2017 Honda HR-V Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical system, fuel system, service brakes, and vehicle speed control issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

The 2017 Honda HR-V is an SUV that’s meant to be similar to the CR-V. Customers looked forward to the compact size and expected it to be reliable. Honda boasted about the newer models by saying it offers
“innovation meets versatility.” However, the list of complaints is long, including for the electrical system, vehicle speed control, service brakes and fuel system.

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Problems with the Electrical System

With modern electrical systems in place, cars today are meant to run smoother than ever before. That is, unless the electrical systems fail, such as seen with the Honda HR-V.

One Edmunds review states, “For the past year I have been telling the Valley Honda dealership about the continuous door locking and unlocking, which they say they never here and always send me on my way with a different reason it could be saying they have never heard of this issue with any vehicle. Another time my hatch would not open, had to take to shop, no clear reason was given to the cause. Another time key fob locked in car and doors would not open. When I was out of town battery went dead when door locks would not quit continuously locking and unlocking.”

Honda is fully aware that the electrical systems on these vehicles are junk. Even Service Bulletin #A19-070 talks about how the Bluetooth HandsFreeLink will freeze when a phone call is over and also lose the stored voice tags. It leaves customers asking, “Can you hear me now?”

Problems with the Fuel System

Acceleration and fuel delivery seems to also be a problem with the 2017 Honda HR-V.

Here’s another Edmunds review to read. “The acceleration is so bad that I feel I can’t get out on the highway safely.”

The problems get even larger than this. Service Bulletin #APaS03102021908 states that some vehicles have inaccurate fuel gauge readings, where less is in the tank than what is shown. At least if this malfunction were going to happen, it would be preferable that it tells the owner there is less fuel than what is really there. At least there would be a buffer. For now, owners have to count miles and figure out when they might run out of fuel. That doesn’t sound very “innovated.”

Problems with the Service Brakes

Stopping a vehicle is priority number one if someone wants to remain safe on the road, yet the HR-V seems to struggle in this arena too.

One NHTSA complaint says, “Brakes are soft when braking. Also when stopping over small bumps or uneven road the brakes start to grind and clunk causing it to have problems stopping. This is going less than 20 mph. If I were to have a car in front of me which many times I do, I have to swerve so I do not hit them. Honda should look into this. The roads are clear no rain or anything for it to have such bad breaking. I can literally feel my brake pedal moving while the clunking and grinding is happening and the car does actually not slow down. It’s like the brake’s pedal loses its function.”

This is one area that Honda doesn’t feel the need to address. Of all the service bulletins, there is nothing about the brakes listed. It’s as if the system is perfect and there’s nothing to discuss with technicians. Maybe if the automaker continues to pretend nothing wrong, owners can continue to be the victim of gaslighting.

Problems with the Vehicle Speed Control

Ensuring a vehicle operates within certain parameters is the automaker’s responsibility, yet Honda failed on this front.

One more NHTSA complaint states, “The contact owns a 2017 Honda HR-V. While pulling into a parking spot, the vehicle accelerated excessively and crashed into a wall. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to [dealer] but was not diagnosed or repaired. The body damage was repaired. The failure recurred and the contact crashed into another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed back to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired.”

Sounds like a broken road or merry-go-round, continuing the same cycle over again. There are other vehicle speed control concerns though. Service Bulletin #A19-021 says that while traveling at speeds between 20 and 55 mph, there might be a rattle or metallic buzz occurring under the accelerator pedal. Maybe this sound can serve as a reminder to owners never to drive an HR-V again.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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