Notes: The 2013-2014 Honda Accord is showing signs of an electrical problem with the starter failing soon after the 36K mile warranty expires. It's compounded by reports that the OEM battery doesn't have sufficient amps to start the V6 reliably after a year or two.

For now we are rating this problem with the "Beware" seal because it's occurring so soon after the 36K mile warranty expires. The upshot is when your Accord won't start, that's never good, but especially bad when it's just a few years old.

Also once again, owners are complaining that the 2013 Honda Accord seats are uncomfortable. Uncomfortable seats has been a significant complaint with the Accord since the 2008 model year.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,552 miles

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2013 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #18

Oct 262012

Accord 6-cyl

  • miles


2013 Honda Accord. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle software issues and seeks a new vehicle at no cost to them. Consumer states vehicle is a lemon law issue. The consumer stated the dealer was unable to repair or correct any of the non-conformities after a reasonable number of repairs over a ten month period. The problem with the TPMS persisted from the second week ownership. The pressure light problem would come on at random times on a monthly basis. After ten months, Honda stated it was a software problem, and they did not know when the software update would be available.

- Masury, OH, USA

problem #17

Sep 152013


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, all of the warning indicators illuminated on the dashboard unexpectedly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the mechanic stated that a screw had chipped an electrical wire. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 12,000. The VIN was not available.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #16

Jul 272013

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,700 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, all of the warning lights illuminated as the vehicle began to shake violently. The vehicle was driven to an independent mechanic for diagnosis but no cause for the failure was determined. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed the throttle position sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred. The failure and current mileage was 8,700..... updated 10-17-13 when the consumer read the invoice, it stated technician checked and found dtc code P2135 tp sensor A/B incorrect voltage correlation. The technician recalibrated the tp sensor. The third time the incident happened, the consumer was about to merge onto the highway, when suddenly the vehicle screeched and started to violently shake all while the dashboard lights lit up. The vehicle immediately decelerated to less than 20 mph in the middle of the highway. The vehicle was returned to the dealer, where the replaced the throttle body assembly. However, the problem happened again for a fourth time, where the technician replaced the computer. Updated 10/31/13 updated 12/5/13

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #15

Jan 142013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 200 miles


Since I bought my 2013 Honda Accord ex-L in January 2013, I have had issues with stereo system. At times, the stereo will not turn on or it will turn on but the display screen is blank. Other times, "no disc" appears on the display when I turn the car on. I don't listen to cds, therefore, I never changed the source to play a cd. I only listen to xm. The dealer stated they cannot do anything to fix unless I bring the car in while the issue is happening. The issue is intermittent and never happens while near a dealer. I did receive a recall in April 2013 and took my car in for the stereo software update. Did not solve my issues.

- Fruit Cove, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 122013


  • 3,000 miles
Two false TPMS low pressure warnings, second occurrence 7/19/2013. Tire pressure during both occurrences was correct when subsequently measured with tires 'cold' after warning. TPMS was recalibrated after both false warnings. TPMS is an indirect system, computed through ABS system. Checked with american Honda for a firmware update, none pending.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #13

May 062013


  • 800 miles
I purchased my Honda Accord 4cy, no navigation in April 2013. After having the vehicle for two weeks, I was backing out of my garage and when I put the vehicle in drive, the monitor where the rear view camera shows up went blank. The radio came on but I could not see any of the channels on the monitor. I turned the power off and then back on and everything works again. This happens on a regular basis and the dealership where I purchased the vehicle said they can only run a test on the car when it actually happens and for me to bring it to them when I have the problem. They do not show any service warranties for this issue. The problem is this happens when I am going to work at 5:00 a.M. and only when the vehicle is inside a garage. If the vehicle is parked outside it does not happen.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #12

Jul 102013

Accord 6-cyl

  • 6,100 miles


I own a 2013 Honda Accord ex-L V6 w/ navi today I started my car and when the stereo came on it was all static with a little background music from the radio. I switched the source to xm radio, ipod, bluetooth, fm radio... all of which were loud and statickey with hardly any music. I turned the car off and turned it back on and the problem went away. The is the first occurrence but I have read online that this is a common problem in the 2013 Accord.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #11

Feb 202013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
The sporadic failure of the radio to operate, come on is some instances, or to display presets and the cd player not operating all at the same time is extremely frustrating! the driver seat memory system not reverting when re-entering vehicle and starting, all point to a possible electrical problem that Honda would do good to look into -- there are youtube videos of other owners who have experienced radio malfunctions as well. The previous model Accord I owned, 2011, had no such problem. With regards to another owner complaint on the engine's momentary hesitations upon acceleration, was also experienced. Also, complained by other owner, was the driver side rear view mirror: The 1/4 end will cause you to immediately adjust to right in anticipation of car coming into you. This potential correction accident can be avoided by another left side blind spot device or mirror replacement altogether: I am trying not to pay too much attention to that 1/4 end part of mirror. The horn is annoyingly different from previous year and not as loud.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #10

Jun 092013


  • 7,700 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that that the air conditioning failed and blew hot air only. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The failure was located at the air conditioning condenser, which was fractured due to road debris. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 7,700.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 032013


  • 1,000 miles
Don't install an after market amplifier and sub woofer. The anc system will cause a loud buzzing sound when you first turn on the car and put it in gear. Don't be like me and waste money like I did because Honda has yet to address the issue.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #8

May 232013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 25 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that the bluetooth function would not disconnect properly. As a result, the contact would have to remove his eyes from the roadway, reach down and attempt to reconnect the bluetooth. The contact would also have to shut off and restart the engine in order to establish a connection. The manufacturer performed a software update during production, but that update failed to remedy the failure. The failure mileage was 25 and the current mileage was 500.

