2011 Honda Accord Review

The Honda Accord satisfies the principal needs for family-car shoppers, but Honda's dropped the ball in a few areas, and competitors are more than catching up.

The second-best-selling sedan in America, the Accord is still worth your consideration, particularly given the 2011 model's improved gas mileage. Just make sure you shop its major competitors — in particular the new Kia Optima (yes, really) and its Hyundai Sonata cousin.

I drove a four-cylinder Accord SE sedan. The SE trim level is new, slotting between the lower-end LX and LX-P and the higher-end EX and EX-L. A V-6 engine is available on both EX versions. There's also an Accord coupe and an Accord Crosstour wagon; the Crosstour is covered separately on Cars.com. See them stacked up here, or click here to compare the 2011 Accord to the 2010 model.

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Loading Discs in the Changer
To load multiple discs in one operation: 1. With the ignition in the ACCESSORY (I) or the ON (II) position, press and hold the LOAD button until you hear a beep and see ‘‘LOAD’’ in ...

Cleaning the Seat Belts
Dirt build-up in the loops of the seat belt anchors can cause the belts to retract slowly. Wipe the insides of the loops with a clean cloth dampened in mild soap and warm water or isopropy ...

SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) Indicator
■ When the ignition switch is turned to ON The indicator comes on for a few seconds, then goes off. This tells you the system is working properly. If the indicator comes on at any oth ...