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25 Important Things About Honda Cars Drivers Ignore For No Reason

Cameron Eittreim December 2, 2021

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11: Price Of Options

Another place where Honda has begun to slide is the pricing of options on their vehicles. It used to be that a Honda would offer a few options or trim levels. Now you can expect to pay a pretty penny when it comes to getting options in your car. Depending on what options you are considering, the cost can get astronomical (via Vehicle History).

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Especially when you start looking at special edition models such as the SI or the Ridgeline H.P.V. The choices seem endless with the list of options now, and while that’s great for making a choice, it’s not so satisfactory for the cost. The price of these options can become quite a pain in the rear end.

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10: Questionable Hybrids

As previously stated, Honda hasn’t had the best of luck competing in the hybrid segment. Sure, you have a few sales here and there, but nothing compared to the success Toyota had with the Prius. The Prius was a massive runaway success during the 2008 recession, and Honda was never able to catch up (via Autobody Paint Review).

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It’s true there have been cars like the Accord Hybrid, but even this car never achieved the same level of success that Toyota did. The Insight was awkward when it was first released as a two-seater hatchback, and the Prius clone later on was no better. Then you had the CR-Z sports car, which wasn’t all that sporty.

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9: Transmission Issues

Perhaps one of the most overlooked problems for Honda in recent years was the issues that plagued the transmissions. Honda is traditionally a world-renowned company for quality and reliability, but the sudden transmission failures in the Odyssey minivan left many drivers scratching their heads (via Car Brain).

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The second generation Odysseys were notoriously guilty for having this happen to them. The transmission replacement would be expensive and often leave the minivan incapacitated. This transmission failure issue followed into the next generation. Honda would improve reliability as time went on, but early models are still problematic.

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8: Manual Transmissions

Honda has been one of the main automakers that has been phasing out manual transmissions. The automaker is switching to CVT and automatic transmissions like everyone else. But there was a time when a Honda car was synonymous with great gas mileage and a manual transmission. There will be a whole generation of drivers who don’t know how to drive a stick shift (via Motor Biscuit).

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The original Honda’ and even the 1990s models were famous for having a stick shift. The Accord and the Civic were both immensely popular economy cars. Nowadays, you have to deal with all the technology that goes into a transmission. Most drivers don’t want to deal with the headache associated with this.

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7: Practicality

Let’s be honest, Hondas were originally some of the most practical cars on the road. But somewhere in the 2000s, Honda’s became a premium product. The practicality went out the window and the prices started to increase. All of a sudden, driving a Toyota or Honda was like a badge of honor (via Humoropedia).

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Because of the stellar reliability, a Honda is still a good deal for a new car, but the practicality has sort of gone away. Take the Ridgeline for instance, this truck is about as impractical as they come. The truck bed is vastly undersized, and the truck is only available in a single configuration for the body.

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6: Repairs

With a Honda vehicle, there is the misconception that you’ll never have to get anything repaired on it. While a Honda is a reliable car, that doesn’t mean your Honda will never be in the shop. On the contrary, when a Honda vehicle breaks down, it can be costly either way (via Honda Repair Guide).

1993 Accord
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Take the Odyssey problem that we highlighted above. A transmission repair can cost thousands of dollars. So even if the van is running smoothly, the transmission is still an expense that most drivers can’t afford to pay. Thus, a Honda can be as costly as some of the more notorious automotive failures.

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5: Lackluster Performance Models

There was a time when a Honda with an SI badge was a special vehicle. Nowadays, this is nothing more than an appearance package. At least in America, the Honda Civic SI has changed dramatically over time, not for the better. The most recent rendition of the car is so far from the original formula that it’s ridiculous (via Motor 1).

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Meanwhile, the larger full-size cars such as the Accord haven’t been much better. Honda was never a performance company, but in recent years the image has become even more watered down. It will be interesting to see if Honda brings back some of the performance that made the brand great before.

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4: High Cost of Maintenance

Honda cars used to be affordable vehicles to fix, but going to the dealership to get a repair can be pricey nowadays. The Honda certified service technicians charge an arm and a leg to fix these cars nowadays. It’s not even that Honda’s have expensive parts, but there is a lot of technology that goes into these vehicles now (via Honda Problems).

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The increased price of repairs has caused many potential new car buyers to change their minds about Honda. What was once an affordable brand that you could get fixed fairly cheaply has ballooned to an expensive proposition. That’s especially true when you start talking about the technology that goes into these cars.

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3: Forward Thinking

Honda used to be ahead of the curve when it came to vehicle design, but nowadays, that isn’t the case. The automaker is going along with the trends that every other company has been following. That isn’t a good thing, because Honda was always a carmaker that came up with original ideas (via Tuning Pro).

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The fact that things are falling so far out of place has made the automaker an unfortunate choice these days. No one wants to pay for outdated ideas or a car that just copied someone else’s design. Companies like Hyundai and Kia have been leading the curve when it comes to new technology in their vehicles.

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2: The Absence of VTEC

There was a time when hearing the words VTEC and Honda meant you were in for fun. But that isn’t the case these days as the motors have gotten extremely watered down. You can’t get the same sort of driving enjoyment that you once got out of a Honda. The VTEC motors are not the same type of feeling anymore (via Lember Law).

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The new engine choices are almost exclusively geared toward fuel economy, not the driving pleasure that once was. This has been an unfortunate choice for Honda, as it has alienated many original buyers who would frequent the showrooms. You can’t give buyers one thing and then years later take it away.

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1: No Personality

Hondas are becoming dull when you look at them nowadays. The worth thing is that the company continues to push this flashback design for their sedans. Most buyers don’t want a fastback-styled sedan, and thus the idea is troubling. But the company still pushes these designs on consumers as if we want to keep paying for them (via Repair Pal).

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The Accord is a mere shadow of the car it once was. The design has become bland and familiar when you compare it to other cars on the road. This lack of inspiration and design has made the brand just another automaker in recent years.

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