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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,289 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.

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2011 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 012012

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 2,600 miles


Three times dangerous and unwanted acceleration when braking at stop light. Engine severely revved up, had to put vehicle into neutral. Took it into Honda dealership where we purchased the vehicle. They had their mechanic check it out and could find nothing wrong. The next day we had a meeting with the district service manager and he had it rechecked and he took it for a test drive. He could not recreate the problem and therefore couldn't do anything more. Since they couldn't diagnose a problem, he said to continue driving it to see if the situation recurred. I am now afraid to drive my new six month old car and have lost faith in its reliability.

- Orangevale, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 092011


  • 4,800 miles
The engine suddenly accelerated in a parking garage. The brakes slowed the car on the first acceleration, but almost immediately the engine again revved-- to a shrill, loud sound like that of a jet engine. Result : car rammed into a support pillar in the garage; airbag deployed, and I was wearing my seat belt. Car may be totaled, still awaiting estimate from insurance. I spent 4 days in the hospital for surgery on my broken arm, multiple bruises and swollen face, and will not be able to drive for 3-4 months.

- Athens, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 292011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 5,740 miles
I was driving out of a parking lot of an outdoor shopping mall, suddenly the car did not move at all. I shifted to L1 to see how it would react. No movement. Shifted to L2, still the car did not budge at all. Finally, I shifted to R, then, it moved backward. I put the shift into D, and then O.K. I remember, in the past, the car hesitated to start out after a stop at intersections. I contacted the local dealer. They say they cannot do much because the problem has to be replicated to diagnose it. I told them, I or any one could replicate the problem. Anyway, I told them I am bringing in my car tomorrow. But I am afraid if the same problem happens on the busy street on my way to the dealer. I will appreciate to let me know if any one had experienced the problem. If no one has reported so far, I would like this problem registered on your data base. Thank you.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #3

May 252011

CR-V 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Honda CR-V. the contact stated while driving various speeds he heard a very loud noise coming from the engine. The vehicle was inspected by a road side assistance mechanic who advised him that the engine bolt had detached from the engine. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who advised him that the engine bolt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 5,000. Updated 07/08/11 updated 07/18/11

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 122011


  • 1,196 miles
Safety issue with 2011 Honda CRV engine periodically maintaining revs or speeding up when trying to stop. Must hold brake down hard, go to neutral, turn car off, and restart car to fix problem. Honda says no fault codes are reported and so does nothing.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 042011


  • 400 miles
I bought a new 2011 Honda cr V and have a serious safety issue. The engine maintained its speed or accelerated on four separate occasions when I applied the brake and tried to stop. The worst incident occurred when I tried to come to a stop at a red light with cars in front of me. I applied brake and car stopped but engine raced. I had to apply very strong pressure to brake to hold car in place. Engine was racing and car was pulling forward. I shifted to neutral, engine continued to race and then I heard a loud knocking sound come from engine like a washing machine makes when it is out of balance. I was very scared. I turned engine off and then at green light turned engine on and it was ok. This happened four separate times when the car had just over 200 miles on it, just over 400 miles, 723 miles, and 819 miles. I did not have my foot on both gas and brake, the mats are the Honda mats that come with car and are fastened to the floor and were not on the gas. This really happened, very scary. Reported to Honda and took car in twice. Honda said there were no codes and the brakes looked ok. They said to call american Honda which I did. I reported it as a serious safety issue. Honda said someone would get in touch with me the next day. Its been a week and no one has contacted me. I have owned the car for 40 days and driven it less than 850 miles and this has happened four times and been in the shop twice. Honda says they cannot reproduce and that I should just let them know when it happens again. They have not tested anything with the idle or the throttle sticking are not concerned with my safety.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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