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:
No data
Average Mileage:
3,950 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2018 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 122019


  • CVT transmission
  • 6,835 miles


Brightness control beeps and flashes every 400 kms or so. It is usually possible to fix be turning off car and restarting but this is a pain to do.

- Jim P., Calgary, AB, Canada

problem #1

Sep 012018

CR-V EXL 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 1,035 miles

Honda used to be the best car made! I worked on them for 20 years, but now they are junk! It's really sad that they make the cars so poorly!! The dealer tries to tell me it's normal for gasoline to get into the engine oil!! That's insane!! The beeping drives me crazy, the dealer's answer was to shut off all the warning systems!! I bought the car for the safety features & shutting them off is nuts! Honda, you really blew it with this one!!

- Joseph C., Lebanon, PA, US

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