New 2012 Honda Accord 2.4 LX Reviews
Overview: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.
The stylish Accord Coupe offers a 6-speed manual with the V6, for a rare combination in mid-size cars.It comes with a sporty suspension package and low-profile tires on 18-inch wheels, and goes head to head with the Nissan Altima coupe.
With effectively five trim levels, the Accord can fit a wide range of budgets.There's a no-frills sedan with plastic wheel covers, essential features and a solid stereo; and high-trim models with sumptuous leather, mega-watt sound systems, active noise cancellation and navigation.All variants deliver high engineering standards, excellent finish, good build quality and all the important safety equipment.
The 2012 Accord carries over largely unchanged; a USB port comes standard on all 2012 Accord models.The Accord benefitted from a facelift for 2011, and some new features and efficiencies brought improved fuel mileage ratings.The Accord sedan and coupe were last redesigned for 2008, when they grew in exterior dimensions and offered improved occupant safety.
Some of the Accord's competitors have been redesigned more recently.Others can be more fun to drive.Yet there may be none that match Accord's overall combination of polish, refinement, efficiency and choice.For that reason, the Honda Accord remains a benchmark among mainstream, midsize automobiles.
The current-generation Accord sedan was introduced as a 2008 model, and it's larger than any before it.Although it competes in the mid-size market segment, the sedan is classified a large car by the federal government, based on interior volume.The Accord is more than four inches longer that the Nissan Altima.
The two-door Accord coupe is smaller than the sedan, both visually and by exterior measurements.Every dimension, save width, is two to four inches shorter than the sedan.The coupe looks lighter, more lithe.
The 2011 styling updates for the sedan and coupe won't be obvious from across a parking lot, but they're noticeable in details at closer range.The sedan's front bumper and grille, wedged between angular, jewel-like light clusters were re-shaped.The effect is a slightly more pronounced snout than before.In back, the lip of the trunk lid and the taillights have been tweaked for a crisper, even more substantial look.
In general, the Accords maintain their contemporary yet notably conservative design, highlighted by a strong character line that slopes down and forward like that of the Acura TL, though the Hondas are much less angular than the Acuras.All Accord variants maintain the Honda hallmarks of narrow windshield pillars and a low cowl that promote good forward visibility.The sedan's rear door pillars have a pronounced kink popularized decades ago by BMW, and the four-door Accord might be mistaken from a distance as a BMW 5 Series or some other European luxury sedan.
Once seated, the Accord driver can see the hood and the top of the fenders where they meet the hood, but the forward edges of the car are not so visible.The swept-back headlight housings minimize protruding corners and ease maneuverability, though it takes some familiarity before the driver is certain exactly where the corners of the car are.Many of the Accord's design elements are a product of auto/pedestrian collision standards.The wiper arm mounts are designed to break away when hit, for example.
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