Ranking 63 Honda Generations by Reliability

Nearly every model can be grouped into generations, which is a collection of years where the cars are continuously produced and very few, if any, changes are made. Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer roadmap of potential problems.

Manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins, but we do our best to keep our generation data accurate to better predict problems. Use this information as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
63rd Accord Gen 7 2003—2007
84.63
62nd Accord Gen 6 1998—2002
60.36
61st Civic Gen 7 2001—2005
55.73
60th Civic Gen 8 2006—2011
50.89
59th Accord Gen 9 2013—2017
46.22
58th Accord Gen 8 2008—2012
44.71
57th CR-V Gen 3 2007—2011
37.87
56th Civic Gen 9 2012—2015
32.5
55th CR-V Gen 4 2012—2016
32.44
54th Odyssey Gen 2 1999—2004
31.78
53rd Odyssey Gen 3 2005—2010
30.09
52nd CR-V Gen 5 2017—2018
28.53
51st CR-V Gen 2 2002—2006
24.21
50th Pilot Gen 1 2003—2008
22.51
49th Pilot Gen 2 2009—2015
21.99
48th Civic Gen 10 2016—2019
21.47
47th Fit Gen 1 2007—2008
19.65
46th Odyssey Gen 4 2011—2017
18.01
45th Accord Gen 10 2018—2019
12.81
44th Civic Hybrid Gen 1 2003—2005
10.79
43rd Fit Gen 2 2009—2014
10.58
42nd Civic Gen 6 1996—2000
10.08
41st Fit Gen 3 2015—2019
9.86
40th Pilot Gen 3 2016—2019
9.77
39th CR-V Gen 1 1997—2001
8.76
38th Accord Gen 5 1994—1997
8.75
37th Civic Hybrid Gen 2 2006—2011
8.61
36th Ridgeline Gen 1 2006—2014
8.11
35th HR-V Gen 1 2015—2018
7.6
34th Accord Crosstour Gen 1 2010—2011
7.4
33rd Accord Hybrid Gen 2 2014—2017
6.6
32nd Element Gen 1 2003—2011
6.49
31st Insight Gen 2 2010—2014
6.16
30th Ridgeline Gen 2 2017—2019
6.15
29th Crosstour Gen 1 2012—2015
5.0
28th Accord Gen 4 1990—1993
4.4
27th Odyssey Gen 5 2018—2019
3.47
26th Passport Gen 2 1998—2002
2.76
25th Civic Gen 4 1990—1991
2.6
24th Accord Hybrid Gen 1 2005—2007
2.45
23rd Accord Gen 3 1986—1989
2.43
22nd Civic Gen 5 1992—1995
2.42
21st Civic Hybrid Gen 3 2012—2015
1.55
20th Prelude Gen 4 1992—1996
1.52
19th Passport Gen 1 1994—1997
1.44
18th Prelude Gen 5 1997—2001
1.1
17th CR-Z Gen 1 2011—2016
1.06
16th Prelude Gen 3 1989—1991
0.9
15th Civic Hatchback Gen 1 2017—2018
0.63
14th Odyssey Gen 1 1995—1998
0.61
13th Fit EV Gen 1 2013—2014
0.55
12th Insight Gen 3 2019—2019
0.45
11th S2000 Gen 1 2000—2003
0.43
10th S2000 Gen 2 2004—2009
0.43
9th Accord Plug-in Hybrid Gen 9 2014—2015
0.42
8th Accord Gen 1 1979—1979
0.33
7th Del Sol Gen 1 1993—1997
0.3
6th CRX Gen 2 1988—1991
0.17
5th Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Gen 1 2018—2018
0.0
4th Accord Hybrid Gen 3 2018—2018
0.0
3rd FCX Clarity Gen 1 2008—2014
0.0
2nd Clarity Electric Gen 1 2018—2018
0.0
1st Insight Gen 1 2000—2006
0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).