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Ranking 59 Honda Generations by Reliability

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Generation Years PainRank (?)
59th Accord 7th Gen 2003–2007 84.5
58th Accord 6th Gen 1998–2002 60.23
57th Civic 7th Gen 2001–2005 55.76
56th Civic 8th Gen 2006–2011 51.92
55th Accord 8th Gen 2008–2012 45.35
54th Accord 9th Gen 2013–2017 39.7
53rd CR-V 3rd Gen 2007–2011 37.84
52nd Civic 9th Gen 2012–2015 31.73
51st Odyssey 2nd Gen 1999–2004 31.73
50th CR-V 4th Gen 2012–2018 30.15
49th Odyssey 3rd Gen 2005–2010 30.12
48th CR-V 2nd Gen 2002–2006 24.33
47th Civic 10th Gen 2016–2018 24.3
46th Pilot 1st Gen 2003–2008 22.45
45th Pilot 2nd Gen 2009–2015 21.84
44th Fit 1st Gen 2007–2008 19.71
43rd Pilot 3rd Gen 2016–2017 18.37
42nd Odyssey 4th Gen 2011–2017 17.54
41st Accord 10th Gen 2018–2018 15.11
40th Fit 3rd Gen 2015–2018 12.01
39th Civic Hybrid 1st Gen 2003–2005 10.83
38th Fit 2nd Gen 2009–2014 10.8
37th Civic 6th Gen 1996–2000 10.25
36th Ridgeline 2nd Gen 2017–2018 9.21
35th Accord Hybrid 2nd Gen 2014–2015 9.0
34th Accord 5th Gen 1994–1997 8.78
33rd CR-V 1st Gen 1997–2001 8.77
32nd Civic Hybrid 2nd Gen 2006–2011 8.52
31st Ridgeline 1st Gen 2006–2014 8.14
30th Accord Crosstour 1st Gen 2010–2011 7.63
29th HR-V 1st Gen 2015–2018 6.8
28th Element 1st Gen 2003–2011 6.5
27th Insight 2nd Gen 2010–2014 6.23
26th Odyssey 5th Gen 2018–2018 5.56
25th Crosstour 1st Gen 2012–2015 5.09
24th Accord 4th Gen 1990–1993 4.42
23rd Passport 2nd Gen 1998–2002 2.76
22nd Civic 4th Gen 1990–1991 2.6
21st Accord 3rd Gen 1986–1989 2.44
20th Civic 5th Gen 1992–1995 2.43
19th Civic Hybrid 3rd Gen 2012–2015 1.56
18th Prelude 4th Gen 1992–1996 1.52
17th Passport 1st Gen 1994–1997 1.44
16th Prelude 5th Gen 1997–2001 1.1
15th CR-Z 1st Gen 2011–2016 1.07
14th Accord Hybrid 1st Gen 2005–2007 0.97
13th Prelude 3rd Gen 1989–1991 0.9
12th Odyssey 1st Gen 1995–1998 0.62
11th Fit EV 1st Gen 2013–2014 0.55
10th S2000 1st Gen 2000–2003 0.43
9th S2000 2nd Gen 2004–2009 0.43
8th Accord Plug-in Hybrid 9th Gen 2014–2015 0.42
7th Accord 1st Gen 1979–1979 0.33
6th Del Sol 1st Gen 1993–1997 0.3
5th CRX 2nd Gen 1988–1991 0.22
4th Insight 1st Gen 2000–2006 0.0
3rd Clarity Electric 1st Gen 2018–2018
2nd Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 1st Gen 2018–2018
1st FCX Clarity 1st Gen 2008–2014

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 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).