Reliability: 7th win for Honda

2012-07-27 07:56

LONDON, England - Honda has been named the most reliable used car brand in the UK's annual What Car? and Warranty Direct reliability survey for an unprecedented seventh year in a row.

According to the report, a Honda is the least likely car to fail on the open road: there's only a one in 10 chance of a breakdown in any given year.


What Car?'s editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: "Honda deserves a special mention; seven years at the top of the annual awards is a great achievement. When a car leaves warranty protection it can start to cost its owner cash and inconvenience - this research highlights that it doesn't not happen often with a Honda."

Warranty Direct’s MD Duncan McClure Fisher added: "Honda has continued its spectacular record in the annual reliability study. It has proved its ability over many years to manufacture cars that continue to be extremely reliable beyond the usual three-year warranty period. If you're in the market for a used vehicle, our study suggests you should seriously consider a Honda."

Dave Hodgetts, MD of Honda (UK), concludedL: “The reliability of our cars is a key focus as we strive to make every second of Honda ownership an enjoyable experience. Success in reliability studies such as this proves the dedication, skill and passion of our engineers and we are incredibly proud to be the most reliable manufacturer in the industry.”


Seven as proved to be a lucky number for Honda in 2012 - there are seven cars in the (UK) range and this is the seventh accolade for the company so far in 2012.

The British-built Jazz was named 'Britain’s Best Used Supermini' by consumer campaigner Which? and was also given the top spot in the 2012 JD Power owner satisfaction survey’s supermini category for the ninth year running.

Other wins include the CR-V being named most popular 4x4 in the Honest John Awards, the Jazz Hybrid taking the trophy in the Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards eco car category and the new British built Civic taking the Parkers medium hatchback category, plus it beat all other competitors to take the overall Parkers Cost of Motoring New Car Awards overall title.

  • marilyn.edge.3 - 2012-07-27 08:46

    Very impressive. Pity their styling and models do not keep up with modern trends and requirements. I have beend driving my Honda (FRV) on dirt roads for the past 5 years and it has been most reliable and does not even rattle or squeak. However, there is nothing in the Honda range to replace it with - something like a small SUV or bakkie. The CRV is on the high end of the range.

      James - 2012-07-28 21:29

      Honda / Acura have big problems with their Auto Trannies in the US @ 100,000 miles.

  • christidv - 2012-07-27 08:51

    We all know Honda makes really reliable cars and cars that they have amazing engineering but what happened with them making cars that excite you all the current designs are so boring and expensive.

      ebon.geist - 2012-07-27 09:35

      Sounds a bit like hyperbole in your complaints there, almost as if you are trying to justify your decision to buy into some brand with terrible reliability. It's not that I think Honda make the most exciting cars out there, nor do I think they are particularly cheap, but I also don't believe that it's anywhere near as bad as you are making it out to be. Honda designs are pretty decent. Certainly a lot better than the likes of Toyota. The Civic hatch is one of the best looking cars in the c segment, and you absolutely cannot complain about the CR-Z looking boring even if it doesn't suit your particular taste. The Civic Sedan and Accord also look pretty decent - better than most, even if not the most stylish in their respective classes. As for the cost, yeah they have got a bit pricey. But then again start looking at the competition, and who better to compare them price wise against than SA's top sellers, VW and Toyota. In that context Honda pricing is fine. And yes, I know there are some brands that offer exceptional value for money. But there is often a trade off for buying a cheaper car. eg Citroen, Peugeot or Renault are going to hit you hard on maintenance and reliability costs later on (and you can't get around it by selling them before they give trouble because they have almost no resale value). That being said, I think the Korean's offerings are very tempting...

