2011 Honda Accord Sedan Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
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Though the 2011 Honda Accord is missing Bluetooth connectivity on the more affordable trims, it’s a very compelling package otherwise, with top-notch refinement, performance, and comfort.

The Honda Accord is still one of the top choices in this class for interior space, styling, ride comfort, performance, and features—as well as fuel economy, which has been improved for 2011.

While the 2011 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.

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; that said, its interior still feels more stylish and upscale than base versions of the Camry, Altima, or Fusion.

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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.

Whether you choose the sedan or coupe, four-cylinder or V-6, the 2011 Honda offers satisfying overall performance and is among the better-handling vehicles in this class. In any case, the Accord has some of the most powerful, refined engines in its class. Both of the 2.4-liter fours are smooth operators, but the EX sedan (and all four-cylinder Coupes) have 190 horsepower instead of 177 hp; you can sense the added pep in passing, though both feel about the same from a standing start. The preferred engine for hauling lots of people or cargo is the V-6. In the Accord it makes 271 hp and incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which helps improve fuel economy. Simply put, it's a refined engine that gives the Accord a luxurious feel. While these models aren't sprung to feel like sports cars, their suspension strikes a nice balance between handling and comfort. Strong brakes and good body control round out a package.

While the 2011 Honda Accord is a mid-size sedan by most eyes, it qualifies as a large car according to the EPA. Its interior really does feel big-car accommodating for driver and passengers. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, there's plenty of legroom in back, and the trunk is huge. Across the Accord lineup, noise and vibration are about the best they get in this budget-minded sedan class. Base four-cylinder models aren't quite luxury-car smooth, but they're quite and well isolated, and in upper trims with the V-6, Honda employs an active noise-canceling system and active motor mounts.

Feature-wise the Accord is a mixed bag. LX models of the Honda Accord have no lack of standard features, though you'll need to step up to top EX-L models of the Accord to pack in the luxury features, including dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and a sound system with active noise cancellation. A navigation system is also available, and includes Zagat restaurant ratings and voice recognition. However, there remain some packaging frustrations: The navigation system is still only offered with leather seats, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity remains offered only in those top Accord EX-L models. Bluetooth is only available as a dealer-installed add-on in the rest of the lineup.

For 2011, there's a new Accord SE sedan that fits between LX Premium and EX models; it includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power seat for the driver, leather trim, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Also new for 2011, EX and EX-L models get a USB audio port, and all sedans with the navigation system get a rear-view camera.

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2011 Honda Accord Sedan

Styling

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

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.

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2011 Honda Accord Sedan

Performance

While the 2011 Accord’s spec sheet isn’t much different than other mid-size sedans or coupes, it somehow sums up as more enjoyable to drive.

Whether you choose the sedan or coupe, four-cylinder or V-6, the 2011 Honda offers satisfying overall performance and is among the better-handling vehicles in this class.

Both sedans and coupes come with either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or five-speed automatic transmission; all models can be had with a five-speed automatic, though manual transmissions are offered in four-cylinder models (five-speed) or V-6 Coupes (six-speed). The manual here is quite enjoyable, with a nice, neat linkage, while the automatic is smooth and quick to downshift.

In any case, the Accord has some of the most powerful, refined engines in its class. Both of the 2.4-liter fours are smooth operators, but the EX sedan (and all four-cylinder Coupes) have 190 horsepower instead of 177 hp; you can sense the added pep in passing, though both feel about the same from a standing start. The preferred engine for hauling lots of people or cargo is the V-6. In the Accord it makes 271 hp and incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which helps improve fuel economy. Simply put, it's a refined engine that gives the Accord a luxurious feel.

The variable gear ratio steering is precise and supple, with a clear, on-center sensation; it can come across as a bit heavy, but there's a sporty element to the Accord when pushing hard into corners and it has a hint of feedback from the road—a relative rarity in this class. While these models aren't sprung to feel like sports cars, their suspension strikes a nice balance between handling and comfort. Strong brakes and good body control round out a package.

