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Honda Accord vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Honda Accord 16
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  75 Accords, 7.2 months of data per Accord, average 6700 miles
2015 Toyota RAV4 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 RAV4s, 6.7 months of data per RAV4, average 5300 miles

 

2014 Honda Accord 15
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  128 Accords, 9.9 months of data per Accord, average 17500 miles
2014 Toyota RAV4 10
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 16300 miles

 

2013 Honda Accord 14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  143 Accords, 9.5 months of data per Accord, average 29500 miles

Redesigned.
2013 Toyota RAV4 15
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  78 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 23800 miles

Redesigned.

 

2012 Honda Accord 11
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Accords, 7.7 months of data per Accord, average 40100 miles
2012 Toyota RAV4 12
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 RAV4s, 8.7 months of data per RAV4, average 35400 miles

 

2011 Honda Accord 23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 69900 miles
2011 Toyota RAV4 13
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 49300 miles

 

2010 Honda Accord 31
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  46 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 65700 miles

Some reports of oil consumption for both engines, most of them over a year ago. Honda has extended the warranty for this issue to eight years.
2010 Toyota RAV4 18
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 RAV4s, 10.1 months of data per RAV4, average 61800 miles

 

2009 Honda Accord 35
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Accords, 8.6 months of data per Accord, average 83200 miles

Some reports of oil consumption for both engines, most of them over a year ago. Honda has extended the warranty for this issue to eight years.
2009 Toyota RAV4 28
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  57 RAV4s, 10.4 months of data per RAV4, average 71200 miles

 

2008 Honda Accord 30
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  85 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 81200 miles

Redesigned. Some reports of oil consumption for both engines, most of them over a year ago. Honda has extended the warranty for this issue to eight years--now running out.
2008 Toyota RAV4 31
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  67 RAV4s, 9.2 months of data per RAV4, average 82100 miles

 

2007 Honda Accord 43
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  102 Accords, 9.6 months of data per Accord, average 106100 miles
2007 Toyota RAV4 44
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 RAV4s, 10.5 months of data per RAV4, average 91400 miles

 

2006 Honda Accord 33
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  74 Accords, 9.3 months of data per Accord, average 115000 miles
2006 Toyota RAV4 59
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 RAV4s, 8.7 months of data per RAV4, average 101900 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Somewhat common problem with ignition coils.

 

2005 Honda Accord 43
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Accords, 9.2 months of data per Accord, average 131700 miles
2005 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 RAV4s, 9.2 months of data per RAV4, average 130700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Honda Accord 53
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  75 Accords, 8.1 months of data per Accord, average 140200 miles
2004 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 RAV4s, 8.8 months of data per RAV4, average 117900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Honda Accord 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  54 Accords, 8.7 months of data per Accord, average 146200 miles

Redesigned. Has long had a higher repair frequency than other model years.
2003 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 RAV4s, 9.3 months of data per RAV4, average 134700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Honda Accord 72
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Accords, 9.6 months of data per Accord, average 148600 miles
2002 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 RAV4s, 8.1 months of data per RAV4, average 117200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Honda Accord 57
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Accords, 8.1 months of data per Accord, average 170500 miles
2001 Toyota RAV4   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 RAV4s, 10.0 months of data per RAV4, average 148800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2000 Honda Accord 87
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Accords, 5.1 months of data per Accord, average 163300 miles

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Honda Accord vs. Toyota RAV4 Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Accord

