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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 10.0
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2012 Honda Accord Review

The 2012 Honda Accord has an excellent safety score for the class, and the automotive press appreciated its spacious seats and fun driving dynamics.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin
  • Fun to drive
  • Excellent safety score
  • Interior materials disappointed some critics

2012 Honda Accord Overview

The base Honda Accord LX comes with a four-cylinder engine, and reviewers said it accelerates slowly and can be noisy when pushed. Many recommended choosing the EX and EX-L trims, which are available with a more-powerful four-cylinder engine. A V6 is also available, and critics agreed that it is potent, but the more-powerful four-cylinder has such smooth power delivery that some critics questioned whether the V6 is even necessary. The Accord comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, and a five-speed automatic transmission is available. The four-cylinder Accord gets an EPA-estimated 23/34 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class, while the V6 model gets 20/30 mpg, which is good for a six-cylinder midsize car. Test drivers agreed that the Honda Accord’s agile handling and quick, communicative steering make it fun to drive for a midsize sedan.

The 2012 Honda Accord is available in sedan and coupe body styles. Some critics complained that the Accord has cheaper interior plastics and a less-impressive interior design than most rivals. Test drivers noted that the Accord sedan has a very large interior for a midsize car, with plenty of room for tall people in the front and rear seats. At 14.7 cubic feet, the Accord sedan’s trunk is about average for the class. The Honda Accord comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, a USB port and an auxiliary jack. Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, leather upholstery and heated front seats.

Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers appreciated the 2012 Ford Fusion’s high-quality interior materials, as well as its large trunk and crisp handling. When it was new, the Fusion won both our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for the Money award and our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families award.

Like the Accord, the 2012 Kia Optima has an excellent safety score for the class. Critics said the Optima’s base engine is fairly powerful, and they liked the Optima’s spacious cabin and high-quality interior materials. The Optima’s standard features list includes items that were options in the Accord when it was new, such as Bluetooth.

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