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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
60,300 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace leather (1 reports)
2009 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2009 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 282013

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,549 miles


The leather on the middle arm rest started lifting up and tearing off it is so thin !!!! Honda listed leather interior but never said it was so thin you couldn't use the arm rest! They should replace it!!!!

- tonni, Franklin, NC, US

problem #1

Aug 082014

Accord EX-L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

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leather bubbling on back seat pocket leather bubbling on back seat pocket

At some point in the spring while cleaning my car, I put a deodorant in my seat back pocket (Driver's side). During the summer after my car sat in the parking lot of work in CT, I noticed my leather seat had bubbled. The hard plastic exterior of the deodorant must have attracted the sun to that particular spot and made it bubble! The actual interior of the deodorant barely had melted and the outside was in perfect shape, however my Honda seats had seen better days.

I've used leather conditioner to remove as much of the residual deodorant as I could but there is both white marks and a bubble left on my car. After reading on the web, it seems like the only option would be to replace the driver's seat. NOT HAPPENING!

- rachmul18, Naugatuck, CT, US

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