New for 2011:Honda

Jeff Youngs | Dec 31, 2010

History

2011 Honda Models
Honda Motor Company, a Japanese automaker, was founded in 1948. The company originally constructed small engine parts for Toyota-a manufacturer that would eventually become one of its biggest rivals. The Toyota deal ended shortly thereafter and Honda focused on launching a line of small fuel-efficient engines that were used to power bicycles. The natural progression of that business led the growing company to build motorcycles, and eventually automobiles. While Honda is well-known for fuel efficiency and smaller vehicles, the manufacturer began a racing program in the mid-1960s that still continues today. In 1986, the company launched its own line of premium vehicles under its Acura brand. Toyota and Nissan followed its lead and launched their Lexus and Infiniti premium brands several years later.

Today, Honda manufactures a range of passenger automobiles. The current lineup contains coupes, sedans, a minivan and sport utility vehicles with up-to-8-passenger seating capacities. An engine company from the beginning, Honda vehicles are offered with gasoline, hybrid and, in some cases, natural gas powerplants. Models include both front- and all-wheel drive. Honda vehicles are manufactured and sold around the globe.

2011 Honda Models at a Glance


  • -Refresh and several changes for 2011
  • -New for 2010, it is a carryover for 2011
  • -Carryover for 2011
  • -New LX-based SE model
  • -All-new model for 2011
  • -Carryover for 2011
  • -Carryover for 2011
  • -Minor content and safety equipment changes
  • -Chassis enhancements to improve ride, cabin improvements
  • -All-new redesign for 2011
  • -Carryover for 2011
  • -Carryover for 2011

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2011 Honda Accord

2011 Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is one of the automaker's longest-selling nameplates, and one of its best-selling models. On sale since 1976, today's Accord lineup includes midsize sedans and midsize coupes-all are front-wheel drive. The first-generation Accord was a small car, no larger than today's Civic models, that was offered with a small 4-cylinder engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission (or a 5-speed manual). Each subsequent generation grew in size, engine displacement and power.

Today, the Accord is in its eighth generation, completely redesigned for the 2008 model year. Much more advanced than its predecessors, today's Accord is Honda's flagship sedan that is available with the latest safety equipment, luxury items and technology. Honda has treated the Accord to a minor refresh for 2011. In addition to the freshened front bumper, grille and tail lights, many of the trim levels feature new equipment.

Highlights


  • Refresh and equipment changes for 2011
  • Fifteen Accord models: Sedan LX, Sedan LX Premium, Sedan SE, Sedan EX, Sedan EX V-6, Sedan EX-L, Sedan EX-L, Sedan EX-L Nav, Sedan EX-L V-6 Nav, Coupe LX-S, Coupe EX, Coupe EX-L, Coupe EX-L Nav, Coupe EX-L V-6, and Coupe EX-L V-6 Nav
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 horsepower
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 190 horsepower (EX models)
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 271 horsepower (All V-6 models)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission (standard on Sedan V-6 models)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Improved fuel economy (4-cylinder AT models)
  • NEW Updated front grille
  • NEW Updated front bumper
  • NEW Updated tail lights
  • NEW Aluminum wheels
  • NEW USB Audio Interface (EX trim and above plus LX-S Coupe)
  • NEW Updated trunk lid (Sedan models)
  • NEW Rearview camera (Sedan Nav models)
  • NEW Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters (Coupe V-6 EX-L model)

2011 Honda Accord Crosstour

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
The Accord Crosstour is Honda's midsize crossover sport utility vehicle that was introduced in 2010. The 5-door Crosstour (four swinging doors and a rear hatchback) is based on the Accord platform and shares many of that model's mechanicals-including its standard 3.5-liter, 271-horsepower 6-cylinder engine. However, while the Accord sedan and Accord coupe are only offered with front-wheel drive, the Accord Crosstour is offered with front-wheel drive on the standard models and all-wheel drive on its highest trim level. As one of Honda's premium models-upmarket from the standard Accord sedan-the Accord Crosstour is configured with a much higher level of standard equipment than the rest of the lineup. This includes standard dual-zone climate control, illuminated steering wheel controls, 360-watt audio system, and 10-way power driver seating.

