2012 Honda Accord Review
Pros & Cons
- Ample passenger space
- excellent visibility
- good fuel economy in four-cylinder model
- available coupe body style
- high resale value.
- Intrusive road noise
- disappointing interior quality
- so-so braking distances
- V6 lacks the get-up of rivals.
List Price Range
$5,999 - $16,998
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Most helpful consumer reviews
LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
Honda has become what Volvo used to be. A solid dependable, long lasting car. The Edmunds review is totally off base when it says that the Altima is more fun to drive. I had a 2008 prior to this and it handled awefully. The dash board looked like a used tire, and it felt like you were sitting in the bottom of an aluminum boat. There was nothing sporty about the way the car performed other than acceleration (just don't try to drive it in the rain, no traction due to the CVT transaxle) This car might not be stocked with options like the Hyundai's and Kia's, but what it lacks in options, it makes up in a ride and driving experience that the knock-off Kia and Hyundai cars will never know.
EX-L V-6 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Car has great gas mileage and power. However, on the freeway it may not respond quick enough when trying to pass another car. Slight throttle response delay. Typical for cable less throttle bodies. Sometimes at highway speed you may not get lower gear to kick in for a strong punch in acceleration. Mind you the car is an automatic five speed v6. I do love it when the car is in the right gear and accelerates powerfully. Car has VCM (cylinder deactivation) which causes it to hesitate/slight buckle when on and off VCM. I did however buy a VCM disabler (muzzler as it is called) for about $80 and VCM is practically eliminated. This also drastically reduces the so called "burning" oil that some people talk about. Also allows the car to run on 6 cylinders full time. Much more fun to drive around town and freeway. Feels torquey. Minor things you'll notice as problematic are some of the lights on the radio console have stopped working (youtube for fix), outside passenger and driver weather strips have cracked and broken off ($70 ebay fix) and replaced spark plug coils (Autozone $200 plus new iridium plugs and car runs much better now). Other than these things the car has been a pleasure to drive. Had decided to trade it in but realized it wasn't worth it. Will keep as long as I can. Car has 91,000 miles. Overall love the car.
SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I love this car and have had it more than a year. I see other complaint like the seats but you can push the button for the lumbar to go all the way back so you dont feel and it is fine. I have driven for 5 hour trips and I am fine in this car and comfortable more than other cars I have driven and same with my wife. I also like the road feel of the car so it truly is a drivers car with great handling and responsiveness. The car is a sleeper and the vtech ready to unleash its inner beast anytime you have need for the extra punch and nice exhaust sounds. Honda's are just all around great cars and no issues and I drive rough and still cant break it.
SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
...plagued with a high-speed front end shimmy. Our 2012 SE automatic runs and drives great at any speed except between 60-70mph (and above) ...the interstate cruising range. At 3500 miles our car went to the dealer to remedy a healthy 65mph shimmy but to no avail; it's going back again. Before you buy this car, check out the large number of '11 and '12 model year owners who are battling with Honda trying to get their cars to quit shimmying at freeway speeds. Check here on Edmunds ...there's a bunch ...and do an online search. I am hoping our car can be fixed. With the shimmy, the "fun to drive" quotient takes a big hit.