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Highly-Reliable Honda Drops In Consumer Reports Reliability Survey

Honda is known for building reliable cars, but they drop this year in the Consumer Reports reliability survey. See where they rank for 2018.

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Honda has a reputation as one of the most reliable brands among all automakers, but they dropped significantly in the latest Consumer Reports reliability survey. Honda Motor Co moves down six spots in the survey and dropped to 15th place among all automakers. Porsche, Mazda, and Hyundai moved ahead of the Japanese automaker. Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, moved up six spots to #13.

According to Consumer Reports, Honda’s reliability dropped because of its new and redesigned models. CR says, “The Odyssey minivan had much-worse-than-average reliability, with problems including the infotainment system, and door locking and unlocking. Honda’s Clarity line of alternative-fuel cars had much-worse-than-average reliability as was the brand’s least reliable vehicle. Reported problems included electronic glitches.”

The Honda Fit hatchback is Honda’s most reliable vehicle in the lineup. The subcompact is a fuel-efficient city commuter with versatility with its five doors. The Honda Accord, the brand’s third best-selling vehicle in the lineup, dropped to average in reliability, with problems including the infotainment system and interior rattles. Accord sales are down -13.6 percent for the year even after the four-door sedan received a complete remodel for the 2018 model year.

The popular Honda CR-V, the brand’s top-selling vehicle in the stable of vehicles, also dropped to average and sales are down -4.1 percent in 2018. Honda fully-redesigned the popular model for the 2017 model year with more comfort inside, more fuel-efficiency, and more versatility. The exterior was completely restyled and is more attractive and modern looking.

The Honda Civic, the brand’s hot new compact, hasn’t dropped in reliability. Sales are up +0.3 percent and the new Honda Civic Hatchback is sporty, fuel-efficient, fast, turbocharged, fun-to-drive, and has the utility of a hatch. The Civic with the 6-speed manual rower is the way to go if you like to drive. It has quick throws and smooth shifts making it a joy to drive. The 1.5-liter turbo feels extra quick, thanks to the additional, steady low-end torque. 

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so sad. i have always though that Honda make one of the most durable vehicles available on the car market. so sad!
But I do not care. I will buy a honda no matter what you say. And I do not care about the haters because I am VERY happy with Honda being the MOST reliable company that can do EVERYTHING I want!
But don't take too much notice of the drop. As soon as they mention (which is the main item cited for the drop) 'infotainment', bear in mind that this includes EVERY SINGLE COMPLAINT by people who are too damn lazy or stupid to read the manual and work out how to use the infotainment system. Honda has a habit of doing things its way, which is usually better than other manufacturers and it can have some things like infotainment that are a little more to get used to... no one is saying that their other areas of reliability have gone backward and as for the Clarity, it's a revolutionary vehicle that is leased in small numbers and is so far ahead of everyone else, cutting edge technology that it is bound to have teething problems. Look at the related articles... Accord sales down??? Yet it scores Car and Driver 10 best for the 33rd time in a row.
I can’t remember last time an infotainment system left someone stranded on the side of the road! Does AAA cover roadside rattle repairs?
It's about time that Honda is recognized for their lack of reliability. My 2005 Odyssey looks like it was splashed with paint remover. Have never owned any other car with peeling paint. Never again will I buy a Honda, this one was off the showroom floor.
I recently sold my 2018 Accord sport 2.0T started smelling gas in the oil. Never again will I buy one. Toyota here I come.
Never again will I buy another Honda. I bought a 2019 Accord and it has been in the shop since Dec. 24th 2018. Yes, it was in the shop before 2019, before I made my first payment and before I got a tag. It has braking system issues. Lane Assist System not working, cruise control not working, collision mitigation braking system not working. All before 2019. I'm reading Honda isn't fixing it. The car has slammed on brakes for no reason with me, too. I am not willing to gamble with my life any more. I spoke with Honda and they told me all they can do is expedite shipping for some camera to the dealership (thats a whole other story there) and couldn't do anything else. Thankfully I bought the car in Georgia where we have a lemon law and I plant to get my money back. Unhappy is an understatement.
Just bought a new 2019 Accord 1.5t EX-L. What are the problems that I might expect to encounter?