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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
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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 1055 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

This is my 5th Accord. I have emjoyed each one.

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great price, good gas mileage, fun to drive, relia"

Cons: "The color choices have left me wanting more"

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

"I have enjoyed every one of them. Each had its own pros and cons. But after buying 5 Accords over a 30 year period must mean that I think they are good cars that are very reliable , great transportation. They have all been very good cars. Now I think it is time for a new car. Don't know if it will be another accord. We haven't really talked about which car we would like to have. I did think I wanted a Mercedes but they are out of my price range. I think I am good for now. Hubby wants to retire in a year or two but I'm thinking there are many things I need instead of a new car. Nothing really jumps out and grabs me. I am sure there are good things and bad things about all cars so for right now, I'm fine right where I need to be at this time."

Outstanding automobile!

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I've owned this Accord since new, and the only problem I've noted is premature wear of the rear brake pads. Other than that, my V6 Accord is ultra reliable, and looks as good as any new vehicle I've seen. I'd buy another Honda in a heartbeat!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Overall Car!

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, roomy, comfy"

Cons: "Very large, Ok acceleration, not nimble"

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

"I really do like my Honda Accord. It is very roomy and super duper reliable! I have never had a problem and I purchased the car with 4 miles on it! I like the style but I feel like it could be a little better. After 5 years it is starting to show its age but it does still look classy. The one thing that bothers me a bit is it seems a little sluggish at times and it is not really very nimble. I have the 4 door version and it is a large car. A bit more pep and this would be the perfect car. This is the only reason I have considered trading in my Accord for a faster more nimble car."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Sports GT segment

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Engine, transmission, interior space, economy."

Cons: "None."

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

"If this car was touted by Honda as a Sports GT, it would be the top car in the market segment by virtue of its combination of appearance, power & handling, and interior & trunk space & bang for the buck. However, Honda makes no effort to market it separately from the Accord Sedan, and so most people do not consider it apart from the family car category."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Good vehichle; noisy ride from first mile driven

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Reliable except for brake issues"

Cons: "Noisy ride, irritating so."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I like driving this car, but had to have rear brakes replaced twice. There was a recall, but not until after I had spent quite a large sum having brakes repaired. In addition, while I love the ride overall, it is one of the most noisy autos I have ever driven. It always seemed as though I could hear outside traffic noise regardless of how tightly the windows were closed. I purchased the auto brand new from the showroom floor and would likely purchase another Honda, but I would listen more carefully for external noises. On a poorly maintained road, I almost lost my mind because of the noise. Even after multiple trips to dealerships, no one found anything wrong causing the loud ride."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

The 2011 Honda Accord Coupe is a beauty

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Beautiful 2 door Honda Sport Coupe. Reliable."

Cons: "Good Luck trying to find one. The owners keep them"

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

2011 Honda Accord Coupe - Best All around car

"The most reliable car I have ever owned. I get a lot of comments on my 2 door "black beauty". Just put new tires and rims and it looks like a new car. Wow factor. All leather seats, nav works great and I just updated it, sound system is spectacular and I even use the smooth CD changer with my old CD's. Tech connections and Bluetooth and the "lady talks to me". Could not ask for a better car. Dependable with great gas mileage and just enough performance. For a 4 cylinder it drives smooth and has never let me down. The 2011 Honda Accord was a great year for this make and model. You will be lucky to find one...just like mine. Good Luck!"

2011 Honda Accord Coupe - Best All around car

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