became available in all trim levels, a huge safety measure - in fact, the Accord was the top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The EX trim and higher also introduced Apple Carplay and Android Auto with the updated infotainment system. The car holds up well, losing little value over time.

The 2016 Honda Accord offers six trims: The LX, LX-S Coupe, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Leather seating is standard on the Sport, EX-L, and Touring trims.

2015 Honda Accord

The 2015 Honda Accord once again released only minor changes to the sedan, such as the HomeLink remote system and LaneWatch standardizing in higher trims. The interior of the Accord is roomy, easily seating the advertised five passengers. Another benefit of the car that remains consistent over the years is the stellar fuel economy.

Leather seating on the EX-L and Touring trims is standard.  

2014 Honda Accord

In 2014, the Accord released two Hybrid models, reaching 50 mpg in the city. Other than that, there were really no major changes to the vehicle. It ranked in the middle of its class with its stellar fuel economy and spacious backseat. Its other features were par with its competitors for the year, including safety and amenities.

Continuing the trend of leather seating in higher trims, the EX-L and Touring trims offered optional leather seating.

2013 Honda Accord

The 9th generation of Honda Accords began in 2009 with a fully remodeled sedan. The new styling gave the sedan an aesthetically pleasing look, the coupe option giving it a more athletic look. The sport trim was introduced to intrigue a broader audience, also providing multiple engine options.

Leather seating was offered as standard for the EX-L and Touring trims.

2012 Honda Accord

In the last year of the 8th generation of the Accord, Honda included a standard USB port into the vehicle. They also made a backup camera available in higher trims. The car offers a manual transmission for all trims, and the coupe version offers a fun, sporty driving experience. Once again coming in with top safety scores, the 2012 Accord is a great choice for younger drivers.

Leather seating for the 2012 Honda Accord is standard on the SE and EX-L trims.

2011 Honda Accord

In 2011, the Accord had a few changes; they made some cosmetic changes to the grille, wheels, bumper, and interior. The SE trim was created, and the EX and EX-L trims gained some new standard features. This is also the year that the fuel economy made some improvements, inching closer to what we know today.

Leather seating is standard for the following trims: SE and EX-L.

2010 Honda Accord

The 2010 Honda Accord released hands-free Bluetooth on the EX-L trim as standard for the first time. The car had great overall performance, a roomy interior, and nearly perfect safety ratings.  

Only the EX-L trim on the 2010 Accord offers standard leather seating.

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What is the Honda Econ Button?


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Saving fuel while making daily commutes is a wonderful edition to new Honda models. While Econ mode is activated in your Honda, you could increase your vehicle's fuel efficiency.


The Econ Button helps you improve your fuel economy and save gas by adjusting the performance of the engine, transmission, and climate control system.


If you're looking for ways to save money on gas, the Econ button could be very useful to you.


How to Turn Honda Econ mode on/off?


You can turn Econ mode in your Honda on and off by pressing the Econ Button. You can enter Econ mode when you are moving or at a stop. The button can come in a few different shapes and sizes according to the year and model you are driving


Some Honda models have a round, green button somewhere on the driver-side dashboard. Other models have a more discrete econ mode button that is located next to the gear shift in the center of the driver and front passenger seats.

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You can tell that Econ mode is active via the display behind your steering wheel. When econ mode is on, you will see the words "econ on" displayed in green somewhere on the display. The symbol for econ mode is usually a plant with leaves.


When should the Honda Econ Button Be on?


To maximize the effects of your Econ Button you should use your best estimate as to when you should turn the mode on. Generally, you should only use economy mode when you are driving a route that is not considered hazardous or out of the ordinary in terms of terrain.


Should you drive with it on or off all the time?


You should use the Honda Econ mode when you are going the speed limit on mostly level ground. You mostly just need to use common sense when it comes to deciding whether or not to use Econ mode. Make sure that your vehicle is not under any unusual driving circumstances and you will be using it wisely.


Some instances when you should not use Econ mode include:

  • When you are towing something with your Honda
  • When you are in an area with steep inclining and declining roads
  • When you are driving across uneven terrain

When you should use Econ Mode:

  • Daily commutes across level ground
  • Traveling at a constant speed on the highway or backroads
  • In a cityscape where you are stopping constantly

Auto Idle stop during Econ Mode


Many Honda vehicles have the feature of auto idle stop. This feature is a tool that was implemented to help save fuel while the car is at a complete stop. When you are stopped, your Honda engine will turn off automatically and restart when you are ready to move again.


The Auto Idle stop feature will happen regardless of whether econ mode is on in your vehicle. However, when econ mode is initiated, the duration of time your vehicle is idle will increase to save additional fuel.


Econ Mode Effects on Climate Control System


One of the most prominent effects that econ mode has on your vehicle is in the performance of your air conditioning. The owner's manual of several different honda vehicles states that while your vehicle is in Economy mode it may have "reduced cooling performance."


Econ mode won't turn on


If you are driving in adverse driving conditions or if there is a system error, you will see the message "Driver mode change unavailable" on your display.


If this problem continues to occur, you should take your Honda vehicle into your local dealer or auto mechanic to resolve the issue.




The Economy Mode can help you save money on your vehicle over time. When your Honda is in Econ mode, the performance of your vehicle's engine and transmission will be dampened, saving fuel in the process. This mode can be great for those who have the same daily commute.