2014 Honda CR-V engine problems: delayed acceleration / hesitation

Delayed Acceleration / Hesitation

2014 Honda CR-V (Page 1 of 2)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2014 Honda CR-V has a trend of engine hesitation when accelerating.

Honda has tried to fix this delayed acceleration with a software update, but many owners report it didn't fix the problem.

This defect trend is not quite bad enough yet for us to slap on the "Beware of the Clunker" seal. But it's a concern & definitely something to keep in mind for a test drive.

7.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
12,500 miles
Total Complaints:
26 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (25 reports)
  2. only use right foot for braking (1 reports)
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2014 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Jul 112017

CR-V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car hesitates when taking off slow. Basically anytime at a stop light and have traffic in front of you. If I can take off at a gas punching speed the car has no hesitation. The hesitation starts from take off till it hits the speed over 40. Anything under 40 the car shakes and jerks till over 40 in speed is reached. I'm into year 3 with this problem. I bought the car new. It is a huge problem that Honda should fix. Dealer told me they have never heard of a problem like it. Yeah, right. I'm sure it's a cover up because they don't want to recall them. One Honda I wish I had never bought.

- Suzanne S., Gallant, US

problem #25

Dec 062017

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles

THIS CAR 2014 HONDA CR-V DOES THIS MULTIPLE TIMES WHEN I TRY TO ACCELERATE, THERE IS A HESITATION THEN NOTHING, THEN IT BURST INTO HIGH SPEED. VERY SCARY. THIS SHOULD BE A RECALL, VERY DANGEROUS COULD HURT SOMEONE THEY NEED TO LOOK AT THIS SERIOUSLY AND RECALL THIS VEHICLE AND FIX THE PROBLEM. DON'T KNOW IF I AM KEEPING THIS CAR, AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS CAR. WE PAID A LOT OF MONEY FOR A PIECE OF JUNK. SHOULD OF WENT WITH FORD OR CHEVY. NEVER BUY A HONDA AGAIN. DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT THIS CAR, HATE TO PUT IT OFF ON SOMEBODY ELSE. I THOUGHT HONDA WAS GOOD CARS. THANKS BUT NO THANKS.

- sonny9098jr, Clinton, US

problem #24

Jan 052018

CR-V EX 2.4L L4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,774 miles

Complaint # 22 submitted by Mark K. Patchogue US concerning acceleration hesitation is exactly like my situation. I took my car to the dealer to have this checked (11/28/17). The dealer said that an "Update" was needed. (which was done). The problem still exists.

- Karen L., Byron, US

problem #23

Nov 102017

CR-V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,855 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This slow acceleration, then sudden burst of power after around 30 rpm, is dangerous, and a safety concern. Will not buy another HONDA Suv again. With a 2014 you would think its new and worry free, think again. PROBLEMS after problems.

- cloudyonline, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

problem #22

Jul 012017

CR-V EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 20,000 miles

I also had this problem show up about a week after I bought the car used (certified). At first it seemed kind of minor in the delay/hesitation. But since then, there have been about three times where I nearly got into an because I lost power when trying to cross traffic or merge into traffic from a turn.

Everyday I leave work, I have to make a left across two lanes of high speed traffic with no median to turn into, and I am deathly afraid of pulling out now unless the incoming traffic is like a mile away.

I bought this car mostly for safety reasons for me and my family. Now I don’t even want to take them in it or drive it myself. After hearing about how everybody mostly got the run around, I am not so confident the dealer will be willing to do anything. I at least think it is worth informing them that I am driving a death trap that I paid a lot of money for and even took out an extended warranty on. I definitely feel fleeced.

This problem can occur multiple times in a day, and it does occur mostly when going from a dead stop, but does happen when my foot is nowhere near the brake and I gas it while doing low speed.

I also noticed this problem to a lesser degree in my father’s 2015 Accord. Not sure what to do at this point other than look for an escape from ownership of such a safety liability. If I die or am injured because of this known flaw, I hope this log is used for proper remuneration for my family and others who may have experienced similar misfortunes.

I just wish I would have bought that RAV 4 or Forester instead. I used to be a Honda fan, but that is no longer. I’m just wondering if the dealer had any complaints from the lessee who returned the car to them for resale? Very frustrated and annoyed.

- Mark K., Patchogue, US

problem #21

Nov 092016

CR-V LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Had this occur several times. First time was a month after I bought the car. Dealership says this is normal. Hope it doesn't cut out at the wrong time in a tight situation.

