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The Honda HR-V is a spiffy, modern subcompact SUV with ample cargo space, modern amenities and a strong brand name behind it. However, the actual vehicle can sometimes fail to meet expectations.

Although the Honda HR-V has only been on the market for a few years, it has already accumulated some repeated complaints regarding its performance, reliability and comfort. Not all problems are necessarily expensive fixes. However, some problems aren’t fixable at all.

If you’ve got a Honda HR-V and you’re wondering what kind of difficulties you might be facing down the road, it’s worth checking out this list of HR-V problems to prepare. Thinking about getting rid of your car? Consider selling to CarBrain. We’ll buy any car in less-than-perfect condition at a fair market rate. You could have cash in your hands in under 48 hours.

Common HR-V Problems

Honda HR-Vs are still relatively new to the market. However, many consumers have already reported certain recurring problems with their vehicles.


Unfortunately, the Honda HR-V has accumulated a large handful of recalls in the short time it’s been out on the market. The 2018 and 2020 models have both had one recall each. The 2015 and 2016 models have both had two recalls. The 2017 model has had three recalls, and the 2019 model has already accumulated four recalls since its release.

Luckily, drivers don’t have to pay for the cost of repairing recalls. Unfortunately, frequent recalls do not bode well for the reliability of the vehicle. Additionally, it can take a lot of time to bring a vehicle in for recall repairs. Even if you don’t have to pay for it, turning in your car can leave you without transportation for extended periods of time.

Electrical Problems

mechanic working under the hood of the car on the electrical systemHonda CR-V owners have reported a host of problems with the electrical system in their vehicles. One common complaint is that the soy-based wiring harness attracts rats, which will chew through the wiring. This can cost well over $1000 to fix and can be a repeated problem for owners.

Drivers also report difficulties with starting the car, the electronic brakes system and more. Many drivers report brand new batteries dying repeatedly with no obvious cause.

Honda may or may not cover these issues depending on the specific problem and apparent cause. However, in many cases mechanics cannot pin down a reason for the problem and drivers are left on the hook for repeated trips to the shop.

Engine Problems

Hundreds of reports filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that Honda HR-V engine problems are widespread. Drivers report their vehicles stalling out or slowing down while driving, rough vibrations, burning excess oil and engine hesitation.

Unfortunately, engine problems are some of the most expensive to fix. Although some mechanics may try out cheaper solutions that only cost a few hundred dollars, some may decide that the only way to fix the problem is to replace the engine entirely.

Replacing an engine can cost thousands of dollars. This can be an excessive cost even for brand-new vehicles. If your Honda HR-V is giving you engine problems, you might consider getting rid of it now before it costs you any more money. CarBrain will buy it from you at a fair market rate so you can get cash and replace your vehicle fast.

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Models With Higher Than Normal Complaints

Although some complaints from Honda HR-V drivers are repeated across models, certain years seem to have far more problems than others.

Honda HR-V 2016

Sitting in your 2016 model HR-V while you drive might be an exceedingly painful experience. Drivers report experiencing migraines, hip pain and lower back pain after acquiring these vehicles. That could generate medical expenses for owners who need treatment to relieve their pain after sitting in the 2016 Honda HR-V’s seats.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much anyone can do about this problem. If you’re considering a Honda HR-V, make sure to compare the seats in different model years to see which one is most comfortable to you. If you already have a 2016 Honda HR-V and notice that you are developing back pain, it might be worth replacing your car now to avoid aggravating your physical ailments.

Many Honda HR-V 2016 owners also report that their vehicles’ paint begins peeling off just months after acquiring it. Paint problems are one of the most common difficulties drivers may face, but those with relatively new vehicles may not expect to deal with them so soon.

Drivers report that paint peels off in chunks, particularly on the roof. It can also bubble and rust in an unsightly way. Painting a car can cost well over $1000 depending on the size of the area that needs work. Drivers also report that Honda will not take the blame for the paint problems, which means you’ll be on the hook for the paint job yourself.

Honda HR-V 2017

Car owners report that the 2017 model of their Honda HR-V has problems with the button on the gear shift. Buttons will apparently pop off or slide out of place, leaving drivers unable to switch easily between gears, park or drive.

Not only is this problem endangering drivers on the road, it is happening to relatively new vehicles. Many drivers with 2017 model years HR-V report their gear button popping off while the vehicle is still well under 20,000 miles.

This is not necessarily an expensive fix. Additionally, if it breaks soon enough it is typically covered under warranty. However, drivers that aren’t expecting the button to pop off in the middle of a trip can be shocked when it does. This can lead to serious driving hazards or car accidents.

car cockpit with lit yellow ABS lampAnother major source of complaints for the 2017 model HR-V are the service brakes. Many drivers report that the automatic braking system kicks in at inappropriate times, causing or almost causing car accidents on the road. In complaints, drivers indicate that the ABS may suddenly halt the vehicle even when there is nothing in its way.

This is a major safety hazard when driving. If a driver behind someone in a 2017 HR-V is not expecting that the vehicle in front of them will brake suddenly on the road, he or she could slam into the car when it comes to a sudden stop. A bad accident could total your vehicle, leaving you with a car worth a fraction of what it once was.

Honda HR-V 2018

Like the 2017 model, the 2018 model of the Honda HR-V also has a problem with the automatic braking system stopping inappropriately. Dozens of customers have reported that the problem occurred while they were in the vehicle, with many also reporting near-accidents as a result.

As of now, Honda does not appear to have developed a fix for the problem. Drivers with Honda HR-V models 2017 and 2018 should be aware that their vehicles’ ABS might go rogue at any point.

2018 model drivers also report difficulties with the vehicle’s speed control function. Drivers may struggle to get the speed to go above 15 miles per hour. Other drivers reported their vehicles accelerating suddenly while on the road. This may be related to Honda HR-V engine problems.

Trying to diagnose the problem may take several trips to the mechanic’s shop. Like the braking problem, there’s no apparent fix for this and it can lead to dangerous situations on the road.

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