Honda Motor Company adheres to a fairly rigid four-year model cycle for its vehicles and, in keeping with that policy, the 2011 Accord sedan offers a new look and some impressive new features over the current model which was introduced in model-year 2008.
For 2011, both the sedan and coupe models got an exterior facelift including new wheels and updated rear lighting and front fascia designs. The front grill on the new 2011 model is slightly wider and includes less chrome than on the current model. Honda also redesigned front bumper and deepened the recess of the fog light surrounds. The 2011 sedan also got a redesigned trunk lid and license-plate holder side lights.
Honda also added a new SE trim package to bridge the gap between the LX-P and EX models. In addition to the LX-P’s equipment, the SE offers the option of leather appointments including a leather clad steering wheel and heated leather seats, not available at the LX-P trim level. The SE comes with Honda’s entry-level 177 horsepower four-cylinder engine. The coupe also offers the option of a V-6 engine and automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The 2011 Accord offers a handful of new interior accents which Honda calls “more refined.” They include a redesigned instrument panel and repositioned climate-controls. EX sedans equipped with navigation systems will also feature a backup assist camera and both sedans and coupes have USB audio inputs.
Honda has boosted the fuel-economy of the Accord thanks to its improved aerodynamic styling and recalibrated gear ratios. According to the automaker, four-cylinder models teamed with the five-speed automatic transmission will get 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway – an improvement of 2 and 3 mpg respectively over the current model. The V-6 option is only available with the automatic transmission and offers one extra mpg on the highway to deliver 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway. Honda says the fuel-efficiency of all other powertrain configurations remain unchanged from their current figures.
The Accord has long been considered one of the safest and most reliable vehicles in its price range and has been a perennial top performer in a number of prestigious surveys. In its review of the 2011 Accord, Car and Driver referred to the Accord as a “one of our favorite family cars and the most decorated 10Best winner of all-time” but pointed out that the 2011 Hyundai Sonata outperformed the 2010 Accord in a recent comparison test. Car and Driver also said it was “doubtful” that their results would have been different if the comparison had been between the 2011 Sonata and the 2011 Accord, with its updated features.
In addition to the Sonata, the Accord’s top competitors include the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.
The 2011 Accord is expected to begin arriving in dealer showrooms in mid-August and will be priced between $21,855 and $29,305 depending on trim level and options.
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