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2012 Honda Accord

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2012 Honda Accord Review

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It wasn't all that long ago that a sporty, affordable coupe was as easy to find as leaves in a forest. But, the rise of the 4-door sports car (think Subaru WRX and Dodge Charger) has left only a scattering of coupes from which to choose. Among the remaining lot are some revived 1960s-era muscle car names from Ford, Chevy and Dodge, and one very unlikely candidate, the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe. With the Toyota Camry Coupe long gone, only Nissan's Altima Coupe and the Hyundai Genesis stand as rivals to the popular Honda. Sharing its mechanicals and interior bits with the well-regarded Honda Accord Sedan, the sporty coupe wears its own unique skin giving it a style and attitude all its own.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2012 Honda Accord Coupe successfully plays a dual role as a sporty, fun-to-drive coupe that can also be a comfortable daily driver with room for four adults. The Accord Coupe is no Porsche Boxster, mind you, but it is no slouch, either. And, the Accord Coupe is one of the few remaining cars to offer a manual transmission regardless of trim or engine choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a car you can really push to the limits, you might be happier behind the wheel of a Hyundai Genesis Coupe or VW GTI rather than the 2012 Accord Coupe. Those seeking a more macho image might look to the Chevy Camaro or Ford Mustang GT.

What's New for 2012

The only notable change for the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe is the addition of a USB audio interface port to the standard equipment list.

Driving the Accord

Driving Impressions Thanks to its slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length, the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe feels far more lively in the twisties than does its Sedan counterpart. Carrying a bit less...

weight and a more aggressive suspension, wheel and tire setup, the Accord Coupe for 2012 is a lively performer, but it doesn't possess BMW or GTI-like handling. The standard Accord 4-cylinder engine has more than enough power for everyday driving needs, and with highway fuel economy figures in the low 30s, it is certainly easy enough to live with. But, for those who expect their coupes to deliver more than just an average driving experience, Honda's V6 is the engine of choice. Teamed with the standard 6-speed manual, our EX-L V6 produced quick off-the-line starts and never failed to please when asked to pass slower moving cars. However, while all of our test drivers agree a manual transmission fits the Accord Coupe's sporty nature, we were disappointed by the gear-to-gear exchanges that felt somewhat imprecise. The Accord Coupe's independent suspension, on the other hand, is firm enough to deliver a responsive level of handling without sacrificing ride quality.

Distinctive Styling
Designers tend to take more chances with the styling of coupes than with sedans; they can make the roofline rakish, because they know there's seldom anyone sitting in back. As a result, the 2012 Accord Coupe's design is a lot edgier than that of the Sedan and, from the wedge-like front end to the refined rear view, Honda's Accord Coupe is easy on the eyes.

Responsive V6
Looking sporty is good, but having enough power to back up the looks is even better – especially in the coupe category, where performance can be relatively more important. Honda's 3.5-liter V6 has a silky power flow that adds greatly to the 2012 Accord's driving enjoyment.

2012 Honda Accord Details
Interior

If you're all about a quality interior with impeccable fit and finish, the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe won't disappoint. The dash design incorporates a dual-level effect with an elongated U-shaped center stack that houses the audio and ventilation controls. Somewhat confusing at first are the numerous buttons inside the stack, along with a large central control knob and big LCD display screen that doubles at the dock for the optional navigation screen. The most important functions, however, are logically arranged and placed close to the driver's right hand. The Accord Coupe's thick-grip 3-spoke steering wheel also contains redundant controls for the audio, as well as paddle shifters on cars equipped with the 5-speed automatic transmission. As for comfort, the Accord Coupe's front seats are extremely well proportioned, with nice long bottom cushions and supportive side bolster that won't pinch larger occupants. The 2012 Accord Coupe's rear seat is also quite accommodating, although it takes a bit of maneuvering to reach it. The Coupe's trunk measure a respectable 11.9 cubic feet, but can be expanded via the folding rear seatbacks.

Exterior
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Externally, about the only thing the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe shares with its Sedan twin is the nameplate affixed to the trunk. Actually, the side mirrors and door handles are interchangeable, but we doubt anyone will notice. With its dynamic front end punctuated by a recessed grille and thin headlights that flow onto the fenders, the Accord Coupe looks quite cool. V6 models take the treatment a step further by adding projector-beam headlamps and polished 18-inch alloy wheels. The Accord Coupe's designers gave it a long, low look that makes the car appear much smaller than it actually is, an illusion that quickly dissolves once you step inside the Accord Coupe's spacious cockpit.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Honda Accord LX-S Coupe includes air conditioning, cruise control, auto-off headlights, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, remote trunk release, and power functions for the windows, locks and mirrors. A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission are also standard. All sound systems in the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe have steering wheel-mounted controls, MP3 playback capability, a 6-disc CD changer and auxiliary and USB input ports. Safety equipment includes electronic stability control, plus front, front-side and side-curtain airbags. Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is standard on all trims except the EX-L with the 6-speed manual transmission. ANC monitors low-frequency noise entering the cabin (such as a "boomy" exhaust note) and sends an audio signal to cancel out the noise.

