Set to go on sale in mid-August, the 2011 Honda Accord will hit the dealers with improved fuel economy ratings and small styling changes.
In the fuel economy department, the biggest changes have been made to the 2.4-liter inline-four. Capable of putting out either 177 or 190 horsepower, depending on the trim level, four-cylinder-equipped Accords with automatic transmissions are now rated at 23 city/34 highway mpg, a positive gain of 2 and 3 mpg, respectively. The 271-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management sees an improvement of 1 highway mpg to 19 city/30 highway mpg. Honda decreased engine friction and made alterations to the Accord's aerodynamics and transmission gear ratios to achieve the high numbers.
On top of being more thrifty with fuel consumption, the 2011 Accord adds a new leather-equipped Special Edition trim for the sedan. The front grille and front fascia have been revised across the lineup, and new wheel designs, interior features, and redesigned taillights for the coupe will be available. Changes on the inside include a USB port, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the top-level V-6-powered coupe, new seat fabrics, and improved climate-control layout.
Primarily assembled at facilities in Lincoln, Ala., and Marysville, Ohio, Honda has sold 122,725 Accords (not including the Accord Crosstour) through the first five months of 2010.
- Benson Kong