really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,264 miles

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Aug 272015


  • 19,500 miles


Adaptive cruise control applied hard braking while vehicle traveling at 70 mph with no vehicle in front of the reported malfunctioning vehicle. Braking was severe enough to propel occupants against seat belts and caused the vehicle to veer to the left with the potential to cause a rear end collission

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #27

Sep 142015


  • 25,000 miles
Cannot steer when turning and when turning the wheels keep turning, cannot get the speed up normally have to pump the gas hard for car to accelerate.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #26

Aug 102015


  • 200,000 miles
Vehicle was parked. Upon pressing brake to shift to "drive" the vehicle jolted multiple times then accelerated forward. The vehicle collided with another vehicle directly in front injuring a person who was between both vehicles at the time.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #25

Dec 062014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 20 miles


Driving on a busy S.E. street in Washington DC, driving about 20 to 30 mph., heard a noise that sounded like a tire blowing out or some other type of noise emanating from underneath the car. I tried to press the brake, but instead the car accelerated and would not stop. It sped up at least another 15 to 20 more mph, and again, would not stop. There were vehicles in the back, so I could not use the emergency brake or shut the car off. There were also vehicles on the side and in front of my vehicle. I had to make a decision on how to slow the car down without hitting any pedestrians or any other vehicles. Decided to try and stop the car by hitting something stationary and ran into a set of steps that belonged to an office building. Airbags deployed and two passersby stopped to assist me and my passenger out of the car. We were both transported by ambulance to a hospital with substantial injuries to the chest, rib, neck and back for myself and the passenger.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #24

Nov 052014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
While driving alone into a marked space in a public parking lot, my foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator. The vehicle then accelerated into the concrete base of a light pole. Immediately, the vehicle bumper crumpled, the left side of the hood crumpled, and the passenger side air bag activated. There was no one except myself in the vehicle and the driver side airbag did not activate. At this date, November 10, I have no idea how much damage was done to the vehicle.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #23

Jun 022014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
While using the adaptive cruise control (acc) I was traveling at 75 mph. This system is suppose to reduce your speed when it sees another vehicle in front of you and then bring you back up to speed when the obstacle is no longer present. I was on a 4 lane limited access highway (2 lanes each direction). I was in the left lane. There were no cars in front of me but there was an 18 wheel truck about 150 feet in front of me in the right lane. We were approaching a left curve and on a slight incline to the curve. As we entered the curve the acc sonar detector saw the 18 wheeler in the other lane and disengaged the acc and applied the brakes, without warning. This brought my speed down quickly from 75. This is the second time this occurred in similar circumstances. The real danger here is that there was no reason for the car to brake; the sonar saw an obstacle in a different lane; had another vehicle been following me the surely would have been a crash. I am a former crash investigator. As such, I can tell you this situation will be problematic. Fortunately, the car gives you the option of using the acc or traditional cruise control - I have disabled the acc for safety concerns.

- Elverson, PA, USA

problem #22

Aug 032014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles


While turning right to park in a residential townhouse parking space, the car accelerated suddenly and hit a tree which was very close but at the top of a slanting hill. It felt like the car was slipping on ice but there was no ice. A person outside of the car heard a strange noise. It felt like there was no ability to control the car. I tried to back up, I felt the same slipping so I stopped and left the car. The same person heard the noise again when I was backing up. I am an experienced driver with a clean driving record for over 20 years and have never experienced this. It was Sunday afternoon and there were no weather related issues. This was the 3rd stop of the day over a 1-2 hour period. This is a quiet street so there were no traffic issues. The car was leaking oil so it was towed to the body shop.

- Basking Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #21

May 082014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 13,500 miles
I recently had a very serious issue with my 2013 Honda Accord regarding unintended acceleration. While pulling into a parking spot at a garden nursery I applied the brakes but they did not respond in anyway, the engine then revved up making a loud noise, the car lunged forward over several railroad tie barriers, bushes, hit a truck that was parked in the lot and came to rest in a mulch pile. Luckily the truck and mulch stopped the car and I was able to put it into park and turn it off. There is considerable amount of damage to the side of my car and the property of the nursery. This happened on May 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm. It was a gravel parking lot, dry sunny day. This Honda was purchased new in 2013 and is a 4cyl with cvt transmission and has approximately 13,000 miles. The car had to be towed to the dealership where it sits now waiting for a Honda representative to investigate this issue. It was a blessing that no one was standing in front of my car. Much of my decision to purchase a Honda was because of reliability and safety; however, I do not feel safe driving this vehicle. This is my first Honda and I am thoroughly disappointed and alarmed after this incident.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #20

Apr 052014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 8,200 miles
While coming to a stop in my parking spot, I applied the brake and the vehicle suddenly accelerated, with engine surge /loud noise and there were no brakes...... car plowed over parking spot barrier, into shrubs, balcony beam and neighbor's screened patio. There is considerable damage to my vehicle, shrubs, neighbor's patio and my balcony. This was a terrifying event. Investigations by insurance co and mechanic are pending at this time.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #19