- Gainsville, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 042013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 553 miles
Our 2013 Honda Accord ex-L is equipped with a right turn signal blind spot camera which activates when the driver initiates a right turn signal. The dash console display screen gives the driver a view of the blind spot area. The screen also displays the area directly behind the car whenever the driver places the car into reverse. On the day specified, the right turn signal camera activated as I was merging into the right lane, but then, instantaneously, the display system froze, popped repeatedly, and then went to a dark screen--much like static on a television set. This has occurred more than two dozen times, even after my local dealer replaced the unit. On other occasions, the rear back-up camera either freezes, pops, and goes to dark screen or freezes in position--while I am driving forward down the highway. I have taken the car to my local dealer five times already, and, as of yet, they have been unable to fix the problem. The whole system pops, freezes, and reboots itself multiple times each day. Sometimes it is necessary for me to stop the car, turn it off, and then turn it on again in order for these features to work.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 272013


  • 212 miles
I was pulling away from a stop sign and had accelerated to about 15 mph. All of a sudden the car slowed down and stopped. I stepped on the accelerator and the car didn't move and the engine shut down. At the same time all the dash warning lights came on, including check engine, the big exclamation mark, anti-skid control, and the electric steering wheel warning light. I put the car in park and was able to restart the engine. At this time I noticed all the warning lights were still on, including the fcw light in the center of the speedometer with the message fcw failure. When the car was checked at the Honda dealership they could find no codes related to the above issues. They did find code dtc P2176 set for throttle actuator control not learned stored in history.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 172013


  • 4,600 miles
After starting the car, the forward collision warning came on and said failure. At the same time, all the other warnings were on( I.e. electric power steering, engine warning, tire pressure warning vehicle stability assist warning etc.) also, the econ assist went off. Did not drive it until wed. Took it to the nearest Honda dealer. After inspecting the computer readout, said I would have to bring it to them with the warning lights on. Said he could not determine the trouble with the warning lights off. The lights continue to come on and the fcw continues to show failure, but its not a continuing problem, only intermittent one. Very difficult to get to the dealer after hours or on Sunday, with the warning lights on.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 132013


  • 500 miles
I have purchased a 2013 Honda Accord touring model. It is equipped with a front collision warning system (fcw) which has a radar sensor in the grille. The system alerts can be set for long, normal or short. When set for long the alert should come on about three car lengths away from the vehicle ahead. If the system determines a collision is possible, it should give both visual & audible alerts, including a heads-up warning that flashes on the windshield. The fcw system is not working as it is described in the owners manual. In fact it only alerts @ random times. I have had the dealers technician check it out on highways, main streets & local streets. He could only get the system to give an alert once when the car ahead was standing at a red light. The alert came when we were about one car length away from the vehicle ahead. He tried it again @ the next red light & it did not give any alert. I have tested the system at all speeds & distances driving behind a car driven by my wife, no alerts. The technician said the system does not seem to be working & he would call american Honda to get information on how the system should work. Have been in touch with american Honda & at this point in time they do not admit that there is a problem. I would have no problem having them or any third party check out the fcw system.

- Sun City West, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 052013


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while reversing from a parking space, the back up camera and the warning chime did not activate to notify the contact there was a vehicle in close proximity. The contact crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. There were no injuries. The approximate failure mileage was 100.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 302013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 224 miles
This car has push button start on and off. The engine can be cut off with car in any gear and it does not have to be in park. I left the car in drive on a hill and went to get out and the car was drifting forward. I bought this car for safety features and this is a great concern. Has collision, lane change warnings and they are so low you can not hear them. I am 67 and my husband is 71 and this is not a safe car for our age group.called Honda and the warnings can not be cut up and there is nothing can be done about car drifting if you do not put in park. Very disappointed.

- Staunton, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 022012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 70 miles
My new 2013 Accord has a serious safety issue with the user interface to the phone and music. The phone book, xm, and usb music are displayed in long lists. My 32 gb drive has 300 albums. My full collection has many more. The problem is that there is no fast way to scroll these lists. The driver must reach to the furthest-right knob and twist. This moves the list down one item. So selecting any list item while driving takes the driver's eyes off the road, causes bodily contortions (it is a long reach), and makes I impossible to actually scroll more than a few dozen places down the list.

- Oak Ridge, TN, USA

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