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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 1071 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
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Excellent car. my fourth. not had a bad one yet!

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Best styled car on the road for its price range."

Cons: "rear spoiler on less expensive models is ugly."

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

"I never owned a black car before. I will not buy one again. Can not believe Honda only provides 5 exterior colors! Also the interior was a two toned tan with black dash that looked hideous! Otherwise, it was an excellent car in every other way."

Extremely reliable

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"We feel very comfortable driving this vehicle anywhere. It has the get up and go needed to drive safely on busy interstates. Our Accord looks good too...inside and out."

Great Value for a Great Car

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive; decent price"

Cons: "Bad gas mileage; cheap vinyl"

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

"MY 2008 Honda Accord EX-L served me very well. It was fun to drive, super reliable, and sporty enough for me. The seats were pretty comfortable although since they were black leather, it got really hot in my car!! Overall the car drove well but there was a time when I hit a curb and the alignment got all screwed up. I could literally change lanes without holding the wheel. SO SCARY…YIKESS! Another down side to the vehicle is that it does not get good gas mileage since it is a V6 engine. The other thing is that the vinyl that is used for the center console is really cheap!! Mine ripped really easily! Overall, this honda was a great buy for me. Im sad that I have to sell it."

Good car until air bags issues surfaced ABS light

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Was nice when had working air-bags"

Cons: "cheap leather, lousy air-bag system"

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

"Good car until Air-bag light came on Honda won't fix as no recall on 08 yet. Told we can pay $700-3000 to try and fix and get reimbursed if recalled. Does not use any oil and still rides great. Leather is a little thin and cracks easily. Would like to keep but wife scared of air-bag issues, we will not buy another Honda or any car using Takata bags. We leased this car and then bought at lease end figuring we new what we were buying but you never know what can pop up next."

Good car with terrible customer service

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,325

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Easy to handle"

Cons: "Terrible noise"

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

"The car has a VCT actuator has to be replaced every 50k-60k. It cost between $650 and $800. People working at Honda dealerships are uneducated on their own vehicles."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best car for class, economy, cost, and spirit.

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Bought this car to replace my 2003 Honda same model which I gave to my son. The 2003 was the best all around car I had ever owned beating my earlier purchases Ford, Chevrolet, and MG and TR3. The 2009 Honda beat the 2003 by a mile, and is still running like a top. I'm going to either sell it to a private party, or trade it in for a new one. I have only put about 9000 miles per year on it and it is too good to retire it. The only thing that is less than excellent is a noticeable road noise when operated over some(few) type of roads. This is a known condition on the 2009s, and is not repeat NOT a major condition."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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