Notes: Some vehicles 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 at idle and while driving. Buyer beware.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
39,800 miles
Total Complaints:
35 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (29 reports)
  2. replace battery (5 reports)
  3. bulletin 16-011 (1 reports)
2015 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2015 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

May 072022


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


I replaced the battery in 2019. Now in 2022, the batteries have died already twice in a month after I left the car without driving it for 4-5 days. First time, the fob couldn't even open the door. AAA came and was able to kick start the car. Bought a charger but car is useless. Worried the battery will drain again if I go to a store and I cannot start again.

- Delphine C., Florham Park, NJ, US

problem #34

Jun 162017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

I purchased my CR-V in March 2015, by 2017 needed a new battery, parked car for about 20 min, and the battery was dead with no warning, just dead. Back in 2019 after getting a Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection traveling to Chicago from Mississippi to attend my grandson's graduation, and the battery was dead again so I had to call AAA twice, I had to buy the second battery from River Oaks Honda, Calumet City, IL, 700 miles away from home. In 2021 I needed another battery this one was free, I was told by the service advisor to turn off everything when I park my car, I don't think so, I told him I'm retired. I don't have the time or the energy for that nonsense, Honda should fix this problem, automatic means get in the car push the little red start button go. I paid toooooo much money this car for the battery to just stop working without any warning.

- Synorvia W., Southaven, MS, US

problem #33

Jan 212022


  • CVT transmission
  • 60,000 miles

This is actually probably the 4th battery since we bought it new in 2015. The battery place believes it's a parasitic draw. The only solution after new batteries is to spend hundreds of dollars for a tech to to try to find the problem.

- Martina D., Mandan, ND, US

problem #32

Oct 192019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


This is the 4th battery I have purchased regarding my 2015 Honda CRV. I have not contacted Honda yet, as from what I have read, they offer no solutions. My wife and children have been stranded 3 times due to car unable to start and have had to purchase new batteries on 3 occasions as the car has drained the batteries totally each year with normal driving. There is an issue with the car's electrical system, and it needs investigation and recall for repair. If not, I am done with Honda totally and forever.

- Jonathan W., EVERSON, US

problem #31

Apr 242021


  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

2nd time this has happened. Will have AAA tow to Honda dealership. Once again get in can and battery dead?

- Veronica D., Knightdale, US

problem #30

Mar 282021


  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

Went to start car and it stalled and clicked as if battery was dying. Called AAA and they did a battery test and jump started the car and told me battery still has life and not the problem.

- Veronica D., Knightdale, US

problem #29

Dec 182018

CR-V EX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,908 miles


Battery died on multiple occasions and I recharged it each time. I did not know the cause as this never happened on prior vehicles I owned. Finally I complained to dealer who said it was normal, so I replaced battery on 12/18/18. Today, 12/05/19, less than a year later new battery is also dead. Something is clearly wrong and the dealer has been no help in finding the problem. We bought the vehicle new at the same dealer, Lithia Honda in Medford Oregon. It is serious when you are left stranded on the road at night, which has been the case on 2 of the occasions both batteries failed. Dealer made no mention of Honda multiple TSB on the problem and offered no remedy.

- Tom E., Medford, OR, US

problem #28

Dec 152021

CR-V 1.6L Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,073 miles

It seems that Honda can not now make a reliable car, if you can not leave your car on the drive/or in the garage for any more than a couple of days, without having, to catch the bus to go to work, This is a problem that they have made designing the later CRV, this is a design problem, that should be fixed,Free off charge, it seems that my easiest way would be to change the alternator for the early type, and by-pas all this temperamental unreliable charging control system, it has worked reliably for several years, since dynamos were replaced by alternators, and is still do-in so on many new cars still.

- John H., Wakefield, UK

problem #27

Feb 052020


  • Manual transmission
  • 83,000 miles

My Honda 2015 CR-V has battery drainage issues. How about waking up to head to work and boom, the car won't start. Drives fine the day before and then the next day the battery is dead-dead. This has happened to me several times. Finally took it to Brandon Honda to have it looked at and THEY were not sure of the problem, so did I just pay you $160 to "look at my car".

After this same issue happing several more times, my husband and I did some research to discover that this is an ongoing issue with Honda CR-Vs and other models. Shame on Honda. I made another appointment with Honda, explained to them that this appears to be a known issue, they scheduled for me to bring in the car, and I kindly told them that I am NOT paying another diagnostic fee. Hopefully, the problem is resolved.

- April M., Tampa, US

problem #26

Sep 122020


  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,751 miles

Purchased our 2015 CRV EXL new at the end of 2014. Have loved everything about the vehicle with the exception of a couple of things, the first and foremost being the battery issue. We have had the battery go dead and have to be replaced in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and now in 2020. Guess we were lucky the last one lasted almost two years. We also purchased an extended 10 year warranty when we originally purchased the vehicle.

