2012 Honda Accord SE FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 Overview
2012 Honda Accord Overview
The Honda Accord is a long-running model from the Japanese automaker. Production began in 1976, and it is currently one of the best selling models on the road. It was available as a compact car in North America from 1976 through 1989, a midsize car from 1990 through 2007, a full size model from 2008 through 2012, and again as a midsize model starting in 2013. It has been available as a coupe, sedan, and a cross tour model. Current models are built on a front engine front-wheel drive layout.
The Honda Accord historically has been regarded as an affordable and dependable vehicle, with entry level prices low within its class. By the sixth generation of the Accord, starting in 1997, it had become a midrange model available as a sedan family car or a sporty coupe model.
The 2012 Honda Accord has received high reviews in the areas of roominess for the sedan models, the performance of the V-6 coupe models, good handling, and the feel and performance of the braking system. Areas where it has received criticism include road noise at high speeds, firmness of the ride, lack of a split folding rear seat, and the fact that it is pricey compared to some of its competitors.
New for 2012
The only change for the 2012 model is the addition of a standard USB port.
The 2012 Honda Accord has a smooth and aerodynamic exterior with limited features to set it apart from other sedan or coupe models within its class, outside of a modestly sharper front end, the design of the wraparound headlights, and of course the logo. The coupe version is sportier, with additional exterior modifications to the body style for a faster look. Some of the exterior features include a chrome tipped exhaust, an optional moonroof, optional fog lights, 16-inch steel wheels are standard on the sedan, and drivers can choose 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels on the sedan models. The coupe models get 17-inch alloy wheels standard and drivers can choose 18-inch alloy wheels.
Interior & Cargo
The Honda Accord has a fairly luxurious interior compared to a number of models within its class, with a range of interior materials and colors available for drivers. Models seat five people, and can be a bit crowded in the rear positions in the two-door coupe models. Cloth seats are standard but leather seats, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, are optional. Some standard features include air, cruise control, sound system with CD, MP3 jack and a USB port, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, audio buttons on the steering wheel, and lighted inside mirrors. Some notable interior options include Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and an upgraded sound system.
The 2012 Honda Accord comes standard with front airbags, side-impact airbags for the front positions, and side curtain airbags, electronic stability, all-disc anti-lock brakes, and active front head restraints.
All models, coupe and sedan, use front-wheel drive only. Engine options include a 177-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; 190-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder; or a 271-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 model, each using regular gasoline. There are four transmission options; a five-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive, five-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual, and a six-speed manual with overdrive. The V-6 engine is available in the sport coupe models and offers a competitive amount of power and acceleration within its class. All models provide descent acceleration off the line and have been described as responsive. The Accord handles well and provides a comfortable ride on most surfaces. The Honda Accord is rated 17/26 to 23/34 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors of the 2012 Honda Accord
- Toyota Camry
- Nissan Altima
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Ford Fusion
The 2012 Honda Accord still enjoys a rank at the top as a top family sedan. It has a big interior which is typically considered by EPA standards to be among the “large cars”, but the external dimensions put it squarely in the mid-size category. Accessories make it possible to have the vehicle well-appointed, as well as, the ability to purchase the V6 model which offers speed and agility. The standard issue is the sedan, but you can opt for the coupe instead. The coupe comes with a 6-speed manual transmission while the sedan has a 5-speed manual transmission with the option to have a 5-speed automatic.