Highlights


  • New for 2010, there are no changes for 2011
  • Three Accord Crosstour models: 2WD EX, 2WD EX-L and 4WD EX-L
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 271 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • All-wheel drive (4WD model)
  • 5-passenger seating

2011 Honda Civic

2011 Honda Civic
The Honda Civic is a compact coupe and sedan. At its introduction in 1973, the Civic was the automaker's entry-level subcompact, under the Honda Accord. Today, there are other smaller models, such as the Honda Fit, and the Civic has grown in size to a compact EPA classification. Today, there are nearly 20 different Civic variants, including models with gasoline, hybrid and natural gas engines (one of the few publicly-available models of this type) designed for economy, family use and enthusiasts. All models are front-wheel drive with 4-cylinder engines and manual or automatic transmission options. Currently in its eighth generation, there are no changes for the Honda Civic in 2011.

Highlights


  • Carryover for 2011
  • Eighteen Civic models: Coupe DX, Coupe LX, Coupe EX, Coupe EX-L, Sedan GX, Sedan Hybrid, Sedan DX, Sedan DX-VP, Sedan LX, Sedan LX-S, Sedan EX, Sedan EX-L, Sedan EX Nav, Sedan EX-L Nav, Si Coupe, Si Coupe Nav, Si Sedan, and Si Sedan Nav
  • Standard 1.8 liter 4-cylinder natural gas engine rated at 113 horsepower (GX model)
  • Standard 1.3-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a 20-horsepower electric motor for a total system power of 110 horsepower (Hybrid model)
  • Standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower (DX, DX-VP, LX, LX-S, EX, EX-L models)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (Si models)
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating

2011 Honda CR-V

2011 Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover that was launched in 1997. The first-generation CR-V, a marked improvement of the tall Civic wagon, joined a modified Honda Civic platform to a modified Acura Integra engine and the automaker's "Real Time 4WD" all-wheel-drive system (front-wheel drive was standard). Consumers liked the utilitarian model, and appreciated its fuel efficiency. The second-generation CR-V arrived in 2001. Again based on the Civic, it featured a more powerful engine and even more interior space.

The current, third-generation model debuted for the 2008 model year. Again larger and more powerful than its predecessors, the CR-V continued to deliver fuel efficiency and interior space in a compact package. With the exception of the new Special Edition (SE) model, the 2011 Honda CR-V is a carryover.

Highlights


  • Mostly a carryover for 2011
  • Eight CR-V models: 2WD LX, 2WD SE, 4WD LX, 4WD SE, 2WD EX, 4WD EX, 2WD EX-L, and 4WD EX-L
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 180 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (2WD models)
  • Standard all-wheel drive (4WD models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW LX-based Special Edition (SE) model

2011 Honda CR-Z

2011 Honda CR-Z
The ("Compact Renaissance Zero") is a compact, 2-seat hybrid sports coupe. All-new for 2011, Honda says its CR-Z is "the first hybrid designed to maximize style and fun in addition to efficiency and economy." Renewing memories of the long-discontinued CRX, the CR-Z is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda's compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system-a modified variant of the system found in the Honda Insight-in which the driver is able to choose a setting on the new 3-mode drive system (Sport, Economy and Normal) to adapt the vehicle's powertrain performance. While the CR-Z isn't considered especially fast (0-60 mph in about 10 seconds, according to the manufacturer), it delivers fuel economy that is uncommon for such a sporty vehicle. Also unique is the 6-speed manual transmission-adding to its sporty driving qualities-which is a hybrid first.

