Honda has unveiled today the 2011 Honda Accord Sedan and the 2011 Honda Accord Coupe and announced that both models will go on sale at the middle of this August. The 2011 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan offer a choice between two 4-cylinder engines a V6. Both 4-cylinder engines are 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC units, one developing 190 hp and one with a 177 hp. The more powerful 190 hp engine will equip the 2011 Honda Accord Sedan EX and EX-L, and the 2011 Honda Accord Coupe LX-S, EX and EX-L. The 177 hp will be available on the LX, LX-P and SE Sedans.
Set to go on sale in mid-August, the 2011 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe receive significant updates including improved fuel economy, enhanced exterior and interior styling and the addition of a new leather-equipped Special Edition (SE) trim level. Available as either a sedan or a coupe in 4-cylinder and V6 variations, the Accord offers a unique balance of style, performance, efficiency and value specific to each individual model.
Moving inside, the 2011 Accord also features a slightly reworked interior, with good fit and finish and high-quality materials usually reserved for luxury makes. With seating for five and standard features like air conditioning, cruise control, stereo with auxiliary input jack, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, all Accords come well equipped. The new SE sedan trim level comes with leather seating, heated front seats, and a leather trimmed steering wheel. Also new for 2011, all Accords with the optional navigation system now receive a backup camera.
Three audio systems are available – all with MP3/Windows Media Audio (WMA) playback capability and an auxiliary input jack. The standard system provides a single-disc CD player, six speakers and 160 watts of power. Radio Data System (RDS) displays information broadcast by participating FM radio stations that often includes call letters, station type (searchable by genre) and programming information. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls come standard on every Accord. The Accord EX Sedan and LX-S Coupe add a 6-disc in-dash changer.
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. XM Radio is standard equipment on all Accord EX-L models.
Exterior changes for the 2011 Accord include revised front and rear styling, as well as the improved aerodynamics noted previously. Available as a coupe or sedan, the Accord has a new bumper and grille design up front, and updated wheel designs. The sedan comes standard on 16-inch steel wheels, while 17-inch alloys are available. Those 17-inch alloy wheels are standard fare on the sportier coupe, with new 18-inch alloy wheels as an available option.
A 190-horsepower, 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine is standard in the Accord EX and EX-L Sedans and Accord LX-S, EX and EX-L Coupes. The 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine in the Accord LX, LX-P and SE Sedans produces 177 horsepower.
The available 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine produces 271-horsepower and takes advantage of Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that can deactivate up to half of the cylinders while cruising to improve fuel economy. Preliminary EPA fuel-economy ratings3 for the 2011 Accord V6 Sedan are 19 city/30 highway mpg, an improvement of 1 mpg in highway driving. The performance-oriented Accord EX-L V6 Coupe with the 6-speed manual transmission has a unique 3.5-liter V6 VTEC engine (without VCM) that provides a performance-tuned valvetrain, intake and exhaust system to broaden the torque curve in the low- to mid-rpm range for enthusiast-level performance. 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 V6-powered models. A 6-speed manual transmission is available exclusively on the Accord EX-L V6 Coupe.
The second big change is an across-the-board fuel-economy bump for all Accord models—sedan, coupe, inline-four, V-6—with no diminution in power. The auto-equipped four-cylinder sedans are the coffee achievers here, jumping 2 mpg in the city (to 23), 3 mpg on the highway (34), and 2 mpg combined, for a best-in-class blended rating of 27 mpg. In pursuit of these increments, Honda tweaked the front grille and bumper for better aero, lowered oil-ring tension, refined spark timing, and even dumped in lower-viscosity engine oil. But the change with the greatest mpg payoff is a taller fifth gear in all Accords. Careful observers and slushbox defenders will note that auto-trans Accords get better fuel economy than manual-equipped ones. That’s because Honda rightly amps up the gearing on its manual models for performance.
Safety features on the Honda Accord include side-impact and side curtain airbags, an electronic stability system, four wheel disc and antilock brakes, and active front head restraints.
The 2011 Honda Accord is available in a variety of trims and forms to fit whatever automotive needs you have. Check one out today and see why the Accord’s mix of luxury, fuel economy, and reliability is tough to beat.