2022 Honda Accord Problems and Top Complaints

Engine and suspension problems and faulty brakes are the top complaint issues received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The Honda Motor Company’s flagship model, Honda Accord, is one of the best-selling cars globally. Even though it is safe and reliable, the 2022 model does have problems that cannot be ignored. The automatic emergency brakes activate randomly and the vehicle tends to wobble on slightly uneven surfaces. There are also complaints about engine failure and exploding sunroofs.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2022 Honda Accord

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
Service Brakes
Forward Collision Avoidance: Adaptive Cruise Control
Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
Lane Departure: Assist
Vehicle Speed Control
Unknown Or Other
Electrical System

Most Common Problems with the 2021 Honda Accord

Complaints to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) show that the top issue with the 2022 Honda Accord is the faulty automatic emergency brake system. Many owners complain that they activate randomly, without warning, endangering those in the car and in other nearby vehicles.

But there are many other issues that have also resulted in complaints. These include problems with the engine, the suspension of the car, and the sunroof, which sometimes explodes.

Problems with the Brakes

Most of the complaints about brakes are filed under Forward Collision Avoidance. As they say, it’s very dangerous, especially when there are cars following behind. While the feature can be disabled, it automatically re-enables itself when the car is restarted.

As an owner from North Carolina states: “The automatic braking system activates at random times, even when nothing is around the car. I have almost been rear-ended several times because of this issue.”

An owner from California states: “When I set my cruise control and drive in the middle lane, the car brakes automatically even though there is no car or any object in front of me.”

An owner from Illinois says this has happened three times. “While making a lane change from a single lane to multiple lanes on a right curve, the vehicle suddenly decelerated and the braking system came on. Fortunately, no one was behind me.”

The driver was traveling at about 45 mph each time and it slowed abruptly to under 30 mph. It did not come to a complete stop.

An owner from Tennessee says that on numerous occasions “the automatic emergency braking activated out of nowhere. There will be either no cars ahead of me or cars in opposite lanes but nothing in mine. I’ve had this car for about 3 months and it has happened at least 4 times. No accidents have happened because of this, however, it easily could have resulted in one.”

This owner also has a complaint about the lane-keeping assist feature. Multiple times when driving with lane-keeping assist on, and hands on the wheel, it suddenly tries “to jerk me off the road. This is extremely dangerous. If I’d been paying less attention I would have definitely ended up in a ditch or worse.”

Problems with the Engine

There are a couple of engine-related complaints, with one stating that the car failed with only 22 miles on the clock. The car stalled while traveling at 55 mph. The brake system, admission system, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and vehicle assist stability warning lights all came on.

“The vehicle was not drivable.” So, the owner had the vehicle towed to the local dealership. They diagnosed that the variable timing control (VTC) that varies oil pressure should be replaced.

The vehicle was repaired. However, the following day, the dealer informed the owner that the engine also needed to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired, but the manufacturer was informed about the failure.

Problems with Suspension

There are only two complaints that blame suspension issues for problems. But they are serious.

The first is from an owner in Michigan who reports that the 2022 Accord wobbles significantly on mildly rough roads. It happened the first time while he was driving at 70 mph in a vehicle with only 500 miles on the clock. No warning lights came on.

The dealer test drove the vehicle on a smooth road and said there were “no issues,” blaming the wobbling on the road.

The driver disputes this, having driven three other vehicles on the same mildly rough road surface without incident. In the complaint, the Accord owner says that the failure recurs increasingly when driving.

The second complaint is from an owner in Iowa who states that the car “shuffles on the concrete highway.” This causes safety issues. Within three days of the incident, he contacted the dealership and said he wanted to return the car.

“It’s a safety risk, and it causes vertigo for both me and my wife.” There is no indication of what the response is.

Problems with the Sunroof

There has been a myriad of complaints about exploding sunroofs in a wide range of vehicles. The Honda Accord is no exception. There was a complaint to the NHTSA about the sunroof blowing out of a 2021 Accord sedan when the vehicle was closed and driving on a highway.

A complaint from a 2022 Honda Accord owner states that the sunroof exploded while driving at 70 mph. When the owner took the car to a dealership, they insisted a rock was the cause of the shattered sunroof. The owner refuted the diagnosis and reported the issue to the NHTSA.

The vehicle had only about 700 miles on the clock at the time.

Your Lemon Law Rights

If you buy a new 2022 Honda Accord and suspect that you’ve bought a lemon, call our Helpline to see how we can help. Lemberg Law can help you get a replacement vehicle, or negotiate that the manufacturer buys it back or refunds your money. You can rest assured that you’ll be fully covered because the law is on your side. It says that Honda must pay your legal bills.

What’s New for 2022?

The biggest news for 2022 is that the Honda Accord’s Sport trim level is now available on a hybrid model. The previous year’s Accord Hybrid EX replaces a new Sport trim hybrid, which features:

  • 19-inch alloy wheel
  • Black rear spoiler
  • LED headlamps and fog lights
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
  • Heated seats
  • Sirius XM radio
  • 8-speaker audio system
  • Sport pedals
  • Full suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies

What’s the fuel economy for the 2022 Honda Accord?

Honda assesses mileage ratings based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating requirements. They do, though, advise that actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive, and how you maintain your vehicle. The age and condition of hybrid vehicle battery packs can also affect mileage ratings.

The ratings below are estimates for driving in the city, on a highway, and a combined average rating:

  • Accord LX – 30 – 38 – 33
  • Accord Sport & Accord Sport SE (special edition) – 29 – 35 – 32
  • Accord EX-L – 30 – 38 – 33
  • Accord Sport 2.0T & Accord Touring 2.0T – 22 – 32 – 26
  • Accord Hybrid & Accord Hybrid EX-L – 48 – 47 – 47
  • Accord Hybrid Sport & Accord Hybrid Touring – 44 – 41 – 43

What are the Trim Packages & Pricing for the 2022 Accord?

There are 10 model/trim levels of the 2022 Honda Accord. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) ranges from $25,470 to $36,540, excluding the $1,015 destination charge.

MSRP below includes the destination charge:

  • Accord LX – $26,485
  • Accord Sport – $28,945
  • Accord Sport SE – $30,435
  • Accord EX-L – $32,805
  • Accord Sport 2.0T – $33,625
  • Accord Touring 2.0T – $38,415
  • Accord Hybrid – $27,685
  • Accord Hybrid Sport – $31,035
  • Accord Hybrid EX-L – $34,005
  • Accord Hybrid Touring – $37,555

What Technology does the 2022 Honda Accord Have?

Every Accord model comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that is easy to operate and features crisp graphics. The screen is mounted quite high on the dashboard, which makes it visually accessible, even at a glance.

All trim levels have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But the EX-L, Touring, and most of the hybrids have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with wireless functionality that includes a wireless charging pad. All models, except for the base LX and Hybrid, have two rear USB ports.

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Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Mike G

    The so called safety system is a hazard , car breaks engaged very hard when a truck entered the highway and I was in the center lane . If I was being tailgated the person would’ve definitely rear ended me .

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