Highlights


  • All-new model for 2011
  • Two models: CR-Z and CR-Z EX
  • Standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an integrated electric motor for a total system power of 122 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional continuously variable transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 2-passenger seating

2011 Honda Element

2011 Honda Element
Introduced in 2003, the Honda Element is a compact crossover. Designed for 4 passengers, the uniquely styled 4-door is built upon a modified Honda CR-V platform. As such, the two share many mechanicals, including the engine (however, the 4-cylinder under the hood of the CR-V has been tuned for a bit more power) and drivetrain. Targeted at young and active buyers, the Element features an interior that is stain-resistant, seats that are highly configurable, wide-opening doors, and a clamshell tailgate. Unlike most Honda vehicles, which are redesigned every several years, the Element is entering its ninth year of production (an all-new model is expected for 2012). Nevertheless, Honda has made many changes to the model over the years. These include painting the original gray plastic body panels to match the rest of the bodywork, upgraded safety equipment, increased horsepower, and special-edition models, like the SC. Honda has made insignificant changes to its Element for the 2011 model year.

Highlights


  • Unchanged for 2011
  • Four Element models: 2WD LX, 4WD LX, 2WD EX, and 4WD EX
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 166 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (2WD models)
  • Standard all-wheel drive (4WD models)
  • 4-passenger seating

2011 Honda FCX Clarity

2011 Honda FCX Clarity
The Honda FCX Clarity is a low-volume, zero-emission vehicle designed for 4 passengers. Introduced more than a decade ago, the first models were called the FCX-V1 (hydrogen) and FCX-V2 (methanol), based on their unique fuel requirements. Styled much like standard economy cars, these early vehicles weren't nearly as radically styled as the Concept FCX that debuted at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. That vehicle went into limited production for the 2008 model year. Early models were only available in select markets such as Southern California (all models are leased-none may be purchased at this point-for 36-month terms). However, Honda has expanded this as hydrogen refueling stations have become more readily available in other parts of the country. The 2011 Honda FCX Clarity is a carryover from 2011.

Highlights


  • Unchanged for 2011
  • One model: FCX Clarity
  • Standard permanent-magnet electric motor rated at 134 horsepower
  • Standard 100kW lithium-ion fuel cell, utilizing hydrogen as a fuel source
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 4-passenger seating

2011 Honda Fit

2011 Honda Fit
The Honda Fit is a subcompact 5-door hatchback. The model first debuted in the United States in 2007, but had been offered for sale in Asian, European, African, and South American markets since 2001 as the Honda "Jazz" (U.S. consumers have only recently become receptive to subcompact automobiles, thanks to the rising cost of fuel). The first-generation Fit was only sold for one year in the States. In 2008, the second-generation Fit arrived. Slightly longer than models sold elsewhere around the globe (to meet NHTSA crash test requirements), the Fit is equipped with a standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a choice of 5-speed transmissions. Honda offers the Fit with a navigation system and vehicle stability control-unique in the subcompact segment. There are only minor changes for the 2011 model year.

Highlights


  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Three models: Fit, Fit Sport, and Fit Sport with Navigation
  • Standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 117 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) (previously available only on Navigation-equipped models)
  • NEW Floor mats (previously an accessory option on all trims)

2011 Honda Insight

2011 Honda Insight
The Honda Insight is a hybrid-electric vehicle. The first-generation model arrived in 1999. The 2-door hatchback was radically styled with fairings over the rear wheels (for improved aerodynamics). That model was discontinued in 2006. In 2010, Honda introduced an all-new Insight. With styling seeming to mirror the Toyota Prius, its main competitor, the new Insight seats 5 passengers inside a much more accommodating cabin. Like the Prius, the Insight uses a small, gas-powered 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor for boost. Under the front hood of the Insight is a 1.4-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda's compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid-electric system (a similar system is found on the new Honda CR-Z). While the Honda Insight was an all-new model in 2010, the automaker has made several changes to the model for 2011. These include revised suspension tuning and improved cabin appointments.

