Notes: 2011 Honda CR-V owners are reporting problems where the engine revs when braking.

Our data is showing early signs of a defect trend, so that's why we've flagged the 2011 CR-V with our "Beware of the Clunker" rating. Time will tell whether this continues to be a problem, & if so, whether Honda will be able to identify the problem & fix it.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,126 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2011 Honda CR-V drivetrain problems

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2011 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 172016


  • 4,560 miles


TPMS system on a number of occasions the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)has faulted out while driving on the highway. Each time the fault resulted in the traction control system turning on with no way of turning it off which essentially means you are in all wheel drive mode even on the highway. I brought it in to the dealer who basically said that the problem is due to the TPMS system faulting out due to radio frequency interference caused by a cell phone charger cord plugged into 12V accessory outlets in the front of the vehicle when the car is driven more than 49 mph for over 20 minutes. The radio interference affects most Honda cars. Honda warranty does not cover the cost to reset the TPMS system.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #7

Apr 172016


  • 54,000 miles
Back in October 2015, my husband was driving me to the airport at 5 am. As we approached to turn onto the highway, the power steering died and the electrical system turned off. We were stuck in the middle of a dangerous intersection with no way to fix the car. We could not shift the car into neutral to push it off the road. The police came and some good samaritans. Someone found a way to manually pop something off to force the car to shift and that's how we got the vehicle off the road. I had my 3 year old son with me at the time too. It was an incredibly dangerous situation. While I was away, the mechanic shop looked at my car and said it was the computer. They said it was like a 2K fix. We had it towed to the millenium Honda because that's the dealership of purchase. Millenium Honda fixed it and said it was the ignition fuse. Now it's April and out of normal use (my car is 2011 and only 54K mile), the car won't start. It was fully functioning the night before and nothing was left on. Stationary in the driveway, it would not start. It's not the battery because that was changed in March. No sound when you turn the key. Nothing was left on. Today, waiting for dealership to come to a conclusive resolution to the situation. This has shaken my belief in the reliability of my car. Whether it's a computer problem or whatever, it is putting my family and I in danger if it does not function properly. Power steering or electrical failure is not ok. It could have happened on the road. What then? first incident 10/31/15 and now this one 4/17/16.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 302015


  • 125,000 miles
At 125,000 miles my transmission went out. $3,600 for a new transmission"?" that is way above other model SUV I have seen. There are six versions for this one model of SUV, that is crazy. Not to mention to remove it adds a ot of cost vs Ford or Chevy ( this is the word of the repair shop)

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Oct 242012


  • 18,000 miles


The car was in an indoor parking lot. Driver backed up out of its parking space at a low speed and bumped into a wall behind the parking spot. At that point, the car jumped into drive and began accelerating without driver doing anything. Driver applied the brake, but the car continued to accelerate and hit a cement pylon. The car bounced off the cement pylon and the car continued to accelerate forward, even though driver was applying the brake. The car hit the cement pylon again and then another car. The car only stopped when driver put it into park and turned it off.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #4

Aug 312012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 11,450 miles
I was positioned at an intersection, waiting to make a left turn in heavy traffic. Since this vehicle is more powerful than the one I had, pulling out into traffic didn't concern me that much. Well, it does now. It went just enough into the intersection to get me into a near crash situation. It just totally bogged down. Throttle position sensor maybe? I have talked to four people with 2010 and 2011 CRV's and they say the same thing. I love this car, but this has to be addressed. I have had no other problems except for this. This is a real downer for me in relation to this car. Help us Honda.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 302012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
I was pulling out of parking spot in reverse in a crowded movie theater parking lot when my 2011 Honda CR-V accelerated at full speed into the cement pole behind me. Confused, I put the car in 'drive' to pull myself away from the pole, when the car once again accelerated at full speed forward toward the spot I was original in hitting and continually pushing a parked mini-van, which in turn pushed and kept pushing the parked car next to it. In an attempt to stop the car, I put the car in reverse and once again went in reverse, crashing into the same cement pole. Despite the fact that I bore down on the brakes repeatedly, the car did not stop until I put the car in 'park". immediately thereafter, I turned the car off. This all occurred in seconds and was terrifying...I had no control of the vehicle. Witnesses in the movie theater parking lot were stopped in their tracks hearing the loud roar of the engine.

- Staten Island , NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 092012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated the vehicle would not shift into park and the key could not release from the ignition. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer changed the shifter pin and adjusted the shifter cable. The contact stated that two days after the repair, the vehicle would not shift into park. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer where the dealer adjusted the cable a second time. The failure was corrected. The failure mileage was 8,000. Updated 03/23/12 updated 03/30/12

- Lake Forest , CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 082011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CRV. The contact started the ignition and the vehicle began to surge forward abnormally until crashing into a wooden retaining wall. There was no personal injury. The vehicle sustained moderate damages. The vehicle was currently being repaired at the dealer for body damages. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V458000 (power train). The contact planned to have the vehicle repaired under the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Mathias, WV, USA

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