What is more reliable for the long term 2.0L vs 1.5L Turbo

Which do you think is more reliable with regular oil changes?


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MJeed

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Hi Civic owners,

I'm looking to purchase my first Honda. I have done a lot of reading on a few different Honda forums to determine what I want to buy and am leaning towards the 2017 EX model in Canada as it has a 2.0L NA engine. I am a bit hesitant to get the turbo with the oil dilution scare. I know Honda has released an update that "resolves" the issue but some people are still dealing with strong gas smell in their oil.

I want to drive this car until it can't no more; like the good old civics and corollas. My previous car (my dad's) was an '06 Toyota Matrix and it is currently above 600k km and its still going. I am very strict and diligent when it comes to oil changes.

Side note: My work is about 10km away and it gets cold here in Toronto.

Do you guys think the 2.0L is "more" reliable for the long run compared to the 1.5T?





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'600k km' For that kind of long term reliability, and if that's the main criteria.
I'd say NA with multiport injection beats turbocharged with direct injection.
When it comes to driving a car until it can't no more.
 

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No debate, 2.0 is more robust since it's from the K-series family of engines, it'll be bulletproof. For the average consumer though, I wouldn't necessarily pick the 2.0 over the 1.5 solely because of reliability but if you're planning on running this car to the ground then 2.0 all the way.
 

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If I was thinking about my car strictly in terms of an appliance, I'd get the 2.0. Less complications should ultimately mean more reliability long term.
 

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in the long haul yes, 2.0 is more reliable.. less moving parts to break, means its more reliable. plus with port injection, it'll keep your intake valves cleaner longer too, that's the main reason i picked the 2.0 over the 1.5 in both Si and non Si configurations.

of course it will mainly depend on how you drive it and how well you keep up with it, these super small engines with turbochargers, pushing out as much power as they can is still relatively new from most manufacturers. Only time will tell.
 

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Side note: My work is about 10km away and it gets cold here in Toronto.

Do you guys think the 2.0L is "more" reliable for the long run compared to the 1.5T?
Cold + short distances => choose the 2.0 N/A
 

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In that rust belt the rest of the car will fall apart before the engine will imo. If this is a car you're going to have to live with for ~15 years, test drive them and pick what you like best. I can't see you picking the 2.0L after driving both.
 

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Interesting pole. 1/5 of everyone who voted is a massive liar or completely ignorant.
 

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Do you guys think the 2.0L is "more" reliable for the long run compared to the 1.5T?
Anyone ever said that an engine without the turbo and without Direct Injection is less reliable?
Are these technologies implemented to improve reliability as the reliability of NA port injected engines was ever questionable? Is there anything in the current NA PI engines that would prevent them from lasting as long as they used to?

The answer to all these questions is NO, so why would anyone even ask the above question? The answer is the 2.0L is what you are looking for, and you have no reason to even think about DI turbo.
 

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Longevity: 2.0NA > 1.5T
Performance: 1.5T > 2.0NA

That's not to say the 1.5T isn't going to hold up for the long haul but the 2.0NA has proven rock solid for quite some time.

On the other hand, I don't keep my cars for 150,000 miles, so I'm confident my 1.5T will do just fine.
 

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who cares if its covered under warranty?

why take the chance?
Because the civic is a MUCH better car to drive with the 1.5t. The warranty is free so no biggie. And as you can see by the vehicles I own, I put my money where my mouth is!
 
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