Ranking 59 Honda Generations by Reliability

Each model can be grouped into generations – a collection of years where the cars are continuously produced and very few, if any, changes are made. Once something major is changed, say a brand new engine, automakers typically desigate a new generation.

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer roadmap of potential problems. If a problem trend pops up in the first year of a generation, you can bet on it showing up in future generation years too.

Is our generation data perfect? Nah. Truth is manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins. And because they hate clarity, they'll even let certain generations last longer in different countries. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

In other words, we do our best to keep our generation data as accurate as possible so we can predict problems and help you out. Use it as a guide for making your decisions. Or don't (but you really should).

Rank Model Years Reliability PainRank (?)
59th Accord Gen 7 2003—2007
84.63
58th Accord Gen 6 1998—2002
60.22
57th Civic Gen 7 2001—2005
55.76
56th Civic Gen 8 2006—2011
51.37
55th Accord Gen 8 2008—2012
45.41
54th Accord Gen 9 2013—2017
40.36
53rd CR-V Gen 3 2007—2011
37.8
52nd Civic Gen 9 2012—2015
31.79
51st Odyssey Gen 2 1999—2004
31.71
50th CR-V Gen 4 2012—2018
30.64
49th Odyssey Gen 3 2005—2010
30.1
48th Civic Gen 10 2016—2018
25.43
47th CR-V Gen 2 2002—2006
24.31
46th Pilot Gen 1 2003—2008
22.52
45th Pilot Gen 2 2009—2015
21.47
44th Fit Gen 1 2007—2008
19.71
43rd Odyssey Gen 4 2011—2017
17.68
42nd Accord Gen 10 2018—2018
16.56
41st Pilot Gen 3 2016—2018
12.52
40th Fit Gen 3 2015—2018
12.15
39th Civic Hybrid Gen 1 2003—2005
10.74
38th Fit Gen 2 2009—2014
10.69
37th Civic Gen 6 1996—2000
10.25
36th Ridgeline Gen 2 2017—2018
9.02
35th Accord Hybrid Gen 2 2014—2015
9.0
34th Accord Gen 5 1994—1997
8.78
33rd CR-V Gen 1 1997—2001
8.77
32nd Civic Hybrid Gen 2 2006—2011
8.52
31st Ridgeline Gen 1 2006—2014
8.14
30th Accord Crosstour Gen 1 2010—2011
7.62
29th HR-V Gen 1 2015—2018
6.93
28th Element Gen 1 2003—2011
6.5
27th Insight Gen 2 2010—2014
6.24
26th Odyssey Gen 5 2018—2018
5.26
25th Crosstour Gen 1 2012—2015
5.03
24th Accord Gen 4 1990—1993
4.42
23rd Passport Gen 2 1998—2002
2.76
22nd Civic Gen 4 1990—1991
2.6
21st Accord Hybrid Gen 1 2005—2007
2.46
20th Accord Gen 3 1986—1989
2.44
19th Civic Gen 5 1992—1995
2.43
18th Civic Hybrid Gen 3 2012—2015
1.56
17th Prelude Gen 4 1992—1996
1.52
16th Passport Gen 1 1994—1997
1.44
15th Prelude Gen 5 1997—2001
1.1
14th CR-Z Gen 1 2011—2016
1.07
13th Prelude Gen 3 1989—1991
0.9
12th Odyssey Gen 1 1995—1998
0.62
11th Fit EV Gen 1 2013—2014
0.55
10th S2000 Gen 1 2000—2003
0.43
9th S2000 Gen 2 2004—2009
0.43
8th Accord Plug-in Hybrid Gen 9 2014—2015
0.42
7th Accord Gen 1 1979—1979
0.33
6th Del Sol Gen 1 1993—1997
0.3
5th CRX Gen 2 1988—1991
0.17
4th Clarity Electric Gen 1 2018—2018
0.0
3rd Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Gen 1 2018—2018
0.0
2nd FCX Clarity Gen 1 2008—2014
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).