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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,915 miles

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2015 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #60

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 #59

Jun 092015


  • miles
Started car, put in reverse, backed up about 3 or 4 feet car totally died.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #58

May 312015


  • 100 miles
We purchased a 2015 CR-V in may of 2015. It had 7 miles and we test drove it for a few minutes &loved the SUV and we did not notice any issues or vibrations. A few days later my girlfriend noticed the vibration since she drives it daily to work on one of the busiest freeway (405). She explained to me that the vibration was pretty bad &nauseating. I decided to drive the CR-V to work. I also take the 405 freeway and as we all know this freeway is bumper to bumper and most of the time you are idle. That's when I noticed the vibration. You have to drive the SUV for about 15-30 minutes in order for you to feel the vibration. As mentioned it's very bad &it's nauseating and distracting to the driver. I have recorded my daily drive to work and the vibration is documented when at idle. Honda new about this vibration since November of last year. The vibration is a safety concern of us since as I mentioned it is distracting to the driver and it's very nauseating. If at idle or in very slow traffic this can be very concerning due to the fact it might lead to CR-V drivers with this issue to get into an accident.

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #57

Apr 132015


  • 30 miles


New 2015 Honda CRV idles very rough and shakes the seats every time the car is stopped at an intersection, traffic light, or just idling in general. This is not the quality product that usually comes from Honda corporation! we owned a 2002 Odyssey for 13 years and never had a complaint or a problem with it other than general maintenance. I would never recommend a 2015 Honda C-rv to anyone. I am a car salesman and deal with many people, average of 100 per month. My disappointment with this new vehicle on a scale of 1-10 is a definite 10. Surely Honda can come up with a solution to this problem which I understand from a local Honda dealer has been registered by many people who have purchased this 2015 vehicle.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #56

May 212015


  • 200 miles
Vibration issue during idle

- Rochesterhills, MI, USA

problem #55

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 #54

May 312015


  • 4,000 miles


Started car, put in reverse, backed about 1 or 2 feet. Engine died.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #53

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 #52

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 #51

May 262015


  • 75 miles
At idle speeds (at stop sign or red light), the car vibrates. The front seats start shaking quite a bit - the problem goes away only if you switch to neutral or put additional load on the engine (I.e., turn the A/C or heater on). Reading various forums, this problem appears to be widespread. Honda even acknowledged the problem in a video posted in April and yet they continue to sell the car. The video can be found here - I just bought the car two days ago and now I am stuck with it. Honda doesn't have a fix either. I should be able to return it but apparently there is no "cooling off" period in California.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #50

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 #49

Apr 012015


  • 50 miles
Shortly after I purchased my 2015 CR-V I noticed a vibration in the steering wheel when the rpms were between 1,000 - 1,200 and my foot was on the gas. The vibration disappeared when I removed my foot from the gas. I also noticed an increase in the rpms to 3,000 when going downhill with my foot off or on the brake and a loud humming noise coming from the engine compartment. The car does vibrate when idling at a red light but not enough to cause any problems yet. I only have 1,000 miles on the car and was also told by my Honda dealership that Honda is aware of this problem and doesn't have a fix yet. I have owned Honda since 1986 (Accord) and have never experienced problems like the ones on the CR-V. I am beginning to regret buying this vehicle and agree that Honda should definitely compensate CR-V owners asap. I'm beginning to worry more about additional problems as the car gets older with more mileage. Haven't had it on the highway yet but am worried about similar problems other CR-V owners have experienced.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #48

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 #47

Dec 082014


  • 200 miles
When the vehicle is stopped at idle with the brake pedal engaged a serious vibration develops. As the vehicle sets the vibration increases and the RPM's drop from appx.. 600 RPM to below 200P RPM.. when the RPM's recover the vehicle pulls against the breaks. When I remove my foot from the break pedal the vibration stops. Yesterday (5/19/2015) while stopped, the vehicle vibrated violently and then diesled and stalled while at a stop light. The full stall was a one time occurrence however the vehicle often approaches a stall while stopped with the brake. The vibration has been present since I purchased the vehicle in November 2014. When I took it to germaine Honda, the selling dealership, in ann arbor, I was told that the vibration is a "characteristic" of the vehicle. This seems like a flimsy excuse and quite frankly problem is beginning to worry me. The stall was serious and in traffic. The vibration is very pronounced and travels throughout the chassis. I have read on the Honda CR-V owner forum that this is a very common and dangerous problem. It seems that Honda Motors and their dealerships are simply ignoring the situation. I will take the vehicle to the dealer again next week. Thank you

- Milan, MI, USA

problem #46

Jan 082015


  • miles
Steering wheel shakes and the car has more vibrations from time to time when the car is stopped at lights etc.

- Monroe, NC, USA

problem #45

Apr 142015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 125 miles
Bought the 2015 Honda CR-V and it has a problem of vibration when at stop lights or stopped with the brake on. When it idles the vibration is quite obvious - passenger seat shakes. Put the car in neutral and it stops. Took the car to the Honda dealership and said Honda is aware of this problem and they are looking for a fix. I do hope it is soon as I am very disappointed that this is happening with a brand new car. Sometimes also notice the engine revs up when going downhill - very disappointed and I would like to a fix to these problems immediately.

- Saxonburg, PA, USA

problem #44

Apr 292015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
Noticeable vibration when vehicle idle on D and RPM falls below 600. Vibration gone when RPM bounce back above 700, or when you switch to N. bought a new CRV ex-L about a week ago, never experienced vibration for previous year model.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #43

Mar 302015


  • 5 miles
Vibrations felt thru steering column, pedals and floor in the RPM range 1,000-1,500. Happens during all normal driving speeds, very annoying and have requested a full refund. Honda should not be able to sell without fully disclosing this defect. I would like to join a class action suit if not fully refunded.

- Amesbury, MA, USA

problem #42

Apr 032015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 1,700 miles
With gear in drive, car noticeably vibrates/stutters while stopped. Vibration is visible when looking at the passenger side seat when empty. RPM ranges from 500-600. Vibration dissipates when vehicle is moving.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 202015


  • miles
I bought 2015 CR-V on 3/14/2015, and noticed the vibration problem one week later. I reported to the dealership for several times, but they denied the car has such problem. The vibration is getting stronger and stronger that get me distracted and feel very uncomfortable while driving. On 4/11/2015 I brought the car to the service dept. Of dealership, and service advisor told me that not only you have this problem, we cannot fix it, and we are waiting for instructions from Honda headquarter. I was surprised when I heard this! I checked online and found so many many complains about this issue since last November, but Honda still sell CR-V on market. I think this is irresponsible to the customers! Honda should tell the truth to the customers and let them make the choice. Honda keeps saying no safety issue, how can we believe them" why other cars don't have such problem? might be no safety issue for the new car right away, how about years after? how many years can Honda guarantee" Honda should face to this problem, and stop selling this car on the market, and recall all 2015 CR-V which have this problem as soon as possible!

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

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