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2011 Honda Accord Review

The 2011 Honda Accord’s upmarket cabin, strong crash test scores, and above-average reliability rating make it a top pick in the midsize car class. That said, it has a small trunk and some frustrating cabin features.   

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Spacious, upscale cabin
  • Wide array of powertrain configurations
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Smaller trunk than rivals
  • Cluttered center stack
  • Available navigation system is hard to use




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
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2011 Honda Accord Overview

Is the 2011 Honda Accord a Good Used Car?

The 2011 Honda Accord is a great option in the midsize car class. It boasts an upscale cabin, ample passenger space, and agile handling. Unlike most rivals, it’s available with several powertrain configurations and sedan and coupe body styles. Additionally, the 2011 Accord’s safety and reliability ratings are solid. Not all is perfect, however. The navigation system is controlled with a knob that isn’t as easy to operate as the standard system or the touch screens found in classmates. In addition, there’s an abundance of center stack buttons that can be a pain to sort out while driving.   

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 59 Honda Accord reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2011 Honda Accord?

There are 425 listings on our site for the 2011 Honda Accord, and the average list price is $10,800. That’s marginally higher than average for the class, and you could potentially save upwards of $2,000 with a rival like the 2011 Altima, 2011 Malibu, or 2011 Mazda6. The 2011 Honda Accord’s price can vary between $8,000 and $14,000, depending on the car’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2011 Honda Accord Cost to Own?

The 2011 Honda Accord’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to nearly $25,300, which is on the high side for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Honda Accord?

Prices for the 2019 Honda Accord start at $23,720, which is about $12,770 more than the average list price of a 2011 model. The Accord was fully redesigned for 2018 and features engaging handling, great gas mileage, and lots of tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with a suite of advanced safety features that few rivals offer standard.

If price is your primary concern, the 2011 Accord is a good vehicle to choose. But the 2019 Accord is a better choice for those who can afford a bit more. Plus, it comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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If you want a new car but your budget is limited to the average price of a 2011 Accord, you’re out of luck. There are no new midsize cars in this price range. Your best shot is a new subcompact car, but these cars will have nowhere near the space, engine power, or comfort the Accord offers.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Accord Is Best?

The 2011 Accord is a part of a generation that spans the 2008 through 2012 model years. Although you might have to pay a bit more for later models, they provide a some worthwhile updates. For instance, the 2012 Accord added a standard USB port.

The fully redesigned 2013 Accord has even more to offer, including an extra cubic foot of trunk space, a roomier cabin in sedan models, and many notable standard and available features. It’s the first model that features a rearview camera and Bluetooth as standard equipment, and it offers available safety features like forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

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How Reliable Is the 2011 Honda Accord?

The 2011 Accord has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2011 Honda Accord Recalls

As of this writing, the 2011 Honda Accord had six reported recalls, most of which are for malfunctioning airbags. One deals with the damper bolts that can fail and cause a loss of steering. Be certain these issues are addressed before you purchase.

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Which Used Honda Accord Model Is Right for Me?

There are two body styles for the 2011 Accord, sedan and coupe. The Accord sedan has three main trims – LX, EX, and EX V-6 – and the Accord coupe has two, the LX-S and the EX-L V-6. The base Honda Accord LX sedan comes with power windows and door locks, cruise control, keyless entry, and a six-speaker stereo with auxiliary input. The base Accord coupe LX-S comes with mostly the same features, but it adds a USB port to the standard features list.

Step up to the Honda Accord EX trim for a slightly stronger engine, a moonroof, heated side mirrors, power lumbar support for the driver, upgraded interior materials, and active noise cancellation. The Honda Accord EX V-6 sedan and EX-L V-6 coupe models have a potent engine and sporty styling but not much else.

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How Safe Is the Accord?

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the 2011 Accord sedan earned the top rating of Good in the moderate overlap front and side crash tests, and the same score for head restraints and seats. It received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the roof strength test. The coupe version was not evaluated for safety by the IIHS. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2011 Accord sedan perfect five-star ratings in every evaluation and the same score for overall safety. The coupe was only evaluated for rollover safety, for which it earned a five-star rating.

Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control are standard safety features in the 2011 Accord. A rearview camera is available in navigation-equipped models.

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2011 Honda Accord Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2011 Honda Accord or 2011 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu – our 2011 Best Cars for the Money winner – is one of the 2011 Accord’s closest competitors. Both cars offer roomy seats, above-average reliability ratings, and outstanding safety scores. The Accord is the car to choose for superior performance and a higher-quality cabin. However, the Malibu is the way to go for user-friendly cabin technology and a bit more trunk space. 

Which Is Better: 2011 Honda Accord or 2011 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata was fully redesigned for 2011, but it has only one real advantage over the Accord: superior gas mileage. The Accord has better safety and reliability ratings, a nicer cabin, and sharper handling. The Sonata has a poor reliability rating and some cheap interior materials, but it offers a balanced ride and roomy seats. We recommend the Accord in this comparison.

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2011 Honda Accord Performance

How Does the 2011 Honda Accord Drive?

The Accord is one of the more agile midsize cars, offering tight steering and good composure. The 2011 Accord is available with two four-cylinder engines and a V6. The standard four-cylinder generates 177 horsepower, but it can feel underpowered on the highway. The available 190-horsepower four-cylinder has a bit more grunt, but it’s not enough to make much of a difference on the highway. The available 271-horsepower V6 offers a lot more enthusiasm. The four-cylinder engines can be mated to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The V6-powered Accord coupes are available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Does the 2011 Honda Accord Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the automatic transmission, the base 2011 Accord sedan returns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. That’s a bit above average for the class.

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2011 Honda Accord Interior

How Many People Does the 2011 Honda Accord Seat?

The Honda Accord seats five in its stylish, upscale cabin. There’s no shortage of hip-, leg-, and headroom in the front and back. Its seats are firmer than most, but they provide solid bolstering for cornering, which comes in handy with an agile car like the Accord. Cloth upholstery comes standard in the Accord; leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2011 Honda Accord?

The rear outboard seats have two complete sets of upper and lower LATCH connectors, and the rear middle seat has an upper tether.

2011 Honda Accord Features

Standard features include keyless entry, cruise control, an auxiliary input jack, and a six-speaker stereo. Higher trims add features like a moonroof, a USB port, Bluetooth, an upgraded stereo, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Despite the Accord’s sleek interior styling, its dashboard is cluttered with too many buttons. Additionally, the available navigation system employs a dash-mounted knob controller that can be tricky to use. Before buying a used Accord, you should check that your smartphone or other electronic devices are compatible with Honda’s Bluetooth technology.

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2011 Honda Accord Dimensions

Honda Accord Cargo Space

The 2011 Accord has below-average trunk space for the class. The Accord’s trunk measures 14.7 cubic feet in sedan models and 11.9 cubic feet in coupe models. Further, the trunk’s narrow opening makes it difficult to load, and only some trims are available with 60/40 split-folding back seats. 

2011 Accord Length and Weight

The 2011 Honda Accord is nearly 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,184 pounds to 3,605 pounds, depending on the trim and powertrain.

Where Was the 2011 Honda Accord Built?

Honda assembled the 2011 Accord in Ohio.

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