2011 Honda Accord Preview

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For years at a time, the Honda Accord has enjoyed the title of America’s most popular passenger car and with the continuous improvements the humble nameplate has received over the years, it’s easy to see why.

The latest model, the new 2011 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe, are set to go on sale this August and have received some extensive updates including improved fuel economy, revised styling and the addition of a new leather-equipped Special Edition (SE) trim level.

Improvements to vehicle aerodynamics, engine friction and transmission gear ratios all contribute to significant fuel economy improvements. The EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2.4-liter four-cylinder Sedan models equipped with an automatic transmission improve by 2 mpg in the city and 3 mpg on the highway, for a city/highway rating of 23/34 mpg. As for the 3.5-liter V-6, preliminary EPA fuel-economy ratings for the Sedan are 19/30 mpg city/highway mpg, an improvement of 1 mpg in highway driving.

Peak output for the four-cylinder engine ranges from 177 to 190 horsepower depending on trim and bodystyles, while the V-6 comes in at 271 horsepower. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on 4-cylinder models and a 5-speed automatic is available. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard on V-6-powered models. A 6-speed manual transmission is available exclusively on the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe.

To differentiate the latest 2011 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe from the previous model, the exterior has been updated with a new grille design, a revised front bumper and rear deck lid, plus new wheel designs.

Other changes include the updated Accord SE trim, which is now available with many of the more luxurious features from the Accord LX-P. These include leather-trimmed seating, heated seats, driver's power-lumbar support and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Three audio systems are available--all with MP3/WMA playback capability and an auxiliary input jack. The standard system provides a single-disc CD player, six speakers and 160 watts of power, and all Accord models get steering wheel-mounted audio controls. A premium 270-watt audio system comes standard on Accord EX Coupe and Accord EX-L Sedan models, and includes a six-disc CD changer and seven speakers including an 8-inch subwoofer. The range-topper is the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System (available on Accord EX-L), which uses an 8-inch screen and an interface dial for user input.

With improved fuel economy and more upmarket features on even the base models, the latest 2011 Honda Accord will only strengthen what is already a proud and impressive nameplate.


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Comments (10)
  1. Nice to see Honda taking the MPG thing seriously altho it would have been nicer if they put in their new 6sp.

  2. Does not really look much different then before

  3. Funny how Honda can find its way to do cosmetic changes to the Accord, but the front of the Pilot....lives on!

  4. Those rear lights look so stupid. The grill update does nothing, this is still just another ugly Honda.

  5. Looks like a Chevy Cavalier meets a Saturn.

  6. The bar above the grill and more white glass in rear lights on the coupe is not an improvement. I prefer my six speed 2010 EX L V6 Coupe silver over black just fine. Thank you.

  7. I used to think Honda had that simple clean aesthetic down pat. Man, those times are gone. Ugly cars, the lot of them except for the Civic sedan. Too bad. At least GM's getting their design mojo back.

  8. I love the look of the Honda Accord!! Head light change is nice. Always sporty looking. Still driving my '03 with 191,000 miles!! Looks and handles like the day I bought it...my next car will definitely be an Accord!! Don't change.

  9. Saw a tricked out H-Accord the other day, the dude said he got his body-kits and accessories on Auto Parts Los Angeles (http://www.autopartsla.com) will go there too to see what I can buy for myself, I'm inviting all Accord enthusiasts to join us on facebook, just search us: TrickedOutAccordLA.
    2010 Accord looks great.

  10. Just worried about the rear brake pad issue that so many have experienced, and also the AC condenser being vulnerable to damage from road debris

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