2011 Honda
Accord EX-L
vs. 2011 Honda
Ridgeline RT

2011 Honda Accord EX-L

10.0

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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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
629 miles
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Good city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT

8.6

Runner-up

Honda Ridgeline RT

starting from

$29,960
"All-wheel-drive drivetrain that shifts power to the rear wheels during low-traction situations."
edmunds.com | talking about the Ridgeline's transmission
"Innovative trunk compartment and two-way tailgate."
edmunds.com | talking about the Ridgeline's storage

Reasons to buy the Honda Ridgeline RT

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Better drivetrain traction
four-wheel drive
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Spacious front seats
60.7 ft3
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Average power
250 HP @ 5,700 RPM
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Spacious back seats
51.6 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Almost the same
  • The Accord EX-L's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Accord EX-L's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts more than 40% longer, 629 miles vs 440 miles
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • The Accord EX-L has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • The Accord EX-L needs more than 10% less space to turn, 37.7 ft vs 42.6 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.6

Entertainment System

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Honda
Ridgeline RT
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Number of speakers 7 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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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 Ridgeline RT does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Accord EX-L's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Accord EX-L can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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 Honda Ridgeline RT Honda
Ridgeline RT
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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 Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX-L's power seats; not available on the Ridgeline RT
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Accord EX-L; the Ridgeline RT only offers cloth seats

Practicality

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Honda
Ridgeline RT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 440 miles The Accord EX-L gets fantastic distance, but the Ridgeline RT is very limited
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 35.6 ft3 The Ridgeline RT has OK cargo room, while the Accord EX-L has very little
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 60.7 ft3 The Ridgeline RT has roomy front seats and the Accord EX-L is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Ridgeline RT, but the Accord EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Ridgeline RT has a good number of cupholders, but the Accord EX-L is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Honda
Ridgeline RT
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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 4 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 None

Performance

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Honda
Ridgeline RT
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 250 HP @ 5,700 RPM The Ridgeline RT is of average power, but the Accord EX-L is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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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 for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.9 lb/hp vs 18.0 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive The Ridgeline RT'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 42.6 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Honda
Ridgeline RT
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MSRP $30,525 vs $29,960 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 15 mpg The Accord EX-L has great city mileage, but the Ridgeline RT is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Road Tests

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Honda
Ridgeline RT
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 9.0 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 140 ft The Accord EX-L has above average braking ability, but the Ridgeline RT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs 16.98 s @ Unknown mph The Accord EX-L's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Ridgeline RT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.76 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Honda
Ridgeline RT
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Accord EX-L is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Ridgeline RT
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Accord EX-L vs Avalon Limited
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Accord EX-L vs C63 AMG
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Ridgeline RT vs Avalanche LS
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Ridgeline RT vs Tacoma Double Cab
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab LT Ridgeline RT vs Colorado Crew Cab LT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Honda Pilot EX Ridgeline RT vs Pilot EX
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 2011 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Ridgeline RT vs Tundra CrewMax

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