Notes: It's rare when a newer vehicle has defect trends. Judging from the identical 2017 model year, the 2018 Honda CR-V is likely to have 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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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
1,650 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace seat (2 reports)
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2018 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012018

CR-V EX-L 1.5L Turbo 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles


I purchased my 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L on 11/24/2018. I noticed the seats were slightly firm on the test drive, but figured with any new car it would take time to break the seats in. I was assured by the salesman that there were many seat adjustment options (height, lumbar support) etc. and figured that I just needed to get the seat in a proper position. Within two weeks of buying the car, I started having pain in my bottom and back while driving. The seat felt uncomfortable within 10-15 minutes of driving. I had never experienced back pain prior to driving the Honda CR-V in any of my previous vehicles. My back pain got so bad, even while not driving the Honda CR-V that I figured it was time to see what the dealer could do. Three weeks after purchasing the CR-V I went back to the dealer and asked how much of a loss we would have if we traded in the vehicle. We would have lost $1800 and I was not confident that I would not have the same problem again in another Honda. So, at the dealer's suggestion we tried to find a seat cushion to help my problem. I have tried 8 different seat cushions and several back cushions that have not relieved the discomfort I experience from the seat in the Honda CR-V. If the seat cushion is thick enough that it provides enough cushioning, it puts my back in an awkward position against the seat causing back discomfort. If the seat cushion is thin enough to allow my back to sit properly against the seat, then my bottom hurts from the hardness of the seat. I went to see an orthopedic specialist to rule out any underlying back problems and no medical abnormalities were found. I have been doing physical therapy to reduce my back pain. But even after trying that for a number of weeks, I still experience discomfort whenever I drive the Honda CR-V. After many attempts to figure out a solution for this problem, I finally just switched vehicles with my husband. It is sad that it is more comfortable for me to drive our 2016 Kia Forte than our 2018 Honda CR-V. I am especially disappointed after researching the ratings of the CR-V in so many places like KBB and Consumer Reports that never suggested this might be an issue. Thanks to this issue, I will never be buying a Honda again.

- Sarah W., Knoxville, US

problem #4

Mar 052018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

The driver's seat is amazingly uncomfortable and has caused constant low back and hip pain. The issue has been present since purchasing the car. The issue is still present even after the interior foam was replaced.

I have tried to work with Nate, the American Honda factory representative, Bruce, Vice President of Parts, Service & Technical Operations, and the National Center for Dispute Settlement without assistance.

American Honda has a current class action lawsuit against the company for selling vehicles that had existing defects.

Unfortunate that these companies will take our hard-earned money and then not stand behind their product.

- Ron D., Fowlerville, MI, US

problem #3

Jun 232018

CR-V Touring 1.5L 1-4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 2,000 miles

MY Butt goes numb, cramps in my lower back, head is pushed forward, shoulders are pushed forward..... There is no way I can have good posture sitting in this seat. I actually have been told that I have great posture, and there is no way I can keep it with this seat.. I Bought a 2018 Honda Cr-V. Absolutely love the CAR!! AWESOME Car. I'm so in love with how spoiled it is making me. All sorts of Bells and Whistles!! but........ I HATE the SEATS!!!!

I bought the Top trim level (Touring) so that I could enjoy nice heated leather seats..but I have yet to enjoy the seats at all. I actually bought a small memory foam cushion just to help with all the pain.... but its so weird and awkward I get tired and agitated with it also.. This was not something I could pick up on in an average test drive...It takes riding in the car for over 30 minutes for the issue to become annoying. I have a 40 minute commute - to and from work everyday... So by the time i get home or from work I have visions of driving the car off a cliff because of how agitated I am.. I get so worked up that I paid all this money for a brand new NICE car and I can't even enjoy it. I wanted to have this car for the next ten years but I don't see that happening now. I hate the whole design of the seat all together. the head rest/head restraints are a pain in the butt. I have actually some-what solved that problem though, by taking the headrest out of the seat and actually turning them backwards.. Problem was solved! no more weird head restraint. and as long as you turn both head rest backwards you wont really notice. Its an easy fix.. and it isn't a bad look for the car. I bet most people wouldn't even notice. ALSO the bolsters on the seats are a pain.

My last car had zero bolsters and I liked it that way. They were flat and wide. I know the CR-V is supposed to be more "sporty" but the I'm not a fan of the bolsters that are there "to keep you in place"... I mean come on, this isn't a real sports car... Also my biggest and worst problem with the seat is that it kills my butt. After 30 min of driving my butt seems to go numb and very agitated. I believe that the pain starts to ride upward and into my lower back. The best way to describe it and only women will understand (because I am a woman) is that it feels like period cramps! I promise I have played with every button on the seat adjustment.. People tell me to try all kinds of positions and nothing works. TRUST me I have tried all that I can... lumbar support seems to make matters worse...I wish the seat would have more padding. I am actually having to consider going to a custom shop to try and help me with my issues... But honestly I just want a whole new seat all together.

I have already been to the Chiropractor once and due to go again.I love my Car and I do not want to get rid of it, but if I cant get relief from the seats I don't see how I will get use to this. I have had this car for a month now.

- kstich, Marion, US

problem #2

Feb 042019

CR-V EX-L 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 125 miles

I bought this car new and after driving it about 50 miles I started to get extreme back and neck pain. The driver seat is very short and the top of the seat forces the upper back forward. The center of the seat is squishy which causes the mid back to sink backwards which accentuates the arch. The neck then has to roll forward but then pinch back to keep the head level. It's extremely uncomfortable and the pain continues after getting out of the car. I've basically been somewhere between uncomfortable and in pain since buying this car. I do not normally have back trouble at all. I would be surprised if this seat could be comfortable for anyone taller than 5'8 or 5'9. I've had it less than week and never want to get in it again. Very poorly designed.

- Loren L., Lindon, UT, US

problem #1

Mar 052018

CR-V LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13 miles

I bought this new car thinking that it was a great car. I drive everyday to work for 45 minutes and when I get there my legs are numb and my back is sore. I am at the point of getting rid of the car.

- David S., East Greenville, US

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