2012 Honda Accord

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Honda Accord. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-28 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    177-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Roomy cabin
  • Gas mileage
  • Confident handling
  • Brake-pedal feel

The Bad

  • Road noise
  • Somewhat firm ride
  • Backseat doesn't split-fold
  • Relatively pricey

Notable Features of the 2012 Honda Accord

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Sedan or coupe
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available navigation system

2012 Honda Accord Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2012 Honda Accord remains relatively unchanged from the previous model year, when it received extensive updates. The Accord is offered in sedan and coupe body styles and has room for up to five people. Competitors include the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion.

New for 2012
For 2012, a USB port is newly standard.

Exterior
Offered in sedan and coupe forms, the two Accord body styles share no body panels. Exterior features include:

  • Chrome-tipped exhaust
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional fog lights
  • 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers standard on sedan
  • 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels available on sedan
  • 17-inch alloy wheels standard on coupe
  • 18-inch alloy wheels available on coupe

 

Interior
The Accord's cabin treads closer to the domain of Honda's luxury brand, Acura, with its use of high-quality materials, good fit and finish, and an optional knob-based navigation system. Interior features include:

  • Seating for five
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather seats
  • Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, a CD stereo with an MP3 jack and a USB port, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio buttons, and lighted vanity mirrors
  • Optional features include Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and a premium audio system with a subwoofer

 

Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive Accord offers a choice of two 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines or a 3.5-liter V-6. Mechanical feature...

Vehicle Overview

The 2012 Honda Accord remains relatively unchanged from the previous model year, when it received extensive updates. The Accord is offered in sedan and coupe body styles and has room for up to five people. Competitors include the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion.

New for 2012
For 2012, a USB port is newly standard.

Exterior
Offered in sedan and coupe forms, the two Accord body styles share no body panels. Exterior features include:

  • Chrome-tipped exhaust
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional fog lights
  • 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers standard on sedan
  • 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels available on sedan
  • 17-inch alloy wheels standard on coupe
  • 18-inch alloy wheels available on coupe

 

Interior
The Accord's cabin treads closer to the domain of Honda's luxury brand, Acura, with its use of high-quality materials, good fit and finish, and an optional knob-based navigation system. Interior features include:

  • Seating for five
  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather seats
  • Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, a CD stereo with an MP3 jack and a USB port, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio buttons, and lighted vanity mirrors
  • Optional features include Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and a premium audio system with a subwoofer

 

Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive Accord offers a choice of two 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines or a 3.5-liter V-6. Mechanical features include:

  • Manual or automatic transmissions available
  • Four-cylinder makes 177 horsepower in LX and SE sedans, 190 hp in LX-S coupe and EX sedans and coupes
  • V-6 makes 271 hp, and when paired with the automatic transmission, it includes Honda's Variable Cylinder Management, a fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation system
  • Performance-oriented V-6 coupe with the manual transmission doesn't get VCM
  • All engines run on regular gas

 

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Active front head restraints

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

u need a honda in your life

by John D from Philadelphia on August 18, 2018

It s simple.....a Honda is all u need!Super reliable especially for a day by day use.I had no problem whatsoever in 4 yrs i ve own it. Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable and smooth drivIng car

by Mbr from Avon IN on August 16, 2018

Other than routine maintenance no issues It is a solid car while driving. Floats down the highway. Best car I have owned Great value. Very respsonsive. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Honda Accord currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Honda Accord 2.4 LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Honda
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Accord received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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