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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2012 Honda Accord has a solid reputation (so far), with one very significant flaw: uncomfortable seats.

Owners have consistently reported uncomfortable seats with the entire 8th generation (2008-2012) of Honda Accords. Complaints range from back pain to leg circulation problems due to bad lumbar support, cushioning, & seat angle. Complaints aren't limited to only a certain body type -- the seat comfort problems are from a wide spectrum of owner height & weight.

The common theme we hear is "we never noticed this during the test drive." Unfortunately for unwary buyers, the seat pain is noticeable after 15-20 minutes.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
6,815 miles
Total Complaints:
101 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. seats should be redesigned and replaced (60 reports)
  2. not sure (22 reports)
  3. no solution but for honda to fix this problem (9 reports)
  4. go to change.org and sign the petition (2 reports)
  5. sign petition on change.org (2 reports)
  6. trade the car in or wait for a recall (2 reports)
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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #101

Sep 012012

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles



- , Victorville, CA, USA

problem #100

Apr 162015

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

This is my first used car - could not pay for a car what I paid for my house 35 years ago - so I rented a 2015 VW Bug to go car shopping - should have kept the bug.

I was going to buy a Hyundai and for some unknown reason I stopped at a Honda dealer - exhausted and weary (poetic?) I had had it and needed a car asap. So I got in and drove the Accord about 1000 feet - price was good so I signed and paid and picked it up the next day...After driving for about 6 - 7 miles and continuously adjusting the seats trying to find a comfortable position - I decided to sit sideways to relieve the pain in my back and pain in my A_ _!!! I drove a Saturn for 15 years - yes15 years, so was it wrong for me to think that this would be an upgrade?? Was I naive in thinking how could this popular car make my Saturn seem like a Bentley? Who would have thought that a Honda Accord would make me want my Saturn back?? I

contacted the dealer many times - yes I know that this is not their fault - they told me I could trade it in for a Civic (no extra charge) but if I wanted another Accord with seats you can actually sit in without contorting your body in order to never be in a body brace (I apologize to anyone who has to wear one - I am not making light of it) I would have to pay more money - can't - won't do that!!! Oh sure, I can buy seat covers - but they would just be covering the rock hard lumbar support (?) or add a pillow to soften the area where my aging hiney spends a great deal of time. So now I have 3 inches of memory foam for the back of the seat and 6 inches of memory foam for my buttocks - my 89 year old mother has to have a pillow bent to stop her from falling between the crack of the back of the seat and the bottom of the seat - I was so afraid we would have to use the jaws of life to extricate her from the seat (I again apologize if anyone has ever had to be involved in an accident where they had to use the jaws of life)...

So I contacted Honda and they got back to me right away - they want to know if I want them to replace all the seats with leather and 8 way electric adjustments or do I want them to just take the car back and give me a 2015 Honda of my choice - Yeah Right!! NONE OF THIS IS TRUE- they can take my comfort away and they can make my driving a horrible - painful experience - but they cannot take away my dreams. I am sure they will get back to me someday and I just hope I am alive to see it!

If anyone has had any luck with anyone helping to resolve this problem - please let me know - I do not suffer in silence (I apologize to all the stoics out there as I cannot follow in their footsteps)...I wish all the other Accord sufferers not to keep silent - I am sure we can make a difference (yeah right) ...

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #99

Mar 182015

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,776 miles

Just bought a 2012 Honda Accord (3/17/15). Wondered how I found such a sweet purchase as it only had 18,000 miles on it. Looked brand new! I quickly found out why this car had such low mileage and why the previous owner sold back to dealership after only 3 short years. Four days after buying my "sweet find," I returned it to the dealership... heartbroken. I have owned Honda Accords for 14 years! Thought I would never consider any other kind of vehicle. But within 24 hours, I experienced extreme lower back and hip pain. The seats are incredibly uncomfortable. Don't understand why they thought they had to fix something that wasn't broken. In addition, the head rest if far from "rest." I was getting a stiff neck. Actually, just took the piece off completely. I test drove the new 2015 model as well. But a test drive isn't long enough to know. It seemed a little better, but still some hip discomfort and irritating head rest. Now, for the first time in 15 years ... I'm looking at other car makes.

- , Abita Springs, LA, USA

problem #98

Dec 052011

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


I bought the 2012 Honda Accord in Dec 2011 for my wife. The car overall has performed well with no major problems. My wife has complained about uncomfortable seats since we bought it. I too noticed it when I drove for distances over 30 minutes. Last year, 2014, I finally bought my wife a new car and the Honda became my hand me down. I have been miserable in this car. The seat design cause pain in my legs, especially my left leg. It also causes me lower back pain. No amount of seat adjustment relieves the pain so I avoid driving it long distances. After driving home on my last day of work (I'm now temporarily out on doctors orders), the seat was especially uncomfortable to me. I had to go to Urgent Care that evening.

Eventually I found out I had two herniated disks. My trips to the doctor and physical therapy are now miserable with this car but fine in my wife's car. I can't say the Honda Accord caused the problem but it sure didn't help it. From what I've read about the complaints on the Honda Accord seats, I can see they won't be fixed by Honda. I'm now in a market for a replacement vehicle and will be glad to get rid of it.

- , Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #97

Mar 232015

Accord 2.4l4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,394 miles

I just purchased car on March 21, 2015. On March 23, 2015 after riding about 1 hour in the car, I noticed my lower back was uncomfortable. I adjusted seats with minor relief. It feels as if something is pressing against by lower back area. Very uncomfortable, my legs are hurting. I am considering taking the car back, because I drive 45 minutes one way to work and this is a pain I don't want. There needs to be changes with the seat.


problem #96

Feb 162015

Accord LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,472 miles

The front driver and front passenger seats are uncomfortable to a point where it affects my driving ability. When I drove for two hours I needed to adjust myself in my seat multiple times, causing me to not focus on the road. After the two hour drive I had bad lower back pain.

- , Poway, CA, USA

problem #95

Jul 252012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles


Since purchasing the 2012 Honda Accord I noticed that after 10 minutes or so in the front seat that I become extremely uncomfortable. I have the leather trim package, so my husband thought maybe it needed to be broken in. Well it's been 2 1/2 years and they're the same. I have been searching for a cover of sorts that may help with the discomfort, but haven't found one. Then I stumbled upon others with the same issue. I'm considering trading the vehicle in because of the amount of pain I'm in. And I don't want to.....We have even gone to the extent of looking into replacing the seats themselves, but can't find anything that will fit and are more comfortable.

It would be nice if Honda would recall the vehicles and fix the issue. I don't want to trade it in, but the pain is a bit much. I had no idea how many people felt the same way. My husband isn't in the vehicle often, but agrees it's uncomfortable. Anyone that spend more than 15 minutes in those seats mention how hard they are.....

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #94

Dec 132014

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,800 miles

I had been to severe back pain, then I realized its due to my car recently bought. Its Honda Accord, I have been badly suffering like anything with this seat. Please replace the driver front seat and make me comfortable away from stress.

- , Auburn Hills, MI, USA

problem #93

May 172012

Accord Limited 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

Had 26 cars in my life..worst passenger/drivers seat design!! Wife gets severe back pain when when she gets out of car. My back feels sore when driving a short distance. Honda should redesign seats! Use their Industrial Designers ...

- , Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #92

Oct 192014

Accord EX-L 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,980 miles

I went to get another Camry...but my husband talked me into an Accord. Really nice car, but I just couldn't get used to the seats. ...A month later and I still haven't! Constantly adjusting it trying to get comfortable. It literally makes my back ache! I'm considering selling it at a significant loss and buying another Camry.

- , Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #91

May 222013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


The driver seat of this 2012 Honda Accord is HORRIBLE !!!!!!! hard on my back and leg if Honda does nothing we should have have a class action law suit, count me in.

Update from Jul 21, 2014: Spoke to Diamond Honda in Azuza CA. several times, they did nothing to help me.

- , Pomona, CA, USA

problem #90

Jan 022012

Accord SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

I bought a 2008 Civic for my daily 80 miles commute. Six months later my right knee and hip started to hurt so I decided to sell the Civic and leased a 2012 SE Accord which had plenty of interior room thinking that would be better for my commute but I'm still having the same issue with the driver side seat


- , Revere, MA, USA

problem #89

May 232014

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,400 miles

I JUST bought a Honda 2012 Accord not a week ago. The drivers seat is horrible. I specifically bought this car to travel and I can't take it more than a mile without my legs going numb. I am so upset. I spent every last dime on this car and now I can't drive it. I will never buy another Honda as long as I live.

- , Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #88

Mar 122014

Accord SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,700 miles

My biggest complaint about the front seats is the headrests. It seems like Honda could re-design them fairly easily without modification to the rest of the seat. They push your head so far forward it's uncomfortable to drive.

- , St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #87

Aug 312012

Accord EX-L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11 miles

The design of the seats is not conducive to people with back or hip health issues. It has caused more pain and discomfort and I cannot drive or ride in the car. The stitching on the back and seat of the seats hits where your sciatica nerve is and pinches on it causing pain. Also, the passenger seat does not tilt to allow for alleviating pressure on the back/hip.

- , Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #86

Feb 032014

Accord EX 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Severe back pain from uncomfortable seats. Did not notice during test drive, but on longer drives, pain is too excessive and seats need to be changed.

- , Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #85

Feb 142014

Accord Coupe 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles

drivers seat has caused me back pain

Love the car, but I can't find a comfortabel position for the drivers seat. It's like a rock and is causing pain in my lower back.

- , State College, PA, USA

problem #84

Dec 302013

Accord EX-L 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,160 miles

The driver seat is horribly uncomfortable. It is impossible to have proper posture while driving the vehicle. The headrest pushes my head forward of my torso, causing neck pain.

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #83

Apr 302012

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles

Would be nice if it could be switched out. I removed my headrest to solve the problem. The Nissan version of the accord has the same issue

- , Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #82

Jul 302013

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

The divers seats are very bad. Bought this Honda Accord in April of 2012. My wife was using it year and a half and was very uncomfortable in the driver seat. Recently she bought a new Nissan and I started using the car. It is been 3 months now and I am very uncomfortable in the car. I get numbness in the hips and severe back ache every time I drive this car for over 40 miles at a stretch.

- , Plainfield, IL, USA

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