The Good Seven speakers and a 270-watt amp give the 2011 Honda Accord EX-L very good audio quality. The V-6 engine offers plenty of power for the car.
The Bad The navigation system does not show traffic or 3D maps, and the iPod interface is sluggish. There are two sets of buttons for voice command.
The Bottom Line With its bread-and-butter power train and mundane design, the 2011 Honda Accord EX-L is extraordinarily average. Some cabin tech elements shine, while others feel dated.
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
Boring reliability was the phrase that came to mind as we drove the 2011 Honda Accord EX-L. But those terms can be virtues in the automotive world. The car's bland looks made it blend in with other midsize sedans on the road, to the point we believed no highway patrol officer would ever notice it. And it felt solid, as if we could get into it, turn the key, and have the engine crank over for 10,000 mornings in a row.
But our car was not a typical Accord. In EX-L trim with a V-6 engine, it was the most expensive Accord available, although expensive for Honda means just topping $30K. Thick leather on the seats and faux wood trim in the cabin brought its appointments into Acura territory. Honda doesn't do options, only trim levels, so our Accord came standard with navigation, Bluetooth phone support, iPod integration, and a seven-speaker audio system.