2012 Honda Accord

MSRP $21,480 - $31,930

Ranked #11 in Sedan

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2012 Honda Accord Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 14, 2022

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The Honda Accord does not need an introduction to someone who knows even a bit about the cars. It has a long history in the American and global market for its reliability and various good reasons. The Honda Accord has not received any major update for the past few years and it feels outdated in 2012.

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Pros

Decent passenger space

Great fuel economy

Fun to drive

Excellent safety ratings

Cons

Noisy cabin

Cheap interior material (base trim)

Limited trunk space

What's New?

Rearview camera

USB ports


2012 Honda Accord Consumer Reviews and Ratings

8.0

based on 1 ratings


6.0/10Features
8.0/10Interiors
8.0/10Design
7.0/10Safety
7.0/10Reliability
8.0/10Deal Value

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2012 Honda Accord

EX-L 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 14, 2022

Might be an old car but definitely still packs in some looks

Pros - Stylish exterior. Comfortable seating space. Sporty handling.

Cons - Glitchy screen.

A great purchase Found this really well maintained Accord and got it home before someone else did. I really love the cabin as it pretty damn spacious and comfortable with looks that manages to get me excited. The Accord has a great after-market support and I’ve been able to get the car perform even better with a few minor performance upgrades. The only issues I have is with the screen that flickers for most of the time and that makes it hard to read what’s being displayed. I was told during the day of picking the car that there were a lot of enquiries for the Accord. I really confirmed it at the right time and I’m also happy they didn’t try selling to somebody else for a higher price to book pro...

6/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21480

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

177 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

161 lb.-ft. @ 4300 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

110.2 in.

length

194.9 in.

width

72.7 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3216 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

106 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/28/34 mpg

highway range

629 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

LX$21,480 onwards

  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio

LX-P$23,280 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels

SE$24,030 onwards

  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Leather Seat trim

EX$24,405 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights

EX-L$27,655 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights

Colors and Styles

2012 Honda Accord in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.5

Competition

9.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2012 model is the last of its generation before a total redesign. It is available at a starting price of $21,480 where you have a lineup of 5 trim levels and 3 engine options. In the midsize sedan segment, the Accord offers a decent package. It rivals the likes of Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and the Toyota Camry.


8.0/10
Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety


2012 Honda Accord Features

8.0/10

The 2012 Honda Accord is available in 5 trim levels. The base trim is an LX trim that has a starting price of $21,480 with limited features. The LX-P trim is a sensible upgrade from the LX with 16-alloy wheels, an 8-way power driver seat, a standard 5-Speed automatic transmission, and illuminated power window controls.

The SE trim brings in leather upholstery, comfortable heated seats, and much more. With the EX trim, you get bigger 17-inch alloys, a moonroof, and ventilated disc brakes. The top EX-L trim gets dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth Handsfree Link and a better entertainment package, and a navigation system.

Trims

LX

LX-P

SE

EX

EX-L

MSRP (Sedan)

$21,480

$23,280

$24,030

$24,405

$27,655

Key Features

16-inch steel wheels

16-inch alloy wheels

Leather-trimmed bucket seats

17-inch alloy wheels

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

Cruise control

8-way power driver seat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Heated power mirrors

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Cloth upholstery

Illuminated controls for power windows

Heated 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support

Power moonroof with tilt

Bluetooth Handsfree link

 

Daytime running lamps

All season tires

Seatback pockets

Active noise cancellation

6-disc in-dash CD player

 

CD player

Rear window defroster

3-point seat belts for the front seats

Ventilated front disc brakes

XM satellite radio

We Recommend

You should avail the SE trim of the Accord. It will cost you close to $24,000 where you get leather interiors with the leather steering wheel, leather-trimmed bucket seats, standard automatic transmission, power side mirrors, heated 10-way power driver seat, and air-conditioning with an air filtration system.

2012 Honda Accord Engine and Performance

7.9/10

The 2012 Honda Accord has a 2.4L i-VTEC 4 cylinder engine under its hood. It churns out 177 hp of power @ 6,500 RPM and a torque output of 161 lb-ft. The engine comes mated to a 5-Speed manual transmission with overdrive. From the EX trim onwards, you have a greater power output with the same 2.4L 4-cylinder. You get 190 hp power where the 162 lb-ft torque output is somewhat similar. It is mated to either a 5-Speed manual or a 5 Speed automatic transmission.

