The 2011 Honda Accord gets an impressive Total Car Score, confirming the model's continued desirability.
“Still good, but no longer the best” could be the car's catchphrase. It continues to offer refined drivetrains, crisp handling and excellent crash test ratings, but it no longer has the edge in fuel efficiency, interior materials, or ergonomics (the center stack, though updated for 2011, remains a tad “busy”).
Last redesigned three years earlier, the roomy 2011 Accord gets substantial upgrades in the form of improved fuel economy, revised exterior styling and new technology like an iPod/USB connection. A new SE trim, powered by a 4-cylinder engine but featuring leather upholstery and heated front seats, is also introduced for 2011.
Some reviews have mentioned uncomfortable seats while others didn’t like the small trunk opening or mediocre brakes. And almost every publication criticized the Accord for excessive road noise. An all-new Accord is due in two years.
The 2011 Honda Accord is available as a coupe or sedan.
The coupe offers distinctive styling and comes in sport-oriented LX-S or premium EX and EX-L trims. The sedan comes in base LX, mid-grade LX-P and a new-for-2011 SE trim, as well as premium EX and EX-L designations. The “L” designates leather upholstery in EX models, though the SE trim also has leather.
The base LX trim includes keyless entry, cruise control, 16-iinch steel wheels and a CD player with auxiliary audio input. The LX-P gets 16-inch alloy wheels and a power driver's seat. The SE gets heated seats, leather and power-adjustable pedals while the EX gets a more powerful 4-cylinder, 6-CD changer with USB input, 17-inch wheels, a sunroof and heated mirrors.
The EX-L benefits from dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, automatic headlamps, satellite radio and optional navigation. The V6-powered EX-L gets a power passenger seat and memory settings for the driver's seat. Coupe versions of the Accord are similarly equipped in LX-S and EX trims, but EX-L coupes get 18-inch wheels when ordered with the V6 engine.
The 2011 Honda Accord can be powered by a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine making 177 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque (LX/SE) or 190 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque (EX). For EX models there's also an available 3.5-liter V6 making 271 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. The smaller engine can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is only offered with the automatic.
For 2011 Honda Accords equipped with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and automatic transmission the EPA estimates fuel efficiency at 23 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined (23/33/27 with the manual transmission). An auto-equipped V6 model achieves 20/30/24 mpg.
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