Notes: Mercedes-Benz vehicles may come with an "Attention Assistant" to alert you if you fall asleep behind the wheel, but the 2015 Honda CR-V has a different approach: just shake the heck out of you so you never fall asleep in the first place.

Owners have complained that the popular SUV shakes violently both while idling and while driving. Buyer beware.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,972 miles

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2015 Honda CR-V drivetrain problems

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2015 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #56

Oct 032015


  • 6 miles


The contact owns a 2015 Honda CR-V. the contact stated that the vehicle would idle excessively. While driving over 60 mph, the vehicle would wobble. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer was unable to determine the exact cause of the defect. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 6. updated 1/15/16

- Medfield, MA, USA

problem #55

Aug 162015


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Honda CR-V. while at a stop, the vehicle began to vibrate. In addition, the steering wheel and seats vibrated. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle vibrated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle and stated that it was a characteristic of the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200.

- Buckyrus, KS, USA

problem #54

Jul 292015


  • 400 miles
When moving and accelerating there is a loud noise that comes from underneath the vehicle appearing to come from the transmission area. This happens with different drivers on paved interstates as will as county 2 lane roads. You can be turning or going straight but this noise is only when the car is moving.

- Stewart, OH, USA

problem #53

Sep 292015


  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2015 Honda CR-V. while driving approximately 40 mph going down a hill, the contact placed the vehicle in low gear but it failed to slow down. The vehicle kept going until the full brake was applied. There was no warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer who inspected the vehicle and found no failures. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Lyle, WA, USA

problem #52

Aug 152015


  • 685 miles
The CR-V vibrates when stationary in park position and when you drive. It really shakes as you drive in the city stopping at stop signs or lights while in drive. It feels like engine could stop. It has a slight hesitation upon accelerating. This is with the A/C off. The A/C disguises the vibration when on mostly.

- Martinez, GA, USA

problem #51

Sep 152015


  • 5,000 miles
The car vibrates a lot at idling. This is a vey common occurrence in all 2015 Honda CR-V. the excess vibrations are also felt at low speeds, especially when accelerating from a stop.

- Rocky Hill, CT, USA

problem #50

May 012015


  • 7,300 miles


About 1-2X per month, after car sits for several hours (and power train is cold), vehicle will shudder when first starting out in reverse or drive. This usually occurs when in reverse and riding brake after starting the vehicle. RPM does drop to about 500 RPM for about a second, making vehicle feel as if it will stall (similar to not giving enough gas with a manual transmission). Engine will then rev slightly above initial idle before returning to normal. Throttle response also diminishes for a few seconds afterward. Dealer found no trouble codes and associated symptoms with idle vibration issue. However, frequency of idle vibration is much more regular with those who have it. Car has not stalled yet but always think it might. My dad has an identical vehicle and has had same shuddering issue, though with much less frequency.

- Chesterbrook, PA, USA

problem #49

Nov 242014


  • 100 miles
Vehicle vibrates badly when at idle in drive with foot on brake. Vehicle also vibrates when RPM is around 2000 RPM when moving. Can be felt in steering wheel, seats, dashboard, and floor. Honda admits there is a problem but no remedy in site after 10 months. Two videos from Honda have been released so far with no solution available.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #48

Aug 082015


  • 14,123 miles
I have previously complained about the vibration at idle, engine shudders on acceleration, and lack of acceleration on a highway merge on this site, the dealership, and to Honda, to no avail. This past weekend, the serpentine belt broke while I was 3 hours away from home. This renders the car unable to drive, and it had to be towed. We experienced strong vibrations in stop and go traffic before I smelled burnt rubber and pulled into a parking lot. Could there be a connection to the vibration, or is this another defect in this vehicle" as I read the posts, it is apparent that Honda is not disclosing the known vibrations to the public. This is at the least unethical. Does a fatality have to occur before something will be done"

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

problem #47

Apr 302015


  • 8 miles
Cvt transmission is causing vibrations at idle. No support from Honda has been made to fix this.

