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2012 Honda Accord Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Honda Accord was new.


Interior: 7.3

The 2012 Honda Accord sedan’s interior is so roomy that the EPA classifies it as a large car. Although automotive journalists like the interior space in the Accord sedan, they dislike its material quality, which they say other cars are now surpassing. They now think its interior materials are just average for the class. Test drivers note that the back seat folds down, but doesn’t split 60/40 like most other cars do, which limits your passenger space when transporting a large item. Unlike other coupes, they appreciate that the two-door Accord has a large trunk.

  • "Overall interior quality … disappoints, as does the intrusive amount of road noise coming into the cabin at highway speeds. … Design is also lacking; the cabin is rather plain, with an overabundance of buttons." -- Edmunds
  • "Accord's interior will feel familiar to repeat buyers, and that's a good thing." -- Consumer Guide


The 2012 Accord sedan is one of the roomiest cars in the class. Reviewers like that even tall adults can fit in the back seat with ample leg and headroom. Leather-trimmed heated front seats come standard on the Accord SE sedan and the Accord EX-L coupe.

  • "Front seats are comfortable and supportive. There's ample headroom and legroom, even for taller adults. Larger door openings and a higher roof make entering and exiting Accord easy. Visibility is good all around." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Its king-sized cabin dimensions mean that there's plenty of room, and indeed the Accord has one of the roomiest rear seats in the family sedan segment." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are broad and plush and well separated for more elbowroom, or for massively overburdened hips." -- Los Angeles Times

Interior Features

Honda used to be known for its high-quality materials, but with the 2012 Accord, some reviewers say that’s no longer the case. While some auto writers report that the Accord still features the same quality interior it did in previous years, others counter that rival affordable midsize cars now have higher-quality interiors. However, test drivers like the Accord’s interior controls and optional navigation system. Honda added USB audio integration as standard equipment on all trim levels for 2012. An auxiliary audio jack and power windows and door locks also come standard. Base models come with a six-speaker stereo/CD system.

  • "The SE has decent leather upholstery, but the doors have embarrassingly cheap molded plastic inserts. EX-L models get proper leather door inserts; why the cost-cutting ogre pried them out of the SE, I don't know. That ogre also replaced proper chrome door handles with wretched silver plastic ones across all trims. The prior-generation Accord had near-Volkswagen levels of cabin quality. Honda needs to find those days again." -- Cars.com
  • "Most major controls are logically placed and have a substantial, quality feel, though a few climate functions are just out of easy reach for some drivers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In years gone by, the Honda Accord's cabin set the standard for materials quality as well as fit and finish. This is no longer the case. These days, the car's interior features more hard plastics than you'll find in certain rivals, with construction quality that is a step down from the high bar set in previous generations." -- Edmunds


The 2012 Accord sedan’s 14.7-cubic-foot trunk is smaller than other midsize cars, but the Accord coupe’s 11.9-cubic-foot trunk is actually quite large when compared with other coupes. Automotive journalists note that the Accord’s rear seats don’t split 60/40 like most cars do, which let you transport a big piece of cargo and fit a passenger in the back seat. It does fold flat as one unit though. They also say the trunk opening is small and the hinges will intrude into your cargo.

  • "The coupe's backseat and trunk are obviously much smaller, but among coupes, the Accord is actually one of the most accommodating." -- Edmunds
  • "Sedans have a large, deep, usefully shaped trunk, though a smallish opening may prevent loading of bulkier items. Intrusive hinges force cautious loading of crushable items. Note that the folding rear seat back is one piece, rather than split like on most cars." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Trunk volume is 14.7 cubic feet. That's competitive with the segment, but the car's backseat folds in a single piece rather than the 60/40 split most competing backseats offer. The resulting opening is small, and you won't be able to accommodate lengthy cargo and a rear passenger, unless your cargo fits through the narrow pass-through behind the center armrest." -- Cars.com

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