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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,815 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2015 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 012015


  • miles


Virbration. Steering pulls left.the car has serious vibration at idle, @600 RPM, 1200 RPM, 1800 RPM and 2200+ RPM. This vibration transmits through seat, steering column, floor and pedals. Back pain is induced within just a few miles of driving. Feet get pins and needles and go numb as well as hands and arms fatigue quickly. Driving is limited in range as a result. Dealer attempted 4 repairs including reprogramming, remounting radiator and modifying engine. Vibration was dampened in the seat only at lower rpms. Mpg decreased from 33 mpg to 28 mpg. Car pulls strongly to the left. Having one hand on the wheel (e.g. reaching for a.C.) is not sufficient to keep it in a straight line. This has caused many near misses on two lane roads and now I just don't adjust a.C. unless I have to (foggy window etc.) I take I95 and this causes problems on ramps. I was told this was all related to the cv transmission, and it takes getting used to, but I had Nissan with cv transmissions. For years. I have repair documentation but am unable to upload it at this time. Please contact me if you need them. I returned the car to the dealership immediately upon discovering the problem (within 48 hours of purchase) and they took no action or attempted repair until I had contacted them repeatedly.

- Spotsylvania, VA, USA

problem #8

Jan 202016


  • 11,281 miles
Excessive engine vibration. Cabin vibration 35mph to 45mph. Honda S/B 15-46 mode 3. (software change). This sb corrected this problem. However, another problem arose: At idle, the engine would vacillate back and forth between 750 RPM and 500 RPM. When at 500rpm, it had extreme vibrations. Returned to Honda, and they installed a new transmission and radiator mounts as per 112oa2 "repaire procedure driving mode1: Radiator lower cushions, TR S/B 15-046.. (transmission motor mount and radiator supports + head rests?) upon lifting the hood, the engine vibrates so much, I could scramble eggs on it. In my opinion, all they did was to use more flexible mounts TO0 try and eliminate the vibration transfer to the frame. Now, it vibrates when slowly accelerating like @ 45 mph, it momentarily shudders/vibrates. Sooner or later, the engine is going to fail.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #7

Nov 062015


  • miles
Piss poor fuel mileage. Brand new vehicle two tanks of gas and averaging under 19mpg. 80% highway, 20% city streets. No heavy foot and economy button on. Vehicle sticker states 27 city. Not even close.

- Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

problem #6

Feb 162015


  • 500 miles


The 2015 Honda CR-V has a problem with a vibration while the car is stopped idle and in drive at slow speeds the idling occurs at every stop light, and in heavy highway bumper to bumper traffic. The vibrations are experienced in the front passenger and driver seats and center console. Drivers and passengers experience motion sickness including headaches, nausea. Any new passenger in my vehicle is startled by the vibrations. Every new passenger comments about the startling vibrations. Some passengers even scream due to the startling vibrations. All of this is extremely distracting to the driver who is trying to pay attention to the traffic. The car feels like it is hesitating and will stall when the gas petal is depressed. This has not happened yet, but the issue is getting worse not better. Honda admits to this issue, but offers no resolution and calls this merely an annoyance. This issue is getting worse and the manufacturer has been given a chance to fix the issue. I am not certain if the issue is the motor, transmission, or fuel injection system. It could be any of those systems. The attempt to make the CR-V more fuel efficient by using the Honda Accord's engine has been a failure and resulted in a major safety issue with the cars.

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 052015


  • 5,185 miles
Vehicle will not respond when foot is placed on the accelerator. When attempting to move the car forward from a stop sign or signal light the vehicle will not respond to the gas pedal for up to 5 seconds. Basically there is a delay from when the gas pedal is pressed until the vehicle responds. This has happened 5 times in past 6 to 7 weeks. This action has happened when attempting to move from a complete stop or when the vehicle is moving at a very slow speed. I escaped a near rear end collision when I removed my foot from the brake, pressed on the gas pedal and the car did not respond.

