About Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V (Compact Recreational Vehicle), as a compact crossover SUV, has been produced by the renowned Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda Motor Co., Ltd. since 1995. The first Honda CR-V introduced in 1997 was meant to slot between the smaller HR-V and the larger Pilot, and that is why it was marked as a mid-range utility vehicle. Honda CR-V has been manufactured through five generations and has won Car and Driver Magazine's Best Small SUV for 2002 and 2003.
Before the production version fourth generation Honda CR-V (2012-2016) debuted at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, CR-V concept was released early at the 2011 Orange County International Auto Show in September. It went on sale in the United States on December 15, 2011 as a 2012 model. EX-L w/Navigation (top), EX, Touring, LX (base), and SE (mid) trim levels were available. North American CR-V was powered by a 2.4 L i-VTEC I4 engine that could generate 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. And this engine was attached to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Then in October 2016 in Detroit, the fifth generation Honda CR-V (2017-present) was unveiled as a 2017 model. Trim levels get carried over from fourth generation. And now, Honda CR-V is equipped with either a 2.4 L I4 engine that could produce 184 horsepower and 180 pound feet of torque or a 1.5 L I4 turbocharged engine with output of 190 horsepower and 179 pound feet of torque. Both engines are mated to CVT.
Honda CR-V Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Maybe Honda CR-V is not that an outstanding vehicle as Civic or Accord, it still gets lots of popularity. If you happen to own one CR-V, you will be interested the things I am talking about:
First, unwanted acceleration while braking. According to the car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, this is the top complaint about Honda CR-V. You may think it is a braking problem, but actually it is more an engine issue. Because many Honda CR-V owners have described that they could smell a burning odor while brake and felt the vehicle start to accelerate while sometimes they would experience a rough-running engine that would misfire. Excessive oil consumption is another serious issue on CR-V. People felt that they have to fulfil oil more often and engine performance got decreased instead. Illuminated Check Engine Light on Honda CR-V is warning you to check the air filter, oil filter, timing cover gasket and drive belt.
Second, suspension failure. Suspension system is meant to create a pleasant driving experience free from excessive vibration when over bumps. However, in Honda CR-V, some drivers told that the excessive vibration not only displeased driving trip but also added danger while driving as it became harder to control the vehicle. The loose and vibrating steering wheel as well as the unintentional steering to left or right also could be part of reason. If the clunking or rattling noises coming from the tire area keep distract your attention while driving and the uneven tire wear tilts your vehicle, please get the sway bar link, sway bar bushing and control arm bushing fixed as soon as possible.
In fact, some other auto parts in Honda CR-V are also subject to wear easily. Defective door lock actuator would make unusual noises inside the door and the power door locks could not work or behave erratically. In braking system, CR-V brake pad set is succumbed to wear and tear. Cabin air filter could get clogged if operating for long time. The rubber would break in wiper blade as well. So keep in mind that they all should be maintained periodically.
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