2012 Honda Accord Sedan Performance

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The 2012 Honda Accord remains one of the best-handling mid-size sedans, and whether you choose the base four-cylinder engine or the V-6, in coupe or sedan form, you'll find satisfying performance.

First off, get yourself away from that mindset that the four-cylinder is a penalty box, as it sure isn't in the Accord. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines are both smooth and responsive. Though both the 177-horsepower version and the 190-hp version (in EX sedans and all four-cylinder Coupes) feel about the same from a standing start, you the latter has some added pep for passing. Stepping up to the V-6 gives the Accord an all-out luxury-sedan feel; it makes 271 horsepower and has Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to help keep the cabin hushed and vibration-free. Meanwhile, the V-6 can rocket the Accord up past the speed limit so quickly that you'll be glad you're in the camouflage of a mid-size sedan.

Four-cylinder models can be equipped with a manual transmission (five speeds in sedans, six in Coupes); it's enjoyable, though the automatic is particularly responsive and smooth.

The 2012 Honda Accord is more enjoyable to drive than most other mid-size sedans or coupes, even if its specs aren't all that much different.
Overall, the 2012 Accord doesn't feel like much of a compromise in any way, with respect to performance. Overall, the suspension is tuned for a great compromise between responsiveness and ride comfort, and there's a sporty personality that comes out when you push the Accord hard into corners. Strong brakes and good body control round out a package. Its steering can come across as a little heavy, especially in V-6 models, but the variable gear ratio steering keeps it precise and supple, with a confident on-center feel.

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