- Palmyra, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 162013


  • 6,300 miles
In Jan 2015 I purchased my fourth Honda since (and my second CRV) for the absolute reliability, quality, durability, and peace of mind that I have always felt with the brand. That however changed dramatically on July 16, 2015 when, at approximately 2:30pm, I was driving my vehicle in a parking lot at approx 5mph. As I eased into the parking space with my foot on the brake pedal, my car suddenly lurched forward. It was with such force that the entire car went up onto the curb and into the bushes beyond. I could not stop my car! beyond these bushes was a main road with heavy traffic. Intuitively, I slammed on the emergency brake, which ultimately stopped the car. My car was so entangled in the bushes that I needed to have it towed out. On July 21, the Honda dealer scanned all systems for dtcs, tested brakes, and checked throttle pedal operation and found "at this time the braking system, throttle system and safety override systems are functioning as designed." Upon further investigation, it is apparent that 'unintended acceleration while braking' is a well-documented issue. I contacted Honda Corp on July 21 and was assigned a regional case mgr who informed me that she would schedule an american Honda rep to inspect my car. To date, I still await follow up action from my case mgr. This event has caused, and continues to cause, great anxiety and stress for me. I use this unreliable and unsafe vehicle daily and am constantly worried that this mechanical or electrical aberration will repeat itself, and with a less fortunate outcome.

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #3

May 012015


  • 300 miles


Intermittently while in economy mode, when accelerating from a stop or while moving and increasing speed the engine hesitates anywhere from one to five seconds before any increase in speed or engine rpms. This is very dangerous and has caused me to almost be T-boned numerous times. There are many complaints about this on various sites on the internet. My dealer says this is normal because of the type of transmission. Other dealers say the same thing. This is going to get someone killed soon.

- Laporte, IN, USA

problem #2

Nov 122014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 970 miles
As I was trying to accelerate, the vehicle stopped responding. This has happened about 7 times now since I bought the vehicle new in Oct. 2014. It happens as I give the vehicle gas to accelerate - it seems to just stop accelerating - it lasts about 2 seconds, and then seems to recover. There is the sensation that the vehicle has shutdown/shutoff, but does not actually stall. Vehicle was taken back to the dealer who said they found nothing wrong. It typically happens between 50-65 mph, but has happened 1X under 15mph (was in a parking lot at that time). The first time it happened I had pulled into a high-speed lane, gave the car gas, but it just seemed to go dead for about 2 seconds.

- Bradford, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152014

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 800 miles
There are several ongoing problems caused by defects with this vehicle. There is a vibration when the car is in "drive" and completely stopped at an intersection. The RPM's drop, sometimes as low as 550 which causes a vibration as if the vehicle is about to stall. The lower the RPM's, the worse the vibration. On at least two occasions I have had to put the car in neutral at a stop light because the rpms dropped so low. There is another vibration or shudder in the transmission between 1800 and 2000 rpms when accelerating. Sometimes I smell gasoline in my car shortly after ignition. Sometimes following deceleration, the cvt transmission cannot catch up, and when I need to accelerate again, I put the "pedal to the metal;" but the car is barely accelerating and not thrusting forward like it should. This occurred on a highway merge at I-83 and I-695 on December 19, 2014 (a tricky and dangerous merge area). Twice since 1/1/15 I have heard a frightening engine noise when decelerating on a windy downhill road. The noise sounds like a small plane is overhead, and I was shocked the car ws still running, as I was looking for check engine lights or some indication what was wrong. It is not a normal engine noise. Honda is aware of the vibrations when stopped and at 1800-2000 rpms and does not know if/when a fix may be available. I am not the only owner with this issue - there are a number of complaints on the various review boards, and Honda has acknowledged it is widespread. Honda will not provide their position to me in writing when asked. The dealer has been unable to duplicate the other problems which are more intermittent, and it will be back at the dealer next week to address the frightening engine noise and document that problem. I do not feel safe driving this car and I am concerned that it will fail, resulting in an accident.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

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