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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
a simplified layout that better differentiates between the climate and audio systems
really missed two other features — Bluetooth and a USB interface to charge my phone
Ugly, jagged letters made up street names. Freeways lacked the red, yellow, or green overlays indicating traffic speeds.
Overall, the 2012 Honda Accord stacks up pretty well against most rivals with respect to features. Just like other mass-market mid-size sedans, it can be specified as a reasonably well-equipped--yet value-priced and sensible--family sedan, or a much more luxurious cruiser. And as the latter, it's surprisingly close in equipment, and look and feel, to something with the Acura badge.
Honda has thankfully made a USB audio interface standard in the 2012 Accord, but a number of other packaging frustrations remain. The chief one is that Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. Although it's offered as a dealer-installed add on throughout the lineup, true factory-integrated Bluetooth remains offered only on top Accord EX-L models. Also, the navigation system is still only offered with leather seats.
Basic LX models of the Honda Accord have no lack of standard features, though. Remote keyless entry, cruise control, power accessories, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering, a fold-down rear seatback, and a six-speaker, 160-watt sound system are all on the roster, and alloy wheels, upgraded seats, a moonroof are added to LX-P models. 2012 Accord EX-L models pack in the luxury features, including dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, and premium sound with noise cancellation. Zagat restaurant ratings, voice recognition, and an integrated rear-view camera system are all packaged with the navigation system.
Last year Honda added an Accord SE sedan that fits between LX Premium and EX models. With it, you get leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power seat for the driver, leather trim, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The 2012 Honda Accord offers a respectable feature list, but the way Honda keeps desirable tech features for its top leather-lined models can be frustrating.