really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,428 miles

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2020 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Sep 252023


  • miles


Rear brakes wearing before front brakes

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #35

Jul 312023


  • miles
2020 Honda Accord Sport 19,000 miles, driving slowly in neighborhood, automatic brake system engaged and slammed the car to a stop without cause. No obstacles no other vehicle. I have an apt for dealership to inspect. I discovered this has been reported by other owners when I researched online

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #34

Mar 062023


  • miles
Loud, audible grinding noise when braking, usually in reverse. Sounds like metal on metal. Drove vehicle to dealer today, was told this is a common problem, Honda is aware. Awaiting recall, etc. Issue is very distracting, especially in a parking lot. Issue also occasionally happens when slowing to a stop at low speeds.

- Crestwood, KY, USA

problem #33

Feb 272023


  • miles


Lights all came on at once while traveling and highway. Car jerking. Cam Shaft Sensor Malfunction Braking Malfunction Adaptive Cruise Control Auto High Beam Problem Road Departure Mitigation Emissions System Problem Avoid High Acceleration

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #32

Oct 252022

Accord 4-cyl

  • miles
I am writing this letter to complaint about a major defect for my vehicle as the Honda dealership located at 1036 Jericho Turnpike, Huntington NY doesn-€™t want to resolve as the vehicle is still under the manufactory warranty. The defect / problem involves the emergency brake release switch located in the center console area. I reported the defect / problem and hoped that Honda would honor the manufactory warranty under 36, 000 mile policy to replace an or repair any defects without cost to the consumer. However I was informed that payment in the amount of seven hundred and fifty dollars would be needed to resolve / repair the problem/ defect. I was told that the clip that hold the switch/ device to the center comnsole were broken and it is the current owner problem to resolve as it not covered. Just imagine how could I be responsible for a broken clip, when you look at the picture its clearly not a owner error but rather a defect in the workmanship to properly secure switch to the console. I want Honda to honor the under 36, 000 mile manufactory warranty policy and fix this problem without having me as a consumer to pay. Attached are the pictures of the emergency switch resisting inside the center console as no visible damage to the supporting outside structure.

- Huntington , NY, USA

problem #31

Oct 292022


  • miles
I purchased a 2020 Honda Accord in 9/2020 brand new. Within one month I started having brake issues. It felts like shuttering. I took it back to Honda service department; they stated the rotors need to be shaved a little. This did take care of the problem for about 8 months to year. I then started having the exact same sensation when braking at low speeds and worse at high speeds. I took it back to Honda (living in a different state) they said tech forgot to look at the brakes (it was there for oil change and tire rotation too) schedule to bring back and apologized. I scheduled a new appointment about 2 weeks out. They have my car all day and state they could not duplicate the problem. Service advisor states they believe it's happening at high speed/brakes heat-up was it okay for Service Manager to drive home because he lives a distance away. I did not feel comfortable with that, so he said to just drop by when I'm out and it's happening that a mechanic would get in the car with me to see if he feels the problem. I work Monday-Friday 8-5, I can't just stop in I explained. I was out of town over the weekend on I-95 going around 74mph and cars in front of me start hitting their brakes to slow down for traffic ahead we were on a slight curve in the road, my car starts shaking uncontrollably and giving that shuttering feeling then the brakes lock up. Thank goodness the car behind me was able to move into the slow lane and not rearend me at a deadly speed. My neck is still hurting from the locking of the brakes at such a high speed. I called Honda yesterday and scheduled to bring it back in again for the 4th time. I explained I will not take this car back without something being done to these brakes. At this point I feel it's a death trap. Let's see what happens Wednesday.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #30

