2011 Honda Accord EX-L
Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Company Part number: 101356498
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CNET editors' review
price range: $31,630.00
- Reviewed by: Wayne Cunningham
- Reviewed on: 12/01/2010
The good: Seven speakers and a 270-watt amp give the 2011 Honda Accord EX-L very good audio quality. The V-6 engine offers plenty of power for the car.
The bad: The navigation system does not show traffic or 3D maps, and the iPod interface is sluggish. There are two sets of buttons for voice command.
The bottom line: With its bread-and-butter power train and mundane design, the 2011 Honda Accord EX-L is extraordinarily average. Some cabin tech elements shine, while others feel dated.
This is a very reliable and great car
by LansiteIT on December 3, 2010
Pros: Reliablity has always been a plus. Nice exterior design from the front. Great interior, the interior is well put to gether and it just works. I love how the interior dash is designed.
Cons: 0 to 60 will not break any records and the gps screen is a little jagged when it comes to the text in different angles. I'm not too crazy about the design of the rear, i would like to see it a little less rounded.
Summary: At the end of the day, if you have a family and want to feel secure about bringing them home, Honda will do it. The design of the interior has ...
Summary: At the end of the day, if you have a family and want to feel secure about bringing them home, Honda will do it. The design of the interior has come a long way and is a great family car, which is what I think Honda was trying to get accross.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Jack-of-All-Trades Sedan. Honda does everything well.
by gumshoeman on December 16, 2010
Pros: Honda reliability. Surprising V6 power. Sporty handling for a large sedan. Outstanding highway mileage. Roomy interior, especially for rear seat passengers. Good sound system. Excellent voice command recognition. Nice climate control.
Cons: Cheap interior door handles. Front seats are too firm for some. Rear trunk reflectors are iffy styling touch. Center console/shifter looks cheesy.
Summary: We bought our Accord EX-L V6 w/Navi new. Just over 1000 miles on it to date. I've put the car through lots of paces. Gas mileage has been ...
Summary: We bought our Accord EX-L V6 w/Navi new. Just over 1000 miles on it to date. I've put the car through lots of paces. Gas mileage has been outstanding. On a recent 285 mile trip to Los Angeles and back, including 30 minutes in bumper-to-bumper traffic jams on L.A. city streets, I averaged a solid 32 mpg overall. I do use premium gas and drove (this time) keeping an eye on the ECO mode - meaning that I used the number 3 lane on the freeway and didn't pass much, but still kept up with traffic running between 60-70. Honda's VCM "Variable Cylindar Management" means that when cruising, the engine will shut down two or three of the six cylindars to save gas. This really seems to work well. Worst average so far is 26.2 driving 50/50 city/highway withour regard to special fuel management.
Very impressed with the reserve power and snappy handling. Steering is as quick and tight as some of my previous sports cars. Sure, the Accord isn't going to win many drag races off the line. But it isn't sluggish either. It scoots from a dead stop. And it has plenty of "grunt" above 50 mph when you want to pass.
I like the looks and the car feels solid. Navigation is precise and easy to follow. The actual maps are busy and somewhat clunky looking compared to the latest hard drive (vs DVD) systems but the split screen warning and distance countdown to turns is clear and clean.
I know this is not meant to be a true luxury car. There are 3 things separating it from that catagory. It needs a couple of upgrades to the interior: Nicer door handles. C'mon Honda. The interior door handles are awful. Next would be a nicer center console with a stainless shift selector guide like the Camry, Lexus, etc.. Finally, the seats. These will be a bone of contention for many. It's almost a surprise to sit down in them because they're so firm. You fit into them, they don't fit around you. My wife doesn't like them. I find that they're like the seats in sports cars that I've owned. Easy chairs they're not. Instead, they support you and don't allow you to move much while driving. Turns out to be very comfortable over 2+ hours of driving because your back muscles aren't continually compensating for movement in your seat. I have a bad back and they work for me. The firm seats also contribute to road feedback from a very firm suspension. Desirable for those who like sporty rides. Undesirable for those who like isolation from what's going on outside. Honda could probably solve everything with a softer seat cushion while leaving the back alone.
Tire noise and interior noise are comparable to the Lexus ES350 that I ride-share. Engine is almost undetectable while idling. I'm in agreement that the control buttons are numerous and busy. Less than an hour with the instruction book and everything was explained. Mp3, bluetooth, voice commands, climate control, audio, hands free talk all work fine. While driving recently I was talking on the telephone, listening to XM radio, receiving voice commands from the navigation system and checking instantanious/average mileage on the trip computer screen. The computer cut in and out for each operation flawlessly.
