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Honda has always been a strong contender in Consumer Reports tests – and it’s easy to see why. Take the Honda Accord, for example. It’s a well-rounded sedan with plenty of tech and safety technologies. For instance, the 2022 Honda Accord received an impressive overall score, ranking as the best midsize car of 2022. It also earned near-perfect reliability and owner satisfaction ratings. However, there are six Honda Accord models that Consumer Reports does not recommend.

The 2018 Accord is one to skip

The 2018 Honda Accord premiering at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in California
2018 Honda Accord | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

Although the 2018 Honda Accord is a Green Choice, it isn’t recommended by Consumer Reports. It received an average reliability and owner satisfaction rating. Even though the continuously variable transmission (CVT) works well, it generates loud engine noise. There are also some issues with the climate system and brakes, two of its most common trouble spots.

The good news is that there’s a hybrid version that is a bit quieter. So, if you’re in the market for something more fuel-efficient, the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid might be worth a look. 

Just like the 2018 model, the 2009 Honda Accord was unable to secure a high reliability and owner satisfaction rating. Some of its lows include loud road noise and no trip computer. Owners did report problems with the engine, such as leaking and misfires.

However, there are some pros to this model. It has good handling and visibility, and the controls are easy to use.

Don’t look at the 2008 model either

2008 Honda Accord sedans didn’t earn high Reliability or Owner Satisfaction ratings either. Gas mileage is not as good with this model as the previous year, too. Major problem areas included the car’s electric system, which has to do with the alternator and battery. Trouble spots continue with the 2008 Accord’s engine and brakes.

The good news? The back seat is generous, so passengers will remain comfortable. There are also four- and six-cylinder engine options. 

You can skip the 2003 Honda Accord

Like the others, the 2003 Honda Accord earned less than stellar reliability and owner satisfaction ratings. So, what are this model’s main problem areas? Power equipment, climate systems, and in-car electronics. 

When it comes to performance, Consumer Reports states, “The Accord has a firm yet absorbent ride that’s steady and composed on highways, supple and controlled on bumpy roads.”

Cross the 2000 and 2001 Honda Accord off your shopping list

Both the 2000 and 2001 Honda Accord cars aren’t recommended by Consumer Reports. The 2000 model had trouble spots with the transmission and climate system. Meanwhile, 2001 models had problems with the engine and in-car electronics. Both options come in sedan and coupe body styles with four-speed automatic and five-speed manual transmissions available. 

Lately, the Honda Accord has been performing great during Consumer Reports’ testing. The 2021, 2020, and 2019 models are all great choices if you’re looking for a “new-to-you” ride. You also can’t go wrong with any model from 2013 to 2017 – it’s one of the best generations yet. Additionally, the 2012 and 2011 models both received higher reliability scores, so if you need a used Accord for your travels, be sure to check out those specific years.


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