Notes: The 2009 Honda Accord has several serious defects – poor brakes, excessive oil consumption, & uncomfortable seats.

BRAKES: There was a class action lawsuit against Honda in 2010 for premature & excessive brake wear. See our page on Honda's brake problems for more info.

OIL CONSUMPTION: Honda issued a TSB about this in late 2011, claiming it could be fixed through a software update to the VCM (variable cylinder management). There are class action lawsuits pending. See our page about the Accord oil consumption.

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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
11,700 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace seats (1 reports)
  3. the adjustable button sometimes does not work properly (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 092010

Accord EX-L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,641 miles


Passenger seat leather is peeling and cracking quite badly. It's quite an eye-soar right in the middle of the seat near one of the seems. When I complained to the dealer they said it would not be covered under warranty since it looks like they were scratched and would cost a lot to repair. I mainly use the car for work and hardly ever have passengers in the car so I'm not sure how this happened. Less than 1 year old and the seat looks like it's been used for 10yrs! What kind of cheap a$$ leather are they using? My old Acura TL never had this problem even after 11yrs of constant use.

- Steven C., Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #3

Feb 012010

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

The bottom part of my seat broke, and it was the first month I had the car, that they had to order the piece and replace it.

Was very cheap made.

- jl_latinaca, Chula Vista, CA, US

problem #2

Dec 302008

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

The leather on the drivers seat and the passengers seat had started cracking on the side of the bottom cushion. The dealership said they would replace it under warranty, but that we should buy a conditioner for it. They actually gave us some for free. Once the seats were recovered we conditioned them, however they are cracking again!!!!

- Anslie H., Anderson, SC, US

problem #1

Jan 142009

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

I have been cleaning my seats w/ lexol cleaner & conditioner ever since I've had the car . I've noticed over the last 8 months that the passanger & driver seats have gotten discolored & practically destroyed. Honestly, the seats make the car look at least 10 years old! I took the car to the dealership today & the guy made it seem like I was sitting in the car w/ razorblades. I told him it's not normal for leather seats to wear like this w/ just normal use. I baby my seats & take care of them. All he was willing to do was replace the back cover of the drivers side seat. He was very rude & acted like he was doing me a favor. A favor would be replacing both seats. I have dealt w/ so much bs from honda. I almost want to trade it in for an american car.

- Cassandra B., Largo, FL, US

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