2016 Honda Accord accessories - interior problems: audio system not working properly

Audio System Not Working Properly

2016 Honda Accord

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
4,300 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2016 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 042016

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


1) The radio will come on but then go silent after about 5 seconds.The only way I've discovered to get the radio back on is to kill the engine and then restart it.

2) Stations get "stuck' and you can't change the station, you must kill the engine.

3) Some stations have a weird echo.

Dealership initially said they must be able to reproduce to fix it, although its happened 5 times now and the car was purchased new. They have also said: it's my fault-the way I use Android Auto or I shouldn't connect my phone (err, WTF?), and best of all "there will be an update to the computer SOMETIME in 2017"....BS.

something must be done....

Update from Dec 21, 2016: Some radio stations are intermittent and shifting can be rough

- tho6781, Concord, US

problem #7

Apr 302016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29 miles

My FM radio was not working and my Bluetooth stopped working. I was made to believe it was operator error or my cell phone. Turned out yet again it was a faulty system in my brand new 2016 Honda Accord (also had battery die within 6 months of purchase.) I am sitting at gwinnett Honda 2nd time this week waiting (hour number 3) for a repair that should not be on a brand new vehicle. Please do not purchase a Honda they are no longer what they used to be. My 2007 Honda Accord is much better than this.

- Wendy S., Covington, GA, US

problem #6

Dec 122016

Accord EXL 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles

fm radio tuner malfunction

When trying to tune the radio, I get an error message "tunner (sic) not working." I turned radio on and off and still no signal. This does not affect AM or sat radio.

- gary252, Philadelphia, PA, US

problem #5

Nov 052016

Accord EX-L 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,200 miles


My husband purchased my 2016 Accord for me on Valentines day 2016. We traded in our beloved 08 Accord for this newer version. The 2016 is my 7th Honda, so I am an owner for life.

My issue is with the audio system. I have my Iphone 6 connected to apple play and I have been having several issues. The system will just disconnect at random and the screen will display the phone is not connected. I have tried several cables and run into the same issue each time. Also the system has an issue with the volume will just stop working at random what the heck is wrong with this thing? I connect the audio cable and it comes back. Since Honda took away an actual volume knob I have to rely on the one on the screen or steering wheel. I asked my Honda dealer about it and was told "did you call tech support?" So they are were really not any help. I have just been dealing with the issue and haven't gotten a chance to call support as we are rather tech savvy people.

My next beef with this Accord is the seats are NOT comfortable. We are not small people but even with all the functions of the seats in our EXL (Not sport) its hard to stay comfortable on a long ride. The seats in the 08 Accord had a lot more comfort than in this new Accord.

We choose this Accord over the Acura TLX because the Accord had many more options standard. However, with issues we are having at this point i am not sure we will hold onto this Accord for long.

- hondaguymco, Orlando, FL, US

problem #4

Jun 012016

Accord EX-L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,200 miles

I have been a loyal Honda owner since the early 90's. I have owned a Preude, Accord, Pilot (5 times) went to Acura and now own a 2016 Accord v6 with Leather. I have the car for about 7 months and only have 8K miles on it. I have the HD radio and its horrible. At first I thought it was only the XM radio reception. But I was wrong. I no longer have XM and only use FM now. Its even worse.

The radio keeps losing stations and searching for a connection. I consistently lose connections and there is always a delay when I change stations. I hate it especially when I am listening to talk shows. The screen also switches back to the menu screen for no reason.

Just recently I got a message saying that the radio lost connection and black screened. Only after I shut the car off and restarted did it eventually come back.

I have GPS- and this is also not consistent. It shows that I am on the wrong streets and eventually will correct it as I am driving. This made a road trip from NY to TX quite interesting..

I can only thing there is a short in the system or the antenna receptor on the roof need to be replaced.

- Ralph R., Plano, TX, US

problem #3

Mar 032016

Accord Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33 miles

I picked up my brand new 2016 Honda Accord Touring V6 in early march 2016. It had something like 33 miles on it when I drove it off the lot.

Since day 1, I thought the radio sounded odd.The "Premium" sound system did not sound so premium, and I recall actually turning the bass level down in order to prevent the subwoofer from rattling - a very disappointing thing for me to be doing right after buying it.

