2017 Honda CR-V AC / heater problems: heat not working properly

Heat Not Working Properly

2017 Honda CR-V (Page 1 of 2)

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CarComplaints.com Notes: It's rare when a newer vehicle has defect trends, & the 2017 Honda CR-V has at least two — overfilled oil levels with a gas smell, & heat not working.

Both problems affecting the Honda CR-V's 1.5L "Earth Dreams" engine appear to be related to cold-climate regions.

CR-V owners report overfilled oil levels due to fuel in the oil, & sometimes a gas smell in the cabin. That problem appears to be related to fuel injection which Honda hopes to fix via a software update. Honda so far has only conducted a recall in China & a "product update" in Canada.

CR-V owners also report no heat even after warming up their CR-Vs for 30 minutes — not even enough to defrost the windshield. So far, there has been no fix from Honda for this issue.


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Average Mileage:
7,450 miles
Total Complaints:
33 complaints

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  2. 1245a2 product update campaign: software update for 2017-18 (1 reports)
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2017 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Dec 012017


  • CVT transmission
  • 5,000 miles


Little to no heat in car in winter. Wrote to Honda, who provided me with non-sense suggestions to resolve this such as plug-in heater and drive low gear, etc.... I don't understand that Honda is not addressing this. I just became aware that the main consumer organization in Quebec, Protegez-vous, is no longer recommending this vehicle to consumers because of this issue.... Sad, I have owned Honda vehicles for over 40 years.

- Daniel L., Ottawa, ON, Canada

problem #32

Dec 012018

CR-V EX-L 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 34,000 miles

Car does not warm up properly in cold weather - does not warm up at idle and can take a long time to warm up when driving. Honda does not acknowledge that there is a problem.

- John W., Loveland, US

problem #31

Jan 062018

CR-V EX 1.5L L4

  • CVT transmission
  • 700 miles

The technician and advisors said nothing is wrong with the heat, even though it's blowing cold air, which I made them feel with their own hand. Then they ran the engine for 1 hour inside the shop said nothing is wrong. Some jackass advisor told me all cars have low heat when it's cold outside. So I left with nothing being solved.

- Michael G., Chicago, IL, US

problem #30

Jan 032018

CR-V LX 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 12,427 miles


It is very hard for the 1.5L Turbo engine to reach it's normal temperature. During the winter, if you don't drive the temperature never raise and the cabin temperature stay cold. If there is ice on the windshield you have to remove it with a scraper. Even after 20 minutes at idle there is not heat. If the temperature of the engine raise a little pray not to stop on a red light for a long period because the temperature of the engine start to drop. When you have to drive on heavy traffic this become a nightmare.

Honda says the engine works as expected and they ask to plug the car and to keep it in a garage. This is totally unacceptable. When you pay $36 000 for a new car you expect it would produce heat. Cold weather during winter is not something new.

The attitude of Honda is shameful. Sad to say but this is the last time I buy a Honda product!

- Mario F., St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada

problem #29

Dec 122017

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 100 miles

Vehicle has auto start and the temperature gauge does not go off start until you start driving.....lower radiator hose cold even after vehicle has idled for 15 - 30 minutes....Very dangerous to drive when windows will not defrost until you are driving down the road. I have contacted the dealer and they are aware of the problem but have no solutions to the problem.

- mh4222, Houghton, US

problem #28

Oct 042017

CR-V Touring

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles

I am incredibly disappointed with my 2017 Honda CR-V's heating system. I live in a northern community where temperatures can be below -40 degrees Celsius. Unfortunately, due to my CR-V's inadequate and unacceptable heating system, I spent 90% of my drives to work chattering my teeth! How is this possible? Fogged windows, Iced windshield. Frozen toes.

To make the situation even worse, the command start is pathetic! Why bother have a factory installed command start? Absolutely pointless! My 2005 Equinox, with a Canadian Tire installed command start, is superior to the CR-V. Unacceptable. Frustrating. Disappointing.

I've really tried to love my CR-V since I purchase it in October; however, it's not happening.

- Susan H., Thompson, MB, Canada

problem #27

Dec 012017

CR-V EX 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles


This is the coldest car I have ever owned. It literally runs in the driveway for 20 minutes and generates little to no heat. Then 10 minutes into driving it, it finally starts to warm up but if you stop at a railroad crossing, you can expect to be cold again.

I let 2 friends drive the car during the winter and both have called me to ask how to turn the heat on. This is pretty embarrassing and makes me feel very angry considering that I just financed close to $30,000 to buy it.

