Ranking 62 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.

Is our generation data perfect? Nah. Truth is manufacturers don't always make it clear when a new generation begins. But 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 (?)
62nd Accord Gen 7 2003—2007
84.72
61st Accord Gen 6 1998—2002
60.15
60th Civic Gen 7 2001—2005
55.81
59th Civic Gen 8 2006—2011
51.1
58th Accord Gen 9 2013—2017
46.33
57th Accord Gen 8 2008—2012
44.96
56th CR-V Gen 3 2007—2011
37.89
55th CR-V Gen 4 2012—2016
32.73
54th Civic Gen 9 2012—2015
32.56
53rd Odyssey Gen 2 1999—2004
31.79
52nd Odyssey Gen 3 2005—2010
30.2
51st Civic Gen 10 2016—2018
29.01
50th CR-V Gen 5 2017—2018
28.99
49th Accord Gen 10 2018—2018
25.82
48th CR-V Gen 2 2002—2006
24.25
47th Pilot Gen 1 2003—2008
22.57
46th Pilot Gen 2 2009—2015
22.16
45th Fit Gen 1 2007—2008
19.71
44th Odyssey Gen 4 2011—2017
18.12
43rd Fit Gen 3 2015—2018
12.44
42nd Civic Hybrid Gen 1 2003—2005
10.74
41st Fit Gen 2 2009—2014
10.63
40th Civic Gen 6 1996—2000
10.1
39th Pilot Gen 3 2016—2019
9.73
38th Accord Gen 5 1994—1997
8.77
37th CR-V Gen 1 1997—2001
8.77
36th Civic Hybrid Gen 2 2006—2011
8.64
35th Ridgeline Gen 1 2006—2014
8.14
34th HR-V Gen 1 2015—2018
7.67
33rd Accord Crosstour Gen 1 2010—2011
7.43
32nd Accord Hybrid Gen 2 2014—2017
6.64
31st Element Gen 1 2003—2011
6.51
30th Ridgeline Gen 2 2017—2019
6.22
29th Insight Gen 2 2010—2014
6.18
28th Crosstour Gen 1 2012—2015
5.03
27th Accord Gen 4 1990—1993
4.41
26th Odyssey Gen 5 2018—2019
3.23
25th Passport Gen 2 1998—2002
2.76
24th Civic Gen 4 1990—1991
2.6
23rd Accord Hybrid Gen 1 2005—2007
2.46
22nd Accord Gen 3 1986—1989
2.44
21st Civic Gen 5 1992—1995
2.43
20th Civic Hybrid Gen 3 2012—2015
1.56
19th Prelude Gen 4 1992—1996
1.52
18th Passport Gen 1 1994—1997
1.44
17th Prelude Gen 5 1997—2001
1.1
16th CR-Z Gen 1 2011—2016
1.07
15th Prelude Gen 3 1989—1991
0.9
14th Odyssey Gen 1 1995—1998
0.62
13th Fit EV Gen 1 2013—2014
0.55
12th Insight Gen 3 2019—2019
0.47
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 Electric Gen 1 2018—2018
0.0
4th Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Gen 1 2018—2018
0.0
3rd Accord Hybrid Gen 3 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).