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Honda is no longer reliable

J.D. Power has Honda rated near the bottom of their list for reliability standards.

MT Blake posted in USA News
9w ago

Volkswagen. Chrysler. Jaguar. Alfa Romeo. Land Rover. Tesla. These are the companies that suck more than Honda. If you don't see a company above that you think sucks *cough Subaru cough* it means, they suck less than Honda. How is it possible Honda has fallen so far? Weren't they always THE most reliable company? Isn't that why any car older than 25 years old is either some clapped-out Honda or an old mechanical diesel?!

Before we start throwing stones at Honda, let's remember two things: One, vehicle dependability is at an all-time high; and two, this study measures the number of problems per 100 vehicles for 2018 MDY cars. So, saying a car is undependable today, might be a bit of a misnomer as the worst car today was probably an epically dependable steed 20 years ago. Also, Honda 'might' have fixed some of these issues on cars newer than 2018..?

The J.D. Power survey--now in its 32nd year--"measures the number of problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old vehicles. A lower score reflects higher dependability, and the study covers 177 specific problems grouped into eight major vehicle categories: audio/communication/entertainment/navigation (ACEN); engine/transmission; exterior; interior; features/controls/displays (FCD); driving experience; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and seats."

Honda was 19th last year but has dropped to a staggering 28th. It might have something to do with a recall involving 1.79 million vehicles or a spontaneous braking problem or maybe this guy putting out some hyperbole. Either way, owners aren't happy and they're reporting problems that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

Looking through the list of recommended cars, you'll see only one Honda: the Ridgeline is recommended as the highest-rated midsize pickup. That's it. No other Hondas are recommended. Brands like Dodge, Mercedes, Mazda, Lincoln--even MITSUBISHI--are rated higher than Honda. Thankfully, Acura--which is a Honda with some leather--is rated 10th overall. Maybe those problems plaguing Honda could be solved by making them more Acura-ish?

It is truly a sad day when stalwart brands like Honda aren't holding up to the decades-long qualities they're known for. What other idols and gods need to fall before others get their heads out of the sand and become the next... Honda?! I guess we won't be seeing 2018 Hondas in the next 25 years still on the road, duct-taped, baling wire and bondo'd together?

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Comments (92)

  • GM is probably the least reliable but JD Power is funded by them

      2 months ago
    • Yep. Stories I've read about JDP make me think they're about as legit as PETA or The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (they give out the Golden Globe awards). So...not. 😬

        2 months ago
    • Yeah exactly, in fact a lot of these companies work this way where they let brands slip some money under the table to make them look better

        2 months ago
  • I wouldn’t pay much attention to JD power….we have a capitalist economy - making a garbage product is literally corporate suicide.

    Honda is a Indycar engine manufacturer AND is the Red Bull power unit for the season; good companies know when to self correct when things go wrong, Honda has been around a long long time and their corporate philosophy won’t allow them to fail.

      2 months ago
    • I doubt if it’s the engines that are getting them in trouble. It’s usually the safety and ICE that ends up with unhappy customers at this point. We’re at the end of life of the internal combustion engine—if they don’t know how to make an engine...

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        2 months ago
    • You do got a point. Honda doesn’t have anything other than the city as a BEV? They’re behind Toyota in terms of next Gen green mobility be it HFC, BEV, or ICEhybrid

        2 months ago
    • 2 months ago
  • As a person who's been in a family that's had a honda accord, I disapprove of who did this survey

      2 months ago
  • Consumer Reports disagrees, listing Honda as the 5th MOST reliable car brand for 2021.

      2 months ago
    • I say we make JD and CR, fight to the death!

        2 months ago
    • Or we simply use multiple sources to cross reference what we write about. Accuracy matters.

        2 months ago