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2011 Honda Accord Sedan Photo
7.0
/ 10
On Styling
BASE
INVOICE
$19,394
BASE
MSRP
$21,380
On Styling
While a bit conservative, the 2011 Honda Accord looks contemporary and more upscale than most other affordable, no-frills models.
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Expert Quotes:

we'd argue that the Accord's reworked face and tail has actually made things worse
Edmunds

feels dated in spite of the updates
USA Today

exterior styling is very bland. This car would be easily lost in a parking lot.
CNET

interior still has expanses of unattractive plastic, resulting in a mixed socio-economic message
New York Times


While the Accord Coupe and Sedan models call out to different types of buyers, but they both have a look that's much the same from the front. From the side or back, the 2011 Honda Accord sedan has a softer, more conservative appeal than its coupe cousin. The coupe has styling that's bolder, with a smoother downward curve of its roof, more sculpted flanks, and what appear to be slightly different proportions. Even though curvier roofline and longer doors can make it seem shorter, it's not by much—just about three inches, overall, with most of that difference going to the backseat.

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.

Conclusion

While a bit conservative, the 2011 Honda Accord looks contemporary and more upscale than most other affordable, no-frills models.

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