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2012 Honda Accord Review

The 2012 Honda Accord has engaging driving dynamics, and it earns great safety and reliability ratings. Some of its rivals have nicer cabins and more trunk space, but that doesn’t stop the Accord from finishing high in our midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin
  • Fun to drive
  • Excellent safety score
  • Some rivals have nicer cabins
  • Below-average trunk space

New for 2012

  • Standard USB port
  • Available rearview camera
  • Last model year before redesign




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 10.0
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2012 Honda Accord Overview

Is the 2012 Honda Accord a Good Used Car?

The 2012 Honda Accord is a great choice among used midsize cars. It aced all of its crash tests and earned an above-average reliability rating, and although the Accord’s trunk is on the small side, its cabin is incredibly roomy. In fact, the Accord’s interior dimensions are closer to those of a large car than a midsize one. When it comes to performance, the 2012 Accord offers more powertrain options and nimbler handling than most competitors.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 64 Honda Accord reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2012 Honda Accord?

Our site has nearly 800 listings for the 2012 Honda Accord, with an average list price of $11,600. That’s a bit above the average list price for the class. However, the 2012 Honda Accord’s price ranges from $8,500 and $15,000, depending on the car’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2012 Honda Accord Cost to Own?

The 2012 Honda Accord’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to nearly $24,100, which is typical for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Honda Accord?

A base 2019 Honda Accord costs $23,720, which is about $12,000 higher than the average list price of a used 2012 model. The Accord was fully redesigned for 2018, so these two models differ greatly. The newer Accord has a much more powerful base engine, though some 2012 Accords come with a V6 engine that has more horsepower than any engine available in the 2018 model. In every other way, however, the 2018 Accord is a better option. It has updated exterior and interior styling, a larger trunk, the latest features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and several new safety features.

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You won’t find a new midsize car for around the same price as a used 2012 Accord. The 2019 Chevrolet Malibu is one of the lowest-priced member of the class. It starts around $22,000.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Accord Is Best?

For the Accord, 2012 was the final model year before a full redesign, so you may want to consider a 2013 Accord instead. It has an extra cubic foot of trunk space, a roomier interior in the sedan, and many desirable features. The 2013 Accord is the first model that comes standard with a rearview camera and Bluetooth, and it’s the first Accord available with advanced safety features like forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

Although the 2013 model is our recommendation, there’s no denying that earlier models will likely save you money. The 2012 Accord offers audio integration via a standard USB port, but its cabin feels low-rent compared to 2010 and 2011 Accord models.   

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How Reliable Is the 2012 Honda Accord?

The 2010 Accord has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2012 Honda Accord Recalls

As of this writing, the 2012 Honda Accord has five reported recalls for air bag-related issues. Before you buy any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Honda Accord Model Is Right for Me?

The 2012 Accord is available in sedan and coupe body styles, and there are three main trims: LX, EX, and EX V-6. The base Honda Accord LX features a six-speaker audio system and a USB port.

Since the base model is pretty sparse on feature, we recommend stepping up to the Honda Accord EX trim. It adds 13 more horsepower, a moonroof, heated side mirrors, a driver’s seat with power lumbar support, upgraded interior materials, and active noise cancellation. The top-of-the-line Honda Accord EX V-6 doesn’t add much besides a powerful V6 engine and sporty design elements, so we recommend saving your money.

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How Safe Is the Accord?

The 2012 Accord received outstanding safety ratings. The sedan earned the highest rating of Good in all four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The 2012 Accord received a perfect five-star rating in all three National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, as well as five stars for overall safety. The 2012 Accord coupe did not undergo IIHS crash testing, but the NHTSA gave it five stars in the rollover evaluation. 

The only advanced safety feature available is a rearview camera. It comes standard in models with navigation.  

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2012 Honda Accord Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2012 Honda Accord or 2012 Chevrolet Malibu?

The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is very similar to the Accord. Both offer roomy cabins, above-average reliability ratings, and outstanding crash test scores. The Accord has more horsepower and interior space, while the Malibu has more user-friendly technology and a larger trunk. Choose the one that best matches your needs.

Which Is Better: 2012 Honda Accord or 2012 Hyundai Sonata?

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata was fully redesigned for 2012, giving it a quality cabin with soft-touch materials throughout. Both cars have ample passenger space, but the Hyundai has a longer standard features list than the Accord. The Sonata comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio, and the BlueLink telematics system. You’ll also get a larger trunk and better gas mileage with the Sonata. However, the Accord has sharper handling, along with better safety and reliability ratings. Though the Sonata is more upscale, the Accord is better car overall.

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2012 Honda Accord Performance

How Does the 2012 Honda Accord Drive?

The 2012 Accord earns praise for its confidence-inspiring handling and precise steering.  The base engine is a 177-horsepower four-cylinder, which feels underpowered. This same engine is tuned to make 190 horsepower in some models. While this adds extra oomph, spirited drivers will want to look for models with the available 271-horsepower V6 engine. This power plant delivers plenty of pep for effortless highway acceleration. The four-cylinder engines can be paired with a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Models with the V6 engine are available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic.

Does the 2012 Honda Accord Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base model 2012 Accord with the automatic transmission gets 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. That’s a bit above average for the class.

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2012 Honda Accord Interior

How Many People Does the 2012 Honda Accord Seat?

The five-seat Honda Accord has spacious seating, even for taller people. However, the cabin is plagued by an abundance of hard plastics, which detracts from the overall quality. Cloth upholstery comes standard, while leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2012 Honda Accord?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats, and the middle seat has an upper tether anchor.

2012 Honda Accord Features

The 2012 Honda Accord comes standard with a six-speaker audio system and a USB port. Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Dashboard and navigation controls are straightforward.

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2012 Honda Accord Dimensions

Honda Accord Cargo Space

The 2012 Accord has less trunk space than most of its rivals. The sedan’s trunk measures 14.7 cubic feet, and the coupe’s trunk has an 11.9-cubic-foot capacity. The trunk’s small opening can make it hard to load larger items, and only some trims are available with 60/40 split-folding rear seats. 

2012 Accord Length and Weight

The 2012 Honda Accord is nearly 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,184 pounds to 3,605 pounds.

Where Was the 2012 Honda Accord Built?

Honda manufactured the 2012 Accord in Ohio.

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