To give you the best performance and driving experience, Honda also offers a 3.5L SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine. With its enormous power of 271 hp and 254 lb-ft torque, the engine is connected to a close-ratio 6-Speed manual whereas the automatic is optional. The base engine can do a 0-60 mph run in 8.8 seconds. It has a quarter-mile timing of 15.7 seconds. The 190 hp 4 cylinder does a bit faster. With the V6, the Accord sprints from 0-60 mph in just 6.7 seconds and reaches the quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds.

Models

2012 Honda Accord

2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Toyota Camry

MSRP

$21,480

$22,110

$19,795

$22,055

Engine

2.4L DOHC i-VTEC I-4 Regular

2.4L DOHC ECOTEC I-4 Regular

2.4L DOHC GDI I-4 Regular

2.4L DOHC VVT I-4 Regular

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

5-Speed manual w/od

6-Speed automatic w/od

6-Speed manual w/od

6-Speed ECT-i automatic w/od

Power

177hp @ 6500 RPM

169hp @ 6400 RPM

198hp @ 6300 RPM

178hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

161lb-ft @ 4300 RPM

160lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

184lb-ft @ 4250 RPM

170lb-ft @ 4100 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.8

9.0

8.4

8.2

Quarter mile (seconds)

16.0

16.3

15.8

15.9

Top Speed (MPH)

128

126

132

128

The Honda Accord isn't the cheapest sedan in the segment. With its 177 hp of base power, it is quite capable. Still, its arch-rival Toyota Camry gives it a tough time. Even the Hyundai Sonata is ahead of it. However, the Honda Accord managed to take down the Chevrolet Malibu. The Hyundai Sonata is the fastest sedan with its 132 mph of maximum speed. Both Accord and Sonata have similar manual transmissions as standard.

2012 Honda Accord Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Being a Japanese brand, Honda cars are one of the most fuel-efficient in the segment. Talking about the Accord, it fetches 23 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and a combined 27 mpg with its base engine. It has a highway range of 629 miles which is pretty impressive.

With the 190 hp engine, you get 22 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and a combined 25 mpg. Still, you have 611 miles of highway range. The V6 delivers 20 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway, and a combined 24 mpg that limits the highway range to 555 miles.

Models

2012 Honda Accord

2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Toyota Camry

MPG City

23

22

24

25

MPG Highway

34

33

35

35

MPG Combined

27

26

28

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

16.0

18.5

17.0

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined, in Miles)

425.5/629/499.5

352/528/416

444/647.5/518

425/595/476

The Toyota Camry has the best in class fuel economy with its base engine. On the second spot is the Hyundai Sonata with its close enough economy. The Honda Accord isn't too behind either with its fuel economy. The Chevrolet Malibu has the lowest economy. With their huge tanks, both Accord and Sonata go beyond 600 miles on the highway which is laudable.

2012 Honda Accord Interior

8.2/10

The Accord has a spacious and comfy cabin. Still, it looks dated with the same old design. However, the cabin quality improves as we move up the trim level still people expect more from Honda. If we talk about the windshield, the visibility is substantial with the slim A-pillars. You get three interior color choices out of which the ivory looks alluring. Honda takes consistency to a new level as the sliding dashboard hasn't changed a bit in 4 years. 

It still has that center console with numerous controls including HVAC and the audio system. The dual-tone steering feels great when wrapped in leather. You have either metal accents or wood accents on the dashboard. The base LX trim gets a manually adjustable driver seat with active head restraints. With the LX premium trim, Honda adds an 8-way power driver seat. 

The SE trim makes it interesting with 10-way power front bucket seats, a driver lumbar, and a heating function. At the back, there’s a bench seat with a foldable seatback. You have plenty of convenience features inside the cabin. As standard, there’s cruise control, a tilt, and telescopic steering, and a sliding center armrest. The higher trims add illuminated controls, active noise cancellation, a power moonroof, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Models

2012 Honda Accord

2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Toyota Camry

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (inches)

41.4/58.2/42.5

39.4/55.9/42.2

40.0/57.9/45.5

38.8/58.0/41.6

Rear row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (inches)

38.5/56.4/37.2

37.2/53.9/37.6

37.8/56.7/34.6

38.1/56.6/38.9

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

14.7

15.1

16.4

15.4

With a seating capacity of 5, the Honda Accord offers proper seating capacity for all the passengers. It has the best-in-class headroom and shoulder room in both rows. The Hyundai Sonata gets ahead with its amazing front row legroom where the Toyota Camry offers the maximum legroom at the back. In terms of cargo capacity, the Accord is the last one in its segment. All the other rivals offer more than 15.0 cubic feet of space where the Sonata has a massive 16.4 cubic feet trunk. Highlight Interior features of the 2012 Honda Accord include:

  • 10-way power bucket seat
  • Heated seats
  • Cruise control
  • Leather upholstery (EX-L trim)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescopic steering
  • Power moonroof

How intuitive is the 2012 Honda Accord's Infotainment unit?

