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2011 Honda Accord

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2011 Honda Accord Review

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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 1031 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

Noise&Disappointing

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Noise

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "looks good"

Cons: "Noise and brake problems."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"Purchased new, lots of road noise. Rear brake completely gone after only 20,000. Poor highway mileage for a 190HP- 4. Very disapointed with Honda that they didn't run test mule that would have discovered the rear brake issue. There engineer's thought they were so smart they didn't need to double check with mule cars. So no more Honda's for me. Now own 2012 Genesis 4dr.,it's twice the car the Honda was and get 33mpg with a 333hp V6."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

LEMON

By on Sunday, April 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "interior and features are nice"

Cons: "the important stuff stinks...you know the engine!"

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

"Okay, I bought this car used. I have only had the car two months and i am now trading it in. I wasn't aware of a Class Action Suit filed against this make and model and unfortunately i can't do anything about it. after going 5000 miles my car started to misfire. i changed the coil pack. dealer was a joke. then after another 1000 after an oil change i was already a quart low on oil. and my engine light came back on. this time i replaced all six spark plugs and two more coils. computer still says i have misfiring. so in two months i have over 200 bucks of repairs that still hasn't fix the issue. Although it has an awesome interior it's not worth the headache!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great looking auto comfortable and sporty.

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, ride, handling, comfort, room."

Cons: "Brake issues, Honda leather,"

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

"This auto had a known brake problem from factory. Class action law suit due to brake design. Brake problem can be corrected at cost of $800.00. Still a great auto. One of best looking cars on road."

BEST CAR EVER ALL CONVENIENCES, NO MONTHLY

By on Monday, March 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "FAST, FUN, GREAT RIDE"

Cons: "THE INTERIOR LEATHER IS SO SUPPLE IT EASILY RIPS,"

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

"THIS IS A GREAT VEHICLE. THE CAR IS VERY FAST. THE CAR IS ATTRACTIVE.IN THE 10 CARS I'VE OWNED, THIS IS THE BEST. I HAVE GOTTEN SO MANY COMPLIMENTS ON CAR'S APPEARANCE. I WAS FORTUNATE PURCHASED THE CUSTOM PACKAGE WITH CUSTOM GRILL, MOLDING, CUSTOM INTERIOR DASH IS GREY MARBLE WITH BLACK LEATHER HEATED SEATS INCLUDING NAVIGATION, BLUE TOOTH, 6 CD CHANGER & DEALERSHIP GV ME THE OIL CHANGE FOR LIFE OF CAR. I LOVE THIS ACCORD. I WILL KEEP MY HONDA FOR ITS LIFETIME. I CAN'T IMAGINE PURCHASING ANY VEHICLE BUT A HONDA. THE VEHICLE IS PD IN FULL WITH 55,000 MILES. WHEN CRUISING ITS LIKE SITTING ON YOUR COUCH,"

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Great car but too big for me!

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "VERY safe, love the traction, love backup screen"

Cons: "Too big for my garage and my size"

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

"This is by far the best car I've ever owned. Love the way it hugs the rode. I moved to a condo with 2 VERY narrow garage doors and I've already scarped the right side and now have it parked in the driveway to prevent any future damage. Also I am only 5'2' tall and I rarely have passengers. I need to get something smaller and I'm thinking about a Honda Fit."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Awesome car

By on Friday, February 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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: "fuel mileage cant be beat , a very sporty car"

Cons: "nothing negative to say about this car,"

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

"comfortable, great on long trips, 42 mpg highway, thats 600 miles on a tank ! good traction in bad weather, very responsive and fun to cruise back roads.Trunk is huge!"

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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