We were never given any reason for the battery going dead so many times and had to purchase a quick charge battery pack to keep in the vehicle just to make sure we were not stranded somewhere without access to another vehicle to jump it. This has been a very annoying and disappointing issue to say the least as we have been loyal Honda owners for about 30 years. This issue has made us rethink Honda because Honda should have done a recall to correct this issue. It is no fun getting stranded in your vehicle.

We had to pay $103.24 for the battery that was put in today and do not expect it to last more than a year or so. So very sad. This issue has definitely cut down the reliability of Honda that we have always come to expect. I just saw that someone had theirs replaced under service bulletin 16-011. Guess we will try that next time it dies on us. (The second issue we have experienced as referred to above is a sudden shudder when we place the vehicle in reverse to back out of our driveway. We have asked about this but received no explanation or offer of a fix. Unfortunately it is intermittent.)

- Phyllis M., Myrtle Beach, SC, US

problem #25

Jan 032020

CR-V EX-L 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,690 miles


The battery of 2015 Honda CRV died without any signs in the garage when I was heading to friend's home in the morning. I had to bother my neighbor to jump it start with his portable jump starter. My CRV wouldn't start again when I parked at friend's driveway and my friends had to jump it start again with his vehicle by learning from Youtube. I then drove to the workshop to check and the technician said the battery died and need replacement. I bought the 2015 CRA new and wouldn't expect the battery die so early without any signs.

- andybc, Surrey, BC, Canada

problem #24

Jul 172019

CR-V LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

This is a HONDA defect. Our car stalled several times because battery is dying because of some circuit drain. Dealer is saying Power train warranty does not cover it. No mechanic can fix it because it is a HONDA problem. Please issue a recall and please fix it under the power train warranty (This is a brand new car bought in 2015)

- bludesign02, Bethesda, US

problem #23

Aug 012019


  • CVT transmission
  • 69,000 miles

Random starting began about Aug. 1, 2019. First battery failure at approx. 30 months. Honda closed, had to have car as x/country trip was to start next am which was a Sunday and Auto Zone confirmed batt was bad by testing and doing load testing of starter and checking charging. Declared by Auto Zone as another poor Honda battery. Starting failures began this month 8-2019 and battery was starting to cause slow, not just random starting. Again replaced battery, however decided to check this website after wife {her car} was left with starting issue. Found this to be a problem and hope to find out if any one has the fix as this repair is on my nickel and I will not got back to Honda.

- Leonard M., Woodstock, GA, US

problem #22

Aug 242017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

my hubby listened to the ballgame 1 inning, got a charge from aaa. dead battery at costco (no radio on) Not covered. So aaa roadside says get a better battery than dealers. I did and no more problems so far. Dealer no help, But AAA battery so far so good!

- Jae P., Fairfield, CA, US

problem #21

Nov 032018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Let me start off by saying that I LOVED my Honda CRV EX. I'm in my mid 40's. I've had my share of owning different models. Honda CRV EX was my absolute favorite! I bought my CRV in 2015 with the extended 10yr warranty. In 2018 my car started having battery issues. I live in MN. At first I thought maybe it was attributed to the cold weather, granted it happened in early November... by MN standards, it's not even that cold, yet. I had my car jump started, and it drove just fine for a few weeks. Then it died again. Keep in mind I park my car in the garage and I work in a building with a garage.

I called the dealership about my battery issue and questioned why my battery is dead already only after having the car for 3years. The Managers comment was that they don't make batteries like they used to. He can schedule me for a new battery replacement..... I eventually got my battery replaced. Again, it drove fine for a few weeks then the same problem started again. My husband and I ran some errands. Came home and parked my car in the driveway since we had to run back out within 10mins to pick up our son from school. We got in the car and it wouldn't start! We had to leave the car parked in the middle of our driveway and pull his car out of the garage, and maneuver around my dead car!

My husband finally bought me a travel battery charger pack from Costco so I wouldn't get stranded. The battery charger pack was awesome! I was fine with charging my battery every now and then.... I've gotten good at connecting the chargers to my dead car battery.... then another issue started and it really freaked me out. While driving home, I have been driving for about 20mins, I stopped at a red light. Within seconds of stopping at the red light, all the lights on my dashboard flickered on and off. My wheel got really hard and wouldn't let me turn left. I eventually got it moving and pulled into my driveway. I turned the engine off, waited a few seconds, turned it back on and dead! I used my handy battery charger pack and was able to get the battery going. I drove around the block and kept an eye on my dashboard. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. A few days later, while driving my car the same thing happened twice! Now this really freaked me out BIG time.

