2021 Honda CR-V Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Structure, electrical system and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners


The 2021 Honda CR-V is an SUV that has gained a lot of attention. While the automaker claims it is “engineered to take your farther,” the majority of publicity has not been favorable. In fact, this model struggles with the electrical system, engine and structure, leaving it with many disappointed owners.

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Problems with the Electrical System

On today’s SUVs, the electrical system runs everything from the ignition to the radio. When there is a malfunction, it can range from annoying to dangerous. 

Look at one that is both dangerous and annoying with this Edmunds review. “The auto idle stop is the most irritating feature I have ever seen. The default is always activated. There is no way around it.”

The auto start/stop features are supposed to save fuel and boost performance, but on the Honda CR-V, the system is only causing trouble. As of now, Honda hasn’t released any information to technicians about how to resolve the complaints but is choosing to remain silent instead. Maybe they should consider engineering it to simply work rather than to “take you farther.”

Here is an actual complaint logged with the NHTSA regarding 2021 Honda CR-V Electric System Problems:

THE CONTACT’S WIFE OWNS A 2021 HONDA CR-V. THE CONTACT STATED WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 70 MPH, THE LOW BATTERY VOLTAGE WARNING LIGHT AND THE CHECK ENGINE WARNING LIGHT WERE ILLUMINATED. SHORTLY AFTERWARDS, THE VEHICLE ENTERED LIMP MODE WHICH RESULTED IN THE SPEED REDUCING TO 40 MPH. THE VEHICLE WAS RESTARTED AND THE FUNCTIONALITY RETURNED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO COCONUT POINT HONDA (22240 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL, ESTERO, FL 33928, (239) 356-8864) HOWEVER, THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT INFORMED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 4,000.

Problems with the Engine

While the last complaint was about electrical components with the engine, the next talks about the motor itself. 

Here’s what another Edmunds user had to say. “Gasoline is mixing into the oil inside the engine. Very bad problem!! It’s causing engine failure and other things. This vehicle is not worth buying until Honda gets their recalls fixed properly.”

Gas and oil should never come in contact with one another. This is a major defect that proves Honda engineering isn’t what it should be. How is the CR-V expected to go anywhere when it can’t get the basics of mechanics down? Yet, Honda is still giving the silent treatment, not discussing any engine problems. Customers have taken to the internet to discuss the concerns, causing the silence to backfire.

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

Honda has long been known for making reliable, durable vehicles, but that might not be the case anymore. 

Here’s a complaint left on the Edmunds website about the design. “Headlights not so bright, seat feels like a park bench.”

Neither of these situations is ideal, but it’s better than what’s occurred with previous CR-V models. It appears that there was a class action lawsuit for 2017-2019 Honda CR-V models because the windshields would crack on their own. While that doesn’t seem to be the case with the newer models, only time will tell. So far, it doesn’t appear that the structure has been made much better, so the engineering is still in question.

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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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1 COMMENT
  • Antonio G

    Need help to sue Honda and have them rebuy and compensate me for the lemon they sold me on May 15, 2019 with a low milage of 1000 miles.

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