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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
3,100 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2018 Honda CR-V electrical problems

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2018 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 302018


  • CVT transmission
  • 125 miles


The auto-lock function reported with the key fobs is quite intermittent - mine usually works but my wife's does only 2 out of 5 times. The dealership says they reprogrammed everything and its fine. NOT! they also said that if your cell phone is near it, in your pocket, etc, it won't work.

REALLY? Who doesn't have their phone and their keys in their purse or coat. What a dumb answer or design.

- Tim H., Waterloo, IA, US

problem #1

Jun 142018

CR-V EX 4 cyl Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

Since around June 2018 the door locking system is intermittent and will selectively lock or not lock when departing the vehicle. The tailgate has been difficult to unlock and open since purchase in 12/2017. NATURALLY Honda says the system is working 100% and said I must have another key with me. The dealership is over 50 miles from home.....where the OTHER KEY is located. DUH. THIS CR-V IS A TOTAL POS AS WELL AS THE DEALERSHIP. HELP.

- oldline1, Huntsville, US

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