2019 Civic "below average predicted reliability"?

I ve been thinking of purchasing a New Civic (either the LX or Sport trim with 2.0L engine and 6-speed transmission), and want a vehicle that will last for decades/hundreds of thousands of miles.

However, according to car.usanews.com, the Civic has a "below average reliability rating" of 2.5 out of 5. Here s the link: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/honda/civic The website doesn t say exactly what it is about the Civic that is unreliable. Does anyone know any details of why the new Civic has received such a low reliability rating?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Certain Honda models which use a version of their 1.5L turbo 4cyl engine have experienced "oil dilution" (gasoline mixing with the engine oil) due to a design/manufacturing flaw. Oil dilution can cause stalling and also (very) premature engine wear.

    Both the Civic and CR-V have used (and continue to use) that particular 1.5L turbo engine. The issue may or may not have been resolved at this point. Regardless of that, if you buy a Civic model that has a different engine than the 1.5 turbo then oil dilution problems aren't going to be an issue and I wouldn't worry about "predicted reliability" on those - they'll be fine. The Civic is also available with a naturally aspirated (not-turbocharged) 2.0L 4cyl in more its more "base" models, for example, and those will be just fine reliability-wise. If your main concern is "I want this car to last me 10+ years mostly trouble-free" then I might steer clear of the turbo 1.5L 4 cyl models for now though. Good luck.

    • DMD32 months agoReport

      This is the answer I was looking for. And I’ve been told that turbocharged engines normally don’t last as long as normally aspirated engines, so I was planning on getting the 2.0 L anyway. Thank you!

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    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Every Honda currently made has a turbocharger, which is a guaranteed maintenance issue. Go check out Toyota, Nissan, and Hyundai. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

  • 2 months ago

    Honda reliability has suffered lately, however they are still one of the best vehicles built in the world.

    Having said that, no car regardless of how well they're built is going to last "decades/hundreds of thousands of miles" without a rigorous maintenance routine.

    Cars are machines, they require constant maintenance. You can't abuse them or neglect the routine maintenance and expect them to run forever.

  • 2 months ago

    The 2019 Honda Civic finishes near the top of compact car rankings. It delivers better performance than most class rivals, and it boasts an upscale interior with comfortable seating. Just avoid the turbo engine.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yeah i miss those days of basic cars. Know they are putting so much electronic crap on cars like traction control, stability control, abs, direct injection, cvt transmissions, collision warning systems. All the stuff breaks down as the car gets older. Back i high school i had an old toyota with crank windows, no abs, no trction control, no airbags and the thing just kept chugging around until rust finally was eating it away. The engine and transmission were still good. Buy a new car these days and it is unlikely it will last 25 years like my old toyota did.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Check consumer reports, they are a better source for reliability. Library.

    Or you could buy a used model from prior years that JD Power had higher ratings on and will still last hundreds of thousands of miles.

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    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Cars towards the cheap end of the scale like the civic tend to be of a lower quality overall. From all I've heard, EVERYTHING on the civic, from the engine to the cup holders, is less reliable than previous models, because they're using cheaper, less durable materials in an effort to reduce production costs. If you want a car that's going to last for decades, get something large and german. You'll be paying more for it off the lot, but probably save money in the long run because it doesnt fall apart on teh drive home.

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