I am used to having aftermarket stereo systems in all of my vehicles, so I figured I just needed to get used to the lower quality factory equipment. I thought that for a couple weeks until I started using the other input sources for the stereo such as the CarPlay. All of a sudden it appeared as if the seas had parted - this is what I had expected when I bought the brand new 2016 Tou car with the "Premium" sound system.

Ok, so now I have experienced both sides of this two-faced radio...

Face 1: The FM radio sound terrible... poor treble, poor bass (audible rattles as well), and low volume. However, amazingly, I do receive High Definition stations. I am not smart enough to know what this might indicate, but if the car had a poor reception problem, then I would have thought I would have trouble receiving the HD content like I have with past HD head units that have been notoriously bad at receiving HD.

Face 2: Its not a super amazing aftermarket trunk thumping system, but it does sound really good, full and crisp. It does not rattle like the FM radio, and I would be completely content with it if the FM radio sounded like this. I know it is possible because my FM radio in my previous car sounded amazing, and there was not a noticeable difference compared to high fidelity sources.

I have read that there have been similar issues on prior model years, but I have yet to find where Honda formally recognizes any of the issues, and I have yet to see when somebody identified a solution. PLEASE spread the word if you find the fix!

- cincidubs, Cincinnati, OH, US

problem #2

Feb 012016

Accord Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles

Don't buy two 2016 Hondas! Major issue/oversight with the Honda Handsfree Bluetooth problem in this year's models.

Foolish me for being loyal to Honda. I purchased a 2016 Pilot Touring, loving it. Followed it up with the 2016 Accord Touring. Unfortunately, every Honda Touring stereo appears to show up on both Android and iOS devices as the SAME DEVICE/VEHICLE. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO PAIR YOUR BLUETOOTH WITH MORE THAN ONE HONDA 2016 TOURING (not connect, just pair for easy connection and setting settings).


1) Get into Accord and pair, set-up bluetooth connection (for ease of discussion, name it "Accord Bluetooth"). 2) Get out of Accord, turn off, and get into Pilot. 3) Pilot will show up in both iOS and Android as "Accord Bluetooth" and try to connect through that same saved profile. This is an issue, since it is not the Accord, and results in an "unable to connect" error. 4) The only way to then connect to the Pilot, is to "forget" the pairing with the Accord, deleting that from phone, and also deleting the phone from the vehicle (if you have previously connected and are switching back and forth). 5) Delete the "Accord Bluetooth" from phone 6) Delete the "Nexus" or "Iphone" from Pilot 7) Go through initial set-up EVERY TIME YOU SWITCH CARS (this can only be done in park, and every setting is deleted each time, rendering speed dial, voice commands). 8) Now switch back to Accord, and have to go through same steps. Delete the previous set-up for the Nexus/iPhone in the Accord, delete the vehicle (now the Pilot) from the phone, re-pair, accept the terms and warnings and set-up speed dial, voice, commands, etc. all over again (but don't worry, you'll give up on those features after the first time unless you like spending 15 minutes in your driveway before you go anywhere).

Safe to say this is a major inconvenience and renders many of the technology features I paid a premium for practically useless. I bought 2 2016 Honda Tourings the technology package and the ease of switching back and forth when driving the kids. Safe to say this is a major penalty for those customers who are loyal/foolish enough to think that this is something Honda would have considered. You want to encourage customers to have his and hers Hondas right? Put all my eggs in their basket, and they dropped it big time.

The dealer has verified this is repeatable behavior with all 2016 TOURINGS!!!! I am awaiting a bug fix, as this is clearly unintended.

- Gordon W., Palo Alto, CA, US

problem #1

Nov 252015

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles

audio system is pauses for no reason and poor fm reception

My car just crossed the one month mark. The audio system started to pause for no good reason. I thought it was just with the Sirius XM but I have noticed it with fm/am as well. In addition, the fm reception is terrible. Recently I have also noticed that the Android Auto is getting slower and the system does not recognize the device at all sometimes. I have to reconnect the revise 2-3 times for it to work. I guess my problem list is growing. lastly people, the window noise problem is real!!!

- arunm, Detroit, MI, US

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