Optional Equipment

Honda offers only a handful of dealer-installed options; all other features are bundled by trim. The optional navigation system on the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L features voice activation, as well as information from the Zagat Survey guide for restaurants, hotels and attractions. The 8-inch screen is an easy read and the unit itself is straightforward in operation. And to up the sporty quotient, 18-inch wheels are standard on the EX-L V6, while a power glass moonroof, heated side mirrors and Bluetooth are standard on EX trims.

Under the Hood

All three trim levels (LX-S, EX, EX-L) of the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe offer a 190-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine matched with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. In addition, the automatic-equipped EX-L offers a 3.5-liter V6 with an updated version of Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that saves fuel by allowing the engine to run on 6, 4 or 3 cylinders, according to demand. When paired with the available 6-speed manual, the engine loses VCM and gains increased low- and mid-range power, making it the most powerful engine ever offered in a Honda (even though the peak horsepower and torque figures are the same).

2.4-liter in-line 4
190 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32 (manual), 22/33 (automatic)

3.5-liter V6
271 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm (manual transmission)
271 horsepower @ 6,000-6,200 rpm (automatic transmission)
254 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm (manual)
254 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm (automatic)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 19/29 (automatic)

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2012 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 1089 Ratings for the 2008 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

RELIABLE AND STYLISH!

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks like a Beemer without the tag price...MPG!"

Cons: "Brakes tend to be noisy with particular break pads"

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

"I did a trade-in (After many $$$ fixing a mysterious mechanical problem) for this 2008 Accord. With regular TLC, this vehicle has been the most stylish, smooth driving and amazing MPG I've experienced - it has been my best car yet. Drove from San Diego, CA to Dallas, TX without a hiccup. I am a happy driver and will continue to drive it until the wheels fall off!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love my Honda Accord

By on Wednesday, January 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Dependable, great responsive driving, looks exec."

Cons: "Elbow rests built for a man (too far back).Seat be"

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

"Great car and Honda dealerships provide excellent service and support throughout the life of the vehicle."

I ONLY HAVE DRIVEN CAR 4000 A YEAR I AM HANDYCAPED

By on Friday, January 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,123

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "JUST HAD NEW INSP. AN BATTERY AND OIL"

Cons: "ENGINE TO SMALL FOR CAR . NOT ENOUGH POWER FOR ME"

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

"I HADE THE DEALER INSTALL A REMOTE STARTER AND PROTECTIVE MOLDING TO PREVENT DOOR DINGS AT A COST OF $800."

Love this car. I am going to miss it when it sells

By on Thursday, November 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 121,695

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, great pick up, strong engine"

Cons: "none"

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

"Very dependable, safe vehicle. Good sound system with sub-woofers, heated seats, navigation system, sun/moon roof, power steering, locks, and windows, hands free navigation and phone, automatic climate control, beautiful alloy wheels, a/c, cruise control, front wheel drive, shiny blue luxury Honda vehicle!"

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Reliable, low maintenance drive

By on Monday, November 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "trustworthy, inexpensive, and great mileage value"

Cons: "not cheap to repair body; mediocre floor mats"

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

"We have purchased seven Honda Accords starting in 1984. The only problems we have ever had with any of them were self-inflicted, like not timely changing the timing belt (it broke) in one, or hitting a deer in another. As Montana is large state, every one of our Hondas -- with the exception of the current two we own -- have been driven more than 140,000 miles. The creature comforts in the cars have consistently covered the gamut of what we need and want. (Always wanted to buy an Acura, but would have to travel out of state to purchase and for warranty work.) We have purchased other vehicle, i.e., vans (kid) and pickup (dogs), but always end back with Honda Accords V-6's for most highway and in-town driving. Just too good of a value to change our loyalty."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Not what I expect from Honda

By on Sunday, November 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "Looks nice. Holds value."

Cons: "Miserable, rock-hard seats, engine malfunctions."

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

"Initially, my excitement over owning my first new Honda automobile took a big hit from the rock-hard seats, and ergonomically-impossible headrests. The fact that the "auto-dimming" mirror had to be shifted to a non-visible position to keep from being blinded was another annoyance. After I reversed the front two headrests, they were more comfortable, if somewhat less effective in a crash. I added a thickly-padded seat cover to make the driver's seat bearable (negating the effectiveness of the side airbags), and I removed the rear headrests for visibility. At about 68,000 miles, the solenoid that turns off several cylinders during low-demand cruise conditions malfunctioned, leaving the car partially driveable. It goes in and out of that "limp home" mode, meaning you can't count on being able to pull out into traffic. As yet, Honda hasn't issued a recall on this issue, and local mechanics aren't familiar with it. The car is a few thousand past warranty, and rather than be their guinea pig (at my expense), I am choosing to live with this debilitating issue until I see a way to fix it. Overall, the rock hard seats have been a daily annoyance, and the engine trouble has shaken my confidence in Honda quality. When I say hard seats, don't think I'm being a prissy wimp about it; these babies are HARD! A 30 minute trip has you squirming and juggling seat positions so that other parts of your body can share the misery. A couple hours in the saddle, and you're snapping at friends and loved ones because you're calculating the dollar-per-mile-of-misery cost of the car. Overall, this is the worst Honda experience I've had, and I've owned many Honda motorcycles and one Honda car."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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