In the highly competitive world of automobile manufacturing, it’s not good enough to make an excellent car; you have to continually make that car better than everything else on the road, year in and year out. The Honda Accord is a perfect example of maintaining automotive excellence, as evidenced by its winning Car and Driver magazine’s highly coveted “10Best Cars” award 26 times in the last 30 years – more than any other vehicle in the award’s history.
The awards don’t end there. Add in a number one ranking in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS) and the coveted “2012 Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and it’s clear to see the Accord maintains automotive excellence better than any other car available in the last 30 years.
The 2012 Honda Accord Sedan (MSRP $21,380*) and Coupe (MSRP $22,980*) come in several trim options: The sedan is available in LX, LX-Premium, SE, EX, EX V-6, EX-L and EX-L V-6; the coupe comes in LX-S, EX, EX-L and EX-L V-6. For 2012, a USB audio interface is standard on every Accord.
Four engines are available in the 2012 Accord Sedan and Coupe, and each engine features the legendary Honda i-VTEC system for an optimum balance of power and efficiency. LX-Premium and SE Sedan models feature a 177-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission, and they return up to 34 mpg highway**. A five-speed automatic transmission is also available.
A higher-output, 16-valve DOHC 2.4-liter rated at 190 hp comes standard in EX and EX-L Sedan models and all four-cylinder Coupe models, and returns an equally impressive 33 mpg highway.
Accord EX V-6 and EX-L V-6 models come with a powerful 24-valve, SOHC 3.5-liter V6 generating 271 hp, driven through a five-speed automatic. Coupe models get sporty steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters, and for the true driving enthusiasts, the EX-L V-6 Coupe can be outfitted with a six-speed manual transmission and an exclusive and specially-tuned 3.5-liter V6 with performance intake and exhaust for a broader torque curve in the low- to mid-rpm range.
Accord V6 models also return outstanding fuel economy to the tune of up to 30 mpg highway, thanks to Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that can deactivate up to half the cylinders while cruising.
Outside, both the sedan and coupe show off a powerful blend of upscale refinement and sleek, sporting lines. From the prominent chromed two-bar grille and unique C-pillars on the sedan to the sweeping headlights, muscular shoulders and low-profile trunk and tailgate of the coupe, the 2012 Accord delivers both form, in sophisticated and rich design, and function, in optimum aerodynamics for better fuel efficiency.
Inside the Accord, Honda engineers focus on delivering all occupants a familiar and intuitive layout for easy operation of the climate control system, audio controls and features such as the available eight-inch screen Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.
The 2012 Accord offers three audio systems, all of which feature steering wheel controls, MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary input and USB audio. The standard six-speaker, 160-watt system features a single CD player and Radio Data System (RDS) for display of radio programming. A six-disc in-dash CD changer is available, and a premium seven speaker, 270-watt audio system comes standard on EX-L Sedan models.
For added convenience and safety, EX-L models feature Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, and the EX-L Sedan comes with a rear-view camera when equipped with the navigation system.
On the road, the Accord delivers an optimal balance of supportive comfort, for long road trips, and the lateral support and bolstering needed while negotiating twisty sections of road. Backseat passengers are welcomed with ample head- and legroom; for added cargo storage, not only do the rear seats offer a lockable pass-through for long items, but the rear seatbacks also fold flat.
The Accord earned the prestigious IIHS “2012 Top Safety Pick” and a perfect five-star score from the NHTSA by building a vehicle from the ground up focused on safety. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure of the Accord was engineered to protect occupants better in frontal impacts. Featuring structural elements that distribute crash energy more evenly, the ACE body structure reduces forces that would otherwise be transferred to the passenger compartment.
Every Accord also comes standard with six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System.
Honda understands what car buyers are looking for in a value-packed machine, which is why every 2012 Accord Sedan and Coupe boasts plenty of interior space, award-winning safety, exceptional fuel economy, legendary reliability and excellent resale value.
Stop in today and test-drive one of the most coveted cars in the last 30 years of automotive history. With two body styles and four engines to choose from, there’s a 2012 Honda Accord perfectly matched to your motoring needs.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $770 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.