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Honda is one of the most popular automakers in the world, and one of the reasons why the Japanese automaker is so popular is because of its reliability. As such, Honda cars tend to have low annual maintenance costs, and that makes them attractive to car shoppers as maintenance costs are an important consideration when car shopping.

Not all Honda cars have low maintenance costs though, so here’s a look at four Honda models that have an annual maintenance cost of over $500.

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1. Honda Crosstour

RepairPal wrote that the average Honda car has an annual maintenance cost of $428. While that’s fairly low for an automaker, the company’s larger vehicles tend to have higher annual maintenance costs. The Crosstour, for example, was a midsize crossover SUV that the Japanese automaker built for a few years starting in 2010.

It was ultimately unsuccessful, as it was discontinued in 2015. It had an annual maintenance cost of $520, which is relatively low for its segment. That’s mainly because it had a reliability rating of 4 out of 5, which was above average.

On top of that, no users on the site reported any problems with the car, though that may just be related to the midsize SUV’s unpopularity. 

2. Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey may be one of the most popular minivans on the market, but it also has one of the higher annual maintenance costs in Honda’s lineup. It costs owners $547 a year to maintain the minivan, and it has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5. That’s still an above average reliability rating, however. Since the Odyssey is so popular though, RepairPal has more data from owners about its most common issues.

Users reported 57 different problems with the Honda minivan, and its most common issues had to do with its electric sliding doors. The average mileage that these problems occurred at was about 110,000 miles. That said, these issues were relatively cheap to fix, as the average owner paid about $100 to fix the problem.

3. Honda Pilot

Just like the Crosstour, the Pilot is a midsize crossover SUV, but it’s far more popular than the Crosstour ever was. The Pilot has an annual maintenance cost of $542, and it has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5. Owners reported 20 different problems with the SUV, and the most common issue had to do with the car’s front brakes. 

When drivers apply the brakes, the Honda SUV may shake due to the front brake rotors being warped. This problem happened at an average mileage of about 47,000 miles. In order to fix this issue, the rotors need to be machined or replaced entirely. Replacing them may cost about $250.

4. Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline is the Japanese automaker’s only pickup truck option in the American market, so it’s no surprise that its average annual maintenance cost is $502. However, trucks are notoriously expensive to own and maintain, and the Ridgeline’s maintenance cost is below average for the segment. It also has a reliability score of 3.5 out of 5, which is great for a truck.

Users on the site reported a total of 12 different issues with the Ridgeline. The most common issue had to do with the transmission, as some drivers were not able to shift into the fourth gear at times.

The good news is that this problem could be fixed with just a software update, and that shouldn’t cost drivers anything. Another common problem had to do with the tailgate not opening due to the sensor rod being too large. It costs owners about $100 to diagnose and fix this problem.


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