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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2010 Honda Accord some several significant flaws: excessive oil consumption, premature brake wear, & uncomfortable seats.

In October 2013, Honda settled a class action for excessive oil consumption which extends their V6 powertrain warranty out to 8 years & no mileage limit. However, is the inconvenience & risk of dealing with Honda on this problem worth it? We don't think so.

Premature brake wear has been a consistent problem for this Accord generation. Once again Honda settled a class action lawsuit over brake wear, but most 2010 Accords are NOT covered.

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. Unwary buyers report the seat pain is mainly only noticeable after 15-20 minutes. The common theme we hear is "never noticed this during the test drive."

9.2

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$20
Average Mileage:
16,650 miles
Total Complaints:
68 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (38 reports)
  2. Honda should replace the seats (17 reports)
  3. replace seats or offer good trade in deal (4 reports)
  4. home remedy - complaint #11 (2 reports)
  5. purchase lumbar cushion (2 reports)
  6. replace front seats (2 reports)
2010 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems

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2010 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #68

Jul 302010

Accord LX-P 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2010 Honda Accord lx p and my wife has a 2007 Toyota Avalon. My wife won't drive any distance in my car because of back pain from the Honda seats. The Avalon seats are so comfortable it is like seating in your living room. Next month I will drive to Florida, my wife will fly and I will pick her up at the airport. I am thinking of buying a new Honda Odyssey but not sure about the seats ; I might rent an odyssey for a week to test it out.

- Richard G., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, US

problem #67

May 012010

Accord EX-L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

This problem with the driver's seat has haunted me for as long as I have had the car. My wife refuses to drive the car anymore since it was causing back and neck pain. Honda should be ashamed of selling a car with this type of design fault that has years of documented complaints that have gone unanswered for years.

- readye, Fort Washington, US

problem #66

Nov 172016

Accord EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,578 miles

I bought this car used and had a Toyota Avalon before and I would go from the Toyota to the Honda and say how uncomfortable the seats were. I can't drive for long periods of time without getting out and having to stretch my back and legs. It's just awful. Can't believe how they hurt my back.

- tadolphin, Florham Park, US

problem #65

Mar 012016

Accord EX 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When I bought this car, I only test drove it about 10-15 minutes. There didn't seem to be a problem with the seats. The seats felt a bit like racing seats, but that was alright. After purchasing the vehicle, I noticed sitting in the driver's seat was becoming unpleasant. I began to develop pain from sitting after 20-30 minutes of driving. I had to keep my hand positioned under my butt or thigh and apply pressure just to experience a minor measure of relief. I still have to do this. This has gone on since shortly after I bought the car in late February 2016. It is now July 2016. In addition to searching for a replacement seat, I am receiving physical therapy for hamstring tendonitis and sciatic nerve pain. This condition was the result of sitting in these seats for my hour commute back and forth to work. I don't expect the physical therapy to solve the problem. I have to replace the seat or get rid of the car. It's a shame the seat is such a disaster. I purchased this vehicle because of the high degree of satisfaction I received from my former car, a 2005 Honda Accord Coupe. But that vehicle had power seats. I never once had a problem. The seats were great. But the manual seats I have now are my worst nightmare. I don't know where to go to get the driver's seat replaced with a seat that I will be sure will not cause me pain. Even ortho seat cushions will not solve the problem being caused by these manual seats. Consequently, my mechanic and I are searching for a replacement seat. I hope we find the right seat soon.

- akemnitzer, Morgantown, PA, USA

problem #64

Feb 052010

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles

There is NO WAY you can take this car on a road trip due to the uncomfortable seats. I have been told it's because the engineers are tiny men who try them out and not your average sized person. I feel Honda should replace both seats because it's going to be hard to sell with such uncomfortable seats.

- Amber E., Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #63

Oct 312009

Accord LX-P 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles

Driver's seat extremely uncomfortable. Have tried adjusting, can't make it feel comfortable. Have returned from long trips with severe hip, back and neck pain. My back hurts now just thinking about it.

- John R., Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #62

Jun 302013

Accord LAX-P 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Totally agree with everyone else. Hate driving for more than 30 minutes, I have reached the point of No Return. Selling it, as I cannot take this any longer. It's a shame as I like everything else about it...

