2012 Honda Accord

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Flash Drive: 2008 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe

This 2008 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2012.
By Staff of MSN Autos

Honda has worked to distinguish the Accord Coupe from the sedan. A great looking design with an aggressive wedge shape and flat rear glass, the Accord Coupe is powered by a sweet 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 268 horsepower. Combined with the 6-speed manual in our test car, this should be one sporty coupe, but it doesn’t quite come together. The clutch is very light but hard to engage smoothly, the steering is also light but numb with no feedback to the driver, and with all that V6 power even Honda can’t eliminate the torque steer. The interior is beautifully done with leather-trimmed seats, perfect ergonomics, Honda’s navigation system and Bluetooth hands-free phone integration. How good would this car be if it were rear-wheel drive? Mike Meredith

This new Accord does everything well. Honda has a reputation for delivering automobiles with bulletproof reliability, sensible styling and efficient engines at a great value, and this Accord does not disappoint. The leather seats are supportive and the driver has great access to all controls. The new navigation system, using a control knob similar to the BMW iDrive, requires a small learning curve to use efficiently. The back seat offers decent legroom, but limited headroom due to the slanted roofline. On the road the Accord puts down strong power from the V6 using a smooth 6-speed manual, but develops slight torque steer and body roll when pushed aggressively. While there are other cars that might excite a driver more, overall the Accord is a great automobile for someone who wants reliability mixed with performance. Joe Chulick

What a difference colors make. The interior and plastic dashboard in the Honda Accord Coupe look much better in black than they do in the lighter colors available. The coupe is much prettier than the sedan on the outside, and has an absolutely brilliant, silky smooth V6 engine. That V6 engine is quiet and unobtrusive around town but has an invigorating growl when pushed to higher revs. To match that smooth engine, Honda engineers have made the feel of all the major controls too light. For anyone who enjoys driving, the over-light steering, brick-like clutch and totally effortless shifter (which manages to be too far away from the steering wheel) are a huge disappointment. Sadly, the Honda Accord Coupe simply isn’t any fun to drive. Paul Hagger

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