Accord Sedan and Coupe Revised for 2011

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Honda doesn't exactly have a problem selling its Accord Sedan and Coupe, so we shouldn't have expected any radical changes when it came to the two models' 2011 mid-cycle upgrades.

However subtle, 2011 Accords will be less chunky than the outgoing pair, appearing sleeker from nose to tail. New headlights bookend a revised grille and front bumper while updated taillights join a new rear fascia to finish off both cars' hind ends. New wheels are always the easiest add-ons to freshen a mid-cycle upgrade, and Honda hasn't forgotten to give both models stylish standard alloy rims to complete the look. The styling modifications enhance aerodynamics, which, along with less engine friction and reworked gearing ratios has resulted in better fuel efficiency.

Estimated fuel economy ratings for the standard 177-hp four-cylinder Accord sedan equipped with the optional automatic transmission improve to 8.8 L/100km in the city and 5.8 on the highway, 7% better than the 2010 model for the former and 11% for the latter.

Honda continues to offer a 190-hp upgrade in EX and EX-L models, and a top-line 271-hp V6 with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that can shut down half of its cylinders to save fuel while under light load, such as highway cruising.

The EX-L V-6 Coupe gets a performance-oriented valvetrain that matches its six-speed manual transmission, ideal for enthusiasts. It can also be had with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters when equipped with an automatic. That automatic continues to be a five-speed unit, with no immediate plans to upgrade to a six-speed like so many of its competitors. Likely, this will hardly matter to Honda fans that value the brand's stellar performance, reliability and quality over an extra cog in the gearbox. A five-speed manual transmission is standard.

The aforementioned quality equation sees a revised interior for 2011, with new styling and materials. The SE (Special Edition) replaces last year's base LX, and can now be had with leather, upping the luxury ante for those who might not want to step to a pricier trim level. The SE and all Accords also gets an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar support standard, as well as alloy rims, a premium audio system with 270 watts of power, a six-disc CD changer and seven speakers including an 8-inch subwoofer, plus XM satellite radio and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, also standard. Automatic headlights, a security system, and yet more features will make the 2010 Accord tough to compete against.

The new 2011 Accord Sedan and Coupe go on sale in mid-August.

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Topics: Sedan, Sports Coupe, Honda, 2011, Accord, Accord Coupe, $20,000 - $29,999, $30,000 - $39,999, Midsize,

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