Nov 072012

Accord 4-cyl

  • 700 miles
Since I first purchased my 2013 Honda Accord, the Honda has intermittent hesitations after stopping at traffic lights, stop signs, parking and so forth. For instance, for the second time in the last five days, I stopped, went into a store, returned, cranked Honda Accord, backed out, and the car would not "go." It simply "stalled", February 03, 2014. This was mentioned in 2012 to service manager, [xxx], at Honda dealership service center; in mobile, al, he had one of his technicians to test drive my Honda. Technician returned and claimed, after testing, and test drive, that he could find nothing wrong. I did not receive any paperwork other than a verbal assurance that I was probably just getting adjusted to the "new car." After that, every two weeks or so, I would have a "whole week of intermittent" hesitations and stallings. This is very dangerous when trying to get through a traffic light - I have to really press down on the accelerator for the car to finely decide to "go". this problem was verbally reported again to [xxx], service manager, and technicians, January 10, 2013 - miles 5,384. The report was, "give it some time, the car is still new." - now, at 24,200 miles, this 2013 Honda Accord still scares me. Yesterday (2/3/2014), at a four-way stop, my Honda stalled, the engine did not "turn off", but the car would not "go." For about 15 seconds which is dangerous when in the middle of the road. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Grand Bay, AL, USA

problem #18

Dec 012011

Accord 6-cyl

  • 8,500 miles


After a complete stop, then an attempt to accelerate, the car hesitates and then moves forward in an uncontrolled manner. It seems like the transmission is hunting for a gear and then suddenly finds it allowing the car to move but not in a way the driver would like.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #17

Dec 122013


  • 6,500 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning and traveled through a residential yard. The contact engaged the brakes but the vehicle would not respond. The contact sustained no injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 6,500.

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #16

Jun 142013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
The forward collision warning system on this vehicle has not worked properly since it was purchased new from darlings Honda in bangor Maine on 6/14/13. It has been returned to the dealer at least three times for calibration and adjustments to no avail. I have knowledge of at least 2 other vehicles which are the same. I have also contacted american Honda and have been advised to return it to the dealer. (which as stated has been done) the dealer says that american Honda has furnished no information to them as to how to resolve this matter. The dealer agrees that this system in not working properly and is awaiting information. The forward collision warning system is listed by Honda as a safety feature. It simply does not work and has no value as a safety feature.

- Madison, ME, USA

problem #15

Nov 142013

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while stopped with her foot on the brake pedal, she placed the vehicle in park when it suddenly accelerated independently. The vehicle crashed into to a handicap sign and proceeded to crash into a tree. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the body repairs were scheduled to be performed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that an engineer would inspect the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50. Updated 2/18/14

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #14

Sep 032013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
Ongoing issue. Sometimes when I start my car in the morning, or when leaving the office in the evening, and put it in reverse and give it gas the engine revs, rpms go up, but the car won't go. I will roll down my driveway (it's on an incline), put the car in drive and still have the issue. Then, without warning, the car will respond to me giving it gas and take off. This is a very dangerous issue! I have almost collided with my neighbor before because of this. Took it to the dealership where I was told that they can't duplicate the issue so they can't check it. If the car won't go, how can I take it to them while I am experiencing the issue?

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 042013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I had been experiencing stuttering with my vehicle while accelerating. Brand new vehicle and issues began at approximately 500 miles. Took it into the dealership and the service tech acknowledged the issue but claimed they ran full diagnostics and assured me that the vehicle was in perfect condition. Two weeks later, while driving the vehicle at approximately 20 mph, all of the warning lights came on and when applying pressure to the gas pedal, the car would not accelerate. Had to have the vehicle towed and direct injection system replaced.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 142012

Accord 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
Was stopped with car in gear front collision warning problem and adaptive cruise control problem warnings come on in the dash it also happened today in a drive thru at coffee shop this morning.

- Longview, WA, USA

problem #11

Mar 062013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 279 miles
Within 2 weeks of purchasing a new Honda I experienced a 2 to 3 second hesitation problem when trying to accelerate from low speeds. The first time it happened I was on a green light turning left, so I had to yield to oncoming traffic. I had slowed down to about 3 or 4 mph but tried to accelerate once the way was clear only to find that I had no power! I then pressed the accelerator all the way to the floor but nothing happened. It was almost as if the car had stalled. Just as I was about to try and restart the car it kicked in and I surged ahead just seconds before being hit head on. The same thing happened a few days later. This time the oncoming car had to go around me or we would have crashed. My car is now close to 7 months old and I'm still having the same problem even though I've taken it to 2 different Honda dealers and reported it to Honda of America. My case number is #12013-04-1600114. I have spoken with them many times. The problem is that it's an intermittent occurrence and almost impossible to recreate while riding around with the service manager in the car. I have found many instances almost exactly like mine on the internet as well as finding a class action lawsuit which is pending in California, so I don't know why they must see it for themselves. They should be able to diagnose the problem from my description, especially since other drivers are relating the same symptoms. I've been without my car a total of 34 days while it sat in the shop of 2 diff. Dealerships waiting for them to do something to fix my problem. As far as I know they never did anything except test drive it and then say "problem not found". I find that very hard to believe because the problem presents itself to me about every 3rd time I drive it. I bought a Honda because safety is a huge concern for me, but this car is not safe! please help me!

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #10

Aug 222013


  • 600 miles
When the car first starts up, and you shift it into drive, the car lurches forward rather rapidly. It is especially bad when you go from reverse to drive

- Barrington, RI, USA

problem #9

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

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