2011 Honda
Accord EX-L
vs. 2011 Toyota
Avalon Limited

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

9.9

starting from

$36,595

Reasons to buy the Toyota Avalon Limited

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More airbags
6
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Passenger power seats
Standard
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Very spacious back seats
51.7 ft3
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Sporty performance
13.5 lb/hp
2011 Honda Accord EX-L

9.8

Runner-up

Honda Accord EX-L

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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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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OK braking distance from 60mph
125 ft
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Fantastic range on the highway
629 miles
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
Performance 9.1 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • The Avalon Limited's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.5 lb/hp vs 17.9 lb/hp
  • More than 40% more powerful, 268 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM
  • The Avalon Limited has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • A single tank lasts around 20% longer, 629 miles vs 536 miles
  • The Accord EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Avalon Limited
  • Almost the same, 55.8 ft3 vs 55.2 ft3
Safety Features 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • The Avalon Limited has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Winner: Avalon Limited
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  • The Avalon Limited has 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 7
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 23 mpg vs 20 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $6,070 cheaper (around 20% less), $30,525 vs $36,595
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 9.8 vs 9.9

Performance

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 268 HP @ 6,200 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 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 13.5 lb/hp The Avalon Limited 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 36.9 ft The Avalon Limited is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Accord EX-L is quite bad

Practicality

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 536 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 14.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 55.2 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 4 OK number of cupholders
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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 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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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 6 The Avalon Limited has a good number of airbags, but the Accord EX-L is just OK (missing Knee)
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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

Entertainment System

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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Number of speakers 7 vs 12 The Avalon Limited has an extraordinary amount of 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 Avalon Limited does not
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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 Yes The {better} 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

Cost

Honda
Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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MSRP $30,525 vs $36,595 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 20 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

Luxury Features

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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

Road Tests

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited Toyota
Avalon Limited
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 7.1 seconds The Avalon Limited's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Accord EX-L is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 141 ft The Accord EX-L's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Avalon Limited is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s s @ 86.0 mph mph vs 15.5 s s @ 95.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.76 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs 135 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Accord EX-L vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Accord EX-L vs Maxima SV
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 BMW 328i Accord EX-L vs 328i
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Accord EX-L vs C63 AMG
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Accord EX-L vs S60 T6 R-Design
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Avalon Limited vs Camry XLE
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec Avalon Limited vs Genesis 5.0 R-Spec
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Lexus LS 460 Avalon Limited vs LS 460
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Toyota Corolla Avalon Limited vs Corolla
2011 Toyota Avalon Limited 2011 Toyota Venza Avalon Limited vs Venza

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Don'tBeAHypocrite Don'tBeAHypocrite (0:36 PM, July 11, 2016)
Ummm... I googled this exact look up... and glad that I found it. Perhaps you did the same thing.

I currently own an older model Avalon which my wife drives. I love that car. We are in the process of replacing my car. I am considering an Avalon, but... my wife will be the driver of this new car. She's a highway driver, some city. So the thought process is, Get a 4 cylinder Accord loaded, and it will have similar luxury features as the Avalon Limited. So you'd get the most of the bells and whistles of the Avalon... without the sticker price and the less mpg.

To me...its worth it getting the accord. I mean, me and my wife are audiophiles... and I know that the Avalon's audio is better, and has more speakers. But the Accord still cranks out 270 watts.
 
Andrew (6:25 PM, March 01, 2016)
You guys are really comparing apples to oranges here. Nobody who is looking at a Toyota Avalon is looking at a four cylinder accord, let's be honest. Your comparison should have been with the accord ex-l v6 with navigation. I don't understand why you would waste your time comparing a 4 cylinder semi-loaded 2 a 6 cylinder fully loaded when there is a6 cylinder fully loaded accord available to compare to. I don't know what you stand to gain by giving a bogus review, I personally and looking into the Avalon and the v6 Accord fully loaded and would really like to know what the differences are. Obviously the Avalon still has more speakers, but the v6 Accord has 10 more horsepower and probably close to all of the same features as the fully loaded Avalon. This is laughable.