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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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:
7 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,082 miles

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2013 Honda Accord electrical problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 10)

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problem #101

Nov 022016


  • 16,000 miles


Apparently, Honda has been using wiring harnesses that are coated in some sort of soy based material in an effort to go green. Unfortunately, this has resulted in an unwanted consequence of rodents being attracted to my car. They are constantly trying to chew through the wires and this can result in a very expensive repair bill from Honda. This is something they did to the vehicles they manufacturer, and the fact that they're making us vehicle owners pay for the repair bills is unacceptable to me, but what can you do? I've read online this is not just affecting vehicle owners in rural areas, but owners who live in cities like I do. So far, I've had to use some bitter apple spray that only causes the rodents to try nibbling elsewhere in the engine bay. I don't have any pictures, but I can take some upon request. I'd hate to be driving when something fails.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #100

Apr 012017


  • 40,800 miles
For the last year, the car has been unable to start after parking it for a few minutes. Usually after a few key turns it will start. A month ago it would not start at all so we towed it. The dealership decided it was the starter. After 37,000 miles? it's a Honda! it worked fine for 5 weeks and then it died again after being driven just a few miles. This time the dash lights flashed and clicked for a few minutes but would not start. After towing it, the dealership hooked it up to a jumpstart and it started! three lights continued to flash so the dealership hooked it up to the computer. I called them a couple days later and they have no answers. I hate letting my wife drive an unreliable vehicle.

- Orcutt, CA, USA

problem #99

Mar 132017


  • 88,874 miles
I currently have the front collision warning and lane departure failure readout display along with the following yellow service lights; fcw, ldw, esp, ABS, electronic steering and tps lights activated. The front collision warning, lane departure safety feature, anti-braking system and electronic stability are not working at this time as I drove to the dealership this morning while it was snowing (vehicle obviously in motion). I"M currently waiting for resolution from the dealership and american Honda corporation.

- Red Bud, IL, USA

problem #98

Dec 212016


  • 42,000 miles


Push start doesn't start the car, there is only 42,000 miles on the car and I've only had the car a little over three years. This should be a recall as it appears to be an electrical issue.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #97

Dec 142016


  • 53,000 miles
2013 Honda Accord won't start. Lights, A/C, radio, windows work. This occurred after 50,000 miles. I would have to turn steering column at first to get it to start. Now it doesn't start at all! the vehicle is stationary

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #96

Aug 262016


  • 38,000 miles
When driving all of a sudden power steering fails all the lights on the dashboard flash on and off and all the electrical's shut off including heat/ac. Everything goes back to normal after a few seconds. This happens randomly and at various speeds.

- Old Bridge, NJ, USA

problem #95

Nov 292016


  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. When the vehicle was started, the fcw, ldw, ABS, traction control, and power steering warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,000.

- Pima, AZ, USA

problem #94

Nov 192016


  • 39,000 miles
My car is not starting. Turn the key and nothing. No dragging noise and no clicking. All the lights come on. Seems to be so common at the Honda dealership they tell me whats wrong before even examining the car. They say its the starter. Having it examined by the 3rd auto mechanic today. Only 39,000 miles, should not be having these out of pocket expenses. From all the research I am doing, this should be a recall.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #93

Oct 112016


  • 17,500 miles
While parking, but stopped, the car sped out of control. Foot brake and hand brake failed to stop the speeding car. It leaped over a curb and into a retention pond. The doors refused to unlock. Driver and passenger escaped thru windows and onto the roof. Previously, the unattended car had locked itself and windows and sunroof had opened on several occasions the two fobs were on cup hooks in the house. Honda shows no interest.

- Sunbury, OH, USA

problem #92

Apr 202016


  • 58,000 miles
Vehicle was stationary and in park. Vehicle intermittently will not start. When you put your foot on the brake pedal you hear a "click" and then push the "start" ignition button, the car does not crank, but the electrical instruments in the car cabin come on. Replaced batter and still have the same problem. Takes multiple attempts before vehicle will finally start. Vehicle started doing this at about the 33 month of ownership (I purchased it brand new). Vehicle had approximately 58,000 miles on it when it started having this problem. Vehicle continues to intermittently not start. Honda dealership can not find any faults or codes. Dealership is unable to and un willing to troubleshoot until they can detect a code/fault or observe problem.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #91

