When the Accord was last redesigned, for 2008, its styling received mix reviews, with the more chiseled and voluptuous simply too conservative to some eyes. But the payback is that it still looks fresh (especially on the sedan) going into its fifth model year, and it fits in pretty well with the rest of the mid-size competition. Last year, the instrument panel got a refreshed look and feel, while both models received a new grille design, new wheel designs, and a number of other minor improvements.
While the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan models call out to different types of buyers, the look is quite similar from the front. From the side or back, the Accord sedan has a softer, more conservative appeal than its Coupe cousin. The Coupe has styling that's bolder, with a smoother downward curve of its roof, more sculpted flanks, and what appear to be slightly different proportions. The Coupe really isn't much shorter (about three inches), but the curvier roofline makes it look so.
Depending on which trim you get, as well as your tastes in materials, the Accord is either fashion-forward, or a little drab and unintuitive—depending on your tastes and, frankly, which trim level you get. The Accord's rakish instrument panel looks great from a distance, but the placement of the buttons and controls sometimes feels as if it was done more for style than ergonomics. Materials for the instrument panel, console, and doors can feel a bit plasticky, and the base Accord interior has some especially drab materials, but the Accord remains more stylish and urbane than the likes of the Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, yet more straightforward than the Hyundai Sonata.