Highlights
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Two Insight models: LX and EX
  • Standard 1.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an integrated electric motor for a total system power of 111 horsepower
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery
  • Standard continuously variable transmission
  • Standard continuously variable transmission with paddle shifters (EX model)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 2-passenger seating
  • NEW Refined suspension
  • NEW Improved interior materials
  • NEW Available black leather upholstery (EX models)
  • NEW DVD-based satellite navigation system (EX models)
  • NEW Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity (EX models)

2011 Honda Odyssey

2011 Honda Odyssey
The first-generation Honda Odyssey, a redesigned 4-cylinder Honda Accord with 4 swinging hinged doors, debuted in 1995. It was followed in 1999 by the second-generation model-a more "heavy duty" model built on the company's global light-truck platform. A "clean sheet" minivan, the second-generation Odyssey was fitted with a 6-cylinder engine. It also introduced the automaker's unique third-row "Magic Seat" that folds away into the floor. The third-generation Odyssey arrived in 2005. Growing in size and with added amenities, the minivan introduced Honda's "Variable Cylinder Management" engine technology (to improve fuel economy), 3-row side air bag curtains, stability control, and it was offered with a navigation system for the first time.

For the 2011 model year, Honda is introducing its all-new, fourth-generation Odyssey minivan. Larger and wider than its predecessors, the completely redesigned 8-passenger minivan features unique styling on the exterior (with a "lightning-bolt" beltline) and a more user-friendly interior. Conceptualized, designed, engineered and manufactured in the United States, the automaker is calling it the "American Odyssey."

Highlights
  • All-new redesign for 2011
  • Seven Odyssey models: LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L RES (rear entertainment), EX-L NAV (navigation), Touring, and Touring Elite
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 248 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (LX, EX, EX-L models)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (Touring models)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 7-passenger seating (LX model)
  • 8-passenger seating (EX, EX-L and Touring models)

2011 Honda Pilot

2011 Honda Pilot
The Honda Pilot is the automaker's full-size sport utility vehicle. Launched in 2003, the Pilot followed in the footsteps of the Honda Passport -itself a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo. Unlike the Passport, the Pilot was designed in-house, based on a modified Acura MDX and Honda Accord platform. The unibody design provided this SUV with car-like handling and ride. Like the MDX, the Pilot utilized a 3.5-liter V-6 engine as its standard powerplant, mated to a front-wheel-drive powertrain (all-wheel drive, designed for traction in inclement weather over hardcore off-road use, was optional).

The current, second-generation Pilot debuted in 2009. Larger and more luxurious than its predecessor, the drivetrain was further refined for improved power and fuel economy, while the chassis and cabin were upgraded to increase comfort and safety. Honda made no changes to the Pilot for 2011.

Highlights
  • Unchanged for 2011
  • Eight Pilot models: 2WD LX, 4WD LX, 2WD EX, 4WD EX, 2WD EX-L, 4WD EX-L, 2WD Touring, and 4WD Touring
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (2WD models)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (4WD models)
  • 7-passenger seating

2011 Honda Ridgeline

2011 Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline, the automaker's first sport utility truck, was introduced in 2006. Unlike more traditional pickup trucks, the Ridgeline is only offered in one 4-door body style with a short pickup bed. In addition, the Ridgeline does not have a traditional body-on-frame construction. Instead, it has a unibody construction, as it shares platforms with the Honda Pilot, Acura MDX and last-generation Honda Odyssey. Like those sibling models, the Ridgeline is offered with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with standard all-wheel drive that is designed for traction in inclement weather, rather than serious off-road use. Aside from its unique construction, standard V-6 power, and all-wheel-drive powertrain, the Ridgeline also offers a dual-action tailgate that may be opened downward, or swung wide like a door. There are no changes to the Ridgeline for 2011.

Highlights
  • Unchanged for 2011
  • Four Ridgeline models: RT, RTS, RTL, and RTL with Navigation
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard 5,000-pound towing capacity
  • 5-passenger seating

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