2023 Honda Accord Problems and Top Complaints

Engine and electrical problems and faulty brakes are the top complaint issues received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones | Reviewer: Sergei Lemberg

Updated on Author: Brian Jones Reviewer: Sergei Lemberg

The 2023 Honda Accord is the first model in the 11th generation. The Japanese automaker first released the Accord as a 1976 model. Since 1989, it has remained one of America’s best-selling vehicles. Over the years, Honda has used the Accord nameplate to identify several different hatchbacks, sedans, coupes and wagons.

As of 2020, Honda had sold more than 18 million Accord vehicles worldwide. In the United States, only 154,000 Accord models were sold in 2022. This is half the amount that was sold in 2018 and a third of what was sold in 2014, indicating that the Accord doesn’t have the same popularity that it once did.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2023 Honda Accord

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Service Brakes
Forward Collision Avoidance: Automatic Emergency Braking
Electrical System
Forward Collision Avoidance: Adaptive Cruise Control
Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
Lane Departure: Blind Spot Detection
Lane Departure: Warning
Seat Belts

Most Common Problems

The 2023 Honda Accord is meant to provide reliable travel for commuters looking to save money on fuel. Yet, all it gives consumers is electrical system defects, engine issues, service brake troubles and concerns about the auto glass (NHTSA).

Problems with the Electrical System

  • Car turns itself on: Owners have found that the Accord will start up even when the key fob is nowhere near it. One driver was sitting in the house when the car started in the garage. Not only can this waste fuel in the sedan, but it can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which may result in death.
  • Software can’t be updated: One owner has been having trouble getting the software updated in the Accord, but there have been several other reports of the same instance. Without the update, there has been trouble with the rear seatbelt alert and the air conditioner. The brakes have also malfunctioned while driving in the rain because of the software concern.
  • Trouble after an update: It may be better not to receive the update, as some Accord owners are complaining about what happens afterward. For example, one owner with 3,000 miles on the sedan had the update performed only to be met with a Check Engine Light on the dashboard. There’s also a message indicating “Emissions system problem. Power may be reduced. See your dealer.” Initially, the dealer was unable to fix the problem.

Engine Problems

  • Car shuts down in Park: There’s a feature on the Honda Accord that turns the engine off when it has been in Park for a specified amount of time. However, there’s no warning to the people still in the vehicle that the car will shut off. One owner was napping in the car during a trip and it was very hot outside. The car shut down and the air turned off. This driver was woken up by a passerby who was concerned about how hot it was. Thankfully, that person woke the driver or it could have ended very badly.
  • Car shuts off while driving: The engine stop-start feature is beneficial to saving fuel, but if it malfunctions, it can cause a lot of problems. Owners are complaining about the car shutting off while driving. It’s not even occurring at stop lights or stop signs, but while they are actively operating the vehicle on busy roads. This issue can lead to serious consequences if the driver can’t get the engine started back up right away.
  • Lack of power: On top of all the other engine problems, there’s been an underlying theme of a power loss condition. It seems that when acceleration is needed, such as merging onto the highway or pulling out into traffic, the Accord doesn’t always respond right away. This lag can have disastrous effects if other drivers aren’t paying attention.

Brake Issues

  • Unintended braking: Owners have complained about the safety systems applying the brakes when they shouldn’t be. In one case, a driver was operating the vehicle at about 50 mph when the Accord came to a screeching stop. The driver attempted to push on the brake pedal to get it to deactivate but was unable to. The dealership hasn’t been able to figure out what went wrong.
  • Bad brake light switch: Another driver had all of the warning lights pop up on the dashboard and the car wouldn’t drive more than 10 mph, as if it was in a limp mode. The dealership determined that the brake light switch had not been installed correctly from the factory and it needed to be replaced.

Sunroof Problems

The sunroof in one Accord shattered while simply traveling down the road. There wasn’t an impact with an object or any reason for it to break. If this glass shatters with people sitting below it, the problem could lead to serious injuries.

2023 Honda Accord Recalls

We haven’t seen any Honda Accord recalls yet, but the automaker needs to consider issuing some. There are serious concerns with this sedan that should be addressed, including the defective stop-start system, the inability to receive updates and trouble with exploding glass. Honda may continue losing enthusiasts of the Accord if these problems aren’t rectified.

What To Do If Your 2023 Honda Accord is a Lemon?

If you bought a 2023 Honda Accord and suspect that you’ve bought a lemon, call our Helpline to see how we can help. We can help you get a replacement vehicle, or negotiate that the manufacturer buys it back or refunds your money if it meets the criteria for a lemon. You can rest assured that you’ll be  covered because the law is on your side. It says that Honda must pay your legal costs.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Rosemary m

    4300 miles. System brake problem… needs to be towed

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