2011 Honda Accord

3 Feb 2011 | 2,933 views | No Comment
  By John Heilig Model: 2011 Honda Accord SE  Engine: 2.4-liter I4 Horsepower/Torque: 177 hp @ 6,500 rpm/ 161 lb.-ft. @ 4,300 rpm Transmission: 5-speed automatic  Wheelbase: 110.2 in.  Length/Width/Height: 194.9 x 72.7 x 56.1 in.  Tires: P215/60R16  Cargo volume: 14.7 cu. ft. Fuel economy: 23 mpg city/34 mpg highway/23.2 mpg test Fuel capacity: 18.5 gal. Curb weight: 3,279 lbs. Sticker: $24,480 (includes $750 delivery and handling charge plus $1,600 in options less $750 Special Edition discount)   Five reasons to buy this car 1. Solid mid-size car 2. Performance 3. Decent economy 4. Styling 5. Comfort   The Bottom Line: There are three mid-sized sedans competing in the American market, and they are similar in content, performance and price. The Honda Accord at one time was the top-seller, and still has a lot to offer.          Shoppers for mid-sized sedans have a difficult choice to make. In the end it will all come down to brand loyalty.            Take, for example, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. They are nearly identical and both, incidentally, are built - not just assembled - in the United States. The Accord is five inches longer on a one-inch longer wheelbase. Its engine offers eight more horses and the economy is almost identical. Styling of both is significantly enhanced over a few years ago.  But, in my opinion, if the Camry is like meat loaf - comfort food - then the Accord is steak. The same animal but a different cut of meat.            Behind the wheel the engine is quiet. I have always felt that Honda made nice engines. there's enough power form the inline four, and the power gets to the front wheels through a slick 5-speed automatic transmission. The Camry had a 6-speed.   For 2011, the Accord has enhanced styling. Outside there's some aerodynamic changes and side sculpting. Inside, the most frequently used climate controls have been moved to the left side of the HVAC panel for easier access.  Handling is excellent. Honda has used a double wishbone front suspension (as opposed to MacPherson struts) for a long time, and the rid equality shows it. In the rear, there's a multi-link structure to keep the wheels flat on the road.   We took the Accord into the boonies to cover a basketball game. The ride was comfortable on the Interstate, and equally as good on the back roads to the school. The headlights are excellent, both on low and high beam. They enabled us to find street signs easily on what were some pretty dark roads.           The front seats are comfortable and offer good side support. they're heated, which was an asset on some pretty cold days. The rear seats have some side support and offer good knee room. The rear seat backs fold to increase cargo capacity, with the release handles located in the trunk.    I tend to judge a car to a degree by the number of cubbies. Well, there are lots of cubbies in the Accord. There's one on the left, for example, that's great for a cell phone. there's a sunglass holder in the top center console, and there are two cubbies at the base of the center stack. In addition, there are two good-sized cup holders for the front passengers.      The center console/arm rest has an AUX input right next to a 12-volt outlet. This arrangement makes it convenient to use one of the those thingies to insert the USB wire into if you're concerned about power loss to your iPod.    The HVAC did a great job in some wicked cold weather. In fact, we had to turn it down after a while. The combination of HVAC and audio controls on the dash are somewhat confusing at first, but once you learn them they make sense.  Additional features include a lockable glove box and assist handles at all doors.            Obviously, the Accord will be compared with the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion, as well as the Mazdfa6 and Nissan Maxima and whatever Chevy and Chrysler have to offer. Essentially you pays your money and you makes your choice (actually, it's the reverse of that).            On the Accord's asset side is the fact that you can ride in it all day and not complain about minor aches and pains.

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