2018 Honda HR-V Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical system, brake and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Crossover SUVs are growing in popularity, and one of the most exciting models has been the 2018 Honda HR-V. Even the automaker claims that the newer lineup helps owners “cross over to excitement,” but the consumers aren’t happy about the type of adventure this vehicle brings. From dangerous service brakes to a faulty electrical system and a defective engine to poor visibility, this vehicle has a lot to answer for.

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Problems with the Brakes

A vehicle’s braking system is one of the most vital components that prevent an accident. When the brakes work as intended, occupants are kept safe. Yet, this HR-V struggles to maintain braking integrity.

One NHTSA complaint states, “I was parking vehicle going less than 5 miles an hour entering into parking space. When I pressed the brakes instead of stopping, the vehicle accelerated and I hit a post.”

What a scary situation that this owner was in. While it doesn’t explain the acceleration, there is a brake-related recall on the HR-V. NHTSA Campaign Number 18V777000 states that there is an insufficient coating on the rear brake caliper pistons, which causes a reduction in braking performance and increases the likelihood of an accident. This defect might be found on nearly 65,000 vehicles. With that in mind, it’s clear that the HR-V creates plenty of excitement, in the form of blood-curdling screams.

Problems with the Electrical System

The electrical system runs every aspect of the vehicle, from the window locks to the battery. Without a properly functioning system, owners have a lot of glitches and annoyances to deal with.

Take this NHTSA complaint as an example. “The contact owns a 2018 Honda HR-V. The contact stated that there were several failures with the vehicle. The driver’s side door window kept going up and down, the electric power steering EPS failed, the EPS warning indicator flashed, and the steering wheel seized while reversing the vehicle. The vehicle was turned off, restarted, and taken to [dealer], but the dealer was unable to duplicate and diagnose the failures. There were no diagnostic trouble codes present at the time. The contact was provided with a loaner vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired and remained at the dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 5.”

It turns out that other electronic problems exist. Service Bulletin #A18-123 discusses the trouble with hooking an iPhone to the vehicle. It appears anyone running iOS 12 is having connectivity issues. Instead of taking responsibility, Honda blames Apple and says there’s nothing that can be done until the tech company fixes the problem. In the meantime, owners just can’t get connectivity to their newer iPhones. It’s difficult to create excitement without a driver’s favorite tunes playing during the trip.

Problems with the Engine

The HR-V might be a compact SUV, but it still needs to be reliable for a rewarding drive. Sadly, multiple people are having trouble with engine issues.

One Edmunds user states, “Vehicle is underpowered and sounds like screeching squirrels are under the hood during acceleration. High vibration and road noise.”

Honda isn’t admitting to many engine troubles, but one in particular is quite interesting. Service Bulletin #A19-021 states that there might be a rattle or metallic buzz when driving between 20 and 55 mph. The automaker goes on to state that this isn’t a durability issue, but rather just vibration that can be resolved with a software update. Still, many users are not getting a decent response from dealers and are forced to leave with these annoying nuisances during their daily commute. It’s the excitement no one hopes to have.

Problems with the Window Glare

If a driver can’t see out of the windows, everyone on the road is at risk. That’s precisely what’s occurring with the 2018 Honda HR-V.

Read this Edmunds user’s comment. “The two front side windows and rear window have flower-patterned shadows. You need to wear sunglasses to see them. I was required by an eye doctor to wear sunglasses while driving. These windows affect my driving. They are very annoying especially driving on seaside highway and you like to enjoy the beautiful beaches and seas. The [dealer] said they were normal and refused to replace them with clear windows for me.”

This is one instance that Honda decided was best not to say anything. There are no communications related to visibility concerns. Instead, owners are left in the dark, which could be exciting if you were in a movie theater, but not while driving your vehicle to work, or while taking the kids to school. Instead, a clear picture is needed for maximum enjoyment, but Honda doesn’t seem to care what the consumer wants.

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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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