Honda CR-V SUV (2007-2012): owner reviews

“Well-built, safe and spacious, the Honda CR-V is a reliable, comfortable SUV.”  

Carbuyer Rating

3.1 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.2 out of 5

Reviews

Owner Reviews

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Common Problems

  • Engine (1 case)
  • Electrics (2 cases)
  • Brakes (1 case)
  • Other (6 cases)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 case)
  • Brakes, Gearbox / clutch, Suspension (1 case)

Review 1 of 32

1 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Diesel

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

41
Tell us what you think about your car?
I tow a caravan with my car, it is very low on power, was considering changing it for the new black edition, reading some of the reviews I think I will give it a miss. All the dealer wants to do is sell, sell, sell all the time. Not a patch on the Nissan X-Trail. Alan.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2.2 IDTEC auto

Year

2010

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35.4
Tell us what you think about your car?
This car has suffered from sporadic electrical leakage problems since new. Left me stranded on week one. Have had similar occurrences on three other occasions. Dealer replaced battery under warranty but next time at my cost . Latest bill (£300) was for dodgy solenoid in gearbox. Dealer wouldn't budge on my argument that car had a fault since new and Honda UK were worse than hopeless. It is now running fine and I keep my fingers crossed that it will start after a week idle in an airport car park. Otherwise it us a fine car, comfortable, roomy and gutsy enough for me. Good in ice and snow with mud and snow tyres it came with. Quite difficult to load but the new shape has overcome that. With my experience of Honda customer service when things go wrong I think I will look at the competition when the time comes to replace.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28
Tell us what you think about your car?
Have had only one problem with windscreed washers since I purchased the car (fixed under warranty) otherwise it is the best car I have owned - out of 25
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Tell us what you think about your car?
Hand brake failure. Replaced by Honda who said after examination there was nothing wrong with the hand brake in the first place. Brakes make an awful noise when stating off. Goes after a few miles. I thought it was worn brake pads but had them checked and there are OK. Tyre deflation warning light keeps coming on for no reason
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

CR-V EX I-CDTI, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
A really good trouble free vehicle. It will return 44mpg all day long, quite good for a 4x4, but i wish it was an automatic. The honda model range is dominated by the american market, which means that the development of the diesel range was very slow. The diesel automatic crv has only just arrived and it's still a bit of a compromise. ie. will only tow 1.5 tonnes as against 2 tonnes for the manual.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

EX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Outstanding economy and practicality. Good handling but poor ride when lightly loaded. Looks a bit odd from some angles. Build quality excellent. Too early to comment on reliability. Lots of toys for the money. Needs efficient diesel/auto combination with more than 5 speeds and a more powerful engine as per audi q5, bmw x3 to make it really competitive.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Quite simply brilliant! It does everything you could wish for in a car, in all conditions. It even took all the recent snow in its stride, we were able to take our friends parents to hospital when their car was stuck knee deep in the stuff. Would recomend one to everyone.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

VTECi, Executive, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent all round family car which is perfect for us as a family of 4. Lots of load space in the boot with bags of leg room both front and back. Load space in the boot is even bigger when you fold all the rear seats flat which is very handy. Great idea having reclining and sliding rear seat adjustment for a more comfortable ride for your passengers. Engine is great, a well balanced good all round 2.0l vtec, great for the motorway or urban driving. This is our 2nd honda 4x4, and our 3rd honda we have owned altogether, every one has been a pleasure to own and run, fantastic manufacturer.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2.2 i CDT ex

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
I bought one of these from a car auction in Midland area, 123,000 on clock but full dealer service history. Now has 132,000 on clock, best car i have owned but i was coming from a slow lumbering Pajero 2.8!! Still on original clutch, have towed with heavy caravan to mid France 5 times and 3 solo. Sqeaky clutch pedal but , hey, get a life some of you! Surprised at the clutch trouble some of these have had but i bet the failure percentage is small given total sales figures. Would definetley recommend to anyone
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only one breakdown when the fuel gauge sender seized (ran out of petrol). Strange noises meant differential oil changed earlier than scheduled by manufacturer. SatNav a nightmare to fix.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
The air-conditioning drive/clutch mechanism became very noisy & had to be replaced. The particularly noisy gearlever mechanism problem has not been resolved by Honda despite 3+ visits to the dealer.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent reliability. In six and a half years the only things to go wrong have ben the rear washer pipe getting congested and one of the folding mechanism on the split level rear seats failing.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

