For both models, the chiseled and voluptuous yet conventional look that was introduced, to a mixed reception, back in 2008 still looks fresh (especially on the sedan) and fits in pretty well with its contemporaries.
Inside, the Accord models are either fashion-forward, or a little drab and unintuitive—depending on your tastes and, frankly, which trim level you get. The Accord's rakish instrument panel looks great from a distance, but the placement of the buttons and controls sometimes feels as if it was done more for style than ergonomics; also, up close, the materials for the instrument panel, console, and doors feel hard and drab. That said, apples to apples, the base Accord interior, drab materials considered, still feels more stylish and upscale than base versions of the Camry, Altima, or Fusion.
For 2011, the Accord's instrument panel has been revised, and the climate controls in particular have been given a fresh look and feel. Also on the outside, the look has been tweaked slightly; it's gained a new grille design, a revised front bumper and rear deck lid, and new wheel designs—plus some minor aerodynamic improvements.