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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$19,666
BASE MSRP
$21,480
Quick Take
Though the 2012 Honda Accord now has one of the more dated four-door sedan designs--and Bluetooth connectivity remains hard to get--its comfortable interior and perky, refined performance hit the sweet spot for families. Read more »
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we'd argue that the Accord's reworked face and tail has actually made things worse

Edmunds »

feels dated in spite of the updates

USA Today »

exterior styling is very bland. This car would be easily lost in a parking lot.

CNET »

interior still has expanses of unattractive plastic, resulting in a mixed socio-economic message

New York Times »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$21,480 $31,930
4-Door I4 Manual LX
Gas Mileage 23 mpg City/34 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 2.4L
EPA Class Large
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

The 2012 Honda Accord is no longer the freshest mid-size sedan--it's due for a full redesign in another year or two. But the current version remains one of the top choices in this class for interior space, styling, ride comfort, performance, and features--all with a sensible, economical, value-minded feel.

In the crowded field of mid-size sedans, the Accord still manages to stand out on the test drive. Whether you choose the sedan or coupe, four-cylinder or V-6, the Accord offers satisfying overall performance and is among the better-handling vehicles in this class. Four-cylinder models are gutsy enough, and very smooth; you won't need the V-6 unless you plan to haul lots of people or cargo. But with it, including the active noise cancellation that top trims get, the Accord feels more like a luxury car at times, and throughout the lineup you'll find responsive steering, good body control, and strong brakes. Gas mileage has long been a strength for the Accord, too, but its figures are lower than those of the new Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima.

Most shoppers will find the Accord's interior layout refreshing compared to rivals, at least from a distance. Last year Honda gave a few of the controls a fresher look and feel; the Accord's rakish instrument panel looks great, but the placement of the buttons and controls sometimes feels as if it was done more for style than ergonomics.

Interior space remains a strength for the Honda Accord. While it's a mid-size sedan by most eyes, it qualifies as a large car according to the EPA--and its interior really does feel big-car accommodating for driver and passengers. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, there's plenty of legroom in back, and the trunk is huge.

The Accord is just as well equipped as any of its rivals, with one significant red flag: It can be frustrating if you want some essential tech features, like Bluetooth hands-free, but don't want 'the works.' While Honda has just for 2012 made a USB connector standard across the lineup, you still can't get a factory Bluetooth hands-free option unless you step up to the to-of-the-line EX-L, with leather and navigation. The nav system has a big eight-inch screen and now includes Zagat restaurant ratings, voice recognition, and a rear-view camera system.

Likes:

  • Crisp handling
  • Quiet, almost luxury-car feel
  • Roomy seating
  • Affordability

Dislikes:

  • Bluetooth hands-free is kept to a few top trims
  • Difficult backseat access (coupes)
  • Small trunk opening
  • Not a fuel-economy leader
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