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There’s Only 1 Used Honda You Should Avoid According to Consumer Reports

The great thing about buying a used car is that they tend to be significantly more affordable than the brand-new versions are. With that being said, used cars aren’t necessarily perfect, and can come with issues, too. Here’s a look at the one used Honda model that you should avoid.

Consumer Reports’ list of used cars to avoid

For folks who are shopping for a used car, Consumer Reports has a very handy tool to find out which models customers should avoid. This tool uses metrics like how reliable the car was or how satisfied drivers were with it, and it also organizes everything by automaker.

That said, not every car made under the sun is included in this list, and Consumer Reports is only using cars made within the last decade or so. 

Overall, Consumer Reports wrote that over 100 used car models should be avoided, and many popular automakers like Ford, Jeep, or Volkswagen have multiple cars make the list. However, impressively, Honda, while it did make the list, it only made the list with a single entry.

That bad used Honda model was the 2016 Pilot, and it seems to be the only bad used model year as the other Pilot model years didn’t make the list.

Is the 2016 Honda Pilot is a bad used car?

In Consumer Reports’ review of the 2016 Pilot, it’s not surprising why this particular model made the list while the other model years didn’t. Off the bat, the 2016 Pilot had a terrible reliability rating of just 1 out of 5, and that’s uncharacteristic of a Honda.

Most customers think that Hondas are extremely reliable cars that will last a long time, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the 2016 Pilot.

In particular, it suffered from significant engine reliability issues, according to Consumer Reports, but it also had plenty of issues with its infotainment and electronics systems.

Compared to its competitors, the Pilot was tied with the Ford Explorer for reliability, while SUVs like the Toyota 4Runner or the Mazda CX-9 easily trounced it.

Honda seems to have fixed these issues by the 2017 model year, but the damage was done. Consumer Reports said that owners simply weren’t satisfied with the 2016 Pilot, as it had a 2 out of 5 in terms of its owner satisfaction rating.

That said, this poor reliability score wasn’t the only thing dragging the 2016 Pilot down, as Consumer Reports also complained about its poor handling and its complicated and “frustrating” infotainment system.

This isn’t to say that every single 2016 Pilot is a bad car. There are more than a few 2016 models that are probably great cars for people. However it is good to know what to look for when buying used.

This is still an impressive feat, however

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Still, as bad as the 2016 Pilot was, it’s pretty impressive that an automaker as massive as Honda only managed to make one car that was bad enough to get onto this list.

Even if critics want to include Acura, which is Honda’s luxury arm, with Honda’s numbers, Acura only had two models that made this list. This means that between Honda and Acura, only three models were a part of a list of over 100 cars, which is still quite impressive.

For comparison, Ford, an automaker that’s as big as Honda, had almost 30 models make the list. On top of that, unlike Honda, a few Ford models made the list on concurrent years.

This means that, in Consumer Reports’ eyes, Ford didn’t necessarily fix the issues with those models after they were discovered or reported. 

However, as impressive as Honda’s showing was, its rival, Toyota, has it beat. Toyota didn’t have a single car make the list, and Lexus, which is Toyota’s luxury arm, only had a single model make the list.