really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
7,132 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (10 reports)
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problem #10

Dec 112017


  • CVT transmission
  • 1,600 miles

Live in North Pole AK where vehicle heat is a necessity. Vehicle will not come up to normal mid range coolant temperature until driven at highway speeds which produces good heat but at idle coolant temperature drops to cold after several minutes (5-10 minutes). I've owned several hondas over 20 years and never had a heating problem. Dealer says its a known honda engineering problem. Dealer system checks on the vehicle shows everything meets specifications. Filed a complaint with Honda and was told there is nothing they can do because dealer found nothing wrong.

Because I was a long time honda customer and very unsatisfied with this vehicle problem Honda mailed me a $300.00 gift card to shut me up. But I want people to be aware of this total disregard to resolve this heating issue. Buyer beware! Honda doesn't care if you have sufficient heat in the new CRV.

- , North Pole, US

problem #9

Nov 182017

CR-V EX-L 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,563 miles

Bought at 2017 CRV in the summer and loved it, until the cold weather hit in Atlantic Canada. Using the remote start the engine will not heat up, even after the full 10 minutes of running. The only way to heat the engine or the cabin interior is to drive the CRV usually about 10-15 kms before it even starts to show on the gauge.

I've had it into the local Honda Dealer in Dartmouth NS several times now, they are very professional and polite in telling me that there is nothing they can do expect send the information to the Honda Engineers again. Each time responding with foolish solutions like run your vehicle with the heater on low fan and not on HI temperature, or make sure your ECO button is off. The latest solution was to select auto on my heat dial. Genius I tell you, 25 years and 100,000's driving kilometres and still I can't figure out these strange devices in the cars called a heater. Come on!

I have taken the time to take videos, pictures and even bought a temperature gun at Canadian Tire to prove my case. Still no love from Honda!

Aside from the heater not working properly the heated steering wheel and seats turn on but are pathetic at best. My second vehicle in our household, a 2015 Hyundai Elantra, after 5 minutes you need to turn the heater/ seats down or off cause there toasty warm.

If your live and climate that drops below 5 degrees Celsius you might want to re-consider a CRV, at the very least make sure the heater works as it should.

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problem #8

Dec 012017

CR-V Limited 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,200 miles

Honda knows about this heating issue for the 2017 CRV Touring model turbo as the new 2018 are fixed now. Should of been recall. I was treated very bad from Honda Canada until I phoned CAMVAP.

- , Lindsay, ON, Canada

problem #7

Dec 052017

CR-V LX 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,422 miles

Winter is in Northern Ontario in full force. -20 to -30C below zero. My 2017 Honda CRV 1.5 litre does not warm up! It blows cold air at stop signs. The windows are fogging and it is very difficult to thaw them. Brought my car into my Timmins dealership and was advised that all 1.5 Honda CRVs are having a hard time producing heat when it is very cold. I have had many similar smaller engine vehicles before this Honda and never had a problem with heat.

This is my first Honda CRV and I'm really disappointed. When I checked other online sites, I see that everyone is having the same problem.Surely a large company like Honda could do something about this. Is the 2018 the same? I am wondering if a different thermostat with a higher heat would be available and solve this problem. Hoping there is a solution to this problem....

- , Iroquois Falls, ON, Canada

problem #6

Jan 022018

CR-V Touring 1.5L Torbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

As others, told car takes forever to heat up in very cold days the gauge will drop to 0 and blow cold air. I took to the dealer, they said they know about it and waiting for Honda to tell a fix. I called Honda USA and put a complaint in and they told me they won't do anything. I turned this over to my atty for the lemon law. Where can you spend $340000 and be cold in a car? Unreal! Don't they test the car in cold temps?

- , Cleverdale, US

problem #5

Jan 012018

CR-V EX 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 560 miles

Takes too long to warm up. even plug in during winter months even after 10 minute still not warmed up, the cabin is still not warm. Had 2014 cr-v never had this problem.

- , Gatineau, QC, Canada

problem #4

Jan 032018

CR-V EXL 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 19,500 miles

2017 CRV EX-L warms up extremely slow. Even once it is completely warmed up, temperature gauge will drop back to cold and air out of vents will be cold when idling for any amount of time. You must be driving to get any heat.

Took it to dealership (Bowling Green OH), and they initially agreed that should not happen when I showed them. However, after checking out the car for a day and comparing it to other new 2017 CRV's, they said that they all do this. They were sympathetic and professional and agreed this should not be happening. They did mention that when you are at idle and the blower in the car is on high, there is a 'secondary fan' that runs on the radiator (or something to that effect) that could be cooling it back down very quickly. They recommended I experiment with the blower to see if makes it any better.

I think I might have to mount a hair dyer in the car to defrost the windows in the morning :-) Thanks goodness for the heated seats!

- , Findlay, US

problem #3

Nov 012017

CR-V LX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 8,000 miles

I purchased this CRV in April 2017. The heat wasn't necessary due to the warm summer and mild fall months so the problem was not obvious. Then, the cold came quickly and heat was necessary. The CRV simply takes forever to warm up, whether at idle or under load. This is my 3rd CRV. I never had an issue with the previous ones. I am aware that warming up cars under idle conditions takes longer than under a load. I am also aware that some may think pre-warming a vehicle is not good for it. I can leave the car running for 30 minutes and the temp gauge never rises off of "C". Forget a remote starter in this vehicle. It will be a waste of money. There is nothing wrong with my CRV. The coolant level is where it should be. Whatever was changed should be returned to it's previous configuration. Even under a load, it takes at least 4 miles at highway speed for the coolant gauge to reach an area that shows normal operating temp but still. the heat is barely warm, not hot. The only thing I can think of that could be causing the issue is a faulty thermostat. I intend on calling the dealer but reluctant as they usually come back with the "nothing wrong with it" answer.

- , Center Barnstead, NH, USA

problem #2

Dec 292017

CR-V Touring 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 5,398 miles

In cold weather (-5C and below) the 2017 Honda CR-V (Touring) takes way too long to warm up. I start the vehicle with the factory remote starter and 10 minutes later the vehicle is still cold and the windshield still has frost on it. I add 10 minutes to the warm up and notice little improvement. I still have frost and ice to scrape off. My drive to work is eight minutes and during the drive the temperature climbs but when I am at a red light the temperature gauge drops. When I arrive at work the heater is blowing out warm air but the cabin is still very cool.

This did not happen with my 2010 Honda Accord. Very quick to heat up. I started it at the same time and in 10 minutes car was warm. In 20 minutes almost hot. I never, ever saw the temperature gauge drop while at a red light.

Knowing I have four more months of cold weather to deal with diminishes my enjoyment of this vehicle. I am going to order a block heater to see if it helps but I should not have to. They should have anticipated this problem and installed more electric heaters in the cabin.

- , Dartmouth, NS, Canada

problem #1

Feb 012017

CR-V EXL 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 1,078 miles

will let it run both remote start cycles still no heat

Took to the dealer they said there is no fix :( The dealer said this is normal

- , Toledo, OH, USA