Notes: The 2011 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,833 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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2011 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 182016


  • 70,000 miles


When driving my 2011 Honda V6 elx, purchased 1/21/15 I have experienced an intermittent hesitation in many situations. While slowing in traffic, at a stoplight or sign, making a left turn, there is a acceleration gap. This occurs when I'm ready to go and reach speeds upward of 15-40 mph, depending on the situation. There's just nothing at the peddle. I must let off and quickly re- apply the peddle again when it finally accelerates! now that I've read these complaints I see several others with the exact same issue. This must be addressed right away! it is very dangerous if you can't get out of the way of oncoming traffic or some other situation while in motion. It's occurred at intersections with no 4 way stop signs, also in the middle of a 3 lane busy boulevard waiting to make a left turn. How many accidents must occur before you pursue this?this needs a recall investigation. Other than this, the vehicle has no other mechanical/electrical issues.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 092014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
This is the Honda Accord 2011 ex (V6) model. When moving at very slow speeds, say around 2-4 mph, there sometimes is a flat spot, ie no acceleration when stepping on the accelerator pedal., at this point there seems to be a 2 to 3 second hesitation before the care suddenly accelerates and lurches forward. Sometime, when this situation occurs, nothing happens when pressing the accelerator; then the accelerator must be completely released and pressed again, or pumped, to get moving and at some point power suddenly returns and the car lurches forward. This problem seems to occur most often when making a turn, and it is very dangerous when making a left turn as you are sitting almost motionless in the middle of the left lane and oncoming traffic is coming at you and usually moving along briskly. My vehicle, when in this predicament, has not yet been hit by an oncoming car, but there have been some close calls. I have owned this vehicle for 3 years, but live and drive mostly in the suburbs, and this problem occurred infrequently, so I never reported this problem. But lately I have been making daily trips to the city, and this problem occurs every day. It also occurs when waiting at a stop light and then when the light turns green and traffic starts to move, cars start to creep forward at a few mph until it is time to accelerate up to normal traveling speed. And when the creep is very slow, 2-4 mph, and then it is my turn to move out and I hit the gas, I occasionally get the situation as described above. And in this situation I am not making a turn but traveling in a straight line. This is a very dangerous problem!

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #6

May 072011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 22 miles
The second day after I bought my car I noticed that the car hesitates or pauses when accelerating from a stop or from a rolling stop. It frequently happens when making left or right turns going forward. The engine does not stop but remain in idle mode. No warning lights come on.

- Hartsdale, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 022011


  • 4,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Honda Accord. While parked, the contact shifted the vehicle into drive and the vehicle abnormally accelerated to 15 mph, crashing into another vehicle. There were no injuries. The police were called to the scene of the crash and a police report was filed. The officer declared the vehicle unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and had a technician inspect the vehicle. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000.

- Mt Vernon, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 092011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
I was parking my 2011 Honda Accord coupe in a space in a parking lot, feathering the brake and about to come to a complete stop. Suddenly the car revved up and accelerated forward. The engine raced as if the throttle had been floored. In about 2 feet of space it accelerated enough to jump about a 6-inch curb where it hit a woody bush, which stopped its forward motion. The consumer has since returned the vehicle to the dealer. Updated 11/03/11

- Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012011


  • 6 miles
Vehicle suffers from an un-commanded acceleration/throttle problem which is completely reproducible. It affects the low speed behavior of the vehicle particularly during turns where there is potential for loss of control. The defect was confirmed by Honda staff when road testing it versus other similar new vehicles. I have documentation from Honda to corroborate that. In any case, at this point, Honda is either unable or unwilling to address and resolve this safety defect.

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 112011


  • 115 miles
Owned auto for 2 days when auto began to hesitate when pushing on gas pedal and then surged forward. Dealer could not duplicate problem. 5 days later did same for a period of 20 minutes and when driving to dealer (15 min) became progressively worse. Dealer has had auto for 8 days and cannot duplicate problem.

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 052011


  • 520 miles
I own a 2011 Honda Accord. While driving and pressing the gas the vehicle would hesitate for a couple of seconds and then go. Other times it accelerates prematurely while driving.

- Gary, IN, USA

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