Aug 142022


  • miles


Without driver intervention, the vehicle engaged the brakes. Threw both passengers forward until the seat belt restraints engaged. Bruising both passengers shoulders. The vehicle would not respond to either pedal - brake or gas for a few seconds. There was no visible traffic in front of us. The day was clear. And no construction or overpasses. The vehicle was taken into a certified Honda dealer and inspected. No -€œflags-€ or diagnostic issues found. The car was driven by the dealer. The issue wouldn-€™t reproduce. The dealer stated that they did find a large -€œsmashed-€ bug on one sensor and wondered if it could have caused the issue. Prior to the vehicle initiating the panic stop, no indications of a event were posted on any device in the vehicle

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #29

May 252022


  • miles
Since purchased I-€™ve had to replace the rear break pads 3 times and the vehicle only had 79,000 miles. Front break pads have not been replaced. It seems to be going through break pads too quickly especially for the back breaks.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #28

Mar 112022


  • miles
My front brake rotors needed to be re-turned at 22.6K miles. Based on my light-footed driving habits and general ownership experience, I think this is a very premature failure. I asked Honda Customer Service if they would consider this as a warranty repair, but they denied my request, saying it was normal wear-and-tear. In my opinion, Honda has used a substandard component or design that causes rotors to fail prematurely. This is supported by other reports of similar failure in the NHTSA database. I think that this failure could eventually present itself as a serious safety-related defect if left uninvestigated. I would urge NHTSA to look into the matter.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #27

Mar 012022


  • miles
Purchased as a new vehicle. Brakes went from operating normally to grinding and worn without warning around 20K miles. Pads replaced but no relief. Car was taken to dealership for service and rotors were turned. Vehicle operated fine after rotors were turned for approximately 2K miles then the same issue again. There is definitely a design issue with the braking system or rotor material. I have never had this many brake issues with any vehicle - new or used. The issue has caused increased braking distance and uncertainty around the reliability of the Accord braking system.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #26

Apr 282022


  • miles


Driving on a two lane highway suburban area - 40 miles per hour in a 40 mph speed limit. No cars in front of me for at lease 1/2 mile - totally blank and clear road. A pick up truck behind me. Very little traffic. Suddenly without warning and knowing my foot is on the accelerator, the car brakes to a complete stop with no foot on the brake pedal! Complete random braking for no reason. Luckily the vehicle behind me was far enough and not too close which allowed him to swerve and avoid colliding into me. He passed me and probably thought I was crazy. I called Honda and they told me to bring it in which I did. They performed many tests in all areas and advised they could not locate anything wrong. I know there is an ongoing investigation with Honda Accords and dangerous random breaking, thus the reason for this incident to be documented. The general manager of the dealership was in touch with me and advised he would be doing some research. I could easily have been killed if not for quick thinking of the vehicle behind me, and also luckily no car in front of me. What do you advise? This is extremely disconcerting to know it could happen again.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #25

Apr 082022


  • miles
Several times my car has slammed the brakes on its own when I have not touched the brakes and also when there is no car in front of me for it to detect the need to brake. The most recent time on 4/8 on the freeway.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #24

Feb 012022


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2020 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the tire pressure warning light and brake system warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the driver assists cruise control system, emergency brakes system, collision prevention system, and electrical steering assist all failed at the same time. The contact stated that the safety assist features became disabled but returned after the vehicle was restarted; however, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the failure occurred more frequently. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer however, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #23

Mar 102022


  • miles
I was driving yesterday accordingly to the speed limit on a main city street. There were no cars in front of me AT ALL when all of a sudden my car hit the breaks 3 times back to back out of nowhere causing my car to swerve! I felt completely out of control of my vehicle and I am so thankful I wasn't on the highway and that no one was near me! I first noticed issues with the breaking system, previously on 3 other occasions throughout my time of owning/leasing the vehicle. 3 other occasions before receiving an alert on the screen that read "the brake system has a problem. Avoid high speeds and sudden braking. Have your vehicle checked by a dealer immediately." That was February 13, 2022. I called immediately to take my car in and was told I would have to pay out of pocket to have this issue addressed which seems outrageous to me since it is something that I have no control over. So without the ability to pay such a high fee for a vehicle that I thought would keep me safe, I took it to a local auto shop and had my brakes checked while I had my routine maintenance done. I was told everything was fine, which in my opinion indicates it is at fault of the manufacturers.. I don't want to die before something is done. There have been many claims about the same thing happening. I'm truly shocked there hasn't been a recall due to this issue.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #22