- Etters, PA, USA

problem #46

Mar 282015


  • 2,700 miles


Power train started to do unnecessary a pushing and pulling. This could be several things or a combination of throttle sensor (drive by wire throttle), G-force sensor, software cvt auto-calibration that never got turned off and software cvt auto-calibration buffer overrun every 4400000 meters. These are all potential safety issues by inducing more dynamic tensions outside the designed intentions where the power train parts will fail and creating a loss of power train and inducing a crash during normal driving conditions. These are all design and manufacturing issues covered under warranty; however, Honda refuses to be responsible for these.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #45

Jun 122015


  • 100 miles
While driving our 2015 CRV a day after our initial purchase it began to shake violently at idle. So bad that in stop and go traffic it can cause the driver and passengers to start to feel sick. Honda has acknowledged the issue but says that it isn't a safety concern and it is a characteristic of the vehicle. Additionally the car vibrates and feels as if might die when slowing down at a stop light. The same thing that a manual might do if left in gear when slowing to a stop. Additionally the same thing can occur when initially accelerating. I feel that these are safety issues because they are distracting to the driver and the CRV could eventually start stalling out in the middle of an intersection.

- Queensbury, NY, USA

problem #44

Jun 032015


  • 81 miles
2015 Honda CR-V: unusual vibration at stop with gear shift in drive mode and loud mum sound when driving between 15 to 25 mph similar to all other complaints on this 2015 model.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #43

May 042015


  • 141 miles
2015 Honda CR-V vibrates at idle while in gear just like everybody else's. I have also noticed extremely loud engine noise for a new car while at idle in gear or in park as well. Noise and vibration begun at about 141 miles.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #42

May 272015


  • 1,000 miles
Very strong vibration at idle. Very annoying and can cause harm to my body and it really makes me regret buying the car each time I stop at a stop signal or at a red light. I have filed a complaint with both the dealer and Honda to take back my costly brand new CRV 2015 touring for a full refund. I haven't heard back from them yet.

- Canada, AL, USA

problem #41

May 192015


  • 5 miles
Shortly after purchasing I noticed a engine vibration when stopped or idling. Called dealer to complain and they said they were aware of the issue and that Honda was working on it. I would not ave bought the car if I would have noticed it sooner. Totally unacceptable. This is very annoying and distracting.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #40

May 282015


  • 1,800 miles
My car has a serious vibration issues when it idles or is revving up to 40-50mph. It is incredible distracting and only has been getting worse since I bought the car. I am very concerned that this issue will continue to grow and outside of it being very annoying it has been distracting me and causing even the passenger in the front seat to ask "what is that? it can't be normal". I hope this Agency along with Honda usa will work hard to find a solution as I do not believe it is safe to drive as is.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #39

Apr 302015


  • 500 miles
While in low idle (less than 750 RPM) vehicle shudders while in drive or "S" gear. Shudder decreases if car is shifted to neutral, or if brake continues to be applied and a bit more rpms are introduced by tapping the accelerator. Happens in either regular drive or eco mode. Doesn't happen all the time, but is annoying when it happens.

- Glen Head, NY, USA

problem #38

Mar 132015


  • 330 miles
My Honda CRV 2015 LX model vibrates at stop, all signal lights and bumper to bumper traffic, its really distracting the drive and driver. Filed a complaint with America Honda, but no use. They don't have fix right now.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #37

May 122015


  • 1,059 miles
My 2015 CRV has a consistent shudder and vibration that can be felt through the steering wheel and seat while driving. It is most noticeable at 1000 RPM's and 2000 RPM's. this vibration is very distracting and causes fatigue during longer trips. Also severe vibrations at the idle, around 600 RPM's when stopped at stop lights or in traffic. The vibration makes the car extremely uncomfortable to drive for the driver as well as the passenger.

- Collinsville, OK, USA

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