I am really disappointed in Honda for acting like they've never even heard of the problem. At the time of writing this post it's listed as the #1 complaint on this website and they haven't even started admitting that it's a problem, not to mention a safety hazard. People have been complaining that in really cold weather, their windshield freezes from the inside due to no heat generation, I could only imagine what would happen if your windshield froze while driving on the highway.

Last thing I want to add is that I will also never be buying another Honda again.

- Paul S., Chicago, US

problem #26

Dec 202017


  • CVT transmission
  • 3,418 miles

I am living in Waterloo, ON and as you all knows, it can be really cold here in southern Ontario. I bought my CRV 2017 on October 2017 and in the first winter I found that the heating system is not working properly. Every morning I have to use the remote start engine but it does not help at all. It takes a lot of time to warm the engine and the heating is awful. You MUST go to highway for a fairly long time to make your engine warm and heating start. I don’t know but I am really disappointed with my purchase since I could buy a different SUV with 40K.

- Reza M.,

problem #25

Nov 152017

CR-V EXL 1.5 turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 932 miles

Take long time to warm up the heater compared to other vehicles.Heat towards the feet is very less. As per dealer everything is normal!

Honda should consider recall all these and change the heating system. Every owner has the same problem.

- Febin M., Regina, SK, Canada

problem #24

Nov 012017

CR-V EX 1.5T

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles

This is also my first brand new vehicle. I purchased it because my wife was pregnant with our baby boy at the time and I wanted a safe AWD SUV. I honestly wish I didn't, I would gladly return this car right now if I could.

This vehicle has a major heating issue, if you start the car and do not drive it, just sit in it, you might as well have the car turned off because it does not generate heat when the vehicle is stationary. Now that we have a baby, we make frequent trips to the doctor to get check ups, vaccines, etc. I start my CRV via remote in the morning, let it run for about 10 min, then start it again. I put my son in his car seat and when I get in the car it's still really cold. I drive the vehicle mostly in the city and it takes sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes longer to finally heat up. I've searched many forums and websites for a solution to the problem and almost everybody is having the same issue. This is my 3rd Honda and I wouldn't keep buying them if I didn't like them but unfortunately this will be the last one.

Honda has done nothing to address this problem and everybody is complaining about it. If Honda does not issue a recall and fix this problem, I promise that I will never buy another Honda again, and I will try to prevent everybody I know from buying a Honda.

- Peter S., La Grange, US

problem #23

Nov 012017


  • CVT transmission
  • 2,000 miles


2017 Honda CRV EX-L has no heat at idle. Can not defrost the windshield before driving and can not warm up car at all before driving. This is unacceptable!

- Holly W., Silver Bay, US

problem #22

Nov 222017

CR-V EX 1.5lt

  • CVT transmission
  • 6,200 miles

Purchased CRV in April 2017. No complaints until temps dropped below 15deg in November. Would not warm up even after 10 min. I drive city speeds to work, it is never more than a third of the way to normal on gauge. Going down hill and idling the gauge will drop to nothing.

Returned to dealer with issue. They checked and said everything was normal. They kept car overnight so they could go from cold start. They found same problem and said it needed a new thermostat. It was replaced, but unfortunately the temp didn't get low enough to see if the problem as been corrected.

- todcrv, Cincinnati, US

problem #21

Nov 152017

CR-V EX-L 1.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 9,000 miles

I live in Central New York and we have cold winters from November til March or so. The car operated well in the warmer months, but as soon as the cold days came it was awful. The car's thermostat for engine heat can take a long time to warm up or even display even after 10 minutes of driving around. The car's HVAC system doesn't blow out warm air unless the car has been running for a long period of time. For a car of this value and integrity, I wouldn't expect such a poor performing heating system. This is very unfortunate especially with small children who get placed into a cold car and the car doesn't warm up to a comfortable temp for the safety and comfort of it's passengers. For this reason alone I would be glad to get rid of this car or have never bought it.

- JK J., Clay, NY, US

problem #20

Dec 012017

CR-V Touring 1.5turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 8,000 miles

Not in a million years would I have believed that I'd buy a new Honda and not have sufficient heat during the cold Chicagoland winter. I mean it's like I don't even want to ride in my car. I called Honda and while they were somewhat understanding I still feel they know it's a problem and they cannot/will not do anything about it. Unbelievable, a new car and the heat barely keeps you warm enough to operate the vehicle. I hope this issue is resolved if possible, I'm thinking class action lawsuit, anyone agree? Also I wonder if the 2018 is any better, the one thing I cannot do without is HEAT!

