TORONTO (June 25, 2010) –- Set to go on sale in October, the 2011 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe receive significant updates, including improved fuel economy, enhanced exterior and interior styling, and the addition of a new Special Edition (SE) trim level.
Available as either a sedan or a coupe in 4-cylinder and V-6 variations, the Accord is designed to offer a balance of performance, efficiency and value specific to each individual model.
Improvements to vehicle aerodynamics, engine friction and transmission gear ratios all contribute to fuel economy improvements. The estimated fuel-economy ratings for Accord 4-cylinder sedan models equipped with an automatic transmission improve to 8.8/5.8 city/highway L/100Km (7% better city and 11% better highway than the comparable 2010 model).
The 2011 Accord Sedan's exterior is designed to express a more upscale and powerful presence with new styling for the front grille, front bumper and rear deck lid, along with a new wheel design.
Building on the sedan's design character, the Accord Coupe's unique muscular stance is enhanced with a bolder front grille design, new front bumper shape, enhanced brakelight appearance and a new wheel design for V-6 models.
A special edition “SE” model replaces the current base “LX” model, and adds valuable standard features such as 8-way power driver seat and power lumbar support, alloy wheels, premium audio with a subwoofer and XM satellite radio, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, automatic headlights, security system and more. (These standard features carry through to all other models in the Accord lineup.)
New features on certain other models include steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe, and a USB Audio Interface on all Accord EX models and above. Accord sedans add a rearview camera on models equipped with the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with bilingual voice recognition.
Additionally, Accord 4-cylinder EX-L models are now equipped with a power passenger seat, and Navi models receive a two-position memory system for the driver's seat. Additional interior updates on all models include new seat fabrics on models with cloth seats, an updated instrument panel design and refined accent points throughout the interior.
Interior styling on all models provides “attainable luxury” with generous standard equipment, top-of-class ergonomics and intuitive vehicle controls. The front seats are designed to provide generous lateral support. The fold-down, rear seatback offers cargo-carrying versatility and also includes a lockable pass-through for long items such as skis.
New for 2011, the most frequently used climate-control buttons are now positioned on the left side of the control stack, closer to the driver for ease-of-use, and less-frequently used buttons are now positioned on the right side. Vehicle clock adjustment is also made easier by more prominent control lettering.
A 190-horsepower, 2.4-litre, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine is standard in the Accord EX and EX-L Sedans, and the 2.4-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder engine in the Accord SE Sedan produces 177 horsepower.
The available 3.5-litre, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine produces 271-horsepower and optimizes fuel economy with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) technology that can deactivate up to half of the cylinders while cruising to improve fuel economy.
The performance-oriented Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe with the 6-speed manual transmission has a unique 3.5-litre V-6 VTEC engine (without VCM) that provides a performance-tuned valvetrain, intake and exhaust system to broaden the torque curve in the low- to mid-rpm range for enthusiast-level performance.
A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on 4-cylinder models and a 5-speed automatic is available. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard on V-6-powered models. A 6-speed manual transmission is available exclusively on the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe.
For safety, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE®) is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment.
The double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension inspire confident handling performance while also providing a comfortable ride. The 2011 Accord Sedan comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels or 17-inch alloy wheels depending on the model.
A premium 270-watt audio system is standard on all Accord models and includes a six-disc CD changer and seven speakers including an 8-inch subwoofer. XM Radio® is standard equipment. A USB multimedia interface and a six-disc CD changer are standard on EX models and above.
The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System (available on Accord EX-L) uses an 8-inch screen and an interface dial for user input. Features include the Zagat Survey® guide for restaurants, nightlife, hotels and attractions. All Accord models include Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® as standard equipment for connecting wirelessly with compatible mobile phones.
The Accord Coupe (4-cylinder) has 17-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment, with 18-inch alloys standard on the Accord V-6 Coupe. All Accords feature four-wheel disc brakes.
All Accords sold in Canada are produced in North America at Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.'s Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio. The Marysville plant is the sole global source of the Accord Coupe.