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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.
Favorite Features

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
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 947 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

This car is sharp looking!

By on Thursday, April 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Awesome looking!"

Cons: "Blind spots."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I LOVE the look of this car, but there are a couple of things that I miss from my old Accord. One thing that the dealer did not tell me is that the tinted windows are too dark to pass inspection in ME. There are blind spots that make it kind of scary backing up and/or passing another vehicle. My old Accord was a Special Edition & had the extenders on the sun visors - never realized how great that was until I didn't have it anymore!"

Best Overall Value

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "this is a great and reliable car. Excellent MPG."

Cons: "brakes and driver's window were faulty"

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

"I was on the fence with a lot of the vehicles in the market at that time, but I was sold once I jumped into the Accord. It's quick, reliable and has pretty good mpg. The backseat is very roomy and the trunk has plenty of space for just about anyone. The Accord had squeaky brakes at around 15k miles and once it was replaced, everything was back to normal. The driver's side window became faulty a few years in, and seems to have a mind of its own at times. Overall, those issues were relatively minor and I expect to drive this car until the very end!"

I Love My Accord

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

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
4/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gas mileage when serviced regularly and Roomy"

Cons: "The cloth interior if you have smaller kids."

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

"Great smaller family car. I am going to keep this car serviced at the dealership and in 3+ years give it to my daughter for her first vehicle."

Great car...Worth its money buying a great product

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,587

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
7/10

Pros: "great ride, powerful engine, handling, great price"

Cons: "uncomfortable seats"

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

"handles excellent. Good gas mileage. Not too comfortable in seating but great interior features. Have a 4 cylinder makes car have a superb ride. Got a pretty good value. No issues after 6yrs now with a low mileage vehicle. Its a reliable vehicle with the Honda engineers."

Excellent condition. Clean.

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

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
10/10

Pros: "Great fun to drive. Windows tinted."

Cons: "No cons. I want smaller."

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

"I LOVE my Honda. I work in a car dealership. This car has been and is my baby. I bought used with 16k on it. Now I'm looking to trade in for another model."

Great car for the value

By on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Drives great with minimum upkeep"

Cons: "Wish it got better gas mileage"

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

"I recently was in an accident where I was rear-ended by someone who was traveling about 50 mph while I was stopped. I smashed into the car in front of me, they into the one in front of them, and they hit the person in front of them as well. There were a total of 5 cars involved in this accident, mine taking the brunt of the impact. My Honda did just what it was supposed to do, everything crumpled but where I was sitting. I got to walk away with bumps, bruises, and 2 broken ribs because of the design and safety of my Accord. Now, when I'm asked what car I will get to replace her, my obvious answer is a Honda Accord. Thank you for making such a great product and for saving my life."

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