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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,637 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.

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2015 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 212016

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 35,755 miles


Vibration in drive. Stationary and driving. VIN.[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #7

Nov 012014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
The 2015 CRV ex vibrates at idle so badly that it feels as if the engine is going to stall. It also vibrates while driving but not all the time. This started as soon as I purchased the CRV. When I brought it back to the dealer in November 2014, with only 200 miles on it, I was told Honda was aware of the issue and was working on a fix for it. It has been 10 months with multiple visits to the dealer and still no fix. I have been told recently at the dealer that Honda was most likely not going to correct this issue because of the cost. It continues to be a distraction while driving and at idle and I hope Honda will do the right thing and fix this issue. To me this is a major issue that needs correction now. Also, I have had a noise from under the CRV driving over dips or bumps in the road at low speeds, most noticeable below 30 mph. Brought it to the dealer who has since replaced to rear struts 2 times already and still the noise is still there. I will continue to bring it back to them until this is addressed. This has been my worst experience with a new car since I first purchased my first car some 30 years ago.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 222014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchased a 2015 Honda CR-V in Dec. 14. it had 148 miles when purchased. I cannot drive it due to vibrations-has not been out of my garage due to this except to take back and forth to the dealer. Honda does not have a fix for this. I get nowhere with Honda or the dealer. This problem is all over the internet, customers with same situation - you tube has videos on this. I have a copy of an E mail sent to the dealer by Honda acknowledging this problem with no resolution. How does a company build these and not know how to fix. I want a full refund on this 2015 - $30,000 car with now 268 miles. So far, no go. These Honda cannot be safe to drive with these vibrations at certain RPM's and lunging forward at stops. Bad accidents are coming. Someone has to help - NHTSA needs to force Honda to recall the 2015 CR-V lemon law is coming Honda's way......

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #5

Apr 142015


  • 235 miles


I just purchased the vehicle on April 13, 2015 and after operating the vehicle for approximately two days. I have noticed that when the vehicle is stopped at a traffic light or stop sign in (drive) idling, there is a vibration coming from the front seats and when I proceed to drive it dissipates and stops.

- Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 132015


  • 55 miles
Engine RPM drops at idle in drive creating very strong vibration. Honda is aware of problem but does not have a fix yet. This car is brand new.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 032015


  • 500 miles
Just purchased this car a month ago and had to take my car to dealer twice for severe vibrations when my car is in idle. Dealer let me know that Honda is aware of the issue but does not have a fix. Vibrations began on near passenger seat but now can be felt in the entire car. They are distracting and cause me to be nauseous since I have a long commute in rush hour traffic.

- Schiller Parik, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 202014


  • 100 miles
The car vibrates heavily at idle. This vibration far exceeds any vibration I have experienced in any other vehicle and is not acceptable for a new vehicle. All passengers can feel the vibration, but it is most pronounced in the front passenger seat - when empty it shakes violently. The vibration is so pronounced that I have a hard time focusing my eyes resulting in eye-strain. The conditions under which the vibration (described below) occurs will not be experienced by most test-drivers and so Honda is deceiving the public by selling this car. They are aware of the issue and are doing nothing to solve it and they continue to sell the CR-V. this is shameful. My findings: 1. the strong vibration / shaking happens continuously when: A. engine is warm 5-15 minutes B. at a complete stop in drive C. there is no additional load on the engine (all additional components are off - lights, ac, radio etc) D. rpms drop to just above the 500 line 2. the strong vibration / shaking comes and goes cyclically when: A. engine is warm 5-15 minutes B. at a complete stop in drive C. there is some additional load on the engine. Such as: Ac or manually turned on running lights - how long it takes to cycle varies, but it will do so eventually. The rpms cycle between the 550-600 (hard vibration / shaking) and 750-800?? (again not sure of the exact reading) which produces a much more tolerable (although still very annoying) vibration 3. the strong vibration shaking does not happen when there is enough of a load on the engine to hold the rpms steady at the higher idle RPM mark of approximately 750-800. Although, the less pronounced (although still very annoying) vibration remains. A. most consistent things to do this: Auto-light function when engaged with lights on & manually turning on fill nighttime lights.

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 302015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 250 miles
Brand new 2015 CRV ex AWD with 250 miles. When it sits idle in the D position at a traffic light or stopped the car vibrates very badly. Called the dealer service department at several different dealers in the DC area and none are aware of how to fix the problem. Called Honda customer service to report this and they said that there is no fix for this issue.

- Washington, DC, USA

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