2012 Honda Accord Sedan vs. Its Competition

2011 Honda Accord Sedan 4-door I4 Auto LX Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Honda Accord faces a much tougher competitive set for 2012 than it did just a year or two ago.

This past year, we see the Hyundai Sonata replacing the Toyota Camry as the Accord's most direct rival; the Sonata comes in an economical base model that's not only more powerful than the Accord but better in gas mileage.

Hyundai also does away with the V-6, going to either turbocharged models or a new hybrid.

And the same is the case with the Kia Optima, which is closely related to the Sonata.

The best-selling Toyota Camry is all-new for 2012; look for an updated look and feel, as well as improved refinement.

Perhaps the closest competitor to the Accord is the Altima, which provides a similar mix of sporty road manners and well-controlled ride quality, plus good styling inside and out.

The Ford Fusion competes with the sportier side of the Accord, and you can also get it with a manual transmission, though the Fusion isn't quite as enjoyable with the base engine.

And as with the Honda, you can get the Fusion with a manual transmission.

However, the Fusion is a bit smaller.

Another top rival is the Chevrolet Malibu, which has a beautiful interior and comfortable ride but doesn’t feel quite as nimble.

Considering the Honda Accord Coupe, the only serious rival is the Nissan Altima Coupe.

But the two-door Altima sacrifices more comfort and space and clearly goes for a more youthful crowd.

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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.
It's one of GM's best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.
The 2012 Ford Fusion stays at the top of its game, especially as a Hybrid, with perky handling and its cut-above looks.
After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers.
The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry remains the most conservative-looking pick among mid-size sedans, but if you want comfort, value, and frugality above all else, it's probably just your style.
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Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
LargeMidsizeMid-Size SedanLarge CarsMidsizeMidsize Car
Style Name     
4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.54-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
ManualAutomatic w/manual shiftManualManualContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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