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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,146 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 engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2011 Honda CR-V:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2011 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #15

Dec 292016


  • 115,740 miles


Rodents ate wire and split harness.

- Marshall, VA, USA

problem #14

Oct 012015


  • miles
Vehicle bought new in 2011 and only one owner. In early 2015, my vehicle went from having my oil changed between 5000 and 7000 miles to barely making it to 3000. Vehicle manufacture recommends synthetic oil and is the only type of oil that has ever been used for this vehicle. No oil was leaking form vehicle and no evidence of oil leakage under hood when checked. Oil changed multiple times with same result. Information was received from Honda regarding extension on warranty due to possible high oil consumption & was stated that oil consumption test could be completed at Honda dealership. Honda dealership began test in October 2015 and was completed in February 2016..8 quarts used after first 1000 miles, 1quart used after 2000miles and.8quarts after 3000miles. After each check, 1 quart oil was added by Honda dealership. After third check, I was told by service manager that this did not Honda specifications to warrant rebuild to correct problem in engine causing high oil consumption. Was told that this was not normal but vehicle was still safe to drive. In fall 2016, I contacted dealership again regarding issue & also had two lights (check engine light & traction light) come on at the same time. Honda agreed to complete another oil consumption test & check lights. Was told that timing chain had been stretched and needed to be replaced. Honda service manager would not confirm that timing chain was stretched due to high oil consumption even though research & other mechanics suggest otherwise. Honda corporation was contacted multiple times & will not comply with returning calls, answering questions, etc. Different answers are given from different people within Honda (Honda corporation & dealership). Was told that car should not be driven until timing chain fixed, but oil consumption test can not be done if vehicle not driven?

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #13

Jul 112016


  • miles
My car used to run 24mpg. Now drop down to the 15-18mpg. I don't know what is going on? also the air conditioner run on summer will be hot air out.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #12

Oct 312016

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


The vtc actuator is an issue on this car. The "recall" listed for this VIN is 36,000 miles or 3 years, whichever comes first. This is criminal as no one will experience this issue within that time frame. It lets the manufacturer off the hook. Honda knows this is an issue as it affects many makes and models of Honda cars (there is even a class action lawsuit for this particular issue for the 2014 Honda CRV). The car grinds at the start, sometimes not starting at all, due to high oil consumption because of the faulty vtc actuator. The cost to replace this part is $750 and does not even solve the problem. It has been documented that the problem can often reoccur after another 10,000 miles. We were once planning on staying loyal Honda customers, but this fraudulence has convinced us to switch to a different manufacturer and tell everyone we know to do the same.

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #11

Jun 112016


  • 62,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption. Check engine light came on and vehicle required 2 quarts of engine oil. Vehicle only has 62,000 miles on it. Honda claims that 1 quart per 1,000 miles is normal oil consumption!

- North Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #10

Jun 062016


  • miles
The engine light is always on I brought to them and it and they return it to me its still on I dont know whats wrong. No my ac I also blowing hot air instead of cold many complains but they dont do anything we need help.air bag I called they said they will call but nobody called fir recall.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #9

May 162016


  • 63,201 miles


I was fully stopped with my foot on the brake at an intersection. My engine accelerated and the car bucked. I pushed my foot harder on the brake to keep from entering the intersection.

- Damascus, OR, USA

problem #8

Mar 192016


  • miles
At times when I lightly apply the brakes, it feels like it is trying to accelerate instead of slow down. It does this for a few seconds. It's kind of like a quick rev of the engine. Also when I lightly apply brakes, I feel a small clunk or a quick grip. Then it lets loose. It feels like it is coming from the rear right side. It happens at various times.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #7

Feb 102016


  • 53,000 miles
I was driving my 2011 Honda CR-V last night and was slowing to take an exit off of a freeway. It felt as though the brakes were failing as I was having to step on them really hard to slow down. As I approached the stoplight at the end of the exit ramp, I felt as though I was not going to stop. I put the CR-V in neutral and heard the engine rev really hard and saw the tachometer reading jump over to 5000 RPM. Within seconds, the engine slowed back down to idle speed and I managed to drive the last mile to my home without incident.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 302015


  • 23,000 miles
Was at very low speed and attempting to park my car in a mall parking spot. As I tried to slow down further and park the car and turning into the spot, the car accelerated even though I applied maximum pressure to the brakes. The car continued to accelerate and I side swiped one car on my left and rammed the car in front of my space---my car continued to accelerate. The car finally stopped because of the impact to the other vehicle and I finally could turn the car off as it was still running. This is the second time this has happened. Both instances were very similar as I was parking the car in a space at low speed. The first instance was very minor (occurred in Mar 2013) but this instance is very major--serious damage to my car and the other cars--I was lucky I did not get hurt in either case--something is wrong with this car and maybe 2011 Cr-vs.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 012015


  • 58,795 miles


We purchased a Honda certified vehicle in Jan 2015. After 4,000 miles the oil light flashed on periodically. We checked the oil and the dipstick was dry. I added two quarts of oil, it still showed only half on the dip stick and we took it to Honda. They charged us for an oil change and said they needed to do a consumption test. After two 1,000 miles consumption checks, it was burning a quart of oil in each check. The last check, we took a picture of the dipstick after sitting overnight before we took it to Honda. It was a quart low and the service department told us that it was barely low. They lied to us. They also told us this is normal consumption. We called Honda directly and can't seem to get anyone to listen to us.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #4

Apr 272015


  • 34,000 miles
Our 2011 Honda CRV is using 1.4qts of oil per 1,325 miles. We have had it to the dealer 3-4 times checking for leaks and cracks and found nothing and stated that this within normal Honda ranges in oil consumption. The dealer finally did an oil consumption test on the vehicle and asked Honda corporate if they would cover the repairs to replace the pistons and rings under the 8 year, 100,000 mile exteneded warranty that Honda has purposed as a "fix." Corporate denied the dealer's request to fix the repair under the warranty. I called corporate myself and the case manager took the information down, but was denied again by the same executive that talked to the dealer with the same response. I questioned the "warranty" and stated that if it was a true warranty, they would correct the problem. My guess is that they don't have a fix for this issue and they chose the route of ignoring the problem. This is unacceptable for a 4 year old vehicle to keep adding oil at the owner's expense and just plain frustrating!

- North Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 292015


  • miles
The car was sitting on a hill, and I turned the key in the on position. I then turned the key to start, and the engine did not turn over, and the cab lost all power. So I took it to auto zone, and they said that nothing was wrong with it.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 232015


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the vehicle was burning oil excessively. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician performed an oil consumption test and diagnosed that the pistons rings and V-tec actuator needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- Highland, MI, USA

problem #1

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

Not what you are looking for?