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Honda Sensing is the name given to the suite of driver assistance features that come standard on the Accord. The bundle includes adaptive cruise control, auto high beams, lane-departure warning and mitigation, traffic-sign recognition, low-speed follow – and of course, collision-mitigation braking.
The collision-mitigation braking system is quite complex. It uses two primary inputs: a radar sensor, mounted in the front grille, and a camera located in the rear-view mirror. Data from these devices is relayed to the computer controls onboard the car. If the system determines a crash is about to occur, it instructs the vehicle to apply the brakes automatically.
While the feature may sound good on paper, in many situations Honda’s collision-mitigation braking (otherwise known as automatic emergency braking) doesn’t work properly. The system tends to either halt the vehicle unexpectedly or not to stop it at all. Both scenarios present a potential safety hazard.
On the NHTSA website, one owner tells his account that makes the threat all too real. He states, “I was traveling on U.S. Highway 19 and a vehicle turned off about a half mile ahead of me while I had the cruise control engaged. The vehicle had completely cleared the road and my car slammed on the brakes causing everything in the vehicle to be thrown into the floorboard. Had there been a car behind me, the car would have rear-ended my vehicle.”
In 2017, Honda issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) addressing the same problem present on other models. The TSB (TSB 17-064) instructs dealers to update the radar unit’s software to address the concern. So far, Honda has not publicly tackled the matter on the 2018 Accord.
Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Honda Accord Brake Problems:
I PURCHASED BRAND NEW MY 2018 HONDA ACCORD SPORT DEC 28 2017 I HAVE 1450 MILES CURRENTLY ON THE CAR AND THE BRAKE PRESSURE HAS BEEN LOST. WHEN APPLYING BREAKS AT HIGHWAY SPEED ITS NOT AS NOTICEABLE BUT AROUND TOWN AT 45MPH WHEN APPLYING THE BREAKS THERE IS DEAD SPACE THEN FULL BRAKE KICKS IN WHICH MAKES OTHERS THINK YOU ARE BRAKE CHECKING THEM. WHEN GOING TO THE FORUMS AND TO THIS WEBSITE I SAW OTHER COMPLAINING ABOUT THE BRAKE BOOSTER FAILURES. I WENT TO THE DEALERSHIP. THEY ADVISED YES THE VEHICLE HAS A FAILED BRAKE BOOSTER AND IS ON A NATIONAL BACK ORDER. I AM CURRENTLY DRIVING MY NEW CAR WITH A FAILED BOOSTER WAITING ON HONDA TO FIX IT. I HOPE THIS IS SAFE THAT THAT MY BRAND NEW CAR ISN’T BEING DAMAGED WAITING FOR THIS PART.
BRAKES DO NOT STOP SMOOTHLY, THERE IS A DEAD SPOT IN THE BRAKE PEDAL THAT TAKES EXTRA PRESSURE TO GET THE CAR TO STOP. MAKES THE CAR STOP SUDDENLY WHEN TRYING TO BRAKE SMOOTHLY. DEALER ACKNOWLEDGED THE PROBLEM AND REPLACED THE MASTER CYLINDER WITH NO FIX AND NOW DEALER SAYS THEY NEEX TO WAIT FOR AMERICAN HONDA TO ALLOW THEM TO REPLACE THE BRAKE BOOSTER THAT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL FOR OTHERS ON HONDA FORUMS
JUST LIKE OTHERS HAVE SAID, I’M ALSO HAVING AN ISSUE WITH THE SENSITIVITY OF MY BRAKE PEDAL. THE BRAKE FEELS LIKE THERE ARE STEPS TO IT INSTEAD OF A SMOOTH LINEAR PEDAL. I HAVE NEVER DRIVEN A CAR WITH A BRAKE PEDAL LIKE THIS. FROM THE FIRST STOP LEAVING THE DEALERSHIP AFTER BUYING MY 2018 HONDA ACCORD 1.5, I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH THE BRAKES
Engine / Powertrain
In the early 2000’s, Honda unleashed a rash of Accords with bad transmissions. It seems history may be repeating itself with the 2018 model car. There are numerous complaints of the 10-speed automatic shifting poorly, jerking and failing altogether.
