The Honda Accord Sedan is one of two great, affordable vehicles that the product line is offering in 2012. Although the Accord Sedan is more of a family vehicle, it is really no less stylish, albeit a little less sporty, than the new Accord Coupe. That being said, some may find the simple, yet classical lines a little too drab, even for a family vehicle. The Sedan model features 4-doors, rather than two like the Coupe, and seats a total of five passengers, with a considerable amount of leg and head room. When compared to other vehicles in the segment, the interior is definitely lacking and somewhat disappointing.
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A 2.4-liter inline-4 engine is standard on the LX, LX-P and SE trims. This engine produces 177 horsepower and 161 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate zero to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds, which is definitely slow. A five-speed manual is standard while the five-speed automatic is an option. The LX-S and EX get a modified version of this engine that offers 190 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Those that prefer a little more when it comes to performance, there are EX and EX-L trims available that are quickly becoming quite popular. This engine offers a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 271 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, accelerating zero to 60 mph in a brisk 7 seconds, when equipped with a manual transmission.
The ride is smooth, but handling leaves something to be desired. Although it is quite responsive, it almost seems super-sized when you try to take corners at higher speeds. This is rather disappointing, because most hope this car has a sportier feeling. You will also notice that there is a lot of cabin noise at higher speeds.
The 2012 Honda Accord Sedan can break to zero from 60 mph in 130 feet. While this may sound good, it is horrible for a vehicle of this size. There are heavy work trucks that can do that. Four-wheel Abs and airbags come standard, as do child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, whiplash protection system in the front head restraints, tire pressure monitoring, stability and traction control and engine immobilizer all come standard.
The 2012 Honda Accord Sedan is by no means a bad car, there is just nothing really special about it that makes it stand out from its competition, which is unfortunate, because it is comfortable for passengers of all sizes and offers some great fuel-economy, returning 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.