Honda named most reliable car brand

The 2018 Honda CR-V. Photo courtesy of Honda.
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Honda currently outpaces all brands when it comes to reliability, according to a new analysis based on real-world vehicle repair.

Three of Honda’s most popular models — the CR-V, Civic and Accord — are among the top 10 most reliable cars on RepairPal.com’s recently introduced Reliability Rating that is based on vehicle repair orders from the company’s network of over 2,000 shops.

“We wanted to take a fresh, data-driven approach to reliability,” RepairPal chief executive Art Shaw said in a news release.

“While other studies are based on subjective surveys, we are in a unique position with our nationwide network of shops to use actual repair data. The best way we can help consumers is by providing research tools that enable them to make the most informed decisions about their cars.”

The Reliability Rating scores are derived from vehicle repair orders on model years between 2010 through 2017.

Scores range from zero to 5.0. Four-point-five is considered excellent, 4 is considered good, and 3 is average.

Asian automakers Honda, Lexus, Hyundai, Mazda, Kia, Toyota and Acura have an excellent rating of 4.5.

Excellent ratings on its ES, IS and RX models has garnered Lexus the title of second-most-reliable brand and highest-ranked luxury brand.

Additionally, the Toyota Yaris, the only model to score an excellent rating of 5.0 out of 5.0, has been named overall most reliable car due in part to its low cost of ownership.

Behind the top Asian brands, Chrysler and Buick received the highest scores for domestic brands, and Volkswagen took home the top reliability ranking among European automakers.

Each vehicle reliability score is based on the cost, frequency and severity of repairs, according to RepairPal.

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