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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
48,550 miles
Total Complaints:
53 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (45 reports)
  2. replace oil ring pistons (5 reports)
  3. money refunded or car replaced (2 reports)
  4. changed to different type engine oil (1 reports)
2013 Honda Accord engine problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #53

Jan 012018

Accord Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


We bought a Honda Accord Sport V6 from the LAX Marina Honda in 2016. At the time it had 17K miles. We started noticing (hard to say exactly when the problem first started because we didn't know it was a problem yet.) We kept noticing that the car's computer kept saying "Fuel Cap not sealed" but didn't think much of it. We kept getting regular oil changes. But recently, at another oil change, the mechanic told us that the car seems to be burning off oil. Same mechanic as the previous oil change. He told me that I should contact the car dealership to see if there'd been a recall about the issue. I called the dealership but kept getting put on hold. I will go tomorrow in person, bringing along with me the contract to see if they're willing to fix the problem for me.

If they refuse, I will see what my legal options are... I am sure I am now outside of the warranty, so not sure if Lemon Laws are outside the statute of limitations and therefore non-enforceable?

I anticipate they will try to avoid responsibility and turn me away, So I plan on filming discreetly to start building a case. I will provide an update on this issue and see how helpful the ' helpful Honda people' are...

- Al B., Los Angeles, CA, US

problem #52

Oct 102016

Accord LX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Since we bought Honda Accord from dealer it was burning lots of oil, about half gallon on 2000 miles.

- Valentin T., Rancho Cordova, CA, US

problem #51

May 062019

Accord Sport

  • CVT transmission
  • 90,000 miles

2013 Honda Accord Sport, engine is burning a lot of oil, i don't think there is a leak since i have no oil stains in my driveway, the engine rattles in the morning and when i stop hard or corner the oil light comes on but then it goes off.

- Rafael U., Quakertown, PA, US

problem #50

May 012019

Accord EX 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Took my Accord for service on March 30 2019 So when I was checking the oil to my car, my car had no oil today is May 1 2019. I have no idea to what to do

- Juan R., Arleta, US

problem #49

Feb 082019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

When this problem started I was under warranty after 4 consumption test they said they would pay something but want say how much. They made me jump hoops until it wasn’t under warranty. I was told it was a manufacturing problem but yet they expect me to pay to have it fix. The person at Honda Corp. office wouldn’t give me the name or pass my info alone, due to her lying to me (Vanessa) . I have to pay for the break down and a % of the repair.

I will NEVER purchase another HONDA the customer service is the worst, keep call me for a survey. They Honda dealership say they can’t do anything about it I say bullshit. Economy Honda Chattanooga will never see me again after this is over.. I have been block on their SoCal media because I posted this. I laugh at that because I will never never give up on making them do the right thing. They think because I’m a woman I just let it go .. I say they f%$# with the wrong one. Fix my damn car Honda...

- Denise S., Chattanooga, TN, US

problem #48

Feb 162019

Accord Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

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excessive oil consumption

Always loved Honda quality after owning several but I have never owned a vehicle that "burned" a quart of oil for every 2k miles. The irony is that the engine is called "Earth Dreams". Not very Eco-friendly.

So the engine recently started getting growly at intersections when the engine was cold and running a bit rough. I had about 6k miles on Mobile1 Full Synthetic, High Mileage oil with the instruments showing 40% life remaining. The oil light came on for about a second at the grocery store so I popped the hood and found a dry dipstick with a small drop of oil at the end.

Evidently burning oil is a known problem with Accords and I am very disappointed that Honda, apparently, sees no problem with this - according to other posts.

There was no low oil warning apart from the one second flash mentioned earlier and I am just thankful the engine wasn't destroyed before I checked the oil.

Honda seems to beginning to think like a domestic (US) car maker and while I hope this is not the case, they are making me rethink my decision to buy Honda again.

- Charles G., Lynchburg, US

problem #47

Jul 052018

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 65,000 miles


My wife has been bringing it to dealer all along. so this time I told her to go Sullivan Tire for inspection. they passed it however they said that oil was just touching the dipstick. The oil life % was @40%, so then I did the oil change and monitoring it. Now this brought attention to looking for possible problems with other people and that's how I found this site.

- John B., Hudson, US

problem #46

Jan 102018

Accord EXL 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Engine oil in the HONDA ACCORD 2013

1. Car started to consume engine oil about 3 quarts every 1000 miles and its really painful to change the oil.

2. The oil didn't go bad, but consumed all of the oil and dip stick is dry

- Ramesh P., Lewis Center, US

problem #45

Oct 012016

Accord LX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I like the car very much, but I'm worried about the engine burning oil, it costs me almost double to change the oil.

- Valentin T., Rancho Cordova, US

problem #44

Dec 052017

Accord Sport 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 65,000 miles

My 2013 Honda Accord Sport is using 2.5 quarts of oil between oil changes. Purchased in August of 2017- Purchased the extended warranty. No leaks so its doing something within the engine. Investigating to see what will be done to get issue resolved.

