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Best OBD2 scanners for Honda and Acura vehicles

If you own a Honda or Acura and would like to diagnose and troubleshoot it yourself an OBD-II scanner that can access all modules is a must. With so many OBD2 scanners on the market, you may be wondering what's the best OBD II scanner for Honda?

Foxwell NT510 for Honda Acura Multi-System Scan Tool

 Foxwell NT510 for Honda

When you purchase a Foxwell NT510 make sure to request that it has the software that can diagnose Honda/Acura cars. You can also get the scanner with the software for the other main car brands such as BMW, Chrysler, Fiat,  Hyundai, Toyota, and VW.

You can only have the software for a single manufacturer loaded on the scanner. The software can be upgraded free for the first year by going to the FoxwellTech website. 


  • Show live sensors data in text and graph format.¬†
  • Actuate sensors, run system tests, program control modules.
  • Can perform coding and programming of control modules.
  • Works on GM Car, Trucks, SUV from 1996 to present.¬†
  • Can reset oil reminder and Service Lights.¬†
  • Multiple Language Support

best obd2 scanner for hondaThe Foxwell NT510 is a powerful diagnostic scanner that provides in-depth troubleshooting of various systems such as powertrain, body, chassis, control systems. It is one of the least expensive scanners that provides similar capabilities to Honda HDS / MVCI scanner. 

Foxwell NT510 scanner provides multi-system diagnostics for Honda/Accura cars. This is a great scanner for Honda Accord, Civic etc. The main drawback is that you can't use this scanner on other Japanese makes. It will only work on 1996 and newer Honda and Acura cars. 

Launch  Creader VII+

 Launch Creader Scanner

It is in the same price range as the Autel AL619. Besides scanning the ABS and SRS, it can diagnose one more system: Transmission Control Unit. The Launch Creader supports over 20 car models, not just Honda and Acura. This is one of the best alternatives if you are looking for a good Honda scan tool that will work on other cars as well. 


  • Diagnose ECU, ABS, SRS/Airbag, Transmission.
  • Covers Asian, European and Domestic makes.
  • DTC reading and clearing displays.
  • Oxygen sensor and carbon canister testing.¬†
  • Data Stream Graphic
  • EOBD/ OBD 2 Scanner

 It supports OBD-II, Honda, and Acura protocols, whose coverage includes dynamical, body, chassis, ABS, SRS and anti-theft

 Autel MaxiDAS DS708

 MaxiDAS Full System Scanner

The MaxiDAS DS708 is the perfect choice to diagnose Honda and Acura cars. It is for those that run an auto repair shop or work on cars every weekend. If you would like a scanner that can perform in-depth diagnostic with similar capabilites to the dealer scanner the MaxiDAS708 is your choice.

The advantage of MaxiDAS is that it does not require a yearly license like most professional diagnostic scanners of this level. This is a diagnostic scanner that works on over 50 makes including Toyota, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW, Hyundai and more. 


OEM Scanner - Honda HDS

honda hds diagnostic system mvci tol

If you have had your car diagnosed by a Honda dealership you probably heard the term HDS scanner. What is HDS after all? It stands for Honda Diagnostic System. It is a laptop based scanner used at Honda dealers to diagnose and troubleshoot car problems.

To use HDS you will need a Modular Vehicle Communications Interface (MVCI) which allows the dealer to flash, program and calibrate any control unit on Honda and Acura cars. The HDS can scan Honda and Acura cars only. It is compatible with Hondas all the way back to the early 1990s.

You can view the Service Bulletin published by Honda if you would like to check vehicle coverage. Honda IDS diagnostic scanner gives complete access to all the systems on Honda/Acura vehicles including the immobilizer system. 

Honda HDS / MVCI requires calibration files for flashing control units. The beautiful thing about the Honda scanner is that the files are downloaded into the MVCI device so that you don't need internet access if you have to carry a re-flashing procedure.1

What is Honda GNA600?

The GNA600 is a vehicle interface device that can be used to scan the systems in Honda and Acura vehicles. The GNA600 serves similar functions provided Honda Interface Module (HIM) but provides additional capabilities such as program mileage, program smart keys, reset airbag, etc. 

The Honda Diagnostic Software (HDS) with Modular Vehicle Communications Interface (MVCI) requires a software license that costs over $1,000 per year, making it not feasible for Honda and Acura car owners. Therefore, here are the top alternatives for those who still like to perform some in-depth troubleshooting. 



JimsAutoRepair, 2019-06-25

I'd like to add some information on the Honda GNA600. It really is a good little scanner to use. It supports up to 30 languages, including Russian, Slovenian and Greek! So it can be used almost anywhere in the world. Of course, you do need a laptop for the best analysis and a $1,000 software. So yea, it's not feasible for homeowners but it can the perfect machine for garage owners.

By YOUCANIC on Jun 3, 2019


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