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Common Honda HR-V Problems

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PUBLISHED ON August 28, 2020

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Like seagulls to a school of fish, consumers have flocked to SUVs as infrastructure crumbles and demand for utility has become paramount. In response to the market-dominating trend, Honda aimed to own the space with a host of offerings, one of which is the HR-V compact SUV. 

Since the model’s introduction in 2015, Honda has sold nearly 500,000 HR-Vs, making it a huge success for the Japanese brand that prides itself on its reliability. However, as with new models that don’t have the benefit of hindsight and years of quality assurance, there have been a handful of reported problems, failures, and issues with Honda’s HR-V SUV. 

Don’t hyperventilate just yet. The Drive’s crack informational team is here to breakdown (pun intended) the common issues and problems associated with Honda’s HR-V so you can make the most informed decision when considering purchasing one new or used.

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How Reliable Is the Honda HR-V?

Honda’s legacy of reliability is real, though that doesn’t mean it’s incapable of producing something without problems. As with every machine, you need to properly maintain your Honda HR-V. 

If you’re dogmatic in your maintenance, you won’t find too many problems to contend with. There are a few that you should look out for, though. Let’s dive in.

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Checking Honda HR-V engine

Honda HRV Problems: A Look At Common Problems

Here are some of the Honda HR-V’s most common problems.

Poor Paint Quality

Many customers have had issues with the HR-V’s paint quality, with some reporting that huge swathes of the roof paint chips away after a few years of use. Others have reported that paint has bubbled, while others have noticed rust coming through.

Customer Complaint

Customers are understandably not happy with Honda’s paint quality for the HR-V. One complaint states, “I've had the car less than 4 years and the paint is bubbling up and peeling off. I'm not sure what kind of cheap (expletive) paint they put on these cars. But I will trade it in and not on a Honda.”

Repair Costs

Repainting a car can cost between $50 and thousands of dollars, depending on how much of the car needs to be repainted. 

Accelerator Issues

Honda HR-V owners have reported two different issues in regards to the car’s accelerator. When the throttle is lightly applied from a stop, the vehicle will suddenly leap forward, as if the driver stomped on the gas. In other cases during highway driving the throttle will lose steam and begin to slow the vehicle, even when the driver applies more throttle. 

Customer Complaint 1

One owner reported that “[The driver] attempted to ease forward by lightly tapping the accelerator pedal. Upon lightly tapping the accelerator pedal, the vehicle accelerated forward independently without warning. The [driver] crashed into another parked vehicle in front of her. The [driver] was finally able to place the vehicle into park and shut off the engine.”

Customer Complaint 2

A second complaint describes the HR-V slowing, saying, “Car loses acceleration at high rates of speed while driving on the highway. On at least 4 occasions even with my foot on the gas pedal, it just slows to unsafe levels while attempting to enter on the highway. This past Saturday while in the fast lane, it just slowed to 30 mph with cars slamming on brakes behind and to the right of me.”

Repair Costs

If you experience either, the dealership will have to diagnose what the issue could be, as the accelerator is linked to a handful of systems. It could be as simple and free as an ECU update, or it could be a part buried in the engine bay that will cost a few hundred dollars.

Loose Window Gaskets

According to a number of complaints, one of the most common issues with the Honda HR-V is that the window gaskets, the rubber that keeps the windows weather-tight when rolled up, can become loose or completely dislodge itself. Not great. 

Customer Complaint 

One complaint described the repeated issue as “3 months after purchasing the car, the driver's side window gasket dropped down and fluttered in the wind when the window was wide open. Brought it to the dealership and they simply popped it back into place and said "fixed". Umm - don't you think I tried that?? I told them it just pops out again. They asked if I was pulling on it to make it fall off. Sure - I just love spending time in car garages over bogus problems! [And] as predicted, the gasket flopped down again and they decided to replace it. But they ordered the bottom gasket by mistake, so I had to come in yet a third time to finally get the correct replacement.”

Repair Costs

The window gaskets are actually four different parts, which total about $100 if you need to replace all of them. Professional installation will require additional labor costs.

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Close up of a clean motor block

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Honda HR-V grey model on a motorshow
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Honda HR-V grey model on a motorshow

FAQs About Honda’s HR-V

You’ve got questions, The Drive’s informational team has answers!

How Many Miles Can a Honda HR-V Last?

As with every car, truck, and SUV on the road, how you maintain it will determine your mileage. Hondas are built to last and it’s not unheard of for models to last well-past 200,000 miles. Some have even clocked 1,000,000 miles

Is Honda HR-V Underpowered?

The Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. The compact SUV weighs about 3,000 pounds. Combined, it reaches 60 mph in about nine seconds, which is adequate for its class. So, no, the Honda HR-V is not underpowered. 

What Does Honda HR-V Stand For?

HR-V has two definitions depending on the person asked. The first is High-rider Revolutionary Vehicle, with the second being Hybrid Recreational Vehicle. You’re free to pick which one you like more.

What’s the Difference Between the Honda CR-V and HR-V?

The Honda HR-V is a compact SUV, while the Honda CR-V is a larger medium-sized SUV.

Is The Honda HR-V Bigger Than the CR-V?

The CR-V is bigger than the HR-V. The CR-V is 180 inches long, 66.1 inches tall, and 73 inches wide. While the smaller HR-V is 169 inches long, 63.2 inches tall, and 69.8 inches wide. The CR-V has more cargo capacity too, with 39.2 cubic feet with all the seats up, and 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That’s compared to the 24.3 and 58.8 cubic feet of the HR-V. 

Which Is Better? The Honda CR-V or the HR-V?

That depends on the customer. If you need more space, the CR-V will be the better option. If you don’t, the HR-V offers excellent gas mileage and is a great daily driver. 

Should I Buy a Honda HR-V?

The compact SUV class is one of the most competitive segments in the automotive industry. As such, there are a plethora of great/good/solid? options available, including offerings from, but not limited to, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Chevrolet, and Jeep. 

The Drive’s informational team would suggest that you test drive a few cars in this class to pick your favorite. Other than that, the Honda HR-V is a great compact SUV. 

Honda HR-V 2020 model
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Honda HR-V 2020 model on sale

More Information About Honda’s HR-V

The Drive has put together a few more resources you can use to educate yourself about Honda’s HR-V. Check them out below:

NHTSA: Honda HR-V SUV AWD

Honda: Recall Information for Safety & Defects