The Most Common 2019 Honda CR-V Problems

A problem with the forward collision avoidance system is just one of many reported issues and recalls the 2019 CR-V faces.
Written by Mary Alice Morris
Reviewed by Amy Bobinger
The 2019 Honda CR-V has undergone five recalls, but the most prominent customer complaint to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is about a faulty forward collision avoidance system. 
Although the 2019 CR-V enjoyed excellent ratings and still has a great reputation for the reliability that’s synonymous with the Honda brand, it’s not perfect. Recalls, customer complaints, and tepid customer reviews have marred its image somewhat. 
Further, the complaints and recalls aren’t trivial. They involve major vehicle components like the electrical system, fuel tank, airbags, and steering. To get an idea of what
car repairs
these recalls require—and what kinds of customer complaints the NHTSA continues to receive—check out this guide to the 2019 Honda CR-V’s most common problems. 
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The most common 2019 Honda CR-V problems

Before we break the bad news about the 2019 Honda CR-V, let’s look at the bright side first. Overall, the 2019 CR-V is a solid, reliable car, and it comes nowhere near the bottom of the list when we talk about reliability. 
However, that doesn’t mean it’s problem-free. In fact, some of its issues are pretty serious—although many of these have already been remedied through the recall process. 
According to the NHTSA, which compiles and evaluates consumer vehicle complaints, the biggest issue drivers are facing with the 2019 CR-V right now is the unpredictability of its forward-collision avoidance system
The NHTSA has collected 142 complaints about this system alone. Another 82 complaints are registered about the car’s electrical system, and some (but not all) of these are also regarding that very same forward-collision avoidance issue. 
According to drivers, some 2019 Honda CR-Vs seem to activate the forward-collision avoidance software even when there is no impending collision. For example, in October of 2022, one driver complained that the CR-V, while driving at 65 mph, came to a sudden stop without warning
Another driver complained in December of 2022 that their Honda CR-V has come to a stop without warning twice, with the forward-collision avoidance system improperly activating. The driver stated the vehicle was serviced at the dealership, but the problem wasn’t resolved.
The obvious problem with the unwarranted activation of your forward-collision avoidance system—besides terrorizing the driver and passengers—is the risk of causing a rear-end collision. 
Other issues reported by consumers include:
  • Airbags failing to deploy in a collision
  • Electronic stability control problems
  • Engine issues
  • Faulty fuel pump
  • Powertrain problems with unexpected engine acceleration
  • Seat belt failure
  • Steering wheel sticking
  • Defroster malfunctions
  • Shattering sunroof
It’s a daunting list, and that doesn’t even cover the vehicle’s five safety recalls:
  • Possible
    fuel pump
    failure
  • Improperly bolted rear subframe
  • Error in the airbag information guide
  • A faulty weld in part of the fuel tank, which could cause a fuel leak
  • Steering wheel components that damage the airbag
It’s worth mentioning that among the consumer complaints to the NHTSA, several 2019 Honda CR-V owners have had trouble getting replacement parts to address various recalls. 

Is the 2019 Honda CR-V reliable?

Because of these issues, J.D. Power gives the 2019 Honda CR-V an average score of 77/100 for quality and reliability. Overall, J.D. Power rates the 2019 CR-V at 79/100. 
RepairPal, on the other hand, rates the CR-V at 4.5/5.0, which is an excellent rating. RepairPal estimates that on average, Honda CR-V owners will pay $405 a year for repair costs, which is significantly less than the average repair expenses for compact SUVs. 
Ultimately, if you own a Honda CR-V, it’s very important that you respond to and comply with safety recall notices. If you’re considering buying a used CR-V, ensure that it complies with any
applicable recalls
before you buy. 
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