The second best-selling sedan of the US, the Honda Accord, has been accorded with a facelift. The all new 2012 sedan is at its charming best with its usual comfort, spacious and luxurious interiors and good handling, making it one of the best family sedans with a host of optional features. Pitted against the likes of the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Malibu and Ford Fusion, Accord is a robust contender to rule as the best-in-its-class sedan. The 2012 Accord is priced at Rs20.28 to Rs27.37 lakhs.
The 2012 Honda Accord features tweaked exteriors with fresh new leather and wood finished interiors. The sedan also has improved dash integrated music system, outside rear view mirrors with turn indicators with the sunroof coming as standard in all the models. The safety of the sedan has also been enhanced.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2012 Accord is fired by the same petrol engine as that in its 2010 model. The 2,354cc i-VTEC engine churns up a maximum power of 180 bhp@6,500 rpm. Maximum torque of 222 Nm is generated at 6,500 rpm. The V6 variant is powered by a 6-cylinder 3,471cc petrol engine which can generate 275 bhp @ 6,200 rpm along with a torque of 339 Nm @ 5,000 rpm. The sedan provides an option for either manual or automatic transmission.
Honda has enhanced the ride quality of the new car with softer tuning while retaining its sporty feel. Equipped with four-wheel independent suspension with a double wishbone design in the front and a new multilink setup in the rear, the Accord glides smoothly even on rugged terrain. The V6 version is endowed with larger wheels and tyres with light and direct steering, giving a firmer ride. The car is amazingly manageable, providing comfortable handling at any speed.