2012 Honda Accord Coupe

The 2012 Honda Accord Coupe offers value, Honda’s strong reputation for reliability, and a front seat that you’ll either love or hate.
Written by Amber Reed
Reviewed by Hillary Kobayashi
Sometimes, a two-door car is just more fun! The 2012 Honda Accord Coupe brought style, safety, and the rare opportunity for a V6 engine with a manual transmission. 
Car trends come and go, but there’s something about a coupe that’s timeless. The practicality of a sedan, with just a little more sass—and half the doors. 
Shopping for a used Accord coupe? You should have quite a few to choose from, and it’s important to know the details and differences among them. Let’s take a look and see what makes the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe tick!

Style in a small package: the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe

The 2012 Honda Accord was the final year of the model’s eighth generation. The 2013 model year brought the ninth generation and some pretty major revisions, so if you’re in the market for a used Honda Accord, you’ll likely notice quite a few differences between these two generations. 
For 2012, the Accord Coupe was available with three different engines. The base engine was a 177 horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder affair. The next trim level got a 190 horsepower version of the same engine, while those who opted for the 3.5-liter V6 engine would enjoy 271 horsepower. 
The 2012 Accord Coupe was available with either a manual or an automatic transmission with all three engines, so this is an option to look for (or avoid), depending on your preferences. Gas mileage is in the combined 21-26 mpg zone, with the V6 being the least efficient. 

Is the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe comfortable?

Let’s start with the thing that all reviewers seemed to agree on: the back seat. As a coupe, it’s going to be a little snugger than the sedan version, but the back seat of the Accord Coupe was still among the most comfortable and accommodating in its class. Head and leg room were ample, even for the six-foot-plus crowd. 
However, the front seat was a little bit more divisive. While some reviewers adored the firm comfort and assertively designed contours, others found the lumbar support unnecessarily aggressive and complained of numbness and discomfort on long trips. 
Bottom line? If you’re thinking about buying a 2012 Honda Accord Coupe, pay close attention to how the seat feels during your test drive, as it’s something that a fair number of owners dislike. 

Is the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe reliable?

Any car that’s a decade old can be expected to have some mechanical issues as time goes on, but it seems that the 2012 Honda Accord is a solid choice! J.D. Power gave the 2012 Honda Accord a score of 86/100 in Quality and Reliability. RepairPal gives the Honda Accord overall a 4.5/5 and ranks it number one in reliability for midsize cars. 
According to
Carcomplaints.com
, the 2012 Honda Accord is doing quite well as far as complaints go, with one notable exception. Remember those uncomfortable seats we were talking about? Far and away, that’s the thing that 2012 Honda Accord owners complain about the most. While annoying, it isn't something that will result in you getting stranded on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck—unless a sudden back spasm sends you careening into a ditch, of course. 
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Is the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe safe?

Honda has a long-standing reputation for safety, and the 2012 Accord Coupe was no exception. 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2012 Honda Accord a five-star score for overall safety. While this was for the four-door sedan version (the two-door coupe wasn’t tested), it seems like it was considered valid for both body styles by reviewers at the time. 
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also only has crash results for the 2012 Accord Sedan, but the good news is that it earned the highest score of “good” in all categories. 
Standard safety equipment in each Accord included anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, and front and side airbags. While this might not be super impressive by today’s standards, it was competitive at the time. 
The following model year was the first Accord that had forward collision and lane departure warnings, so if those things are important to you, then you might want to bump up a year to a 2013 model. 

2012 Honda Accord Coupe trim levels

The 2012 Accord Sedan was available in five trim levels, but buyers who opted for the coupe body style just had three options to choose from. Those were the LS-X, tEX, and EX-L
Here are a few of the features and highlights of each trim: 
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Six-disc CD changer with auxiliary jack and USB port
  • Power locks and windows
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Upgraded four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speaker upgraded sound system
  • Automatic headlights
  • Sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Upgraded interior materials
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Power adjustable front seats with available memory function
  • Leather upholstery 
  • Satellite radio
  • Available navigation
  • Available rear-view camera
  • Available V6 engine
Most reviewers found the base LS-X trim level to be a little on the spartan side and recommended moving up to at least the EX trim. Of course, if you’re buying used, you’ll be somewhat limited to what’s available, but knowing the differences between the trim levels should help you to at least narrow down your search parameters! 
When they were new, the MSRP for a 2012 Honda Accord Coupe was between $21,000 to $32,000. Today, a used one should be in the $12,000 to $16,000 range, depending on trim level, engine type, and where you live. But at the end of the day, the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe is a good pick for a reliable used car.
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