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2012 Honda Accord Trims

EX

Avg. Price: $18,934

The 2012 Honda Accord EX bumps to an upgraded version of the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine than the lower trims get, and reviewers give the modified engine a thumbs-up for its 190 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.

The EX offers other features as well. It receives 17-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, additional and upgraded interior trim, a power sunroof, automatic headlights and a 6-CD changer.

EX V6

Avg. Price: $20,222

If the modified 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine in the EX is still not quite enough, buyers can opt for the 2012 Honda Accord EX V6. It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 271 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque.

The V6 has Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system, which is designed to save gas by having 3 cylinders idle while the sedan is in low-demand cruising. The V6’s fuel mileage rates at 20 mpg city/30 highway.

EX-L

Avg. Price: $20,497

Honda keeps climbing the features ladder with the 2012 Honda Accord EX-L, which gets a 270-watt sound system with 6-disc changer and XM satellite radio.

The EX-L sedans get Bluetooth cell phone connectivity. That’s a good thing reviewers point out, but they also note that Honda is late to that party. Some of its rivals have Bluetooth connectivity as a standard feature throughout their lineups.

EX-L V6

Avg. Price: $21,935

The Honda Accord EX-L V6, along with the EX-L, comes with heated front seats, a 4-way adjustable passenger seat and dual-zone automatic climate control. The V6 also has driver's seat memory controls.

Honda sends the EX-L V6 sedan out with a 5-speed automatic as its only transmission option.

EX-L V6 w/ Nav

Avg. Price: $22,072

The 2012 Honda Accord EX-L w/ Navigation comes with Bluetooth hands-free capability along with all the frills associated with the navigation system and an upgraded audio setup. Then, of course, there’s also Honda’s long-held reputation for reliability and build quality.

The navigation system features an 8-inch dashboard touchscreen that also responds to voice commands. The 270-watt sound system includes a 6-CD changer and 7 speakers, including a subwoofer.

EX-L w/ Nav

Avg. Price: $21,031

The 2012 Honda Accord EX-L w/ Navigation comes with heated front seats, dual zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and an upgraded sound system, along with satellite radio. The satellite-linked navigation system includes Zagat restaurant ratings, a rear-view camera and voice recognition and features an 8-inch screen.

The top-of-the line EX-L w/ Navigation, like the rest of the choices on the Honda Accord menu, offers a comfortable ride for both front and rear passengers that some reviewers continue to say reminds them of a luxury vehicle. A USB audio interface comes standard in all 2012 Honda Accords.

LX

Avg. Price: $17,266

Most 2012 Honda Accords, including the base LX, get a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 177 horsepower and 161 lb-ft of torque. Honda pairs a 5-speed manual transmission with the 4-cylinder engine in the LX as standard fare, and a 5-speed automatic is available.

The 2012 Accords share many styling traits throughout the line. The LX has 16-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, air conditioning, full power accessories, a 6-speaker sound system with CD player, an iPod/USB audio interface and an auxiliary radio jack.

LX-P

Avg. Price: $17,794

A 5-speed automatic transmission comes standard in the 2012 Honda Accord LX-P, and it is mated to its 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. That setup is good for fuel mileage ratings of 23 mpg city/34 highway.

The LX-P gets 16-inch alloy wheels, as opposed to the steel 16-inchers on the base Accord LX. Bumping up to the LX-P also brings the buyer an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an antitheft system.

SE

Avg. Price: $18,681

The 2012 Honda Accord SE, goes for about $1,500 more than the base LX and still gets the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder good for 177 hp and 161 lb-ft of torque. It dresses up nicely with heated front seats, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and driver’s seat lumbar adjustment.

Like the rest of the Accord family, the SE is front-wheel drive. The Subaru Legacy, one of the many rivals of the Accord in the midsize sedan market, is worth a look for those in rough-weather areas who feel a need for all-wheel drive (AWD).