2012 Honda Accord vs. Its Competition

2012 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto EX Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

With the market turning to favor either crossovers, sedans, or more innovative body styles, there are very few mid-size coupes like the Honda Accord Coupe remaining.

The Nissan Altima Coupe is the closest rival to the Accord; shorter in overall length and wheelbase, the Altima Coupe feels a little sportier than the Accord Coupe, but the Nissan's choppier ride and more basic interior should place it lower on the list for those who value luxury and comfort.

Another rival is the Volkswagen Eos; the Eos feels surprisingly nimble and responsive, though its exterior is rather conservative.

And for those on a tighter budget, the Scion tC might be a worthy alternative.

Though the Scion tC has a responsive powertrain and bold look, its limited headroom and subpar interior trim are bound to turn some away.

2012 Honda Accord Coupe 2-door I4 Auto EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Accord
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2012 Nissan Altima 4-door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S Side Exterior View2012 Nissan Altima
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2012 Volkswagen Eos 2-door Convertible Komfort SULEV Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Eos
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2012 Scion tC 2-door HB Auto (Natl) Side Exterior View2012 Scion tC
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Honda Accord Coupe
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 2012 Volkswagen Eos convertible underplays its hand too much--the styling's not nearly as grabby as its turbo power and its smart handling.
The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
LargeMidsizeSubcompact CarsCompact Car
Style Name   
4-Door I4 Automatic LX PZEV4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.52-Door Convertible Komfort SULEV2-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Convertible3 Door Hatchback
AutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/manual shiftManual w/OD
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