Honda Accord sold 331,872 units in 2012, up 40.8%, another reflection of the strong recovery from a year in which inventories were sharply reduced.
Accord, like Altima, competes in the mid-sized sedan segment. It is one of three finalists for North American car of the year, along with the Cadillac ATS and Fusion.
After driving the 2013 Accord, Karl Brauer, CEO of Total Car Score and a member of the Automotive Press Association jury for car of the year, said, "The quality seeps through the car. It's got the feel of a Mercedes -- you know you're in a Mercedes if you feel like you're in a bank vault. Accord is not quite as nimble as a Fusion, but I think it is a better car."