I called the dealership and they said I can bring my car in for a $200 diagnostic but it's not guaranteed they'll find the issue. I was so upset at their lack of concern. I always take my car to the dealership for all the routine services and everything else in between. I've even asked them to check the battery on multiple occasions when I had brought my car in for service. Every time, I've been told my battery is good.

As much as I LOVED my Honda CRV EX. I was tired of paying to get it fixed, and I was over with being stressed about the performance of the car and my safety. Honda obviously doesn't care about their customers satisfaction or the safety of their Brand. I only had the car for 4years! And it started having issues within 3years! Even with the extended 10year warranty, they couldn't guarantee what would be covered under the warranty until they know exactly what is wrong with the car. Until then, I would pay for the diagnostic and everything else out of pocket in order to pin point the issue.

- myl, Savage, US

problem #20

Oct 132018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

Purchased Honda Certified 2015 CR-V with ca. 33,000 miles. Twelve weeks later the battery dies. I get a jump from AAA, and that guy tells me I need a new battery, and to beware that by the time I drive this to the dealer, the battery will likely be recharged and they will not agree. He was right about that; the dealership was not going to replace the battery that day. (Sidebar: I am not sure the AAA guy could correctly diagnose the battery, but that is not to say he was wrong.)

So, I drive around for a day or so, then on the morning of the second day, the battery is again dead. After another AAA jump start, I take this to my mechanic who diagnoses a bad alternator, but he tells me these kinds of problems are often intermittent. I have the extended warranty package on this vehicle, so I want the dealer to make the repairs, which will be covered, but, sure enough, when I take the vehicle to be serviced, they cannot find the problem.

I think I am stuck with a bad/intermittent alternator until this thing gives up the ghost. I hope that my vehicle's entire electrical system is not kaput by the time that happens. On the other hand, reading through these entries here makes me wonder if there is not a larger electrical problem with 2015 CR-Vs and/or Hondas in general. Either way, I am not as happy as I was a few months ago when I was driving my "new" CR-V off the lot.

- Eric H., Gambier, OH, US

problem #19

May 102015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

Battery replaced 5 times over 18 months. Software update and other delay repairs did not solve. Car was always leaving us stranded and dealer could not find the cause. We are done with Honda traded in for a Toyota and will never go back to Honda.

- Jerry S., West Chester, PA, US

problem #18

Jun 022018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,042 miles

Within just a month, battery died 8X. In all cases I can jump start the car with no issues. At end of the day or the following morning, if you are lucky then there is no need for a jump start. I had the battery checked twice. One at Autozone and the other at an express change oil service center. Both resulted battery is good. Yesterday I bring my car at a local Honda and today I was told battery is bad. I have to pay for the battery since it already passed the warranty period. I am hoping it is just a battery problem and not some computer or electrical issue. Will update if battery resolve my issue. There is no recall yet about this issue even though I searched online and found a lot of similar cases. So a big thumbs down to Honda. I'm sure Honda will not be on my consideration for my next vehicle upgrade.

- Albert C., Cordova, US

problem #17

Jul 202016

CR-V EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 15,000 miles

My 2015 Honda CR-V has gone through 3 dead batteries now, all OEM and replaced for free since the mileage was under 35k. Now I just crossed that mark and can tell a slight delay between pressing start and the vehicle responding. I had a great experience with my 2008 Honda Civic, but this car is ruining it for me and I'm determined to go with a different make next time. The CVT also makes the car vibrate noticeably while in gear and stopped at intersections. Lesson learned. I sure hope that my next (aftermarket) battery fixes this issue, but I'm fairly sure it's an electrical problem tied to the system and will be a headache for life.

- Keith M., Lincoln, US

problem #16

Mar 072018


  • CVT transmission
  • 15,800 miles

2 weeks back when over 100 miles from my dealer I went to start my 2015 CRV and the engine struggled but did end up starting - however, had 4 check lights come on -- powersteering, TPMS, check engine, and VSA. Let it run for a bit, turned it off - let it sit for 20 minutes and restarted it with no problem starting BUT all 4 check lights still on. Being that it was 8pm - none of the service shops at dealers were open, so I slept on it and called in the morning. When I turned on the car in the morning - no problem starting and no check lights. Took it to a local dealer anyway to check it out and lucky for me the same issue occurred when in the shop.

They were able to diagnose it as Service Bulletin 16-011 - which is corrosion of the harness and wiring between the battery and the sensors. According to that dealer, due to the corrosion - it is a drain on the battery and ends up being diagnosed as a battery issue when in fact it is not. Since I was not from the area and wanted to be home prior to a snowstorm, they juiced up my battery and told me to drive straight to my dealer and provide them all the info they gave me. Once with my dealer, they acknowledged and agreed on the service bulletin fix - they also replaced my starter which probably had some issues after struggling with the battery related issues.

In case this happens to your car, ask the dealer to look into Service Bulletin 16-011.

- hondacar, Queens, US

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