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The steering on my brand new 2019 Accord Sport 2.0T gets stiff at speeds over 25-30mph and resists driver input, so much that you tend to over-compensate and make constant steering corrections every second so you don't crash. The car does not track straight at any speed, and does the same when the Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) is off or on. When LKA is active the car will not go straight on a straight smooth road. The car wanders dangerously from the right to left line markers and often rides on the markers bringing you very close to other cars and then jerks the car back to the opposite side of the lane and continues to do the same back and forth like a drunk person is driving the car.
Also the Driver Input Required amber light comes frequently on a straight road with highly visible lane markers. It is extremely tiresome to drive the car and try to keep it in its lane, even when I disable all the "driver-assistance" features. This is because the steering has a mind of its own and stiffens up. It resists the slightest driver input so you have to put more strength into it to make it go where you want to, but once the steering gives up fighting you and lets you do it, it results in overcompensating and constant steering corrections by the drive left-right, left-right, just going down in a straight smooth freshly paved road.
This is a dangerous situation as the car wants to constantly go off the road or lane, and increase driver stress and becomes very tiresome in any trip over 10 miles. What's worse is that the Dealers are not well informed about this issue and look at you like you are crazy, when it is reported by (some, not all) owners on every Honda forum on the web. Consequently I drove a 2018 Accord Sport 2.0T before I bought my 2019, and it did not have this issue. It was actually pleasant to drive, the opposite of my car.
- Harry S.,
New Windsor, US