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:
51,574 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.

2011 Honda Accord suspension problems

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2011 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 122016


  • 95,000 miles


I have took my car to the shop because it keeps speeding up and down and they said they didn't couldn't find anything wrong with the transmission and it's still doing it and I had the transmission fluid change hoping it would help it but it didn't.. they changed the fluid but not the filter.. now the transmission seal is leaking.. I have had this car to the shop several times.. the car speeds up going up or down hills or driving straight on flat roads.

- Herndon, WV, USA

problem #5

Aug 012016


  • 60,000 miles
2011 Honda Accord wheel bearings both front wheel bearings went bad at 60000 miles. This vehicle was used by my daughter for commuting to college. In a worst case scenario a bad wheel bearing can seize up and cause an accident. In motion the car was very loud while driving. This repair cost $700 and was not covered under warranty. Owning multiple vehicles of numerous makes and models never had a wheel bearing go bad. Honda did not contact notifying of the problem.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #4

Sep 182014


  • 61,000 miles
I purchased this vehicle in February 2015. The first thing that I had to fix was the axle ( output shaft ) seal leak which the Honda dealer did not want to repair even though the car only had 62,000. Also, it makes a loud noise in the back when I go over the speed bump which is coming from the suspension. In addition, whenever I took the vehicle to ntb for an oil change. The mechanic told me that the rear main seal needs to be replaced because it is starting to leak motor oil. And again, the Honda dealer does not want to honor the powertrain warranty on my vehicle despite the low mileage it has. Seems like I need to file a lawsuit against them.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 022015

Accord 4-cyl

  • 83,178 miles


Our car was making a left turn and was struck by other car in the right front. One passenger was in front seat. The passenger air bag fully deployed preventing her from impacting windshield.the driver air bag only partially deployed (approximately 1/3 size of passengers). The driver was severely bruised by seatbelts.

- Woodsboro, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 192012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
I brought the car used certified with 6,800 miles. After a week of driving, the car feels like it has a mind of it own, I don't have full control of the car. Every time I hit a bump the car will swing left and right. Or when I'm going over 55 mph on the highway, the car moves left and right by it self. Something feels loose, I was driving local on 11/25/12 and made a left turn, the engine just shut off on me, I took it back to the dealer and the dealer found nothing wrong with the car or with the suspension. My friend have the same problem with his car, the suspension on the 2011 Honda Accord SE don't feel right.the problem needs to be corrected, I have a 2 year old and a new born in my house that goes in and out of this vehicle. I don't need to wait until something happens for the dealer or manufacturer to fix the problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 042011


  • 3,265 miles
My car has a steering shimmy and vibration problem that began as mild and is now severe and vibrates the entire vehicle. Honda balanced my tires several times, then replaced all 4 Michelin Pilot tires with 4 new ones. Those had to be repeatedly balanced and then were replaced a 2nd time in less than 1,000 miles. The 2nd set was repeatedly balanced with no results. Both front axles were replaced and both front rotors were replaced with the vibration never changing. Honda's area rep agreed to replace wheels and tires with after market bbs wheels and Bridgestone serenity tires to rule out wheel and tire problems. Problem did not change and has now gotten worse as the mileage increases. (9K miles now). You can google 2011 Honda Accord shimmy problem and see that the problem is widespread in the usa and Canada, but Honda usa is telling me that I am the only one. I have bought 4 brand new Accord exl V6 cars in 8 years, have loved these cars, and am very surprised that Honda is flat out lying to me. My dealer has been helpful and supportive, and the area rep has been diligent in his efforts, too. However Honda usa is stonewalling me, by not returning calls, and delay after delay. I have asked for a buyback under lemon law statute, as the dealer says that they cannot fix this problem, that they definitely acknowledge. (they replaced tires 3 times, and wheels and axles once) Honda usa is taking the position that this is not a big deal, but the vehicle is not safe to drive. Honda usa told me to take the car back to the dealer today, but the dealer doesn't want it and says that Honda is done chasing the problem. Can you help me understand my options, and if your administration can assist me in getting Honda's attention at (hopefully) a higher level of management? I sincerely appreciate any suggestions that you can offer.

- Norman, OK, USA

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