- Stavros Z., Magnolia, TX, USA

problem #61

Apr 202014

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles

I bought this car in April of 2014. It took awhile to figure out that the sciatic problem with my feet going numb was due to the seat in my Accord. I had not had numbness in my feet until driving this car. The seat is soooo uncomfortable and I have tried to move it every which way but loose!! After going online to see if this is a problem that others may be having I discovered I was not alone.

This car was an answer to my prayers financially speaking and it is a great car except now I dare not take it on a long trip for all the misery the seat causes me. I am not able to purchase another one at this time and I would certainly like to know how this can be fixed so that I can drive in comfort. Any suggestions other than throwing the car seat as far as I can will be appreciated.

- Carol T., Fresno, CA, USA

problem #60

Feb 072014

Accord LX 177-Hp, 2.4L I-4 Vtec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,800 miles

So I have a wonderful, but brief test drive. After being a Ford girl, I had finally been swayed by educated friends that Honda was the way to go. Was elated to find a an honest dealer and a clean, low millage car at a great price. Then I drove it home.

Could not bear to go above 60mph on the interstate for fear my bum would have road rash. I WAS sitting inside, wasn't I? Was scared to move or make any adjustment to my body for fear that my pain would worsen and I could no longer operate the vehicle. A mere 15 miles later - the longest 20 minute ride of my life - I arrived home and gratefully jumped out of this beautiful vehicle. I spent the rest of the evening stretching and popped ibuprofen to get to bed.

The next morning I reference the seating adjustments in the owners manual and scour the internet for proper car seat adjustment information. I make my newly learned adjustments and am happy that I no longer feel every bump in the road directly. But a mere 5 minutes of driving makes my back age 80 years. How can this be?

Another internet search reveals many complaints on Honda vehicles from 2008-2012 and possibly more. Why did I not find this sooner? I will see what the dealer can do and have also gotten the names and locations of 2 auto upholstery establishments. How can such a lovely car cause such great heartache? Why does such a reputable company like Honda continue to neglect the problem and abuse it's customers? I don't know. But my body is important. And if this can't get fixed soon, I'm going back to Ford.

- mw3, Murfreesboro, TN, US

problem #59

Jan 092014

Accord EX-L 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,268 miles

after driving the car for 2 months i am in severe pain. the pain starts from my back all the way down the right side of my body and down to both feet. because of the severe pain i have to drive my son 2007 Chevy impala to and from work and leave the car at home.i called Honda headquarters,Honda service department and a sales professional and was told that there was nothing they could do and they also said that they never heard of anything this [stupid].but i love the car but it does not love me due to the performance and the style of the car.

- Nvoeta W., TULSA, OK, USA

problem #58

Oct 152012

Accord V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My legs would go to sleep or become numb after driving the car for 25 minutes. By the end of the day my leg joints and neck were also hurting. I have been in therapy for a year, use a cane on days the pain is really bad and have difficulty standing up.

A friend pursed a Honda and after a couple of days returned the car to the dealer because he was having the same pain. He phoned to tell me about his experience, so I no longer drive this car. My husband drives this vehicle and says the seats does cause him some pain but not like it has caused me. I am in constant pain and have weekness in my leg and hip areas.

- missgrace, Miidlothian, VA, USA

problem #57

Nov 092013

Accord LX-S 2.4L I-4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

I bought this Certified Pre-owned from a reputable dealer in the Boston area. TODAY. I got home from the dealership in great spirits, then I took a 20 mile trip (40 both ways) & came back into my house miserable and having lower back and neck pain. As it was purchased under a 5 day full refund or 30 day even money (minus taxes) exchange, I am staying positive in that my dealer will "alleviate" the pain. If I have to buy a car worth a little less, so be it. Just to not get killed and roll my loan over. This being after 11 hours of possession.

- Brandon G., Abington, MA, USA

problem #56

Nov 112013

Accord LX-S 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

This is horrific. It feels as if Honda made these seats out of picnic tables with a troll or watermelon in the back. The troll may actually roll the watermelon around just to ensure this seat will pinch your nerves and make you wish you had opted for the skateboard made out of 4 Fenway Franks and a Red Line seat. This is disgraceful to have not rectified this yet. We aren't asking for Recaros or Barker Loungers here. Make a stock seat to replace it and send us a voucher for at least the driver's seat. Unless, Honda wants all of us in A4's and Elantras. (I know they are smaller) Just way more comfortable. I suggest a fix.... Hyundai is going to knock you out cold if you keep up the Busch League bologna.

