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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Honda Accord

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Expert's Rating

5.0Excellent

MPG 22 City / 32 Highway
Pros
  • Spacious cabin
  • Good fuel economy
  • High resale value
Cons
  • Limited trunk space
  • Styling may not be for everyone
  • Cabin somewhat noisy at highway speed
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Accord is one of the first names that comes to mind when thinking of midsize family sedans. It's been a contender in the class for decades because of its sensible nature that appeals to so many buyers. With coupe and sedan variants, both with spacious interiors and four and six-cylinder engines, the Accord is worth a look for anyone thinking of buying in this class.

Introduction

Accords kick off with 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines, putting out 177 horsepower in LX trim or 190 horsepower in the LX-S coupe or EX sedan and coupes. The four- cylinder is mated to a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic with up to 34 MPG highway. A 3.5-liter V6 with 271 horsepower and cylinder deactivation is available on EX and EX-L trims. It comes only with a five-speed automatic in sedans, but a six-speed manual can be had on the coupe.

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LX trim level gets power windows, locks and mirrors, air conditioning, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with controls for the six-speaker audio system, USB input and a full complement of front, side and curtain airbags. LX Premium sedans add 16-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power driver's seat, alarm and auto up/down function for the front windows. SE adds leather seats, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. EX includes the 190-horsepower four-cylinder with larger wheels and tires and upgraded front suspension. And the EX-L is swathed with leather seats inside and comes with satellite radio and dual-zone automatic climate control. It's the only trim level to offer Honda's touchscreen navigation system. For the coupe, LX-S improves on LX trim with bigger wheels and a CD changer. The EX Coupe also gets a 271 -watt audio system and the EX-L coupe has 18-inch wheels and the option of a six-speed manual on V6 cars.

The Toyota Camry is the Accord's chief competitor. It's a generally quieter, more serene car with better in-car technology thanks to the Toyota Entune system. But the Camry is not as adept of a handler as the Honda, nor is it available as a coupe. The new Nissan Altima boasts class-leading fuel economy and offers an inexpensive navigation system on most models, but its design is just as conservative as the Accord's. The Hyundai Sonata boasts a more powerful standard engine and offers an optional turbocharged engine that is more economical than the Accord V6, but the Sonata isn't as spacious and offers no manual transmission. The Volkswagen Passat does offer a manual, a large trunk and rear seat and a frugal TDI clean diesel. But the Passat can get expensive with options and does not have a history of reliability like the Accord's.

Criticized for being bland and inoffensive, the Accord pleases so many buyers because it fulfills the definition of a family sedan completely without trying to lure customers with lots of flash. The sedan is a purposeful five-seater and the coupe adds a rare option to the class – both are even available with an increasingly uncommon manual transmission on many trim levels. With so much choice, there's likely an Accord for every midsize car shopper.

Which Style To Buy?

2012 Honda Accord
Starting price
$9,800

2012 Honda Accord 2.4 EX

Recommended for: shoppers looking for more performance out of their four-cylinder family car

The EX adds some more sportiness with the 190-horsepower engine and standard manual transmission, as well as front shock tower bar on the sedan. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard on both coupe and sedan, as are automatic headlamps, heated side mirrors, a power moonroof and rear air vents on sedans. The EX Coupe adds auto up/down windows, Bluetooth and a 270-watt sound system. EX V-6 sedans get the upgraded engine with an automatic transmission as standard, with fog lamps, chrome door handles and a dual exhaust.

2012 Honda Accord
Starting price
$9,800

2012 Honda Accord 2.4 EX-L

Recommended for: shoppers looking for the most luxurious Accord sedan or sportiest Accord coupe

The EX-L is the cream of the Accord crop, boasting generous amounts of comfort features. Standard are leather seats, heated front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth with steering wheel phone controls, dual-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio. A touchscreen navigation system with voice controls and a backup camera, on sedans, is optional. EX-L V6 adds Homelink, fog lamps and a dual exhaust to the sedan. The EX-L coupe also gets 18-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters for the automatic, rear spoiler and two-position memory for the driver's seat. A six-speed manual is an option for the coupe.

2012 Honda Accord
Starting price
$9,800

2012 Honda Accord 2.4 LX

Recommended for: shoppers who want space with the essential toys

The LX kicks off the Accord sedan lineup with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and five-speed manual. A five-speed automatic is optional. It has power windows, door locks and mirrors, air conditioning, six-speaker audio system with USB input with steering wheel controls and cruise control. It also has a full set of safety gear, with front, side and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. The LX Premium adds the five-speed automatic, 16-inch alloy wheels, alarm, power driver's seat and auto up/down for the front windows.

2012 Honda Accord
Starting price
$9,800

2012 Honda Accord 2.4 LX-S

Recommended for: shoppers looking for a well-equipped, spacious midsize coupe

The LX-S Coupe builds on the features of the Accord LX Sedan, meaning it offers the same complement of comfort and safety features. But it combines that with the upgraded 190-horsepower four-cylinder and a standard five-speed manual – the automatic is an option. The LX-S also has 17-inch alloy wheels and a six-disc CD changer for the 160-watt sound system.

2012 Honda Accord
Starting price
$9,800

2012 Honda Accord 2.4 SE

Recommended for: buyers looking for luxury and economy in a four-cylinder sedan

The special edition SE combines the features of the LX Premium with some luxury bits from higher trims. SEs come only as sedans with the automatic transmission with the 177-horsepower engine, but add leather seats, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 10-way power driver's seat.

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