The 2012 Honda Accord sedan is offered in seven trim levels, ranging from the base-model LX to the top-of-the-line EX-L V-6. The LX Premium trim level, commonly referred to as the LX-P, sits one step up from the LX in the trim hierarchy, and it offers only modest upgrades over the LX. The next step up beyond the LX-P is either the SE (Special Edition) trim level or the EX; the SE upgrade adds leather seats and other interior options, while the EX makes significant upgrades to the car's drivetrain.
Both the Accord LX and LX-P are powered by Honda's 2.4-liter, 177-horsepower four-cylinder i-VTEC engine. The LX is available with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, but the LX-P is offered only with the five-speed automatic; drivers who prefer a manual transmission will need to either stick with the LX or upgrade to the EX. Aside from the transmission options, the drivetrains of the LX and LX-P are identical. The manufacturer set 2012 model year prices, subject to change, at $21,480 for the base LX with a manual transmission and $22,280 with an automatic; the base price of the LX-P was $23,280.
The LX and LX-P are outfitted with nearly identical exterior trim, which includes body-color door handles, bumpers and mirrors, as well as a chrome exhaust finisher. The LX is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels and plastic wheel covers, while the LX-P receives an upgrade to 16-inch alloy wheels featuring a split five-spoke pattern.
Most of the LX-P's premiums over the LX are found in its interior. Upgraded accessories include a driver's seat with eight-way power adjustment and illuminated window switches. Both the LX and the LX-P are equipped with power windows; the LX includes an automatic up/down feature on the driver-side front window, while the LX-P extends the feature to the passenger-side front window as well. Both trim levels are equipped with power locks, remote entry and a 160-watt stereo system with MP3 and USB interfaces.
The LX and LX-P include safety and security technology that includes a valet lockout feature, selective door locking/unlocking, an anti-lockout feature and an electronic engine immobilizer anti-theft system. The LX-P adds an upgraded security system that will sound the car's horn if the vehicle is manually unlocked or started while the system is armed. Both trim levels are equipped with front and front side air bags, side curtain air bags and an electronic passenger-seat occupant detection system.