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2012 Honda Accord

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2012 Honda Accord Review

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When it comes to family sedans, few cars have the type of owner loyalty and fierce trust as the 2012 Honda Accord Sedan. Generation after generation have come to love Honda's family sedan, a rarity in world where what's hot today is not tomorrow. The 2012 Honda Accord Sedan continues to thrive for a number of reasons. Its design is clean and simple, yet sophisticated enough to attract buyers young and old alike. The Honda Accord continually tops the charts for safety, reliability and strong resale, and its fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine remains one of the best in the industry. Granted, newer competitors such as the Hyundai Sonata, Chevy Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans offer some stiff competition, at least on paper. But, these makes have yet to prove themselves in the long run, something the Accord Sedan has successfully been doing for the last four decades. The Accord Sedan is not without its detractors, however, and they will rightly point out that Honda has failed to offer a hybrid Accord Sedan, or one with all-wheel drive (AWD). But, sales lost to customers seeking these options pale in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of Accord Sedan buyers who snap up every domestically produced Honda Accord they can get their hands on.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2012 Accord Sedan combines outstanding value, excellent driving dynamics, a roomy and comfortable passenger cabin, and sporty styling vaguely similar to some BMW sedans. If your budget says "simple family sedan," but your brain says "I deserve better," you'll probably find the Accord sedan can satisfy both needs.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you seek to drive something a bit less common (Honda sells about 400,000 Accord Sedans a year) or with a powerful turbocharged engine, all-wheel-drive (AWD) ability or a hybrid-electric powertrain, you might be happier shopping for a Kia Optima, Ford Taurus or Toyota Camry Hybrid. Those looking to get the most car for the least money will find a loaded Hyundai Sonata Limited offers more feature (such as heated rear seats unavailable on the Accord) for less money.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, every Honda Accord Sedan now includes a USB audio interface as part of its standard equipment.

Driving the Accord

Driving Impressions The near perfect way in which the 2012 Honda Accord Sedan serves up its unique brand of subtle enthusiasm is both predictable and reassuring. Throttle response is instantaneous, delivering impressive...

gifts of power for passing, merging or just pulling away from a stoplight. The Accord Sedan's steering is perfectly weighted in most driving situations, although it feels a bit heavy when performing slow-moving maneuvers such as parallel parking. On the open road, the Accord Sedan tracks straight and true, and the variable-ratio power steering works much better here requiring only the slightest inputs when correcting course. Ironically, we are not taking about the V6 Accord here, but the humble 4-cylinder model found on the EX trim. Climb behind the wheel of the V6 model and you'll find the above accolades are all present, just multiplied for even more driving enjoyment.

Excellent Throttle Response
Even though throttle response isn't exactly a feature, the Accord responds so naturally to the driver's gas pedal inputs that we're compelled to note it here.

Voice-Controlled Navigation System
The Accord's intuitive DVD-based navigation system – featuring an 8-inch screen and Zagat restaurant ratings – is further enhanced by an accurate and easy-to-use voice-recognition system.

2012 Honda Accord Details
Interior

The 2012 Honda Accord Sedan's larger exterior creates an equally large interior, so much so that the 2012 Accord Sedan nearly qualifies as a full-size vehicle by EPA standards. Honda has masterfully created a kind of interior DNA that transfers itself from generation to generation. Although the 2012 Accord Sedan is completely different from all the Accords preceding it, there is still something reassuringly familiar when sitting behind the steering wheel. One thing that is not familiar is the spacious rear seat, the largest in Accord history, and one offering ample head, hip and legroom to 6-footers. The front seats are the most accommodating we've found on an Accord, with wide seat bottoms and firm back support. To make life easier while driving, every 2012 midsize Honda Accord Sedan features steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a USB audio interface for iPod or Zune, and a large LCD center display. Moving up to the plush EX trims brings more ambient lighting to the Accord's cockpit as well Active Noise Control sound elimination technology.