In sum, I'd say the Accord EX-L w/Navi is a Jack-of-All-Trades. It excels at being a roomy, classy economy car that gets better-than-advertised mileage. The navigation syster, hands free talk, radio, mp3 player are all excellent. Softer seats will please some. Chrome door handles, sharper console, maybe a 6 speed transmission and a bit more noise damping are all that keep this model from being the equal of much more expensive luxury cars. Factor in this V6's outstanding fuel economy with gas well over $3/gallon and this is still a great car for the money. No regrets.
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A great car for under $30K. You can't go wrong!
by Bruneye on December 13, 2011
Pros: The fact that is takes regular gas and has outstanding fuel economy is a plus. If you read the manual, you'll find there's a lot the car will do. The car is very roomy and laid out nicely. I like the sunglass holder and lighted mirror settings.
Cons: I miss not having memory mirrors. The dashboard buttons are somewhat cluttered. I would tell Honda for the next re-design, at least equip the EX-L V/6 with some polishing touches other than fake wood trim. Better door handles would be welcomed.
Summary: I'm a single guy and driving a Honda Accord EX-L w/navi and it's a great car for the money. It won't stand out on the road, ...
Summary: I'm a single guy and driving a Honda Accord EX-L w/navi and it's a great car for the money. It won't stand out on the road, but it's as dependable as a car can get.
This Accord is the best yet, but needs an update badly.
by Davis313 on September 13, 2011
Pros: Great stereo system, really nice driver, extremely good comfort and quietness when needed, sophisticated styling, 274 HP V-6 gives good power.
Cons: Very complicated and questionable-looking center console, iPod interface relatively slow.
Summary: I like the Accord very much, and it's holding up really well since July of 2010, but overall, the car needs an update and is falling behind the times ...
Summary: I like the Accord very much, and it's holding up really well since July of 2010, but overall, the car needs an update and is falling behind the times a little, however, I give serious props for spectacular refinement.
Excellent overall for a lower price car
by Banshee19 on September 10, 2011
Pros: I think the Accord looks great, considering it is at or under 30K. The inside is polished looking, nothing over the top, but not cheap looking either. There are nice lines to the body of the car. The ride is comfortable and smooth. The cabin is very c
Cons: I can not think of any.
Summary: For the price, I really enjoy this car. I have had luxury cars in the past, 4 of them at different times. Due to the economy, I have scaled back. ...
Summary: For the price, I really enjoy this car. I have had luxury cars in the past, 4 of them at different times. Due to the economy, I have scaled back. So for under 30k, this is a great car. As I mentioned, great ride, great cabin and decent design. I don't think it is boring looking or mundane what so ever. Proven to be very dependable as well.
A Terrific Near-Luxury Cruiser
by genesteinberg on July 9, 2011
Pros: Very good handling, steering, acceleration; surprisingly good radio; accurate Bluetooth voice recognition (a revelation); decent navigation system; expansive interior with comfortable seats, great visibility, and easy-to-use controls.
Cons: Somewhat vanilla styling; interior could use a touch of flash.
Summary: While there's room for differences of opinion, CNET is not entitled to its own facts.
To correct the record: The Accord EX-L's HandsFree system lets you store a ...
Summary: While there's room for differences of opinion, CNET is not entitled to its own facts.
To correct the record: The Accord EX-L's HandsFree system lets you store a custom phonebook with up to 50 entries, allowing you to make calls by names, not just numbers. Spending a few minutes looking over the "quick" guide would have made this abundantly clear to the reviewer, who clearly didn't do his homework.
This curious lack of attention is also evident in the description of the steering as "uncomfortably loose and the suspension floaty." Those are words that are seldom applied to Accords, because they're incorrect.
Pay more attention to this evaluation, from The New York Times, which more accurately reflects the riding experience in an Accord, one I'm sure most owners would attest to: "The car still strikes a good balance between a supple ride and spirited handling. For a front-drive car, the Accord is satisfyingly quick to change direction. The engine and 5-speed automatic are smooth, slick and responsive."
Consumer Reports describes the ride and handling in similar terms, as do most respected auto magazines.
This is the second Honda I've owned. They are solid, reliable vehicles with decent touches of luxury, along with an amazing amount of room for a mid-sized car. I am six-foot-two, but found it possible to sit in the rear with plenty of comfort (including expansive head room), even with the front seat adjusted for my anatomy. Honda's practical styling motif also means great visibility. Contrast that to the flashy 2011 Hyundai Sonatas and Kia Optimas, where the high beltlines cause serious visibility issues. Not to mention their penchants for numb steering.
And one more thing: I do not see the navigation system's lettering as hard to read. It won't win any awards for typographic excellence, but it gets the job done. Once again, CNET's reviewer seems to have been asleep at the wheel for his review.
if you like looks go with is OR camery is way batter...
by pulseps on June 15, 2011
Pros: Look, Look, Look..... Honda is always way forward look wise in compare to Toyota and Nissan. honda made design that never looks too ugly years after years. i have honda accord 2001. stilll like its shape.