Sep 192016


  • 65,000 miles


***happens when vehicle is parked and turned off*** this car has a "feature" that is not disclosed to customers upon purchase which can lead to a dangerous condition for property and the interior of the vehicle. If the key fob is placed in a pocket with keys (as everyone does), there is a combination of inadvertent button presses (specifically unlock / unlock / unlock) which causes all of the windows and the sunroof to open. This has lead to my car being soaked by having all the windows open during a rainstorm while I was inside my office (with the vehicle parked right outside - the key fob works from quite a far distance). It has also lead to my belongings being compromised due to all of the windows opening when I parked in the city and was sitting in a building with the keys in my pocket, among other times. When I returned to the selling dealer I was told that they were unaware of this feature and I should read the manual. It is not detailed in the manual and there is no way to disable it.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #90

Jun 152015


  • miles
2013 started having intermittent starting problems and I took it to the dealer where I bought the car and was told nothing wrong. I went to another dealer twice because the couldn't replicate the issue but on the 2nd time right before the warranty expire they were able to reproduce it and replaced the starter. Fast forward in less than 2000 miles and less than 1 year, I'm having the starting problems. There is no way that I should having these issues, I haven't taken the car in to diagnose the intermittent starting issues yet, but if the is bad again. I wish they could figure out if the starters are bad or what's causing the starter to fail prematurely

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #89

Sep 022016


  • 30,000 miles
Intermittent problems with starting engine. Dash lights come on, but starter does not engage. So far, has started after sometimes extensive operation of the shift lever. Has happened multiple times over the past year.

- Seagoville, TX, USA

problem #88

Sep 012016


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. While driving approximately 10 mph, the power steering malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a tree. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The contact indicated that the failure previously occurred after the battery was recharged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that there was an electrical short in the dome light. The dome light was removed. The cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #87

Aug 252016


  • 29,262 miles
My 2013 Honda Accord touring (29,262 miles) will not crank nor start. There has been no previous problems/warnings, just wouldn't start one morning. It's parked in my garage. I put a new battery in the key fob although the other one was working to see if that was the problem. When I press it the car unlocks as normal. The interior & exterior lights comes on and the directions of how to start the car still show. The car is in park, I put my foot on the brakes & press the start/stop button. There is a slight beeping sound and a few lights showing in the dash, but it won't start. When I press the button again the accessory mode comes on as normal. The radio plays, my phone connects, the navigation system works, lights works fine, etc. When I press it once to turn it off, all the lights in the dash light up, the ac comes on, & all the pre-programmed warning lights come on one by one with a beep. Finally I press it one final time to turn it off. So everything works fine, it just won't start. This leads me to conclude that the starter has gone out like multiple complaints I've read. I'm currently waiting for the dealer to verify that. After only 3 years & 29,000 miles, I should not be having these problems. And I definitely should have to pay $700-$800 which is estimated starter replacement cost.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #86

Aug 012016


  • 35,000 miles
I am the 1st owner of my Accord.the issue occurs with the car being stationary and parked in a driveway, parking lot or on a street. With in the last two weeks I started having problems with starting my car. I would turn the key the dash and all associated parts would light up but the engine would not start. The battery was fine. It would take 3 turns of the key to get it started. Took it to the dealership today 8/17/16 and they diagnosed it with a bad starter. The cost of the repair is $900-$1000. The car has 35000 and I have owned it for 3 years.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #85

Aug 012016


  • 50,000 miles
Push start failure my car had 50000 miles on it when it started having trouble with the push start button. It did it once a week sometimes and eventually happened every time I tried to start the car. I took it to a mechanic and they were unable to pin point the problem. The starter checked out ok but since they could not find any other problem, they replaced the starter and kept the original incase I continued to have the problem they could return the original and give me my money back. It's been two weeks and so far I havent had the problem anymore. Only time will tell.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #84

Aug 162016


  • 55,000 miles
The starter in my 2013 Honda Accord coupe failed after only 3 years and 55,000 miles. The car would not start when I pressed the push to start button and would finally turn on after numerous attempts. This went on for 3 weeks until the car would no longer start.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #83

Jul 212016


  • 56,000 miles
Go to start my car and lights and ac work fine. The engine does not want to turn over and takes several attempts sometimes and other times it starts right off. The battery is only two months old and the dealer said it was the starter which is going to cost me $700!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the. Dealer said that this is way too early for a starter to go out on a 3 year old car with 550 miles on it. I have researched this and have found there are hundreds of people across the U.S. having this same exact issue. This needs the upmost immediate attention as this is a very costly and detrimental issue and some of us have no money to fix this!!! this must be dealt with now before lawsuits start happening!

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #82

Aug 012016


  • 57,742 miles
The key turns over but engine does not crank

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

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