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Consumer Reports: Honda Reliability Drops to 8th

Old 10-20-2015, 06:58 PM
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Consumer Reports: Honda Reliability Drops to 8th

Just heard on the news that in the 2015 Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Survey, Honda's reliability rating has dropped 4 spots to 8th. The CR rep stated that Honda is experiencing CVT transmission and infotainment problems and complaints. This is not news for those of us on this forum.

Originally Posted by Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Survey
Consumers want their car infotainment systems to be as capable as the latest smartphones. But vehicles have lengthy development and production cycles, which means that car tech often lags behind the rapid-fire release of smartphones and apps. As a result, many infotainment systems end up disappointing consumers in terms of how they function and how reliably they operate.
More troubling is that many new transmissions developed to help meet heightened fuel-economy standards are having some significant problems. Thatís happening whether itís a complex system such as a dual-clutch gearbox, a continuously variable transmission, or one with eight or nine speeds. Many vehicles require repair and replacements because of rough shifting among the gears and slipping CVT belts.
Those trouble areas have resulted in several automakers dropping sharply in our predicted-reliability scores, which are based on subscribers reporting on more than 740,000 vehicles in their garages. But other automakers have seen sharp movement upward.
Originally Posted by Auto News quoting Consumer Reports
Things werenít smooth for every Japanese brand.
Honda dropped four spots to eight place this year due to infotainment glitches in its redesigned and freshened vehicles.

I don't have a Consumer Reports subscription but am interested in their comments about Honda.

The more I read about the CR survey and think about the 2015/2016 Fits, it seems like the way to get a better quality Honda Fit is to buy a manual transmission LX, the base model, the one with the 5" non-touch display. The LX 6MT bypasses the CVT transmission and infotainment problems.

This video is 21:35 long but informative, so grab a drink.
-Infotainment systems: Expensive brands have been tweaking for a long time, have now gotten it right. Everyone else is experiencing teething problems.
-New Transmissions: Dual clutch transmissions, 8-9 speed autos, CVTs are giving almost all car companies problems
-The more a car has new components, their reliability goes down. Give it a couple of years and reliability will go up

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Old 10-20-2015, 07:28 PM
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I saw that on the news too. Thanks for the link!
Old 10-20-2015, 08:41 PM
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Now Toyota keeping the 4 speed for the auto in the Yaris seems rather smart right now instead of antiquated.
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^The 5AT in the GD/GE were reliable too.

The CVT is just a massive POS.
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That was one of reasons I chose the LX over an EX; touchscreens on any car are just causes for frustration and reliability bugs. There's the old adage: KISS (keep it simple stupid, or Simon)
Old 10-20-2015, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by festiboi View Post
KISS (keep it simple stupid, or Simon)
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Old 10-23-2015, 02:58 PM
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considering the dumb problems we're having with the GK, i believe it.
Old 10-23-2015, 05:02 PM
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I had posted this in the GK section and the mods moved it to the "Other Car Related Discussions". This post has direct bearing to the current CVT recalls for he GK as well as condemnation of the 7" touch screen infotainment center. Oh well, I tried my best...

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