Although some old-timers may pine for the good ol’ days, and say “they don’t make ’em like they used to,” statistically, vehicles built in the last two decades are among some of the most reliable and longest-lasting. The average age of more than 10 years for vehicles on U.S. roads is testament to this. Hondas have a solid reputation for reliability, and the latest data backs this rep up. Among mainstream brands, Honda is the longest-lasting, with data from Polk and IHS Automotive showing that a higher percentage of Honda models are still on the road than any other mainstream brand over the last quarter-century.
The methodology of the report was the percentage of vehicles still on the road from 1988 through 2012. Of Honda models sold in that period, 75 percent were still on the road, a claimed best among non-luxury brands. The Polk/IHS data is in addition to Honda’s recognition as one of the best mainstream brands for residual value after three years.
So if you’re still rolling around in that ’95 Civic from college with the odometer well into the six figures, you can drive it with pride, knowing you own a car from one of the most reliable brands on the market.