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Should I buy a Honda car?

By Martin Pratt

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Our guide to Japanese car brand Honda gives you all the information you need to decide whether you should buy a Honda car

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Honda is a long-established Japanese brand that makes everything from cars to motorbikes, outboard motors to lawnmowers.

Focusing on innovation and quality, Honda has built a strong reputation for the dependability of its products over the years.  

Honda builds a small but sensible range of models focused on the family car market. Its most popular models are the Jazz small car, the Civic medium-sized hatchback and Tourer estate, and the CR-V crossover SUV 4x4.

A further Jazz-based SUV crossover, the HR-V, is another model that's making inroads in a competitive market.

Honda has had experience with hybrid technology too, with models such as the Insight and Jazz Hybrid, but it has since reverted to conventional petrol and diesel power except for its NSX sports car, which has a hybrid engine.

Honda has also been pretty adventurous in design terms with some of its models, such as the Civic, which looks like nothing else on the road.

Find out if there's a Honda to suit you by checking out all our our Honda car reviews.

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How reliable are Honda cars?

Honda cars are reliable – or so the company's reputation would have you believe. But does the reality live up to the expectation?

Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Honda owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old, and also cars aged between three and eight years old. 

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Table notes
Results from the 2018 Which? Car Survey (results gathered from 43,027 owners, about 51,172 cars, between December 2017 and February 2018).


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How much do Honda cars cost?

Honda positions itself halfway between mainstream brands such as Ford and premium brands such as Audi – think of it as something like the Japanese equivalent of Volkswagen.

As such, its cars are priced slightly above the main volume brands but not beyond the reach of many of the families it targets. The Honda Jazz, for instance, is Honda's cheapest model and costs from around £14,000, while the Honda Civic nudges the £20,000 mark at its entry-level point.  

Thanks to the enduring reputation of the Honda brand, second-hand prices remain strong, which keeps overall ownership costs down and PCP monthly rates relatively low. High used prices do mean that Honda ownership may be out of reach for some buyers. 

The Jazz is comfortably the second most-owned car in our annual car survey.

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Choosing the best Honda car

Honda majors on interior space, with all of its models offering clever solutions such the 'magic seat' system and practically shaped luggage areas.  

The Jazz is a case in point here. Despite being the size of a Ford Fiesta on the outside, it has the sort of space inside that you'd expect in cars of a much larger class. You can say the same about the Civic, too.

As for the HR-V and CR-V, they're equally popular among owners of crossover 4x4s – indeed, the CR-V is the second-most-owned 4x4 in our annual survey.

The Civic and CR-V are constructed at Honda's UK manufacturing plant in Swindon. 

Now you're up to speed with Honda and its cars, take a look at our new and used car reviews.