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in 2011 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $13,595 - $18,266
Original MSRP: $21,380 - $31,930
MPG: 23 City / 33 Hwy
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2011 Honda Accord Interior

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The Accord boasts so much interior room that the EPA actually classifies it as a large car. Reviewers praise the Accord’s supportive seats and high-quality materials. Its electronic interfaces, however, are not as admired. 

  • "The Accord's cabin treads closer to the domain of Honda's luxury brand, Acura, with its use of high-quality materials, good fit and finish, and the adoption of an optional knob-based navigation system in place of the car's previous touch-screen setup." -- Cars.com
  • Compared to the Chevrolet Malibu, "the Accord plays it safe with as conventional an interior as in any car on the road. GM's designers, on the other hand, have done a bang-up job in obscuring the inferior quality of some of the Malibu's materials, primarily by using color in an optional two-tone scheme. You will realize the brilliance of GM's smoke and mirrors when you feel just how deficient the Malibu's two major touchpoints -- its steering wheel and seats -- are compared to those in the Honda." -- Wall Street Journal
  • "Interior styling is clearly an evolution, but with far more flair. The dash sweeps up and away for an expansive feel. Trim is bolder and brighter, dipping for an artistic center stack that still features large controls and a display screen." -- Motor Week

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Seating

The newest Accord offers more head, leg and hip room in both the front and back than ever before. Its rear seats, in particular, are roomier than most rivals. Its seats are firmer and more bolstered than past editions, leaving some to believe the Toyota Camry is a more comfortable choice, while others say they are still content on long trips in the Accord.

  • "Accord sedan and coupe seats are more comfortable since 2008 redesign. The seats are more supportive than in previous Accords. There's ample headroom and legroom, even for taller adults." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The top-of-the-line leather seats are polarizing -- some of us love their bold contours and firm support, while others have complained of numbness after long trips and excessive nonadjustable lumbar." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat is roomy even for three adults." -- Motor Week
  • "The seats are broad and plush and well separated for more elbowroom, or for massively overburdened hips." -- Los Angeles Times

Interior Features

Honda's famous build quality is in the Accord, exceeding most rivals in fit and finish. There’s good reason for that. The 2011 Accord borrows some features from Honda's luxury division, Acura. In an effort to appease confused reviewers, Honda has moved the more frequently used climate control buttons to the left side of the center stack, while less frequently used buttons are now located on the right side. While the Toyota Camry still offers more overall comfort, it doesn't beat the Accord on content.

  • "With just over 6000 miles on the odometer, the Accord is quickly racking up comments in the logbook. Most postings praise the larger, more comfortable interior, while others lament the dash's busy and confusing center stack, whose sea of gray buttons is proving frustrating to our editors." -- Motor Trend
  • "Filters on the liquid-crystal display (LCD) readouts make them -- finally -- legible rather than invisible to people who wear polarized sunglasses. Cut glare, too." -- USA Today
  • "The center stack looks sophisticated, but it's overly cluttered with identical-looking buttons, in contrast to the user-friendly layouts in past Accords." -- Edmunds

Navigation

Like upscale cars manufactured by BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Honda dropped its touch screen navigation system in favor of a nav screen operated by a rotary knob. Though not all reviewers are happy with the change, it does have some appeal because it lets the navigation sit up higher in the driver’s line of sight.

  • "The optional navigation system boosts the button tally further, but its voice commands, high-mounted screen and multipurpose knob are at least user-friendly." -- Edmunds
  • "So foul were the oaths muttered by some about the seemingly arbitrarily arranged spread of buttons on the center console, you'd think we were talking about BMW's iDrive system." -- Motor Trend
  • "With the advent of the control knob, Honda's 8-inch LCD is no longer a touchscreen, so it's mounted at the very top of the center stack for better visibility. It's deeply hooded and is just about the best display of any car, except for the BMW 3 Series convertible's; it uses a transflective display that gets brighter in sunlight instead of dimmer." -- Technoride
  • "Although the Bluetooth system works well enough, it suffers from the same lack of integration as we've criticized in Acura models. You access Bluetooth using voice command, through a set of buttons on the steering wheel. But there is also a separate voice-command system to control navigation, the stereo, and other car functions. This other voice-command system has its own set of buttons stacked with the others on the steering wheel. We would like to have these systems integrated so that you would only need one set of buttons." -- CNET

Cargo

Though the Accord provides more passenger space than most midsize cars, its cargo hold is not the easiest to use as it features a smaller opening than most competitors. The rear seats on most Accord models fold down as a single piece, not in a 60/40 split pattern like those on most midsize cars today. EX-L models, however, do offer a 60/40 split rear seat -- but many reviewers say those seats don't fold perfectly flat.

Additionally, the Accord doesn’t boast the biggest space for cargo with only 14.7 cubic feet of room. Competitors like the Mazda 6, Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion have well over 16 cubic feet of room.

  • "The 14-cubic-foot trunk in the sedan is oddly small given the car's imposing overall size. The coupe's trunk offers a respectable 11.9 cubes." -- Edmunds
  • "Sedans have a large, deep, usefully shaped trunk, though a smallish opening may prevent loading of bulkier items. Intrusive hinges force cautious loading of crushable items. Note that the folding rear seatback is one piece, rather than split like on most cars." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Trunk space is 14 cubic feet in a fairly useful shape, and the contents need not be heaved waist-high to load in. The rear seatbacks fold for more room. A lock is provided on the pass-through behind the armrest on some models." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Where the Accord comes up short is in the execution of its folding rear seat. The seat isn't split like the Altima's and Camry's, which means you can't fold down a portion for extra cargo-carrying room and still carry a passenger in the backseat; you have to choose one or the other." -- Cars.com
  • "Two-tier cubby in the cabinet between the console and dashboard is well-designed to hold phones or other items that otherwise would occupy the cup holder. Many automakers waste that space or arrange it poorly. Seems trivial but makes quite a difference in how pleasant a car is to use in everyday life." -- USA Today

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