- Steve B., York, PA, US

problem #20

Oct 012014

CR-V EXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,197 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Reported this anomaly to Johnson Honda (Stuart, FL) several times and was repeatedly told it was NORMAL?????? No fix!!

I explained several times this could be serious when turning left in front of on-coming traffic. But kept being told it was a normal operation. You gotta wonder where all these "Factory Trained Experts" are really trained.

Will NEVER return to Johnson Honda in Stuart, FL for any reason.

See other complaint, same vehicle, same dealer.

Unacceptable. Traded the 2014 CRV with 5000 miles for a 2015 Rav 4. No such problem with the Toyota.

- Chuck T., Palm City, FL, US

problem #19

Jan 012015

CR-V ES 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

I have a 2014 crv. When i stop and try to make a turn , i press the accelerator and vehile barely moves. After 2 to 3 seconds car picks up speed. Does same thing when making a right turn, or even going straight. Took it to the dealer, tech drove car, did ok, said it was the cvt transmission, that it hesitates when shifting. NOT A GOOD ANSWER.

drove it home still same problem about once a day. Back to the dealer today, let service manager drive car, ran ok, i drove car, no issues. Dealer ran diagnostics on car, no problem found. SO, i called the Honda customer support center, explained problem. They said they never heard of this problem ????? Stated if dealer could not find problem then they could not really help. But problem has been referred to a regional tech who will call my dealer for details. Sounds like a vicious circle. Regional tech is suppose to contact me with his findings.

- currin, Raleigh, San Marino

problem #18

Jul 012015

CR-V EXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

When turning right at a stop, car won't accelerate and then jerks and revs high and speeds up.

- Malcolm M., Chesnee, SC, US

problem #17

Nov 022015

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

Occasionally when it press on the accelerator, the car doesn't move for about a second, then it accelerates normally.

when the car is accelerated slowly, the engine flutters when reaching 3rd gear.

- L H., roswell, GA, US

problem #16

Oct 302015

CR-V EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2014 CRV now has 10,300 miles on it and the problem has been with the car since it was new. I first noticed it on sharp left turns as described by others. Start to accelerate and then nothing for one to two seconds and then it would accelerate. I've had it to two different dealerships and they had no ideas and could not duplicate the problem. It is very intermittent but did seem to happen much more often when the weather was hot this fall. I have also noticed it when making lane changes on the freeway. I finally have started to anticipate the problem by leaving much more space between me and other traffic for turns and changes. I have just taken the car to the original dealership again with the help of Honda America. The dealership is keeping it for a couple days to try to duplicate the problem. I agree it is dangerous when entering traffic and suddenly there is no response to the gas petal - yikes! I will post results if any.

Update from Mar 16, 2016: Dealer or service manager could not duplicate. I read other comments about using 2 feet with the brakes but changing lanes on the freeway with no brake has still caused the problem. It is definitely related to temperature as it happens much less frequently when below 70 degrees.

Update from Apr 7, 2016: I finally agree that if you go from the brake to the accelerator too quickly the car will stall as described above. I believe this is a software programming problem that could easily be remedied. If they can program the accelerator, they should be able to solve this delay. Any one who drives a stick and then a Honda automatic with have the using both feet problem.

- mikemm, SAN DIEGO, CA, US

problem #15

May 012015

CR-V LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

Over the past 3 months my 2014 CR-V has failed to accelerate numerous times when I attempted to change lanes on the expressway. It is random but has occurred approximately 15 times at 60 plus mph and is now the result of my decision to part with this car. As we all know, when you go to change lanes at high speeds you usually need to speed up and get over, time after time I turn the wheel slightly to the right to change my lane accelerating at the same time and there is no power in the gas pedal, just a hesitation. That hesitation really produced terrible feeling when you need the power and nothing is there, almost getting hit on two occasions. After coming to this site and seeing that there are other complaints and the dealer had no answers, I have made my decision to part with this vehicle soon.

- jayil, Chicago, IL, US

problem #14

Jun 152015

CR-V EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles

HESITATION AFTER PULLING OUT FROM A STOP---ALMOST GOT INTO AN ACCIDENT TODAY----HAS HAPPENED MANY TIMES SINCE NEW

- Michael S., Mmikesmith@hotmail.Com, UT, US

problem #13

May 012014

CR-V EX-L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles

As soon as I changed my old habit of using my left foot for braking which I started 50 years ago, the problem disappeared. Actually I found the problem when I bought my 2012 CRV. The poor computer couldn't determine if I wanted to stop or go! I started using my left foot in the early days of my driving to keep the car from rolling back when stopped on a steep incline before pressing the accelerator. Of course now the computer keeps it from rolling, but it never told us old guys to break our 50 year old habits! Anyway, as soon as I started to always use my right foot for braking, the problem never happened again!

