Various methods describing the directionality of honed cylinder liner surface topography are compared. The procedure of deep valleys recognition and determination of angular spectra on the basis of ratio of valleys widths in perpendicular directions is described in detail. The applications of deep valleys analysis, power spectral density, and cross-correlation functions for measured plateau-honed cylinder surface topographies were studied. It was found that method based on the deep valleys study assured correct values of honing angle estimation. Procedure of sampling interval selection for this method application was developed. Usefulness of deep valleys analysis for obtaining parameters characterizing other features specific for cylinder liner surfaces is described. SCANNING 36:95–104, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.