- Swayzer B., Lisle, IL, US

problem #19

Jan 162018

CR-V EL 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,350 miles

Purchased 2017 CRV in October 2017. This is the 5th Honda I have owned. I have brought it in twice to Honda Service because of the extremely poor heat. I am located in Winnipeg and it gets cold here in the Winter.Even with the remote start and idling the vehicle for extended amounts of time, it does not heat up.It heats up slightly in city driving until I come to a red light and the temperature gauge drops right down to nothing.For short trips it never really warms up while my 2013 Civic warms up very quickly. Family members do not want to sit in the back seat as it is much too cold. On cold days we use the Civic.What a waste of $37,000!!!

The first time in for service, I was told to turn temp all the way to high and keep the fan speed at the lowest setting. Never had to do this with any vehicle in the last 40 years. The second time, I was told to set temperature at 24 degrees and fan speed at 4 and not use Eco feature. My Sales Rep mentioned that he had numerous complaints from customers regarding this issue.

Called Honda Canada and did not hear back as they indicated.I called again and then did hear back. They said that the engines are smaller for better fuel economy and what I am experiencing is normal. I said it was not acceptable and was told that they are sorry I felt that way, but nothing could be done. No plans are in the works to address this issue. I have heard that the 2018s do not have this issue.

I have recommended Honda to many in the past, but no more. I recently talked a friend out of buying a CRV. Very disappointed in Honda's support especially for a long time customer.

Update from Dec 4, 2018: Just had vehicle serviced as part of the Product Update campaign due to gas dilution in oil. Heat much better now and warms up much faster even at idle. Remote start actually warms vehicle up now! I wish that Honda would have addressed this issue last year after repeated attempts to do so. Happy that it appears to be fixed.

Update from Jan 23, 2019: Had oil dilution fix done in November. Just returned it to dealership as oil level is very high ans still smells of gas. Service advised that high levels are normal for this engine and no further fixes are required. he said to go watch Honda youtube video. What a joke. Honda's solution to a problem is to simply have a video done to say that there is no problem!

- dbmb, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

problem #18

Jan 092018

CR-V EX-L 1.5t

  • CVT transmission
  • 8,000 miles

I could turn on the car and wait 30 minutes and the car will not warm up. If I start driving, the temperature gauge will go up and then I will turn on the heat. The temperature will drop until I cannot see it anymore! How low can it go? I have to drive the car for 20 minutes before turning on the heat for it to stop happening. You know it is not reasonable for a person to drive like that. If it was not for the seat warmers, I would freeze.

- Jay P., Warwick, US

problem #17

Nov 202017

CR-V LX 1.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 3,800 miles

I didn't buy this car for my wife to freeze every day going back and forth to work. This is crazy. I wish we would not of paid cash for it now because I would stop paying until it's fixed. The dealer doesn't want to do anything about it so now I'm going to call Honda USA and see what run around they give me. We live in Western Pennsylvania and it's only been in the 20's and 30's. Anyone else complain to Honda ?

- mad cr-v owner, Hermitage, PA, United States

problem #16

Feb 102018

CR-V Touring 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 9,010 miles

Have read the dozen or more complaints regarding this problem from other owners. So, I am experiencing the same problem, with the temperature gauge staying buried on Cold and no matter how long you run the car there is no heat. Let me add another perspective. We have had this vehicle since March 2017 and until this problem started, the car always heated up quickly and within 7 minutes or less, the temperature gauge always cam up to about half-way. Heat was great and often we had to turn it down because it was too warm, even in minus 30 Edmonton in late January.

Taken it in to Calgary Honda twice - they tell me everything checks out, but agree the problem is still there when they road test it. They agree, off the record, that the problem is likely a defective thermostat, but Honda Canada will not let them replace it.

Escalated to Honda CANADA they tried to convince me this is normal. I asked them not to insult my intelligence, so complaint has been escalated to e mediator. Still waiting for a call back.

Suggest each person with this problem escalate to mediation with Honda Canada, so they can do the right thing and issue a recall.

- Nathan H., Calgary, AB, Canada

problem #15

Dec 202017

CR-V LX 1.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 36,040 miles

2017 CRV great to drive until it gets cold. Same complaint as all the others here. Heater can't keep the occupants warm at about -5c and lower, driving at city speeds. Dealership is polite, but cannot fix it as there are currently no solutions from Honda Canada.

- S L., Barriere, BC, Canada

problem #14

Feb 012018

CR-V LX 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

heater is not heating up as quickly as it should be! they say I need to put it in Sport mode and turn off Econ and put fan in low mode as ICU sends error message to the engine that it needs to cool down. Definitely unacceptable in Canadian Weather!!!!

- Roman Aldrich C., Saskaoon, SK, Canada

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