I have had zero problems with my former '12 CRV and the current '14. A great vehicle. Dean

- Dean L., Waynesville, NC, US

problem #12

Dec 252013

CR-V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13 miles

This hesitation needs to be fixed on the CRV 2014 Honda. Its dangerous! No one seems to have a fix for it.

- Holly L., Phx, AZ, US

problem #11

Nov 042014

CR-V LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,600 miles

This is the third time in about 5 weeks this has happened. Always after a left turn, when attempting to accelerate.

Have not complained to dealer yet, but will tomorrow.

- Steve B., York, PA, US

problem #10

Nov 072014

CR-V EX-L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,707 miles

To all experiencing the hesitation after stopping at a stop sign or stoplight:

My car is at the dealer again. So I do not know if the problem is resolved. You can see my other posts below. But I do know some additional information on what is actually happening in my case.

The cause of my hesitation is twofold 1. Happens Random - When I stop at a stop sign and then proceed, even though I am no longer pressing the brake pedal, the brakes remained engaged. So I was trying to drive with my brakes on. 2. Due to Toyota having unintended acceleration problems a number of years ago, car manufactures had to put in a safety feature to prevent cars from accelerating if brakes engaged. In the CRV, I learned that if the brakes are engaged, the maximum rpm you can get when you step on the accelerator is 2000. So you will only be able to crawl forward at a low speed until the brakes stop being engaged. At that point you will have full power available.

This is why my dealer adjusted the Brake Relay Switch on my first visit and replaced the switch on my second visit. Then adjusted it again on the 3rd. Now my car did it again. So something else is causing the brakes to stay engaged even when no longer pressing the brake pedal. (No left foot braking). I have had instances where the brakes remained engaged for up to 30 seconds, so I had no ability to accelerate until the car magically decided to disengage the brakes and allow the engine to run at higher than 2000 rpm. Sometimes it was only 5 to 10 seconds. Sometimes pumping the brakes ended the problem as the brakes disengaged and I had full power to accelerate. It is difficult to pump the brakes when your trying to speed up and get going.

In almost every instance the problem started after stopping. It didn't matter if I was going straight or turning after stopping. It's very random, happens about once or twice a month in my case.

Your hesitation may be something different but if your rpm is limited to 2000 when it happens, you can suspect that your brakes are engaged and the computer is preventing your car from exceeding 2000 rpm.

Have your service department at the dealer contact the Honda Techline and open a case ticket for assistance. That's what my dealer did to get input on how to try to resolve. So Corp Honda is aware. My dealer is trying their best to resolve the problem. Because it is a serious safety issue.

Have you noticed how all of us on this site have car's purchased in the last 5 months? Not one from before May 2014. It makes me wonder if some defective part was introduced into the production cycle when our cars were built.

Good luck! Alan You can email me at hondacrvaccelerationproblem@gmail.com if any questions.

- alanfin, Westwood, NJ, US

problem #9

Dec 042013

CR-V LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,560 miles

I too have the delayed acceleration problem following a stop. Honda must be aware of this problem by now.

Anyone know of a fix?

- Jerry D., Muskego, WI, US

problem #8

Sep 012014

CR-V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,100 miles

The loss of acceleration and then sudden surge forward is definitely a safety concern. I brought it in to be checked at my Honda dealer and they said this was normal and if I drove any of the other ones, they would all do the same. I do not think this is normal or acceptable.

- graycie, East Greenwich, RI, US

problem #7

Oct 232014

CR-V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles

When I come to a stop intersection, I apply the brakes appropriately to slow and stop, and ease off on the throttle pedal. At this time I can hear/feel the engine reduce speed to not be noticeable. When it is time to proceed, I release the brake and start to apply the pressure to the throttle. No engine response -- add a little more throttle--no response. Add a touch more and I am off to the races. This is a frequent happening, not just a single event. This is a definite creator of a collision, to the car immediately ahead of me, or possibly to a left or right oncoming car which I would normally be able to be out of the way, or get there too soon and run into another vehicle.

You suggest that I report each occasion of the problem, but that is not practical because it is happening at almost every intersection. The local dealer says they have never heard of such a happening, but apparently they have not read the many reports on the internet.

- bladessouth dakota, Mitchell, SD, US

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