- Maurice M., Liberty, US

problem #43

Aug 072017

Accord EX-L 2.4L 4cl

  • CVT transmission
  • 101,028 miles


During the life of the oil I am now adding 1.5 liters. This doesn't seem to be as significant as some other users but it's likely to not get better with age.

- Craig S., Shediac, NB, Canada

problem #42

Aug 012016

Accord LX 2.4L 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I started to notice this excessive engine oil burning about 1 and a half years ago. When I checked the engine oil level, dip stick showed a tiny drop at the tip. Since then, I had to keep adding engine oil 1 qt every 3000 ~ 3500 miles. I replace engine oil every 10,000 miles with Mobil 1 Full Synthetic oil, which claims to be good for up to 15,000 miles. Between oil replacement, it needs additional 2~3 quarts with lots of oil level checking. Very annoying and feel not safe.

- accordingtohonda, Basking Ridge, US

problem #41

Jun 132017

Accord EXL

  • CVT transmission
  • 50,743 miles

When I checked the oil at around 4 K miles after the oil change, my dipstick was bone dry. I had to add 3 quarts of oil. Then I started watching this. So I Asked the Nanuet Honda to do an oil consumption test.. After I drive 1000 miles, they checked and added .8 quart of oil.

At the second test the service technician was unhappy with me. So at the second test he reported as no problem. He concluded that Honda Accord consumes 1 quart of oil per 1000 miles. That is normal for Honda. But I am adding 3 quart of oil every 5000 miles. Problem is not solved.

- Abyson K., New City, US

problem #40

Feb 222017

Accord LX 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 63,000 miles

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excessive oil consumption

Had Honda change the oil in Florida, drove home to New York. Shortly thereafter drove the car across country to Oregon. Finally the oil change reminder came up so I took it to a local Honda dealer who claimed there was no oil on the dip stick (oil light never came on). Checked it regularly thereafter and at 15% oil life, oil was 1 quart low. Honda started oil consumption test and it was a 1/4 quart low when I checked it, and full when they checked it after a 1000 miles. I can't say for certain, but based on the fact that it looked like someone opened the oil hule (dust was disturbed) it looks like they added oil to attempt a cover up. I'm driving it another 1000 miles and will fully document my findings with pictures before taking it to the dealer. There is definitely something wrong with this engine.

Update from Apr 2, 2018: I took the car in again, the dealer claims all engines consume oil and that burning 1/2 a quart in 1800 miles is completely normal for Honda engines. I filed a complaint with Honda about this problem and they claimed there are "no known issues". An issue that is considered "known" is one that Honda has already issued a recall on.

- Josh V., Hermiston, OR, US

problem #39

Oct 022017

Accord Sport 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 74,000 miles

Last night I was driving home and my oil pressure light blinked when I braked. I went home and check the engine oil and dipstick came out bone dry. I added the 3 quarts of oil to get oil level close to max line, and I serviced my car just 4.5 k miles ago, oil life reading 40% and and no oil in my engine. I am taking car to my dealer this weekend for oil consumption check up.

- smile5587cool, Schaumburg, US

problem #38

Sep 122017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,940 miles

purchased car from honda used lot in santa monica. november 2016, had oil change done at dealer may 2017. approx. september 10 the oil light blinked on (did not stay lit). the next day blinked again, briefly. was the weekend and due to work, i took car in sept 12th....service technician pulled dipstick and announced "there's no oil on dipstick". the dealer did an oil change (keep in mind, only 2,672 miles since previous oil change). i was charged for an oil change ($45) and was spared the $145 charge they said was for "problem diagnosis". they gave no explanation for oil loss, asked me to do "oil consumption test" which merely involved checking the oil when i filled with gas. they asked that i return in 1000 miles.

after all this i found on the internet the problem described and the lawsuit etc.

i was told i may have damaged my engine by the service tech but given no option for diagnosis but was told it "should be covered on warranty".

I feel that they knew of this issue with their engines and tap danced around it leaving me with a big unknown.

- Tom P., Los, US

problem #37

Apr 012017

Accord EXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

After 60,000 miles the 2013 Accord started using oil every 1,000 miles. The longer it goes before oil change the more excessive oil consumption seems to be noticed. At the last scheduled oil change the engine only had 1 quart of oil left. Since then it is using about a quart/1,000 miles.

Waiting to hear by end of week what Honda plans to do to fix the problem.

Have purchased Honda's for many years without ever having an issue with oil consumption.

- Keith W., Battlefield, US

problem #36

Apr 012017

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 70,000 miles

1/2 quart of oil burns up for 3,000 mile. I am worried about that it would get worst.

- andrewcho, Northridge, US

problem #35

May 272017

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 70,100 miles

This excessive oil consumption didn't become a problem until after the car passed the 60,000 mile mark. It seems to be burning a quart of oil every 2,000 miles.

- Sean S., Tomball, TX, US

problem #34

Jul 082017

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 71,215 miles

After putting 1,000 miles on the car since the last oil change, I checked the oil level and found it was already 1/2 quart low. This agrees with my previous observation that it is burning a full quart every 2,000 miles. I will continue making updates here.

- Sean S., Tomball, TX, US

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