Notes: While the 2009 CR-V still came equipped with tires that wear out faster than my Grandpa after a turkey dinner, Honda did address an electrical problem with the door locks that plagued owners of previous model years.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,112 miles

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2009 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 282016


  • 73,950 miles


Takata recall. The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. while pulling into a parking spot with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle independently accelerated without warning. The vehicle went over a curb and crashed into a wall. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. There were injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V061000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,950. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #8

Jul 312015


  • 73,000 miles
On July 31, 2015, while exiting I-95 northbound crossing from the Florida to Georgia state line from high density high speed vacation traffic, my 2009 Honda CR-V serpentine (drive) belt snapped. I immediately lost power steering and other functions associated with the drive serpentine belt. I was traveling at least 45 mph as I had just exited the highway; my knuckles were white I was grabbing the steering wheel so hard trying to assess, at high speed and with vehicles in front and behind me going the same speeds, how to bring the vehicle to a safe stop. My wife and two young girls were with me and I feared that me and my entire family were be seriously injured or killed. Subsequent inspection clearly identified a failed air-conditioning compressor clutch, that is the subject of Honda tsb 12-072 (service bulletin sb-10056005-7115), that my VIN is the subject of Honda's extended warranty associated with tsb 12-072. The compressor clutch caused the compressor to wind-up/damage the belt when it could not travel over the drive wheel of the compressor. The only warning we had, in hindsight, was we lost air conditioning earlier in our trip to Florida and the ac was blowing warm air and there was a noise coming from the compressor area. My entire family was terrified by what happened here - this seems like a defect that presents an unreasonable risk to safety and should be a recall, not an extended warranty. I could have been killed. Had this happened on the highway 1 minute earlier, I could have been rear ended at high speed by car or, worse, truck. Given the numerous blog posts about this problem, and the Honda dealer service tech who said he said this is a common problem that can result in the drive belt getting destroyed by a failed ac compressor clutch, it seems that it should be a recall.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #7

May 092014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
Exiting the small to moderate sized parking lot I was stopped at the red light. This is a T intersection where one must turn right or left. After the light turned green I slowly accelerated to turn left when the car accelerated immediately to about 50 mph while I was entering the intersection, I managed to turn left. Despite vigorously braking, the car continued at what seemed like an incredible speed, it felt like an accelerating race car. I hit a truck and another car sideswiping them as I tried to swerve out of the way of traffic and parked cars. The car travelled approximately 1/5 of a mile before I was able to stop by putting the vehicle in park. The air bags deployed.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #6

Jun 022013

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 48,290 miles


I was trying to park my car backwards. My car suddenly accelerated and I couldn't control the speed of my car. I was also unable to stop my car.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #5

Jan 272012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
As the driver was pulling into a parking space under 10 mph, the vehicle had a sudden acceleration. The driver had just removed his foot from the accelerator. At the time of the acceleration there was no contact with the brake or accelerator. The car did not respond as the brakes were applied and the vehicle struck a cement barrier. (there is a police report filed for inspection) the damage to the vehicle was $ 2,500. There was no other vehicle involved and no injuries reported.

- Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 152010


  • 3,367 miles
My mother was driving on the interstate when the vsa light (triangle with exclamation point in the middle) came on. She then started to hear a grinding noise from the tires. The light and the noise caused her to reduce her speed to about 55. She drove about 5 miles to the nearest pull-off ramp. She was able to slow down, but as she pulled into a parking spot, she depressed the brake pedal further to stop the car and the brake pedal would not go down and the vehicle would not stop. Subsequently, she rolled up on the sidewalk in front of the parking space and hit a light pole, which stopped the vehicle. She does not necessarily recall the engine revving or accelerating as other complainants have reported, but the brakes clearly did not work and there may have been some undetected acceleration as the car clearly needed enough speed to go over the curb. No airbags were deployed. The vehicle has less than 3500 miles. She has had no previous issues with braking. The vehicle requires body work due to the collision. Honda service department detected no mechanical problems. Clearly, there is an issue as a cursory search of complaints on the CR-V show at least 2-3 complaints per year about the same issue. May be an issue with other Honda vehicles as well.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Apr 272010


  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Honda C-rv. While attempting to park at speeds of 2 mph, the vehicle had abnormally accelerated without warrant. The contact was unable to stop the acceleration by depressing the brake and instead, shut the engine off. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 1,000.

- Aiea, HI, USA

problem #2

Apr 282010


  • 6,400 miles
While stopping or stopped for traffic light(s), with foot on brake, engine revved up to 2K RPM without any action on my part. When light changed, and brake was released, acceleration and car performance became normal again. This has happened three separate times in the past six weeks. In addition, turning the A/C off or on had no effect on engine RPM. Note: During the anomaly, if transmission was moved from D to N, engine would rev up to 5K RPM, and would drop back to 2K RPM when transmission put back into D all this happened with foot still on the brake. For the record: Car was taken to Honda dealer twice for this anomaly, the memory dumped, and no data found. Honda claims there is nothing wrong with the car.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 012010


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Honda CR-V. while driving approximately 45 mph an unexpected acceleration caused the vehicle to lose control. The gear was shifted into neutral and the vehicle was driven to the side of the road with caution. The rpms continued to increase. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer. The technician test drove the vehicle and was unable to locate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000. The current mileage was 5,335.

- Scryacuse, NY, USA

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