2011 Honda
Accord EX-L
vs. 2011 Nissan
Maxima SV

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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Average number of gears
5
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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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Average city fuel efficiency
23 mpg
2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.6

Runner-up

Nissan Maxima SV

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Fast 0-60 time
6.2 seconds
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Sporty performance
12.3 lb/hp
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
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
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Almost the same, 5 vs Continuously variable
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 19 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $4,685 cheaper (more than 10% less), $30,525 vs $35,210
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 629 miles vs 520 miles
  • The Accord EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Maxima SV
  • Almost the same, 55.8 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Number of speakers 7 vs 9 The Maxima SV has more speakers and the Accord EX-L is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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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 Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the Accord EX-L

Performance

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM The Maxima SV is fairly powerful, but the Accord EX-L is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs Continuously variable The Accord EX-L has an OK number of gears, while the Maxima SV has very few
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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 to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.9 lb/hp vs 12.3 lb/hp The Maxima SV is a sporty car, while the Accord EX-L is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 ft vs 37.4 ft The Maxima SV is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Accord EX-L is quite bad

Cost

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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MSRP $30,525 vs $35,210 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Practicality

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 520 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Accord EX-L in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 14.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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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 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 6 The Maxima SV 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

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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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 None

Luxury Features

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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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

Road Tests

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 6.2 seconds The Maxima SV can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Accord EX-L is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 128 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph vs 14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Accord EX-L's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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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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