Notes: The 2012 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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,266 miles

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2012 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 022017


  • 47,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,000.

- Richmond Hill, NY, USA

problem #13

Jan 032017


  • miles
Car suddenly accelerates making difficult to keep under control. Happened many times. The car was running in the local city streets.

- Richmond Hill, NY, USA

problem #12

Dec 182014


  • 30,000 miles
VIN: [xxx] year: 2012 make: Honda model: Accord sedan when accelerating from stop or stop and go traffic, when accelerator is engaged car does not respond for appx. 5 seconds then accelerates at rapid pace causing a sudden jerk in acceleration. I have been behind other cars when this has happen which could have resulted in rear-in accident. Also crossing median with on-coming traffic on other side when car would stall while crossing almost causing on-coming car to hit me on passenger side. Since car was purchased used and out of warranty for this problem, townsend BMW, would not repair problem or even look at it after sale. This occurs at different times so have to drive for a while before it will occur. Will be taking to dealer soon when I can afford cost of parts and repairs. I have discovered that if I hold brake and give some acceleration I am assured the car will not stall on take off. This is the only safe way to drive this car in this condition.however, it is not normal by no means. Thank you for reading and hope this isn't happening to others but certainly needs to be considered for recall if others are having problems. Many possible situations where this could cause accident and injury to driver, passenger and others in front of the car. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #11

Apr 242015


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owned a 2012 Honda Accord. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle accelerated on its own. The vehicle failed to slow down. The contact stated that the vehicle crashed into another vehicle's rear bumper, a sign, and a granite barrier. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.....updated 07/22/15

- Lextington, MA, USA

problem #10

Feb 122014


  • 21,900 miles
Vehicle does not accelerate, but hesitates 2-4 seconds from a stop or near stop, then suddenly surges to mid throttle forcing the driver to either brake suddenly or avoid hitting another vehicle. Happened 4 times in one year with my car.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #9

Dec 172013


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle suddenly accelerated while the brake pedal was being depressed as a result, the vehicle crashed into a tree. Additionally the contact mentioned that while attempting to depress the accelerator pedal to reverse, he noticed that the accelerator pedal was stuck to the floor board. The contact did not sustain any injuries. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated and advised that the vehicle was operating normally. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 7,000 and the current mileage was 9,800.

- Newport Beach , CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 152013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 4,000 miles


The vehicle has several times failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal is depressed. When the pedal is depressed nothing happens when it is expected to accelerate forward. This has happened for the most part when exiting an expressway and coming to a stop at the bottom of a ramp and then attempting to enter traffic or cross over traffic lanes. The remedy seems to be to release pressure from the pedal and depress it again rapidly.

- Social Circle, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 2,900 miles
I started having problems with the vehicle feeling like it was sticking in a high gear around 2900 miles. On hilly roads, typically, the vehicle revs high and does not want to decelerate when trying to brake. It feels as though the transmission is stuck in gear. It will attempt to accelerate as well. It has accelerated on me and has hit close to 5/6 rpms while trying to maintain my speed on hilly, windy, rural roads. It has done this once on the highway as well. It almost seems as if it in cruise control and trying to get back up to a higher speed. I took the vehicle to the dealer and they were unable to find any issue. The problem has continued, and I am now at 9200 miles. It is an intermittent issue, however, so it is hard to know when to bring it back to dealer just to be told they cannot duplicate it. This occurs approximately 2 times a week. It is scary as I have two young children.

- West Pittston, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 152012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 8,500 miles
The problem is that the vehicle hesitates after I start a turn, then have to stop, then when I want to accelerate again the hesitation occurs. This has occurred approximately 6 times in a 4000 mile period. The vehicle has always accelerated after hesitating but there is a noticeable hesitation which is cause for concern. I have read other comments about similar hesitation problems which seem to mirror my experience. I will ask the dealer about this problem when I next take the vehicle in for service.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 222013


  • miles
2012 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to sudden acceleration. The consumer stated he applied the brakes to slow the vehicle down. Initially, he felt the effects of the brakes, in which the vehicle started to slow down. However, within a few seconds, the vehicle started to accelerate and in spite of him applying the brakes, the vehicle continued to gain speed. The vehicle was out of control and there was nothing he could do to stop crashing into the vehicle in front of his. As a result, his vehicle was totaled. The consumer, as well as the passengers were injured, some required surgery and rehabilitation. The consumer did not state how many people were injured, besides himself.