- Brandon G., Whitman, MA, USA

problem #55

Jun 152012

Accord EX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

Bought my car in November 2010. By June of 2011 my back was in pain.

Wasn't until July 2013 that I started physical therapy for my back pain. After second session, the history of driving, the type of car, and number of hours in car per day (90 minutes), the physical therapist checked out the seat in my car. She determined that I hadn't adjusted the car seat to sufficiently fit me appropriately. I'd never been trained how to adjust the seat by the salesman. She adjusted the height, lumbar support, and distance between my foot and the accelerator. After this and weekly physical therapy for 2 months and then therapy every other week for a month, including core exercises, electric stimulation unit, massage, teaching good body mechanics, and the adjustment of the seat, I can drive 90 minutes a day without back pain. Can do longer trips now too. Analysis by an expert made all the difference for me.

- Vicki F., Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #54

May 012012

Accord EX-L 4.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,700 miles

Bouth pre-certified 19K miles Honda Accord. When sitting in the driver seat it feels like there is a brick in my back. It is not the lumbar as that is just below the problem and retracts far enough to not caus an issue. I read many posts about this sisue. It is due to the crap design of the new saftey freature which push's the headrest forward when you are rear ended in a collision. in rear end collision your back push's a plastic piece that's behind the seat cushion which in turn is connected with a metal bar that moves the headrest forward to prevent whiplash. If you sit in seat and pull headrest forward you will feel the brick retract. It's a good idea but the design is flawed. I saw online Mazda's design and that is totaly different from Honda's. Looks like that would not cause an issue. Removing the metal bar relieves the problem but also removes the saftey feature from working so it's not recommended. I never had back issues in past but my back is noow bothering me after 3 weeks of driving to work(75 miles a day). Honda should redesign this and recall the cars it's in. I read they haven't yet as I guess there is not enough complaints. I'm going by the Honda dealer I bought the car at to see if the headrests are all raised as this also reduces the lump a bit. I seem to remember it being all the way up when I test drove it. If they are all raised it means Honda is aware of the issue but claims to not be.

- Chris B., EAst Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #53

Feb 012012

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

2010 Honda Accord car seats will kill you on any drives past 20 minutes. They result in severe pain to your lower body.

- Aj M., Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #52

Feb 012011

Accord EXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

I bought the accord in Nov. 2010. At first I didn't have to use the car much until February 2011. I started to have a bad back pain after 15-20 minute in the car driving. The pain is so bad that I couldn't bare the pain. The head restraint design is awful and it pushes my head forward that my chin almost drops on my chest (yes, it is that bad). I'm going to get a back support and see what happens.

- moby1813car, East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #51

Nov 132011

Accord EX 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles

Very very bad seats for 2010 honda accord EX 2.4L i4 engine

Is honda listening ... ?

I feel cheated by honda .. not sure who got this brilliant idea to change the seat design ..

Honda should take responsibility and address the issue ..

Very very dis-appointed and angry on honda,,,,

- xytiz, San Diego, CA, USA

problem #50

May 132013

Accord LX-P 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

It was a decent deal that I got for a 2010 Accord LX-P, at a dealer. But, after a day of driving, the seat proved far too uncomfortable for me - a real pain in the neck and further down. I did really like that car, but there was no way I could sit in the seat for too long. I own a '94 Accord LX, have been driving it for 15 years and love it. So I expected a lot better from Honda. I do wish Honda had provided alternate seat options/arrangements for that 2010 model. The seat is like cloth put over a wooden block, the lumbar support is a big lump and the headrest does NOT allow my head (or neck) to rest! Pity to have a really good car spoiled by bad seats! Luckily, the dealer was good enough to accept the return of the vehicle.

- normalcaruser, Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #49

Apr 232013

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

I would think that Honda, of all car makers would have tested this seat and seen the discomfort for themselves. If this is not fixed I will be filing a class action suit. PLEASE FIX MY SEATS

- Frank U., Fairview, TX, USA

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