2013 Honda Accord One Year Update

Well, I’ve had my 2013 Honda Accord for a little over a year now and have just short of 36K miles on it (it was a dealer demo with almost 6K on it). To make a long story short, I’m not overly impressed with the Accord and if I had to do it all over again, I’d go with something else. I wouldn’t say it’s one thing in particular, but rather several minor issues and annoyances…and also too many visits back to the Honda dealership in the first year.

I’ll start with some of the highlights:

– I do like the styling, and the standard features on the EX-L model are nice. Power everything (windows, mirrors, seats), moon roof, backup camera and right-side camera, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, are all great features.

– It’s very roomy, plenty of rear seat leg room, and a fairly large trunk.

– The 4-cylinder engine has a good amount of pickup, passing power on the highway hasn’t been an issue and the fuel economy is pretty good, although I have noticed a decrease by a couple MPGs during the cold winter months.

…and now some of the lowlights:

– I had a repeated squealing noise that was occurring in the front wheels during low speed turning that ended up being due to a brake retainer clip issue, after a few trips to the dealership the squealing noise hadn’t come back for several months now.

– I’m still battling an issue when it rains with the wipers pulling water back into the driver’s side field of vision, this is usually noticeable over about 35+ mph. Besides the original wiper blades, I’ve tried Goodyear Assurance, Valeo 600 Series, and Bosch Icon blades but none seem to help. Which leads me to believe it’s an aerodynamic design flaw.

– After putting on close to 30,000 miles on the car, I’ve spent a lot of time in the driver’s seat. I was hopeful that the leather seats would soften up a bit, but unfortunately that has not been the case. Overall, the ride seems to be a bit jarring and the stiff seats don’t help the situation. The lack of support in the seats is noticeable on longer trips.

…and finally, the stereo / infotainment system. This is probably my single biggest complaint. Several of the issues (excessive static, lockups, and general quirkiness like continuously skipping to the next song when using Aha) were fixed with a software update several months ago. Unfortunately I still have an issue with the CD player where it doesn’t allow a CD to be inserted, but it happens erratically. The bluetooth integration with the iPhone is OK but the voice recognition is frustrating. Pandora seems to be more stable after the software update to the radio and I haven’t used the “Aha” application for several months since I always seemed to have problems with it. I’d replace the radio in a heartbeat if it wasn’t integrated into the car so much. To me, this has probably been the biggest fail so far.

My advice to the prospective buyer that is contemplating getting a 2013 Honda Accord EX-L…buyer beware, don’t let the gadgets and amenities fool you. Take it for a test drive on a road with some bumps; and if you can, try it out on a rainy day on the highway….and then make a decision.

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