- Kew Gardens Hills, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 232012


  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph with the cruise control engaged, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 13,000. Updated 3/14/13 updated 04/09/2013

- Andalusia, AL, USA

problem #3

Dec 312012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 2,450 miles
That was on Monday 12/31/2012 while traffic in freeway was very clear. I set cruise control at 60 mile/hour but suddenly the car kept increasing faster more than 75 miles. I was panic and kept stepping brake to reduce speed. About one minute, the car was reduced at speed of 50 miles/hour. I tested it without cruise control. I drove steadily about 60 mile/hour about 10 minutes that the car started accelerated by itself again and hit 75 miles/hour. I kept stepping brake steadily to reduce speed until it kicking into 50 mile/hr. This car is definitely defective car with numerous issues. Its defrost system does not function at all that almost killed me on September 2012. Again I brought it to dealer on 01/02/2013 for accelerated issue and defrost system but Honda power dealer still could not detect it. I filed complaint with ftc and district attorney/prosecute unit to request to investigate about this issue. I contacted to Honda motor to request it to take this car back and terminate my lease but Honda motor refused my request because Honda motor used test results from power Honda dealer and Honda world dealer as Honda motor 's decision found that there were not any defective with defrost system and accelerate found. Honda motor made this car and failed to detect its problems that is no matter it can detect this car problem or not that Honda has to hold accountability to lease it to me. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
From a standstill or speeds up to approximately 20 mph when the accelerator pedal is depressed there is a delay in the response and then an unexpected and sudden acceleration occurs. This problem does not occur frequently but often enough to be considered dangerous. When I reported the problem to the service department of the Honda dealership from which I purchased the vehicle, I was told this was a problem with the computer determining what gear the vehicle was in and what you were asking the computer to do and there was no fix for the problem. I was also told to just "gas it" when the problem occurred. This is a dangerous and unsatisfactory solution to the problem. If the problem occurs when pulling out slowly into traffic one could be hit from behind by another vehicle or if you suddenly "gassed it" you could lose control of the vehicle and hit a vehicle in front of your vehicle or possibly a person standing close by. When I asked if this was a problem in the entire Honda line I was told yes and also was told this was a problem with all of the latest model vehicles not just the Honda line. I sincerely believe this is a dangerous problem which should be addressed and fixed even though the dealership said it could not be fixed.

- Tuttle, OK, USA

problem #1

Dec 052011

Accord 4-cyl

  • 970 miles
Incident date: 12/05/2011, 5:45pm weather/road condition: Good, no rain/snow, normal traffic pattern summary: Accord 2012 LX had a sudden engine rev for about a couple of seconds and went back to normal without driver intervention. Minor gas pedal vibration noticed for first 500 miles during break-in. Details: I was driving Accord 2012 LX on a local main street at about 20 to 25 mph, entering a normal small slope. I suddenly heard louder engine noise, and noticed tachometer going up from below 2K to 3K RPM quickly. At the same time, I felt gas pedal was moving away from my right foot. Eventually the gas pedal came back and tachometer reading went back to normal as well. This lasted for a couple of seconds. I did not move my right foot away from gas pedal and did not intervene while this was happening. Since this sudden engine rev went away in a couple of seconds by itself, I didn't feel that the Accord accelerated a lot during the period. During first 500 miles on the Accord, I also felt minor gas pedal vibration frequently on roads that are not perfectly paved and have some minor bumps. I have never noticed any such gas pedal vibration on other cars when driving down on the same roads. The vibration became less pronounced after 500 miles, and I didn't notice it lately. I am not sure if there is any relationship between initial gas pedal vibration during break-in and recent engine rev incident. I am concerned about highway safety of the car.

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

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