The 2011 Honda Accord
Legendary family car sees continued upgrades.
A perennial fixture on enthusiast publications’ annual “best-of” lists, (the Accord has made Car and Driver’s prestigious “10Best” 25 times in the list’s 29 years), and a favorite of car buyers for decades, the 2011 Honda Accord sedans and coupes deliver even more of what they’re famous for: Performance, exceptional economy, advanced technology and high style.
For 2011, Honda has given the Accord (MSRP starting at $21,180) sedans and coupes some updates that enhance their overall style and improve their already admirable fuel efficiency. Appearance tweaks include new bumpers and grilles, as well as slightly redesigned taillamps. As the Accord’s reputation for practicality precedes it, it makes sense then that the exterior styling changes serve a purpose; the 2011 Honda Accords are more aerodynamic than last year’s models. This change, combined with reduced engine friction and more efficient gearing, leads to improved fuel economy ratings for 2011.
The Accord’s generous size and spaciousness belie small-car fuel economy. Four-cylinder sedans put up an impressive 23 mpg in the city, up to 34 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined. The sporty-yet-sensible four-cylinder Accord coupes are equally frugal at up to 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. Upgrading to the available V6 engine doesn’t hit drivers with a stiff penalty either. Six-cylinder Accord sedans still pull down 30 mpg on the highway while the Accord coupe V6 delivers up to 29 mpg highway, depending on the transmission.
The Accord four-door is available with two versions of Honda’s DOHC i-VTEC 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The Accord LX, LX-P and new SE are motivated by a 177-hp, 161 lb/ft of torque variant, paired with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The Accord EX and EX-L’s 2.4-liter four makes 190 hp and 162 lb/ft of torque, matched again with either a five-speed manual or automatic. The robust Accord EX V6 and EX-L V6 sedans make 271 hp and 254 lb/ft of torque from their 3.5-liter engines, which come with Variable Cylinder Management that allows the engine to run on three, four or all six cylinders to maximize fuel efficiency; a five-speed automatic is standard.
Looking for a little more sportiness? The jaunty-looking, fun-to-drive 2011 Honda Accord Coupe’s base engine is the 190-hp 2.4-liter detailed above. The Accord coupe V6 shares the 271-hp 3.5-liter engine available in the sedan and offers the ability to pair the punchy V6 with a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission. Coupes with the V6 and five-speed automatic also differ from their sedan brethren in that they have paddleshifters, a new-for-2011 feature. All engines offered in the 2011 Honda Accord line run on Regular grade gasoline.
Inside the new Accords, drivers are treated to a roomy interior with newly reconfigured, more ergonomic climate controls. Frequently used features are now located closer to the driver while the ones that are used less often are positioned to the right.
The year 2011 also brings an all-new Accord sedan trim level, the SE. Designed to combine the efficiency and value of the Accord LX-P with some more upscale accoutrements, the Accord SE adds in leather seating, heated front seats with power lumbar adjustment on the driver’s side and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Leather seats are just one example of the many premium features available in the Honda Accord family. A one-touch power moonroof is standard on EX and higher trims. A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition is available, and can be packaged with a Rearview Camera system. Also offered is Bluetooth Hands-Free Link for mobile phones, along with steering wheel-mounted phone controls.
All Honda Accord audio systems include auxiliary jacks for portable media players, as well as CD players that support MP3 and WMA playback. Even the most basic radio delivers 160 watts of power over six speakers. Step-up audio systems add features such as a six-disc in-dash CD changer and XM Satellite Radio, and, in certain models, a 270-watt, seven-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer is available.
A suite of standard safety features includes six airbags, Honda’s front passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System, Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability control with traction control, antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering® (ACE™) body structure.
In addition to a roomy passenger cabin, the Accord sedan has 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk, and the rear seatback folds down to expand that room for larger objects. The Accord coupe is also surprisingly spacious with adult-sized backseats that easily accommodate child seats and boosters – no need to sacrifice sporty style just because you have kids. Trunk space in the coupe is an impressive 11.9 cubic feet.
Attractive pricing, bold looks, superb powertrains and spacious passenger cabins ensure that the 2011 Honda Accord sedans and coupes will retain their spots at the top of the family car heap for yet another year. Whether your needs call for a four-door or a sporty coupe that’s a lot more practical than its slinky appearance suggests, there’s an easy answer: The Honda Accord.
Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
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