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Are Hondas Reliable? The Complete Breakdown

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When looking at the most consistently reliable vehicles over the last decade or so, Mazda, Toyota, and Lexus continue to produce vehicles that consistently position them at the top of our annual auto reliability brand rankings. This year, Honda joined them in the top five along with Buick, both of which have seen substantial improvements in their overall rankings.

Honda’s increase is due to continuous improvements and certain exceptional models in its range, which offset the Odyssey minivans and Passport SUV’s persistent dependability issues. When looking at Honda’s overall reliability, it is one of the best options for car buyers across the board.

Honda’s Reliability Rating as a brand is 4.0 out of 5.0, placing it first among 32 vehicle companies, according to RepairPal. This score is based on an average of nearly 350 different mainstream models. A Honda’s average yearly repair cost is less than $500, and with just a 10% chance of significant maintenance required, owners can expect a visit to the repair shop every other calendar year.

Honda is one of the most consistent brands across the board for reliability among different classes, with four different makes at the top of their class and a few additional runner-ups. Regardless of what type of vehicle you’re looking for, odds are the Honda has a model that’s the most reliable and the highest rated in its class. All Honda’s are covered by a three-year/36,000-mile standard warranty as well as a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty from Honda.

Many industry experts credit Honda’s longevity to its engineering craftsmanship and overall value for a simplistic design. You’ll still see Honda Civic’s from the late 1990s driving on the road today, and the brand, in general, has one of the highest resale values in the auto industry for its ability to last.

Honda Odyssey - #1 in minivans

MSRP: $32,000-$45,000
Expected dependability score: 76100
US News Rating 8.9/10 

The Honda Odyssey received a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the frontal and side-impact tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned the 2021 Odyssey a Top Safety Pick+ title after giving it the highest grade of Good in all six crash tests. For forward vision, the Odyssey’s headlights got the second-highest grade of Acceptable. Collision avoidance features are graded on a separate scale by the IIHS. The Odyssey’s basic front collision prevention systems received a Superior grade.

This Honda provides you a lot for your money while having one of the highest retail costs in the class. Many Honda standard active safety technologies, including pedestrian recognition, automated emergency braking, and lane keep assist, have been included for 2021, improving its value for the money.

Recalls

There have been 20 total recalls in the last 3 years (which sounds like a lot), but they’ve mainly been for different types of errors with the fuel system, hatch & door locks, storage components, and backup camera distance sensors. While these are obviously less than ideal, one of the most reliable minivans on the market is the Odyssey.


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Honda Accord - #1 in midsize sedans

MSRP: $25,000-$36,000
Expected dependability score: 82100
US News Rating 8.910

When equipped with the basic engine, the Accord achieves an excellent fuel economy of 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the interstate. With the bigger turbo-four engine, mileage drops to 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the interstate. The Accord is more athletic than other midsize vehicles. It feels grounded and nimble through corners, and it’s well-reviewed by its drivers for overall driving satisfaction.

The Honda Accord is a fantastic automobile in every way. Its energetic engines and agile handling make for a pleasurable driving experience, and the roomy, well-appointed cabin may make you mistake it for a luxury sedan.

Overall, the vehicle received a five-star rating, with five stars in the frontal, side, and rollover tests. In all six crashworthiness tests, the IIHS granted the 2021 Accord the highest grade of Good. For how effectively its headlights illuminate the road ahead, the basic level LX trim got the second-highest grade of Acceptable; all other trims received a Good rating. With no major recorded recalls, the Honda Accord is one of the most reliable vehicles available to consumers regardless of years.

Honda Accord Electric - #1 in Electric & Hybrid Vehicles

MSRP: $26,000-$36,000
Expected dependability score: 82100
US News Rating 8.810
Recalls

With nearly identical specs and ratings, the Accord Electric has only had 2 recalls in recent years for exterior lighting and the gas portion of the fueling/charging system.


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Honda Ridgeline - #1 in Compact Pickups

MSRP: $36,000-$43,000
Expected dependability score: 81100
US News Rating 8.410

A powerful engine, a smooth ride, amazing passenger capacity, and a beautiful interior are just a few of the favorable features of this small pickup truck. It also has one of the class’s top safety ratings. Although it lacks the larger beds found in other trucks, this vehicle offers lots of storage choices, including flip-up rear seats and an in-bed trunk. Basically, the Ridgeline has all the capabilities of the SUVs put into compact truck form.

Recalls

There have been 10 total recalls since 2018, with a bit of everything ranging from airbags to seats and engine overheating. Even with these few, the Ridgeline is one of the most reliable trucks on the market.

Honda is one of the major manufacturers with the largest lineups out there, and two of the brand’s smaller SUVs were ranked #2 in their respective classes for performance and reliability. The CR-V was the runner-up in the compact class, and the Pilot was next to best in the midsize. While they’re identical in reliability ratings and overall vehicle reviews, they do have some distinct differences you’d want to consider when looking at the two SUVs. The CR-V will give you better fuel economy, while the Pilot gives you more cargo and passenger space. Both performed well for safety tests and have the standard Honda Safety Sense technology available.


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Honorable Mentions

Honda Pilot

MSRP: $25,000-$36,000
Expected dependability score: 78100
US News Rating 8.410

Honda CR-V

MSRP: $25,000-$35,000
Expected dependability score: 78100
US News Rating 8.410

Ultimately, the answer for all of these vehicles is that Honda’s are extremely reliable. Honda has built a reputation for being well-crafted and maintained, and while most models are some of the more affordable options on the market, that doesn’t mean they’re designed poorly. According to JD Power, among non-luxury car brands, Honda ranks third overall in customer loyalty, just behind Subaru and Toyota. With nearly 60% of owners buying another Honda vehicle of some kind after they trade or sell their current vehicle, the reliability of these six vehicles and the brand overall are key factors in creating return customers. 



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