The Accord from Honda has been one of their staple models for many years and is the also one of the strongest performers in the Honda sedan lineup. This sedan continues to be a very fierce competitor in the family sedan market and the 2011 model no different. This new Accord is still very affordable and takes advantage of some very clever engineering to make the most of the interior dimensions. This vehicle comes in a sedan or coupe model and both serve as a very high quality driving machine.
The Honda Accord comes with the 4 cylinder model in the base model but there is a 6 cylinder engine option. The standard transmission is the tried and true 5 speed manual, but there are options on both the coupe and the sedan have an optional 6 speed automatic too. There is a wide variety of options available on the Honda Accord and just as many internal options, upgrades and more if you are interested in the higher trim packages.
The interior and exterior of the Honda Accord have been completely remodeled for 2011 and these changes to make a noticeable cosmetic improvement. The 2011 Accord offers a lot of features for its price range and is a solid investment with some of the highest resale value in its class.
Bodystyle: Sedan, coupe
Engines: 2.4L I-4, 2.4L I-4, 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Models: LX sedan, LX-P sedan, EX sedan, EX-L sedan, EX V-6 sedan, EX-L V-6 sedan, LX-S coupe, EX coupe, EX-L coupe, EX-L V-6 coupe
All Accords receive a refresh for 2011 that includes a restyled front grille and bumper, new tail lights and a new wheel design. In addition, sedans get revised trunk lid. Interior styling has dated as well, and the EPA estimated fuel economy improves on many trim levels. A new leather trimmed special edition (SE) trim level debuts as well.
The eighth generation Accord is Honda’s largest by a significant margin, and most controversially styled. Time and sales volume no longer make it stand out among the crowd, despite the exterior tweaks for 2011.
Tight fits, quality materials and a console awash with buttons define the Accord cabin. Rear passengers are rewarded with impressive leg and shoulder room. For 2011, paddle shifters are available for V-6 coupes.
The Accord traditionally receives high marks for its tactile steering, quick throttle response, and an excellent ride and handling balance. Smooth powertrain performance is another Accord hallmark, especially in the V-6 coupe. Not so smooth: this latest generation transmits a bit too much wind and road noise under certain conditions. Wallet watchers will appreciate the 4-to-8 percent improvement in combined fuel economy.
Dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags come standard on the Accord, as do driver and front passenger active head restraints, stability/traction control and a host of braking aids (ABS, EBD, and BA). All passengers have 3-point seatbelts.
LX, LX-P, EX sedan, EX-L sedan: 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway (manual): 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway (automatic)
EX V-6, EX-L V-6 sedan: 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway
LX-S, EX, EX-L coupe: 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway (manual); 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway (automatic)
EX-L V-6 coupe: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway (manual); 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway (automatic)
- Crisp handling
- Responsive engine
- Improved fuel economy
- Roomy cabin
- Large trunk
- Lack of six speed auto
- Still no looker
- Wind and road noise
Improved, but competition is overtaking
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Ford Fusion
- Hyundai Sonata
- Nissan Altima
- Toyota Camry