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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 052009


  • 12,000 miles


Air conditioning stopped working after 12000 miles. Dealer determined that ac condenser had a hole from a impact. Told that this is not a covered repair.

- Beacon, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 042010


  • 37,000 miles
Air conditioner in 2009 Honda Accord won't work. Brought to dealer and they say a rock hit the condensor which is located in front behind the openings in the bumper without any screen or protection. They do not cover in warranty and we have to file with our insurance which may raise the cost. Someone my husband works with has the same year Accord and this has happened twice to them and Honda will not cover. Seems to be a design flaw which is costing consumers and their insurances money.

- Jeanerette, LA, USA

problem #1

May 202009


  • 10,000 miles
Ac condenser failure. Which stops working air conditioner and defrosting. A pebble or something can hit the condenser and make a hole. Mfr don't want repair it during warranty period or can offer any remedies to prevent it from happening.

- Northville, MI, USA

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