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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD
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2020 Honda Accord
1.5T EX FWD
MSRP
$28,070
Invoice
$25,541
Average Price Paid
$25,387
3,448 listings nationwide

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2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD
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2020 Honda Accord
1.5T EX FWD
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$48,200
2020 Honda Accord
1.5T EX FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$28,243
54 listings nationwide
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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD

Entering its final year of production, with a successor expected to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012, the 2012 Acura RL has not undergone any change...

2020 Honda Accord
1.5T EX FWD
Christian Wardlaw Test Drive Review:

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  • Look and Feel 9
  • Performance 8
  • Form & Function 9
  • Technology 9
  • Safety 8
  • Cost-Effectiveness 7

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD
25
Tracy writes:
For a tech car it did not do it for this techie.
Power Ranked 2013 Buick Regal GS Sedan FWD better.
"HO turbo with the adjustable dampening suspension"
Looks/Style Ranked 2012 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive Sedan AWD better.
"Its lines are bold and confident."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2012 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive Sedan AWD better.
"golf clubs for 2 is what I cared about."
Value Ranked 2013 Buick Regal GS Sedan FWD better.
"Made in USA, Buick top 3 in Consumer Reports is in agreement with the buying experience and the quality. "
2020 Honda Accord
1.5T EX FWD
30
GuruP9PY5 writes:
The Honda was boring compared to the Mazda in the Mazda had a much nicer more luxurious feel to it and looked ...
William writes:
Great car, I was looking into buying a sport but the EX has a great gas mileage overall, worth the money
Guru948J24 writes:
While I like the car, and would buy it again, there are a couple of things which need improvement. After our ...
Would Buy Ranked 2020 Toyota Camry XSE FWD worse.
"I have a case which will not fit in any Camry but will in the Accord"

Specs

2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD
2020 Honda Accord
1.5T EX FWD
Powertrain 6-Speed Automatic Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain
AWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
17 MPG
30 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
24 MPG
38 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 19.3 gal 14.8 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
300 hp @ 6,300 RPM
192 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque
271 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
192 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
11.2:1
10.3:1
Displacement
3,700 cc
1,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.54 in x 3.78 in
2.87 in x 3.52 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard --
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard --
CD Changer Standard --
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42.4 in 42.3 in
Back Legroom 36.3 in 40.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 13.8 cu ft 16.7 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 1,100 lbs
Exterior
Length 195.8 in 192.2 in
Width 72.7 in 73.3 in
Height 57.2 in 57.1 in
Wheelbase 110.2 in 111.4 in

Available Options

2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Alberta White Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Forged Silver Metallic
  • Graphite Luster Metallic
  • Platinum Frost Metallic
  • Pomegranate Pearl
2020 Honda Accord
1.5T EX FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Champagne Frost Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Radiant Red Metallic

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