Honda keeps its cars well equipped when it is about entertainment and connectivity. The 2012 Honda Accord has a decent infotainment system where you get various options to listen to your favorite music. You have an in-dash CD player, an input jack, iPod connectivity, USB tethering, and AM/FM radio. The EX trim adds a 6-disc CD changer to the infotainment package. 

With the top-end EX-L trim, you get a Bluetooth handsfree link and an XM satellite radio 90 day subscription. The infotainment is connected to a 180W 6-speaker audio system whereas the EX-L trim has a 270W premium 6-speaker premium audio system. You can even avail the Honda Satellite linked navigation system that comes with voice command, a center display, and a rearview camera. The features that make the infotainment unique are:

  • 6-disc CD changer
  • iPod integration
  • Bluetooth hands-free link
  • XM satellite radio
  • 270W premium audio system
  • Honda Satellite linked navigation

2012 Honda Accord Exterior

9.0/10

The Honda Accord has come a long way and has gone under a ton of changes. What makes it special is its size and road presence. It delivers an exquisite ride quality on the road. Even after getting old, the Accord has a striking design. We'll be getting a redesigned Accord very soon. From the front, the Accord looks sleek with its sharp edges. The front fascia looks stylish with its bold multi-reflector halogen headlamps that come with daytime running lights. 

The massive hood slopes down to the chrome grille. For the sake of dynamics, there are large air intakes on the bumper. The fog lamps are available as optional. The side profile of the Honda Accord is quite simple, yet it looks stylish with the round wheel arches, body-color door handles, and chrome-plated beltline. Apart from the 16-inch steel wheels, you get 16-inch alloy wheels with the LX-P trim. 

The EX and above trims offer 17-inch silver-painted wheels. As its design suggests, the Accord doesn't offer a huge trunk. If you look closely, you'll notice that the tail lamps make an ax-shaped design when combined with the trunk-mounted lamps. The rear bumper is pretty huge and where the exhaust is carved out from the corner.

Models

2012 Honda Accord

2012 Chevrolet Malibu

2012 Hyundai Sonata

2012 Toyota Camry

Curb weight (lbs)

3,217

3,432

3,161

3,190

Length (inches)

194.9

191.8

189.8

189.2

Width (inches)

72.7

70.3

72.2

71.6

Height (inches)

58.1

57.1

57.9

57.9

Ground clearance (inches)

4.7

4.6

5.5

6.1

Wheelbase (inches)

110.2

112.3

110.0

109.3

In terms of design and appearance, the Honda Accord is an amazing midsize sedan. It weighs less than the Chevrolet Malibu and is slightly heavier than both Sonata and Camry. In terms of length, it is the longest sedan where the hood covers the most part. Also, Honda has made this one wider and taller to stand out from the crowd. Highlight Exterior features of the 2012 Honda Accord are:

  • Daytime running lights
  • Fog lamps
  • Chrome grille
  • Chrome exterior accents
  • Premium paint options
  • 17-inch silver alloy wheels
  • Low ground clearance

2012 Honda Accord Safety

8.5/10

The safety of the Honda Accord starts with its advanced compatibility engineering structure. It protects the cabin with rigid crumple zones where the high-strength steel helps in absorbing the impact of frontal collisions. That's why in both NHTSA and IIHS crash tests, the 2012 Honda Accord has scored perfectly, yet it didn't receive the top safety pick title.

To protect the passengers at the time of the mishap, the Accord comes with 6 standard airbags with dual-chamber side airbags that work with occupant detection. You have front 3-point seat belts with pre-tensioners as well. Moreover, you have brake assistance, electronic brake-force distribution, vehicle stability assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Standout Safety features in the 2012 Honda Accord are:

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering
  • 6 standard airbags
  • Electronic brake-force distribution
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Rearview camera (Optional)

2012 Honda Accord Final Verdict

The Honda Accord remains a great choice for the money considering the peace of mind that it offers. It has been one of the best-selling sedans in the American market since 1989. That alone tells a lot about the reliability of that car. The 2012 Accord feels a bit outdated, and you can wait for an update which is expected with the next year’s model. Still, the 2012 Honda Accord remains a great value for the price and it will not disappoint you at all.

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Top User Reviews

8

User Overall Rating

Might be an old car but definitely still packs in some looks

A great purchase

by Richard North