In the spring of 2006 I went to the Honda dealer and bought a brand new silver Honda Accord EX. It was a great car with everything you could ever want from a sensible, reliable, good performing and economical 4-door sedan. It was also, for me anyway a very grown up thing to do as I felt that I had had my fun and that it was time to settle down and be an adult. Now 4 years later Honda is getting ready to release their new 2011 Accord which promises a bunch of improvements that should make the automotive adults of the world feel better about their grown up purchase.
Honda has improved the Accords aerodynamics, adjusted gear ratios to help with fuel economy and engine friction and even bumped the 4-cylinder models hp rating up by 13 ponies. For 2011 the Accord sedan will be available with either a 190 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 23 mpg city and 34 mpg hwy or the 3.5-liter V-6 which is rated at 271 hp and that is said to deliver 19 mpg city and 30 mpg hwy. The Accord in SE trim now offeres features like heated seats, driver’s power-lumbar support, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and leather-trimmed seating. A choice of audio systems will be offered as well and will include everything from MP3/WMA playback capability to a premium 270-watt system with a six-disc CD changer and 8-inch subwoofer, to Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. All of which are also very grown up.
As you can probably tell, I like the Honda Accord, but I don’t love it. My 2006 Accord was a wonderful car that never gave me a hint of trouble and it would’ve probably have run forever if I didn’t get bored to death of it inside of 1 year. You see the Honda Accord does everything right except for one major item. That being, they fail to excite their owners in any way, shape or form thus making it boring as hell to live with on a day to day basis. For most of us a car is a very important piece of our daily lives. They’re there to provide us with not only transportation, but with a smile, piece of mind and every so often a nice shot of adrenaline and for as good as the Accord is, it simply does none of that. Sorry to be a downer on Honda’s super sedan, but you come here to hear the truth and well… that’s it.