really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,867 miles

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #9

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 #8

Apr 082013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
Shortly after purchase, I noticed that sometimes when turning a corner and then trying to accelerate, the engine falters as though it is going to stall, but it doesn't. the car now has about 2500 miles on it and this has happened dozens of times, but not always, when turning a corner. It doesn't matter whether or not the eco system is engaged or the A/C is on or off. I spoke to a service rep at my Honda dealer who said other owners have reported the same issue, but that it is just a characteristic of the vehicle and that there is no fix for it. I think this has the potential to cause an accident if I can't accelerate ahead of on coming vehicles or the car stalls.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #7

Feb 122013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 150 miles
To state my Accord troubles, the car jerks/pulls at low speeds while applying the brake. I am a soft driver and I accelerate/decelerate the same at all times, these are the speeds a noticed it most: @15mph, the car jerk/pulls and decelerates significantly. @ 5mph, the car jerks/pulls (very unsmooth) both when accelerating or decelerating past 5mph. I'm in traffic most of my drive so having the car roughly downshifting/jerking suddenly multiple times in at low speeds is extremely irritating. I am also concerned of the wear and tear this might ensue on the engine further down the line. I have taken my car to the dealer twice and they said there's not much they can do. I'm extremely disappointed with this Honda product, buyer beware!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 232013


  • 77 miles


Honda Accord 2013, wife was driving and car stuttered and quit in middle of road and then stopped. Had to have car towed to dealer. Car is 3 days old and we where told that the transmission is shot. They are in the middle of ordering a new one to replace it. Fcw system fail flashed on dash.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 232013


  • 30 miles
Vehicle shudders/shakes on acceleration, especially with eco button on. Noticeable downshift while decelerating. I was told that this "is just how the car drives" and that the car "reacts to how the driver drives it". was told by the dealership that the new cvt transmission has had many complaints about the shuttering/shaking on acceleration.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 092013


  • 25 miles
When I step on the brake while slowing down from 20+ mph to come to a stop there is a noticeable jerk (when the RPM indicator is close to 1) before the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Took it to the dealership (gun Honda, san antonio) and the technician could replicate the issue but mentioned it as a feature of the new cvt transmission and said he doesn't know of any way to fix the same. This happens every time when I need to bring the car to a complete stop at a stop sign or signal.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 022013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 100 miles


When braking from 20+ mph to complete stop. The cvt transmission jerk/jump/surge forward. Feels like strong engine brake then cvt adjust to have a smooth stop. The jerk/jump/surge happens around 15 mph. There are others that have this problem on driveaccord.net.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 282012


  • 1,000 miles
Came to stop at stop sign. New Honda Accord 2013 4 door suddenly tried to accelerate. I pushed down as hard as I could on the brake to stop the motion forward. It only moved a foot or two and with my wife yelling I was able to get it into neutral. Scared the life out of us. I am 51 and a financial professional. My wife is 52 and a physician. This was completely real.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 142012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 26 miles
2013 Honda Accord sedan, V6, touring model I stopped at the signal light at route 50 and chain bridge road; when the light changed I pressed the accelerator to leave, but nothing happened - the car was not moving or accelerating. Cars behind me honked and I pressed the accelerator more and then all of a sudden the vehicle's front tires spun a little and the car took off. This gave me a scare! this happened again 10-15 miles later as I was arriving near my home in alexandria, va. However, this issue is not causing the car to jerk, surge, or accelerate on its own; during this period of hesitation, when I need the car to accelerate, it appears to momentary die, stall, or run out of gas. I thought this was very odd, so I inspected the accelerator area, floor mats, etc. And everything appeared normal. This same incident happened on November 16, 2012, November 27, 2012, Dec 4, 2012 and Dec 11, 2012. I visited fairfax Honda service department hoping for a quick remedy. Unfortunately they were unable to duplicate the problem until the service manager and I drove the car together during my 11 Dec 2012 visit. The service manager told me this was characteristic of the 2012 Honda Accord sedan. He and I then drove a 2012 Honda Accord and I found this to be obvious when driving the 2012 Honda. I am very surprised this dangerous technical problem/issue has not been highlighted and remedied for the 2013 vehicle. I am very uncomfortable and concerned that due to the hesitation when attempting to accelerate I may be hit from the rear or hit by another vehicle due to this recurring malfunction. My wife feels this vehicle is dangerous and refuses to drive it. I have previously discussed this technical problem with Honda of America and they have opened a case file [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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