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Accord

Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 278-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
It's been fairly reliable. I have put nearly 80,000 miles and so far I have only had to deal with brakes.
2012 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed manual FWD
Our past Hondas have been the most reliable cars we've owned. I would expect the Accord Coupe to be much more reliable long-term than the Volkswagen.
2011 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Now approaching 140,000 miles and other than 2 sets of tires, only cost has been maintenance as called for by Miantenance Minder. I drove an 2008 Accord to 150,000 and passed on to a family member with similar experience (although brakes had been replaced).
2010 2dr Coupe 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Reputation....Still new I have no personal experience
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Wife had an Accord from 2000 and very little ever went wrong with it until it dropped the transmission July 2009. No brainer to get another one to serve as the every-day family car.
2010 4dr Sedan 177-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
After owning and repairing many European cars, it is comforting to know that the Accord is much more likely than not to have extraordinary reliability and durability. It is a calming feeling.
2010 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
I drove each of my Accords for more than 14 years with no major repairs.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Historical experience. The parts that matter most to drivability will last - in my experience an Accords drivetrain will remain functional while the body rusts away.
2009 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Proven track record. Have owned other accords
2009 4dr Sedan 271-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
Our two previous Hondas gave us exemplary trouble-free driving. In eleven months and 19,000 miles so has this one.
Honda Accord Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
window and trunk rattles
2006 2dr Coupe 244-horsepower 3.0L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
This car has been at the dealer almost once every couple of months, it feels like the car is just falling apart in my hands. Just the other day the power window controls fell out of the door. The transmission sometimes refuses to go into gear from Park
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
My issue with the accord is at 38,000 miles I was told I had a broken motor mount. I am not sure why or how a broken motor mount would occur in under 3 years of ownership. I found that annoying because the car was maintained and not beaten on and this happens. Nothing better than coughing up $700.00 just before your child is born.
2006 4dr Sedan 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Another issue I had was around 60,000 miles, I had to replace the power steering pump. I heard this whine sound from under my hood and next thing I know, I am coughing up another $500 to replace the pump. I had all the fluids changed when recommended and this still happened. Between the motor mount and power steering pump, I have spent $1300 more on this accord than I did on my 99 Camry.
2005 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Long ago, someone warned me of Honda batteries being way too small. And what do you know, I did end up putting five batteries into our Accord over ten years. One of them, the alernator fried it. Another one just puked flat dead. Three others developed bad cells, always in hot weather. We live in high desert, we expect somewhat shorter battery life, but a battery every two years is too much. We've just bought a new Civic; this time I'll just plan on swapping batteries about every 24 months.
2003 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
cold start valve or cylinder slap after 53K miles
2002 2dr Coupe 200-horsepower 3.0L V6
4-speed automatic FWD
I bought the car so I could drive it, change the oil, and keep driving it. But from faulty fog lights, worn radio controls, two transmissions, two alternators, and numerous rattles, I have not reached my goal of maintenance-free driving and quality.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2015 4dr SUV 176-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Doesn't everyone who buys a Toyota expect it to just run? With 7500 miles on the odometer, I can say I've got no issues nor do I expect any. No weird noises, nothing to take back to the dealer for, it all just works, and has been since I got it. That is a reassuring start, but something I've come to take for granted with the Toyota products.
2009 4dr SUV 179-horsepower 2.5L I4
4-speed automatic AWD
High ratings from every car review I have read. Very high resale value and see used ones all the time with 150k+ miles - I should be able to own this 10+ years.
2009 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Excellent long term reliablity
2009 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
I have had zero problems with the car.
2008 4dr SUV 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
It goes without saying that everyone wants a reliable vehicle. I believe that Toyota is not alone in that objective, the other manufacteurs have caught up with them.
2008 4dr SUV 166-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Unfortunately, I had to get rid of this car because with less than 100, 000 miles (it had 95, 000) and having beenexcellently maintained it gave me oil sludge problem, and the dealer recommended engine replacement... Unvelievable in a Toyota with such a low, well maintainedvehicle. I will never, ever again buy a Toyota. It was my first (and last) one. I would not recommend it to any one...
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
This vehicle has consistently rated high in all professional reviews, and in consumers reviews. I agree.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Toyota reputation.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Many, many hassle-free miles. Few repairs needed.
2008 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
See above
Toyota RAV4 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr SUV 269-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Power steering failed within 3 months of new. 4 wheel drive actuator failed.