Honda HR-V Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Horrible Car. Would not recommend

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

First I want to say that Honda never resolved my problem. Interior fabric is horrible and rips easy. I already have cushion showing and the grey fabric stains so easy it’s stressful. Even water will stain the seats. Also plastic covers for bolts and such come off constantly. Plastic base

Review submitted by:KatieR

Pros:None

Cons:Everything

Liked it for a bit until...

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I leased the 2020 HR-V Sport. Love the blue metallic color. Looks fine. I used to lease Civics so I thought it would be a fun change. It's alright, and I don't want to rip it apart. But here's what I've learned through the ownership process, day by day. Gas

Review submitted by:LinAnn6

Pros:Looks fun, nice color, can be fun to drive

Cons:Noisy, bumpy, sluggish, bad A/C system, dull inter

Disappointed

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I had a 2016 Civic which I liked, very powerful for this level of vehicle and very stable and sturdy on the ground but wayyyy too low to ground. If Civic was higher off the ground, would have got the hatchback. Anyhow got the 2020 basic HRV.....it has zero power

Review submitted by:BpTY

Pros:Mehhhhh....

Cons:See above

Enjoyed the HR-V - Then transmission failure.

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I leased a 2016 HR-V for three years after owning/leasing an Insight and Fit. I enjoyed the car so much that I decided to buy it after my lease ended. One month later, the transmission failed. First a vibration was noticeable around 25mph when the CVT was shifting. Two days

Review submitted by:MCStudio3

Pros:Seemingly affordable small crossover, AWD, styling

Cons:CVT transmission failure, future value will be low

50-50 pros and cons

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Overall, great looking car and great features. Inside is great looking with great technology, fun to play with and feeling good while driving in it. The cons to it is that I have had for 3 months and had to bring it to the dealership 3 times already for the

Review submitted by:anonymousdms

Pros:great looking and great features

Cons:engine grinds a lot with no solution

Not worth it

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Bought honda hrv 2019 a few weeks ago and already feel sorry I bought it! The engine has some knocking sound and a bit loud accompanying with a little vibration and the car jerks and breaks abruptly with a light press on the break pedal. Sorry honda this is my

Review submitted by:Vsparrow

Pros:Fun to drive. Good size trunk economical

Cons:Weak engine. Poor breaking system weak accelerati

Just average

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I average 30 to 36 MPG on the Hi-way. The front seats are uncomfortable. The interior have cloth framing not a hard vinyl shell for cost savings. This gets wet every time you open the doors or have the windows down. Mold has set in and is very hard to

Review submitted by:Owen

Pros:30 to 36 MPG

Cons:uncomfortable front seats and cloth interior doors

Very disappointing gas mileage

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Although I realize manufacturers exaggerate the mpg of new cars, the gas mileage in my new 2019 HR-V is really disappointing. The sticker claims 29 mpg in the city and 32 on the hwy. in the city I get 18-19 mpg and in combined city and hwy the top mpg

Review submitted by:CRS12

Pros:Comfortable, nice styling, some nice features

Cons:Poor mpg, small door pockets, no hidden storage

Honda is not reliable as in past!

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Just had car into dealer, needs transmission replaced for the SECOND time. First one went at 21k, this one at 51k. Not in the least bit happy. Other than this issue like the car for the ride, mileage, ability to haul stuff around.

Review submitted by:Sharon

Pros:Good room to haul stuff

Cons:Poor transmission!

Is Honda still reliable like in the old days?

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Ask yourself: Is Honda still reliable like in the old days? Honda HR-V 2017 (I own it for 2.5 years now) is my third NEW car I purchased from dealership for past 10 years. Two previous ones were Chrysler's. So, I decided to go for HR-V primary: RELIABILITY and design.

Review submitted by:JohnM

Pros:good on gas, adjustable cargo space

Cons:mechanical problems, overall reliability - big ?

Lacks Quality of older Hondas

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Modern styling however; made in Mexico quality is awful. Terrible, terrible paint defects, poor fit and finish everywhere. What happened Honda? Look closely and don’t be fooled. Buy any other Honda made elsewhere. These are not good. Dash panels hollow plastic/hard cheap interior. Lots of road noise.

Review submitted by:BaileyC

Pros:Styling.

Cons:Poor exterior paint, fit & finish. Noisey

Wish I Hadn't Bought It

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The 2017 model doesn't have some things I've had in previous, not Honda, vehicles. There is no compass. There is no voice recognition for my connected iPod. The rear window doesn't open separately from the door. The tires are very noisy on the road. The set-up to connect USB and

Review submitted by:Feisty49

Pros:Good gas mileage

Cons:Noisy tires on an interstate.

Grinding noise when accelerating

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I purchased a 2017 HRV AWD EX-L Navi last year and after 10 months it started making a grinding vibration noise when accelerating at around 35 mph. Its been into the dealer but they didnt have a fix so they called the Honda tech line. Honda said they were aware

Review submitted by:GeeGY

Cons:Problems with iPhone compatibility with bluetooth

Regret purchasing this vehicle

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I really regret purchasing this vehicle. Compared to other Hondas, the interior seems cheap and dirties easily. I have had nothing but issues with this vehicle. I knew buying an earlier model would be a risk and there are A LOT of things Honda needs to figure out still. All

Review submitted by:ChristenA

Pros:Exterior looks cool

Cons:Poorly designed

Poor value as an SUV

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Honda

Model:

HR-V

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

You cannot sit in the back seat of this auto without having your head hit the ceiling; even if you are under six feet tall. Not much for a four door SUV. I do have an Accord(5th) and my wife bought the new Civic, which she loves.

Review submitted by:attydjs34

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