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2011 Honda Accord Sedan

Comfort & Quality

With interior appointments that feel big-accommodating, as well as luxury-car upscale at times, the 2011 Honda Accord goes beyond what typical, budget-minded mid-size buyers might expect.

While the 2011 Honda Accord is a mid-size sedan by most eyes, it qualifies as a large car according to the EPA.

Its interior really does feel big-car accommodating for driver and passengers. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, there's plenty of legroom in back, and the trunk is huge. About the only issue is the sloping roofline, which might limit headroom for the tallest adults in back. In the Coupe, the backseats aren't so easily accessible, but average-size adults will fit.

The Accord's mid-size-plus size doesn't quite translate with regard to cargo space, though; its trunk is only average, and the somewhat small opening limits its usefulness for loading larger items. A split, fold-forward back seat with pass-through is standard in all models, though.

Build quality and Honda's reputation for reliability and resale value remain strong, and our editors have found the current Accord to be well-assembled and rattle-free—even though the swooping, dual-cockpit instrument panel appears more complex in construction and appearance than other affordable sedans.

Across the Accord lineup, noise and vibration are about the best they get in this budget-minded sedan class. Base four-cylinder models aren't quite luxury-car smooth, but they're quite and well isolated, and in upper trims with the V-6, Honda employs an active noise-canceling system and active motor mounts.

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2011 Honda Accord Sedan

Safety

The 2011 Honda Accord is packed with feel-good safety features, and its safety ratings are excellent.

The 2011 Honda Accord is, for the most part, a top-performer with respect to safety; that includes a robust list of safety features as well as an almost perfect set of crash-test results.

Feature-wise, the Accord's list is strong, including electronic stability control, front side airbags, side curtain bags, active front head restraints, and anti-lock brakes.

In the revised, tougher tests from the federal government, the 2011 Accord has been given five stars for frontal and side impact. And in tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Accord has been rated 'good' for frontal, side, and rear tests. The only blemish in the Accord's safety record is an 'acceptable'—rather than 'good'—rating in the new IIHS roof strength test, which helps indicate the level of occupant protection in the event of a rollover. The Accord has a low center of mass and, when compared to taller crossovers and SUVs, is less likely to be tripped and roll over.

Although the Accord is somewhat high-shouldered for a sedan, outward visibility is good. Accord Coupe models have rear-view visibility that shorter drivers might find more difficult.

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Features

The 2011 Honda Accord has an impressive level of features throughout its lineup, though for today’s always-connected drivers the lack of Bluetooth might be frustrating.

The Honda Accord stacks up well against other mid-size sedan models, but its Bluetooth and nav availability—only in the most expensive, leather-lined models—is frustrating.

LX models of the Honda Accord have no lack of standard features. Remote keyless entry, cruise control, power accessories, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering, a fold-down rear seatback, and a six-speaker, 160-watt sound system are all included. LX-P models add a few more desirable features, including alloy wheels, then a moonroof, upgraded seats, rear-seat heated ducts, and premium sound with an active noise-cancellation system. Top EX-L models of the 2010 Accord pack in the luxury features, including dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and a sound system with active noise cancellation. A navigation system is also available, and includes Zagat restaurant ratings and voice recognition.

For 2011, there's a new Accord SE sedan that fits between LX Premium and EX models; it includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power seat for the driver, leather trim, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Also new for 2011, EX and EX-L models get a USB audio port, and all sedans with the navigation system get a rear-view camera.

However, there remain some packaging frustrations: The navigation system is still only offered with leather seats, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity remains offered only in those top Accord EX-L models. Bluetooth is only available as a dealer-installed add-on in the rest of the lineup.

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2011 Honda Accord Sedan

Fuel Economy

Four-cylinder models of the 2011 Honda Accord, although no longer the class leaders, are still among the greenest choices.

In all of its trim variations—even V-6 models—the 2011 Honda Accord is a very green choice among mid-size sedans. Considering its large-car interior space, it's very good on gas.

Although the Accord has been the mileage champ in its base form for many years—and even though thanks to some minor engine and transmission tweaks mileage is up significantly this year—the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima still rate considerably above the with fuel economy ratings of 24 mpg city, 35 highway.

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