Should I buy a Honda?
Honda is a long-established Japanese car brand. Focusing on innovation and quality, Honda has built a strong reputation for dependability.
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. More recently, Honda has created a hybrid version of the Honda CR-V, which you'll find a video of below and a link through to our full review.
Honda has also been pretty adventurous in design terms with some of its models, such as the Civic hatchback, which looks like nothing else on the road.
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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We surveyed online 47,013 members of the general public covering 55,833 cars. Survey in field December 2019 to February 2020.
Latest Honda video review: Honda CR-V Hybrid
The Honda CR-V Hybrid is the first ever hybrid version of this otherwise long running SUV.
How much do Honda cars cost?
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 , for instance, is Honda's cheapest model and costs from around £14,000, while the nudges the £19,000 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.
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 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.
The Civic and CR-V are constructed at Honda's UK manufacturing plant in Swindon.