On Edmunds.com, one owner complains, “Test drove 2018 Honda Accord Sport and ended up buying one for my wife. This was our 4th Honda, we had good luck with the Honda brand and the reliability. We were going to buy the top rated Toyota Camry but decided to stick with the Honda. My wife drove it for 2 weeks, the car had 200 miles on it and it started driving funny, we brought it into the Honda dealer. The technician took the car for a ride and told us that he had some bad news, the brand new 2018 Honda Accord Sport needed a NEW TRANSMISSION!!! So much for Honda quality and quality control. They offered to replace the transmission, we told them that we bought a new car and want a new car not a refurbished car. They refused, very very disappointed in Honda and the Honda brand. We now have a refurbished 2018 Honda Accord the we paid full price, NOT HAPPY WITH HONDA!!”
So far, Honda has not gone public with any TSBs or recalls regarding the issues.
Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Honda Accord Engine and Transmission Problems:
MY BRAND NEW 2018 HONDA ACCORD 2.0T W/ AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION IS HAVING ISSUES. IT SHIFTS VERY ROUGHLY SOMETIMES, I NOTICE THE PROBLEM MOST WHEN THE ENGINE IS COLD, HOWEVER IT STILL HAPPENS FREQUENTLY WHEN ENGINE IS AT NORMAL OPERATING TEMPERATURES. I UNDERSTAND THAT ITS A FIRST YEAR PRODUCTION VEHICLE AND A NEWLY DESIGNED TRANSMISSION BUT HAVING PROBLEMS LIKE THIS WITH UNDER 700.00 MILES IS EXCUSABLE. THE PROBLEM DID NOT SUDDENLY START, I NOTICED THE PROBLEM SOON AFTER DRIVING OFF THE DEALER LOT FOR THE FIRST TIME. AND LET ME BE CLEAR, I UNDERSTAND WHAT “BREAK IN PERIODS” ARE FOR CARS AND I HAVE NOT DRIVEN THIS VEHICLE AGGRESSIVELY AT ALL YET, THE VERY ROUGH SHIFTS HAPPEN AT JUST NORMAL EVERYDAY DRIVING.
THE FIRST NIGHT I TOOK OWNERSHIP OF CAR, THE ENGINE LIGHT BLINKED AND THE CAR LOST POWER, AND BECAME A BRICK. HAD TO TURN CAR THE OFF, START IT, AND BEGAN TO FUNCTION NORMALLY. CAR SHOWED 3 MISFIRE CODES ON MY SCANNER P0301, P0304, P0300. THIS HAPPENED SEVERAL TIMES, THE DEALERSHIP TOLD ME THE FIRST TIME NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THE CAR. THEY CHECKED THE COMPUTER AND IT SHOWS NOTHING HAPPENED. RELUCTANT TO TAKE THE CAR I WAS, BUT LIA BREWSTER HONDA WAS VERY FORCEFUL AND TOOK THE LOANER BACK. NOT EVEN TWO NIGHTS LATER THE CAR DID IT TWICE IN ONE DRIVE CYCLE. EVERY TIME THIS HAPPENS IN THE RAIN. LIA BREWSTER HONDA HAS MY CAR NOW FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND NO ONE CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT IS WRONG. I AM UPSET THAT THEY TOLD ME MY CAR WAS SAFE, I HAVE A 9 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER THAT IS THE WORLD TO ME. I EXPLAINED THIS AND STILL WAS NOT TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION. MY CAR IS STILL THERE, AND NO SIGN OF BEING FIXED. ONLY PAID ONE PAYMENT ON THE CAR. THEY TOOK MY CAR DUE TO THE FACT I VIDEO TAPED THIS HAPPENING. I FEEL THE CAR IS UNSAFE FOR MY FAMILY, HOPE THIS ISNT SOMETHING THAT BECOMES A TREND WITH 2018 HONDA 2.0T. PEOPLES SAFETY IS A NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. VERY UPSET I WAS TOLD NOTHING WRONG WITH MY CAR, AND WAS PUTS IN AN UNSAFE CONDITION.
