The Honda Accord is difficult to beat in terms of overall performance, efficiency and refinement. Accord comes in sedan and coupe body styles. (There’s also the high-riding Crosstour hatchback crossover, but it’s reviewed separately.) The 2012 Honda Accord is available with a choice of four-cylinder and V6 engines, and manual or automatic transmissions.
Accords are roomy, comfortable and very easy to live with, largely free of niggling annoyances that can make otherwise good cars less appealing. Honda Accord and Toyota Camry have long been the benchmarks for midsize sedans because both do everything well. The Accord has a hint of sportiness that adds appeal.
The four-door Accord sedan competes with the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, and Chevrolet Malibu. The Accord offers roomier front seats than the competition. And the Accord comes off more polished than most, with an emphasis on power, fuel economy and space efficiency.
Accord LX Sedan ($21,380) is the entry model, powered by a 177-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It comes with cloth upholstery; air conditioning; power mirrors, windows and door locks; a tilt-telescoping steering column; folding rear seats; and a 160-watt sound system with single CD, an auxiliary jack and, new for 2012, a USB port. The standard wheels are 16-inch steel with plastic covers, but the tailpipe sports a chrome finisher. The LX-P Sedan comes standard with the automatic and upgrades to alloy wheels, a power driver’s seat, illuminated power window switches with express up/down for the front passenger, and a security system.
Accord SE Sedan builds on the LX-P package with leather seating, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and driver’s power-lumbar support.
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