2012 Honda Accord: details, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2011

Official details as well as pricing for the 2012 Honda Accord have been released. The LX Sedan has a starting price of $21,380. The EX V-6 Sedan is priced at $27,280, the LX-S Coupe is at $22,980, while the EX-L V-6 Coupe is at $29,930. The sedan models include the 4-cylinder Accord LX, LX-P (Premium), SE, EX and EX-L, and the 6-cylinder Accord EX V-6 and EX-L V-6. The coupe models are the 4-cylinder Accord LX-S, EX, EX-L, and the 6-cylinder Accord EX V-6 and EX-L V-6.

All Accord EX-L models will get the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. Four engine variations are offered, beginning with a 177hp, 2.4-liter, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine in the Accord LX, LX-P and SE Sedans.

What’s expected to arrive next is the 190hp 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that comes as standard in the Accord EX and EX-L Sedan models and all 4-cylinder coupe models. The range-topping 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine delivers 271hp and is offered in the Accord EX and EX-L Sedan models and the Accord EX-L Coupe.

Depending on the engine and trim level, the transmission choices may vary and could include a 5-speed manual transmission (offered on certain 4-cylinder models) and a 5-speed automatic transmission (which comes as standard on all V-6 models and selected 4-cylinder models).

Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard equipment on the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe with an automatic transmission. Exclusively offered on the Accord EX-L V-6 Coupe is a 6-speed manual transmission. When compared to the 2011 model year, the 2012 Accord range doesn’t have significant changes except that a USB audio interface is now standard.

The new 2012 Honda Accord Sedan features an exterior that is now more dynamic, more muscular, and more upscale, thanks to the new front bumper, new front grille, new rear deck and enhanced looks for its brakelights, as well as a new wheel design for models powered by V6 engine. The Honda Accord SE Sedan offers a good fusion of value and luxury, thanks to features derived from Honda Accord LX-P like heated seats, leather-trimmed seating and driver's power-lumbar support, as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

All Honda Accord EX-L V6 models now have a two-position memory system for the driver's seat while the Honda Accord EX-L V6 Coupe now offers steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Likewise, all Accord coupe models and Honda Accord EX and EX-L Sedans now boast of a USB Audio Interface. For Accord sedans fitted with the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, a rear view camera is included. Furthermore all Accord models are provided with an updated instrument panel design, new seat fabrics (for models with cloth seats), and more-refined accent points.

Of course, all Honda Accord models are specified with generous standard equipment, intuitive vehicle controls and first-class ergonomics. Convenience is reinforced by the fact that the Accord’s front seats have the capability to provide generous lateral support, as well as to boost the car’s sporty appeal.

Further convenience is provided for by the versatile fold-down, rear seatback that now features a lockable pass-through for long cargo. For the latest version of the Accord, Honda positioned the most frequently used climate-control buttons on the left side of the control stack, which makes it easier for the driver to access and use. It is also now easier to adjust the vehicle clock adjustment thanks to more recognizable control lettering.

Honda Accord models like the EX and EX-L Sedans and Accord LX-S, EX and EX-L Coupes are powered, as standard, by the 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that provides up to 190 hp. Honda Accord models like the LX, LX-P and SE Sedans, meanwhile are powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that develops 177 hp. Customers may opt to power their Honda Accords with the available 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine -- with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology that could switch off up to half of its cylinders – that generates up to 271 hp.

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