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2011 Honda Accord

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2011 Honda Accord Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

While the Honda Accord-versus-Toyota Camry debate hasn't sparked nearly as many family feuds or bar-room brawls as Ford vs. Chevy, Coke vs. Pepsi or Mac vs. PC, it is nevertheless one of consumerism's biggest rivalries. Their continuous run as the two of the best-selling cars in America extends back to the second millennium, and they combine to account for roughly 40 percent of sales in a segment that numbers about 20 nameplates. As American, Korean and other Japanese manufacturers continue to roll out worthier and worthier competitors, however, choosing the right mid-size sedan is no longer as straightforward as flipping a coin. And, with no hybrid model or all-wheel-drive option, the Accord runs the risk of falling behind in offering the technologies more consumers are demanding.

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With styling and performance that splits the difference between the sportier Nissan Altima and softer Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord embodies the very balance that attracts so many buyers to the mid-size sedan segment in the first place. In terms of all-around quality and refinement, the Accord registers off the chart.

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In a category that offers sportier, softer and lower-priced options, the same well-rounded nature that makes the Accord so appealing to many can make it less attractive to some.

What's New for 2011

There are a number of significant changes for the 2011 Accord, starting with revisions to the car's grille, front bumper and wheel designs; interior changes include new seat fabrics and a revised HVAC control unit. A new SE trim is added to the lineup, while EX and EX-L models receive more standard equipment and a rear view camera on models equipped with Honda's navigation system. All 2011 Accord models see an increase in fuel economy.

Driving the Accord

Driving Impressions The refinement with which the 2011 Honda Accord delivers its distinctive brand of relaxed enthusiasm is almost uncanny. In pulling away from a stop, plodding along in traffic and passing...

on the highway, the throttle responds to your right foot as if reading your mind, seamlessly delivering exactly as much or as little power as you want. Steering, likewise, is perfectly weighted and the car tracks straight down the highway requiring very little driver input, thanks in part to variable-ratio steering that improves both high-speed cruising and parking-lot maneuverability. Rounding out a theme, braking feel, response and feedback are also top-notch. Topped off by a familiar blend of comfortable cruising and eager handling, the 2011 Honda Accord continues to do the same 'ol thing better than ever.

Excellent Throttle Response
Even though throttle response isn't exactly a feature, the Accord responds so naturally to the driver's gas pedal inputs that we're compelled to note it here.

Voice-Controlled Navigation System
The Accord's intuitive DVD-based navigation system – featuring an 8-inch screen and Zagat restaurant ratings – is further enhanced by an accurate and easy-to-use voice-recognition system.

2011 Honda Accord Details
Interior

That the inside of the 2011 Honda Accord feels so familiar is a tribute to the successful transference of Honda design DNA over the years. Although most view it as a mid-size sedan, the Accord's interior volume is big enough to move it into the EPA's Large Sedan category. The added interior volume helps provide room for wider seats and a big, two-arm center console. Every Accord features steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a dial-controlled eight-inch LCD display, while EX models and above offer blue ambient console lighting and highway-hushing active noise control. There are plenty of bins and cubbies throughout and the backseat and trunk qualify as roomy in every dimension.

Exterior

A revised front end design, deeply angular side sculpting and dramatically pronounced fender flares give the 2011 Honda Accord Sedan a fresh and substantial look. The largest Accord to date, the 2011 is some five inches longer than its long-time rival, the Toyota Camry. The base models come well-dressed, and climbing the trim ladder nets different wheels, chrome door handles, chrome exhaust finishers and fog lights. Beneath it all is Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that improves collision compatibility with SUVs, among other advantages. The 2011 Accord Coupe shares the same design elements but to a much sportier effect.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The standard equipment list for a 2011 Accord LX sedan includes air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA sound system, auxiliary audio input and steering wheel-mounted audio controls (illuminated). Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, as well as stability and traction controls and a sophisticated braking system. The new SE trim includes all this plus adds leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver's power lumbar support, alloy wheels and heated front seats.

Optional Equipment

Features are grouped by trim level and include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system with voice recognition and rear view camera, leather seats, heated front seats, two position memory for the driver's seat, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone compatibility, USB audio input jack, a 270-watt premium audio system, six-CD changer and XM Satellite Radio.

Under the Hood

The jewel of the Accord Sedan's three-engine lineup is its 3.5-liter V6 featuring an updated version of Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that saves fuel by allowing the engine to run on six, four or three cylinders, according to demand. A five-speed automatic transmission is available on four-cylinder models and is standard on V6 models. Four-cylinder models sold in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont have less horsepower but qualify as Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (PZEV).

2.4-liter in-line 4 (PZEV)
177 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
161 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/33 (manual), 23/34 (automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
190 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/33 (manual), 23/34 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
271horsepower @ 6200 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30

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2011 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 995 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Luv everthing abt it except power

By on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drive, reliable, looks, uncluttered dashboard"

Cons: "Lesser Power, Mileage, cons of a big car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I'm 6' 2'' tall and this car is perfect for me in many perspectives. There is tonnes of space for Driver, passengers sitting at the back and trunk. Driving position is low and it runs smooth. It has decent power but I would have liked little more. Never had unexpected problems in it. Despite being little old (2008 Model) it has very decent electro-mechanical gauges. It tells me when tire pressure is low, Fuel is going to be empty, How many miles on two re-settable trips,outside temperature, oil life, etc. Speakers are very good. Leather seats are very comfortable and huge."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Amazing Car

By on Friday, September 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, v6 sound, good looks, space/comfort"

Cons: "Okay mpg, slightly to large, few backlight issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Had this car for about 6 years, (woah) and it feels brand new to me still. I love driving it, with the beefy V6, and amazing interior. I wish the exterior was a little more spiced up, but at the time in 2008, this was hands down the best looking car for this price. It still gets me excited to drive, and I've had minimal repairs over its 140,000 milage life. Great car, owned many honda's, and this was one of the best."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best yet

By on Monday, September 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"While I'm looking forward to surprising my wife with the 2015 model, I really do enjoy this one. Very comfortable, agile, reliable."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Road noise,power steering

By on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"We bought this car as a CPO used with 30,000 miles hasn't been a bad car but to much road noise and the power steering can get stiff at parking speeds."

2012 Accord EXL 4 Cyl

By on Monday, September 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "safety, reliability"

Cons: "horrible seats!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"2012 Honda Accord EXL 4 cyl....bought brand new off the lot and have almost 27,000 miles. The car is the first Honda I have owned and although it has been very reliable, the car is too uncomfortable to recommend. It has all the options you would need, 6 disc CD--but this is not really ever used now that songs are usually stored on the phone and played through the USB, leather seats(I do not like the leather seats--too hot/cold), heated mirrors(great feature), and a decent stereo. The seats---Oh boy are they uncomfortable-the design is terrible and anyone that doesnt believe me needs to check the web---there is a whole BLOG on the Accords seats----. Driving is not bad, the car handles well but its not a sports car, just a decent commuter car..... the MPG is usually around 26-27 MPG which is not too impressive. Overall the quality of the car is good, safety ratings are good and it has never given me any problems after 3 years---just wish the seats were more comfortable."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

almost perfict for the price

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "almost perfict"

Cons: "more 1200 rpm power would make it perfict"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2010 Accord Coupe, EXL 4 cyl, automatic. 4 cyl a little down on power from a dead start with the automatic. When it gets moving its perfect in every way. Love the MPG. On trips (500+ miles), driving the speed limit, (70, 75), I get 34+ to as much as 37 mpg."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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