      christidv - 2012-07-27 10:39

      @ Ebon The complaint is not the car but the design not pushing any boundaries we know they are reliable and well made “BUT SAFE” as design goes. But where are exciting cars the S2000 that made a 177kw the old Civic's 118kw the NSX super car. Cars that you wanted because they made you feel alive and not made you pick them because they are reliable and a safe choice because I will get a good trade inn and it will never brake. CRZ is funky why because it was a remake of the CRX pity it is a HYBRID that makes no sense and cost 300k for a 1.5. Koreans are a great example years ago everyone laughed at them they were great value for money but they looked cheap and not exactly good looking. Since they decided to get a European design team they have wonderful looking cars that you want to own and winning international awards they are already beating the Japanese at their own game now we just need the last box ticked and that is making it an exciting drive. For most people out there driving is from point A to B and it’s transport to me driving is one of the best things out there if you are driving something that is fun to drive and fun does not have to be expensive.

  • afrikeni - 2012-07-27 09:39

    They should improve design of the whole range, I don't drive sitting on a reliable engine!

  • chrono.man.7 - 2012-07-27 10:32

    Which is why I have 4 Hondas on my property! @Afrikeni I think you have become accustomed to Euopean styling which is your right. My angle is: I don't want to be caught (especially in SA) next to my beautiful car admiring its failed engine next to a dangerous road. I am struck by the aggresive stance and impressive styling of my Accord everytime I see it and I know it offers the best value for money in its class by far.

      afrikeni - 2012-07-27 11:11

      Point taken, good for you.

      sicebi.mthethwa - 2012-07-28 15:05

      Accord is a really nice car but I can't help feel it is underpowered. I've got a 2.4. The car is quite big and heavy. They should give us the 3.5 V6 like the Americans.

  • gaby.hide.3 - 2012-07-27 10:54

    My 20 year Ballade has 360k on the clock. Snapped the cambelt, replaced it and off we went. All we have replaced is the thermometer. My next car will definitely be a Honda.

  • adam.wood.146 - 2012-07-27 15:04

    Worst Photoshop attempt I ever did see...

  • de.stig.9 - 2012-07-27 15:42

    Life's to short to roll with ugly cars, phuk realiability

      sicebi.mthethwa - 2012-07-28 15:12

      Your comment really made me laugh. Though I drive an Accord, I understand what you mean and I sort of agree with you to some extent. Like many things in life, a car should stir something in you. I drop my son off at creche every morning and there is this guy who drives an RS4 sedan, the B7 model. I tell you, when he starts that and takes off...

  • lumifi - 2012-07-29 00:15

    2012 Big Reliability owners survey from British car mag Autocar: 1 - Toyota 2 - Lexus 3 - Honda 4 - Mazda 5 - Ford 6 - Hyundai 7 - Subaru 8 - Volvo 9 - Opel 10 BMW 11 Citroen 12 Mercedes 13 Fiat 14 Peugeot 15 Nissan 16 Suzuki 17 Mitsubishi 18 Alfa romeo 19 Volkswagen 20 Audi 21 Renault 22 Land rover 23 Jeep 24 Jaguar 25 Chrysler 26 Dodge

      Vickers - 2012-07-30 06:47

      http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/best-cars/40954/best-reliability-and-build-quality 1 Skoda Yeti 2 Honda Jazz MkII 3 Skoda Superb MkII 4 Honda Accord MkVII 5 Mercedes E-Class MkIV 6 BMW 5 Series MkIV 7 Toyota Prius MkIII 8 Honda CR-V MkIII 9 Toyota Prius MkII 10 Skoda Octavia MkII 11 Toyota Yaris MkII 12 Hyundai i30 13 Toyota RAV4 MkII 14 Audi TT MkII 15 Toyota Avensis MkIII 16 Kia Sportage MKIII 17 Nissan Qashqai 18 Volvo XC60 19 Nissan X-Trail 20 Audi A4 MkIV 21 Toyota iQ 22 Toyota Avensis MkII 23 Nissan Juke 24 Mazda 3 MkII 25 Jaguar XF 26 Vauxhall Agila MkII 27 Volkswagen Golf MkVI 28 Vauxhall Insignia 29 Kia Cee'd 30 Honda Jazz MkI

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