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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
31,800 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2014 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 192018

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


I was parked in front of my garage door with the emergency brake on. I went to move the car so I could back it into the garage like I normally do. Because the grade of my 100’ driveway quickly drops off 100’ from the door, I had the emergency brake on. I put the car in reverse and attempted to release the brake with my left foot. On the second attempt, the brake suddenly released and the car quickly accelerated downhill to about 25-30 mph. I went across the road through the neighbor’s vinyl fence. Thanks to my right foot “burying the brake pedal” and hitting a high spot with my trailer hitch, I came to a stop and shut off the ignition. This also happened twice when approaching a stop light, but I was somehow able to stop the car. This cannot be attributed to a car mat since my car mat is very small and could never reach the brake pedal.

- Jodi T., Burlington, WI, US

problem #5

Jul 042017

CR-V 2.4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,650 miles

This is the 8th time it has occurred. Honda sent out a Rep to the local dealer and he advised me to put it in Neutral since there is an automatic stop to the Drive mode. Twice I have done this since then and both times the engine revved from an almost Stopped level to over 2200 RPM. At that level you can't stop the vehicle and it slowly moves forward. This last time it only reached 1500 RPM and stopped. However, the last two times when in Neutral, the engine proceeded to rev to over 3000 RPM and both times you heard a metallic BANG! the engine proceeded to drop down to normal levels and drive fine. What hurts is that HONDA dealer is not providing me with a report (Arrowhead Honda, Peoria, AZ); just saying there are no new updates to the software. As such I lack a written filing of the complaint and it may be on the company 's computer but who controls that - They do.

- frelich, Sun City West, AZ, US

problem #4

Mar 242017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,281 miles

We reported this problem to Honda, Barrie, only to be told that it was more likely the rubber car mat causing the problem!!!!!

How that can be we could not decide. The pedal would have to be depressed for accidental acceleration to occur. If the mat had lodged beneath it we could not have pressed the pedal down. BESIDES....the brakes were being applied and so there was no way this could have caused the sudden surge forward.

Honda technician (name withheld) decided it was not a problem, therefore did not warrant further investigation.

Update from Apr 26, 2017: Our major concern with this problem is that we might be braking to stop at a pedestrian crossing, or lights, and the car surges forward and hits somebody.

Honda showed no undue concern.

We were not impressed with the outcome.

- Patricia D., Innisfil, ON, Canada

problem #3

Jan 222016

CR-V EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,340 miles


I was about to park my 2014 CRV in a car lot when I slowed down and applied the brake the car began to accelerate. I pressed the brake to the floor. The CRV surged forward and hit the wall. The bumper on the CRV is now cracked.

I contacted the HONDA dealership and informed them of what happened but they stated that they have never heard of this problem. Two weeks earlier coming out of a car wash the CRV had done this again. My CRV is going in for an inspection to see what the problem is.

I went online to see if anybody else has had this problem and have found that it is a recurring problem. This is quite dangerous and Honda should deal with this problem.

- Gail R., Oakbank, MB, Canada

problem #2

Feb 022016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,500 miles

I was in an alley, downhill, slowing, with foot on brake, and the engine began to rev. The same thing repeated the next day, also on icy/snowy/slippery conditions. This time I was stopping, so I turned the car off, instead of putting it in neutral like yesterday.

- Joel G., Marshalltown, IA, US

problem #1

Aug 032015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,900 miles

While stopped at a red light, on inclined exit ramp, I felt my car starting to move forward even though my foot was firmly on the brake. Suddenly, I hear the engine rev and the car lurched forward even though my foot was depressing the brake pedal to the floor. I hit the pickup truck in front of me so hard that it hit the car in front of it. This all happened in a matter of seconds. Thankfully no one was injured.

While searching the internet I found many similar complaints. I contacted American Honda whose tech examined my vehicle and found no defects in materials or factory workmanship. This did not surprise me. They said that nothing registered on the computer so therefore it never happened I guess! A tech that works for a Honda dealership told me that mine is not the first of its kind.

I really don't expect Honda to do anything for me but I'm terrified to drive my car. This is my 6th Honda and 3rd CRV! Can Honda guarantee me that this won't happen again and if it does that no one is injured?

- crvowner, Somerset, NJ, US

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