Feb 192022


  • miles
This seems to carry over from problems with prior year models. I can be on the highway with no vehicle in front of me and the brakes apply by themselves (foot not even near the brake pedal). It is a brief braking, but it can be dangerous when someone decides to ride on my tail. I notice it does happen when I'm going around a curve and a railing next to me on the outside of the curve is near the lane. It also happens at times when a vehicle is in the next lane (right or left) and slightly ahead of me, even on a straight-a-way. It has happened multiple times. Date below is just the latest. I approximate my speed at 65MPH and my car low mileage.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #21

Feb 152022


  • miles
Multiple times while driving the emergency braking has engaged briefly. At first I thought it was detecting something in the road or a vehicle to the side of my car. That is not the case. It will apply this brake no matter what is in front of or around me. I have not noticed it doing it on secondary roads but it does it on highways and the interstate. This has created an unsafe situation many times.

- Mount Carmel, TN, USA

problem #20

Dec 212021


  • miles
While early driving in early December 2021 in my almost new car (7000+ miles) most all the lighted problems that could occur with an old vehicle lit up like a Christmas tree on the dashboard. Most of the items may or may not have actually quit working but their problem lights stayed on. Still it is no fun driving without cruise when your wife has breast cancer and you have have to drive 3 hours each way to Gainesville, Florida for treatment. I assume all the warning lights functions still worked, but it is hard to tell if things like the brakes were pr were not working when driving as they seemed to work fine. So I soon afterwards took the car into the dealer on December 11, 2021 in Leesburg, Florida. But by this time all the dash lights remained off as they are supposed to. So all they did was change the oil and did non-compliance recall BMC software update 20-039 and BGCM software update. The reason I brought the car in was not specified on my invoice. However, The dealer did say that my transponder for the EZ highway system was blocking the camera on the mirror. I believed them. Since then, however, today all the cash lights again said they were crashing again just before a 2-hour drive to the Gainesville cancer hospital. Upon return the lights went back to normal. I don't believe Honda dealers know what the problem is or why it continues in many millions of similar Hondas. My research on the Internet found at different complaints about said dashboard lights crashing causing similar problems. Most of these complaints had the dealers fix "the problem" and charging fees but again the customers reported do-over same problems.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #19

Jan 062022


  • miles
The brake system failed. I received an error message indicating "electric parking brake system problem. Parking break not available. See your dealer". All of the ABS messages, cruise control, etc. appear and say, "see your dealer". My safety was put at risk because the break automatically starts without me even pushing the break. This happens without any given notice and appears before the message occurs. This happens while vehicles are behind me on main roads and also happens while on the highway going a high rate of speed (speed limit). There is nothing that can be done to stop it manually. The car stops on its own. No, I will be scheduling a dealer appointment, since the issues continues to occur. No, the message appears after the issue starts.

- Ann Arbor , MI, USA

problem #18

Dec 302020


  • miles
Rear tire brakes started making a screeching noise days after taking the brand new car out of the lot. The car was returned to the car dealership. They "inspected" the car and called me back that the car is fine. The car continues to make the screeching noise and it feels unsafe. The car was new off the lot and should not be making noises. I am lost as to what else to do.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 262021


  • 6,000 miles
The vehicles braking system causes warped roters at very low mileage. Using these systems in combination with the warped roters causes vehicle shaking, driver distraction, and increased stopping distance. Honda replaced the first set of rotors under warranty which temporarily fixed the issue. However issues related to these systems incur excessive application of the brakes resulting in a resurfacing of the problem after a short time. Honda refuses to acknowledge this safety issue or repair

- Palmyra, PA, USA

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