Exterior
2012 Honda Accord photo

The 2012 Honda Accord Sedan distances itself from previous Accord designs, which were decidedly safe but somewhat boring. Angular side sculpting and prominent flared fenders are accentuated by bulging projector beam headlight housings and an aggressively geometric front grille and lower air intake. The Accord Sedan pushes the limits of midsize sedan, stretching nearly 5-inches longer than its longtime rival, the Toyota Camry. Base models are suitably finished with color-keyed accessories, while up-level trims see more use of chrome around the door handles, windows and exhaust finishers. And, thanks to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, the midsize Accord Sedan is more than just another stylish car; it's an amazingly safe one as well. The ACE system is designed to improve the way the Accord Sedan deals with other vehicles in the event of a collision, including with larger vehicles such as full-size pickups and SUVs.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The standard equipment list for a 2012 Honda Accord LX Sedan includes air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA sound system, auxiliary audio input and steering wheel-mounted audio controls (illuminated). Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and 2-row side-curtain airbags, as well as stability and traction controls and a sophisticated braking system. The value-packed SE trim includes all this plus leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver's power lumbar support, alloy wheels and heated front seats. A top-of-the-line EX-L V6 brings a 271-horsepower V6 engine, leather seating, a 270-watt 7-speaker audio system with 8-inch subwoofer, heated front seats, power moonroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, and a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar control.

Optional Equipment

Features are grouped by trim level and include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system with voice recognition and rearview camera, leather seats, heated front seats, 2-position memory for the driver's seat, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone compatibility, a 270-watt premium audio system, six-CD changer and XM Satellite Radio.

Under the Hood

The jewel of the 2012 Honda Accord Sedan's three-engine lineup is its 3.5-liter V6 featuring an updated version of Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that saves fuel by allowing the engine to run on six, four or three cylinders, according to demand. A 5-speed automatic transmission is available on 4-cylinder models and is standard on V6 models. 4-cylinder models sold in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont have less horsepower but qualify as Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (PZEV).

2.4-liter in-line 4 (PZEV)
177 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
161 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/34 (manual), 23/34 (automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
190 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/34 (manual), 23/34 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
271 horsepower @ 6,000-6,200 rpm
254 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30

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2012 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 1017 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

buying a 2015 honda accord ex-l, of course

By on Thursday, January 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"great car most miles are highway good gas mileage new tires all services up to date and done by dealer"

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

great car

By on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"purchased this car about four months ago best ride ever! no issues at all drives and runs like a dream the car is very comfortable to ride in i have no complaints"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Most practical and reliable car I have ever owned

By on Friday, January 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, value, very roomy, huge trunk"

Cons: "Maybe a bit more pep"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Lowest cost to maintain - no timing belt replacement a big plus literally no problems until after I had brake work done and then needed to be adjusted"

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Car: Would Buy Another in an Instant

By on Thursday, January 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to Drive, Holds Value, Reliability"

Cons: "Seats Uncomfortable, Ground Clearance, No Rear Air"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is by far one of the greatest cars out there. Its six years old looks brand new. I bought mine as the second owner when it was 3-years old in the summer of 2012, had just hit 40k. Mine is the top of the line EX-L V-6 w/nav. What I love: After 2 and a half years I still love driving it. The V-6 offers incredible power. Beautiful styling, great driving dynamics. Instrumentation is nicely styled. Huge second row. Haven't had a single issue with anything. Not so Great: mpg 19 city and about 30 highway. The 30 highway is great but around town the mpg tends to disappoint. What I hate: Front Seats aren't very comfortable, I feel as if I need a pillow or back support for any trip over an hour. The ground clearance for the front bumper is awful. I have to go down my driveway at less than 5 mph to avoid it rubbing, and the paint on the bumper will noticeably scrape off. No rear air conditioning or vents in a car of this size and caliber is ridiculous. The leather does not hold up. When I bought it the leather was showing some wear but after having it for going on 3 years its about time to reappolster the front seats. I realize my what I hate is much bigger than the what I love section, however it easier to point out flaws than compliments. Hands down I love this car and would recommend it to anyone who asked. But I think in interest of full disclosure the buyer should be aware of the flaws."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Fabulous car...

By on Thursday, January 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, comfort, features, flawless reliability"

Cons: "Radio/hvac controls take a little getting used to"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am very fussy with my cars... It is close to perfect. It is black with black leather. It drives and handles like a much more costly vehicle. I am a long time Honda owner and this car has proven as flawless as all the others that I have owned. The only reason I wish to sell the car is that I need larger vehicle."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

great buy for any occasion. Good power nice styly

By on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,600

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good power, nice ergonomics, great sounding system"

Cons: "cabin noise, trim levels (all look same)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a great car to own. I have had no problems during my time owning it. I have had the oil changed at every request of the car and have changed the brakes twice. Otherwise no other maintenance issues or concerns. for the really critical, the only issue is the cabin noise. Although not loud at all when the radio is off and no one is talking the wind can be heard. This car has great power and accelerates quickly for a sedan. the v6 is definitely the model to go with"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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