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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,864 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.

2014 Honda CR-V engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2014 Honda CR-V:

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

2014 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 022015


  • 5,682 miles


I'm having the same vtc actuator problem as many others are having. Started after first oil change. Several times in weather below 40 but has now made same grinding noise from 60 degree down. Just not as much and not as bad sounding like when below 40. Also heard it while driving on a trip for 3 hours at 75mph. Honda customer service ( I recorded calls )said their job is to fix under warranty. But they have no fix and only tried once. I was told not all do it, sometimes replacing the part will fix it. They only tried once. I took it in 3 times and mention it more than 3 times but they will not even try. My guess, they don't want 4 failed attempts on fixing it. Then you could file lemon law etc. They have found away to work the laws in their favor. So now owners are screwed. A quote from another complaint I read pretty much sums it up for me except, I bought CRV in longview Texas. Little over 5K miles when problem started. I think they should give a life time warrant on the vtca and any problem it causes the motor. Btw. I have wasted a lot of time trying to find a fix and or for them to take the CRV back etc. All the time I wasted talking to different folks etc. No accountability to big business. ". Honda is aware of the problem but is not doing anything about, Honda, customer service says to quit replacing vtc actuators because it is not helping fix the problem. It's an engineering problem. It is not hurting my car in any way, shape, or form. " "we are aware of the concern and are looking to see what we could do to reduce it"."the noise doesn't affect the driveability or reliability of the vehicle or value. We apologize but currently there are no repairs for this."

- Marshall, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 062014

CR-V 6-cyl

  • 45 miles
I became extremely ill from the offgassing of the toxic chemicals in my new car. It made me dizzy, nauseous, disoriented, sleepy & lethargic, gave me a headache and caused burning to my lips, face and lungs. It was difficult to breathe. A 2012 ecology center study shows that there are over 270 chemicals in a new car, 70 of them toxic (formaldehyde, styrene, benzene, and toluene are known to cause birth defects, asthma, learning disorders, leukemia and other cancers) my symptoms of breathing difficulty, lethargy and sleepiness lead me to believe that these chemicals pose a health risk for sids in infants. The ecology center and an attorney for someone who sued Toyota for this same issue said that many people told them they also became ill from the toxins in their new cars. American Honda even told me that other people have become ill from the chemicals. Consumers should not be exposed to these toxins. Manufacturers should not be allowed to sell products that pose health risks. They should be made to disclose this information before someone buys a car. The dealer wouldn't refund. They put in an ionizer, which they said would remove the chemicals. When I breathed in the air, after they put in the ionizer, it burned my lungs so much that I could barely breathe. My lungs still hurt. The american lung assoc, epa, calif dept of health and johns hopkins all report that ionizers create ozone which damages lungs, makes any chemical that it comes in contact with even more volatile and can be lethal. Auto manufacturers should not be able to sell products that contain toxic cancer causing chemicals. Hopefully, the NHTSA can do something to change this practice and protect consumers, especially vulnerable children, so that they don't have to suffer or die needlessly. I also wonder if car manufacturers are reporting the complaints of illnesses from the toxins to the government.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

Not what you are looking for?