2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2011 Honda
Accord EX-L

2011 Honda Accord EX-L

9.8

starting from

$30,525
"A well laid out pod-like centre stack."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's controls
"It's an elegant ride."
autospotvideo.com | talking about the Accord's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Honda Accord EX-L

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Fantastic range on the highway
629 miles
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Good range in the city
426 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Power outlets
Standard
2011 BMW 328i

9.3

Runner-up

BMW 328i

starting from

$37,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's value
"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Good cornering ability
0.88 g
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • The Accord EX-L's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Accord EX-L's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Accord EX-L's satellite radio; in the 328i, too, but it'll cost
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Almost the same
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX-L's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • A single tank lasts around 60% longer, 629 miles vs 403 miles
  • Almost the same
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 55.8 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3
Performance 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • The 328i has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • The 328i's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 15.7 lb/hp vs 17.9 lb/hp
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.3

Entertainment System

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Number of speakers 7 vs 10 The 328i has more speakers and the Accord EX-L is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Accord EX-L's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 328i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Accord EX-L's satellite radio; in the 328i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Accord EX-L has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Accord EX-L's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX-L's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Practicality

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 403 miles The Accord EX-L gets fantastic distance, but the 328i is very limited
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The Accord EX-L has roomy front seats, but the 328i is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Optional A standard folding rear seat on the Accord EX-L is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 328i
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Accord EX-L's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Accord EX-L's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.9 lb/hp vs 15.7 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The 328i's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Accord EX-L is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 ft vs 36.1 ft The 328i is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Accord EX-L is quite bad

Cost

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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MSRP $30,525 vs $37,475 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 17 mpg The Accord EX-L has OK city mileage, while the 328i is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The 328i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Accord EX-L's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The 328i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Accord EX-L's is very short

Safety Features

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Road Tests

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 6.3 seconds The 328i can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Accord EX-L is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 134 ft The Accord EX-L's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the 328i is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph vs 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.88 g The 328i has good cornering abilities, but the Accord EX-L is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 BMW 328i BMW
328i
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

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