THE CAR STUTTERS OR STAMMERS WHEN YOU PRESS THE ACCELERATOR/GAS PEDAL AT TIMES, IT DOES NOT DO IT AT ALL TIMES. IT IS DANGEROUS. IT WAS STATIONARY AT A STOP LIGHT, OR PULLLING OFF FROM A STOPPED POSITION.
The 2018 Honda Accord is a feature-rich ride, decked out with all the bells and whistles. Unfortunately, much of the high-tech gadgetry either doesn’t work right, or doesn’t work at all.
In addition to the problems with the Honda Sensing suite, mentioned earlier, there are many accounts of issues with the Accords radio and back up camera.
“Have had this car to dealer 5 times within first 2000 miles. Several braking problems, touch screen stopped working, had to update system, and hood misaligned from factory… which was attempted to be fixed by their “great body shop” to no avail. Very disappointed with new Honda quality. Should have bought the Camry,” writes an owner on Edmunds.com.
Another on the NHTSA website states blatantly, “Reverse camera quit working.”
A recall (18V629000) has been issued to remedy the backup camera problem. As for the radio, Honda has responded in a communication (ATS180105) on the NHTSA website by saying, “We’re currently looking at an issue where the audio system cuts out when using the right turn signal while playing FM radio.”
Not having a radio is a real bummer. Don’t leave you customers hanging, Honda.
Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Honda Accord Electrical Problems:
ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THIS CARS COLLISION MITIGATION SYSTEM HAS APPLIED THE BRAKES WITHOUT ANY REASON AND THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE FOR THE PUBLIC AT LARGE AND NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION FROM HONDA. I’VE SEEN SOME COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE 2017 AND 2018 CRV DOING THIS EXACT SAME THING.
CAR MULTIMEDIA UNIT (WITH A TOUCH-SCREEN) RANDOMLY FREEZES AND RESTARTS ITSELF. IT HAPPENED TO ME 9 TIMES ALREADY SINCE I BOUGHT A CAR IN JUNE 2018. IF YOU USE NAVIGATION SYSTEM OR NEED SCREEN FOR OTHER ACTIVITIES WHILE YOU DRIVING – YOU ARE IN TROUBLE, BECAUSE YOU WILL LOSE ALL THE CONTENT YOU HAD ON THE SCREEN BEFORE THE RESTART AND IT WILL DISTRACT YOU FROM THE DRIVING. AFTER RESTART SYSTEM IS VERY SLOW AND IT FORCES YOU TO ACCEPT LEGAL DECLAIMER WHILE YOU DRIVING! TWO TIMES IT JUST FROZE WITHOUT RESTART AND I HAD TO STOP THE CAR, TURN THE ENGINE OFF AND ON AGAIN, TO REMOVE THE PROBLEM. VERY ANNOYING AND ALSO NOT SAFE BECAUSE IT DISTRACTS YOU. ONE TIME IT HAPPENED WHILE I WAS BACKING UP USING REAR VIEW CAMERA, WHICH ALMOST CAUSED AN ACCIDENT.
TRUNK WOULD NOT OPEN, BLINKERS AND WIPERS WOULD NOT WORK, ALL ON BOARD SENSORS (LANE DEPARTURE, BACKUP DETECTION, ETC.) WOULD NOT OPERATE. SEVERAL ERROR WARNINGS PRESENTED ON DASH IN REGARDS TO SAFETY SENSORS NOT WORKING. HAD TO STOP AT DEALERSHIP AND THEY RESET THE CAR COMPUTER. SAFETY ISSUE W/WIPERS AND BLINKERS NOT WORKING
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