Cons: honda has problem with transmission so i dont like driving. its not smooth when you drive under 30 mile speed.
What is all the FUSS about
by saspgmer on April 7, 2011
Pros: Honda is very reliable. V6 enigne has the umph!!. good handeling for large sedan. Outstanding highway mileage. you have room in the car, Sound System is good. Leather seats are nice and nice wood grain finish.Good for average size people.
Cons: Cheap interior door handles
Summary: I was driving a 2007 Toyota Avalon which had a smooth ride but was really to big for me more for folks that are 6' +++. Toyota is having major quality ...
Summary: I was driving a 2007 Toyota Avalon which had a smooth ride but was really to big for me more for folks that are 6' +++. Toyota is having major quality control issues, I have always been a Toyota guy but when the recalls were becoming numerous and then parts stated to break as soon as the recalls were fixed I said to myself I better get out of this one. In 2009 I saw a minor accident with the Camry and the whole plastic front bumper fell apart, I do not know what a happened to Toyota but from the news last night and the recent earthquake I made the switch to Honda. Yes~ It is a Plain Jane but I should get at least 5 good years while japan works things out. American car = Planned Obsolesce Forget it.
V6 EX-L Accord COUPE is great! Luxury. Sporty. Reliable
by toddcarlsen on January 1, 2011
Pros: The hot 2011 Coupe V6 EX-L is a different car than the sedan. Though a bit conservative, it is sporty, sexy and luxurious. The luxury interior is nearly an Acura. Wheels are cool. Comparable cars are the sporty Genesis Coupe and Infinity. RELIABLE!
Cons: Hondas cost more due to the reputation so it's hard to get a great deal. The 2011 V6 EX-L coupe looks better than the sedan, so the sedan is a bit dull. The 2011 V6 EX-L Coupe is a different car. Camry has more quiet and soft ride. Sonata is cheaper.
Summary: The hot 2011 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6 is a different car than the sedan. Look at it. Compare the luxury inside to an Acura and they are nearly the ...
Summary: The hot 2011 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6 is a different car than the sedan. Look at it. Compare the luxury inside to an Acura and they are nearly the same. The outside is hot. The car feels a bit like a sports car when you drive it and sounds a bit like a sports sports with the engine note. This car is a compromise between a sports coupe like a Genesis Coupe or Infinity and a reliable, semi-luxurious sedan. The roof has a slightly rakish line from the top that cuts semi-sharply down to the rear, which makes the car look cool. The back fenders bulge out a bit to give the car a shapely figure. The car is not as extreme as a sports car, but it definitely looks different than the sedan. The inside is loaded with luxuries, and the new wheels are cool. Honda is the most reliable maker, so the Accord is a safe investment. The hot 2011 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6 is a different car than the sedan.
Look at Hyundai it is now the better car...
by spurs32 on December 3, 2010
Pros: -Interior build quality is above average for this price (the entry level accords and does meet finish of higher end vehicles)
Cons: -Integrated dash is horrific
-Very large car does not translate into more cabin room
-hard to fit a rear facing car seat and still have front driver leg room
-Bland styling (sedan)
-could be more sporty (see TSX/Euro Accord)
Summary: Better cars in this price range with longer warranties. The accord is the "Tim Duncan" of the car world. Nothing fancy but a good long term investment if you can ...
Summary: Better cars in this price range with longer warranties. The accord is the "Tim Duncan" of the car world. Nothing fancy but a good long term investment if you can get over the dash integration and boring drive.Nice story by the way. Finally a writer who isn't scared to tell the truth about a Honda product. I know you really wanted to give only 2 stars to this vehicle.
Updated on Dec 3, 2010
1 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: American Honda Motor Company
- Part number: 101356498
- Bottom Line: With its bread-and-butter power train and mundane design, the 2011 Honda Accord EX-L is extraordinarily average. Some cabin tech elements shine, while others feel dated.
Basic car properties
- Body style Sedan
- Available Engine Gas
- Smart airbags Standard
- Antilock brakes Standard
- Traction control Standard
- Stability control Standard
- Back-up cameras Standard
- Roadside assistance Standard
- Adaptive cruise control Standard
- Satellite radio Standard
- Video entertainment system Standard
- Connection for portable MP3 sound system Standard
- MP3 CD-enabled sound system Standard
- USB connection Standard
- Multizone climate control Standard
- Heated/cooled seats Standard
- Two-way security system Standard
- 12V power outlet Standard
- Drivetrain available Front-drive
- Live traffic data Standard
- Voice activated navigation Standard
- DVD navigation system (non-GPS) Standard
- Bluetooth phone interface Standard
- Home automation integration Standard
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