Oh Joy! Honda Gives Us an Updated 2011 Accord

2011 Honda Accord Coupe

Sure, the Honda Accord is bullet-proof.

It’s also pretty comfortable.

But, it’s about as exciting…as a boiled egg.

However, if you’re an accountant, or high school math teacher. News of a new Honda Accord is probably pretty exciting.

So, here’s all the mouth-watering details.

The new Accord Coupe and Sedan received a mid-cycle update for 2011. To start, both models get a new grill, and a (slightly) more aggressive lower fascia.

Both cars also get a new trunk lid, and some new wheel designs.

(imagine the sound of crickets chirping)

Thanks to better aerodynamics, reduced engine friction, and revised transmission gearing, the 2011 Honda Accord now gets 1-3 more MPG’s.

On the inside, cars with Navigation get an integrated backup camera. The (automatic equipped) V6 Coupe gets paddle shifters. Oh! And, the climate control switchgear has been repositioned on the dash, to make it easier for the driver to reach!

All of these changes are quite sensible indeed. But, the 2011 Honda Accord is still about as interesting as a 2 hour documentary on the History of Vanilla.

  1. As a lover of both vanilla and boiled eggs I take great offense, sir!

    But your metaphor does have something to it. Vanilla was once upon a time considered among the most exotic of flavourings. When I was a kid growing up in the midwest during the early 1970s having a car that would start in the morning was a bit of exotica.

    But today you can routinely expect any old beater with 200,000 miles to start up without much trouble on your average winter morning. Japanese cars were never really lookers, they never led on the bleeding edge of style and at best they were reasonable copies of their European and American cousins – but the damn things started every day and ran like a top with minimal maintenance. Now you would be hard pressed to name cars that have maintenance issues in that category. The middle-class offerings from Japan now look dull and tired compared to the American offerings with reliability that doesn't meaningfully set them apart.

    This offering is at best a domestic appliance and should only come in cream and white.

  2. The Accord has not been the leader in style for quite some time. But there is something to be said for reliability. And when you think about it vs. the Camry, the Accord isn't a bad looking car. The vast majority of us don't have the money to waste on "exciting sports cars", so for us, vanilla is just fine. I'll keep my vanilla and my money that others will spend on repairs and upkeep.

    1. That's the fallacy of modern cars that many Americans need to get over. The quality gap offered by buying Japanese is no longer there.

      1. Quality in terms of reliability, you're probably right, but I think Japanese cars are still above American cars in the same segment in terms of overall build quality (that "clunk" you get when closing the door, how well panels fit together, etc) and just feel less cheaply made in general. I still think Nissan and Honda have an advantage over Americans in regards to driving experience and excitement too. GM is starting to catch on, so I'm excited to see where they go with it. Their interiors suck much less than they used to, and that's a big first step.

  3. 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.And as i heard, it will be both on sale in the mid of August.Sounds very exciting.Anyone can confirm?

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