EX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
An excellent car that is well made, reliable and relatively cheap to run. It is a family workhorse and also is used as a tow car, travelling over 20,000 miles per year and hasn't missed a beat. It has been fantastic over the last two winters when the snow and ice have caught many other cars out. The car is a pleasure to own and i would recommend it to anyone.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Executive, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car is the best i have ever had, has never let me down since i bought it in 2004 brand new, the only thing that went wrong was the sat-nav (silly idea anyway) using a dvd, i have now bought a proper sat-nav with an sd card i can update it free on the internet from the makers website, rather than buying an updated dvd of honda's for £180
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2.2 i-CTDi - 4WD - manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
This is my third CR-V, the first one being the original model with the 2.0l petrol engine. I keep each of them for approximately 5 years and change around the 100K mile mark. This current model is the best so far, it is very comfortable, especially for long journeys and is economical to boot. I'm not a racing car driver and stick to the speed limits, returning between 43 and 47 mpg around town and up 60 mpg on long motorway trips. To date, apart from a set of tyres, I haven't changed a light bulb. All y CR-Vs have been extremely reliable and a joy to drive. I also tow a caravan and return 33-35 mpg when touring. The diesel is the better option, as I was getting the same mpg on the petrol variant without the caravan. My only bug-bear would be the cost of servicing. I find that especially at a major service, it can be a bit on the expensive side. My job takes me all over the Province and I require a comfortable drive which the CR-V gives me. I also caravan in France for 4-5 weeks each year, again finding the car a joy to drive.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

ES, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
My four previous cars were vw passats, 2 petrol salons and 2 diesel estates, all near the top of the range model. l bought them new, privately owned and all had minor niggling faults in the three year that i kept each car. During this time my wife had 2 honda civics and nothing ever went wrong. I decided to change from vw and a step up to honda crv seemed the right move. Apart from petrol consumption the crv is a better car than any of my vw's. The honda is rock solid and reliable and due to my advancing years much easier to get in to and out of than any car i have previously owned.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

executive, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
I think my car is fantasic in more ways than one. In winter with all the snow i did not have aproblem like other people, because of my inteligent 4 x 4. Practicality is very good and the boot size is very largs. Reliability is the tops though because they never go wrong.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Exec, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great value for money all purpose vehicle that has been totally reliable up to this point at 21k miles. Car would be almost perfect if tyre wear was better and interior was made from better materials to not show wear & tear so easily. My petite wife is also very confident in the car & handles it with ease. It was great for the harsh winter & snow. Replacement tyres are very expensive. Great car.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Executive, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Feels safe and useful in the hills where we live. Surprised by major breakages in clutch; throttle linkage electronics; air con/heating controls; and built-in satnav. Most of these were repaired under a honda used car warrenty, without which it would have been a very expensive car to run. The warrrenty wasn't cheap either! Normal work at honda dealership was is above average prices. I bought on the basis that reports listed this as an economic car to run. It is definitely not!!! Having said that, it does the country lanes, kept us safe in the ice, towed a caravan across europe, and is comfortable and easy to drive.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2.2 litre diesel

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

37
Tell us what you think about your car?
Engine is strong and reliable, but is thirsty for a diesel returning the sort of mpg I would expect from a petrol equivalent. Main problems have been rear brakes requiring new disks and pads due to scoring and the legendary CR-V squeaky clutch - on previous cars only ever repaired by replacing the brake master cylinder,expensive out of warranty as ours is. it doesn't affect the operation of the clutch or gear change so it's getting left! Otherwise quite solid and reliable with good 4WD capability mainly used in snow. There are however newer and better SUVs on the market.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

41
Tell us what you think about your car?
Driveshafts replaced after 2 months of ownership-under warranty. Squeak in clutch father 11 months ". : garage replaced clutch master cylinder 1month outside warranty and I paid only the labour charges ! And the vehicle has done less than 30000 miles.NOT impressed.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very reliable, solid, excellent 4x4, very comfortable and lots of room inside. Economical and great at towing the caravan Engine a bit underpowered but the current model has put that right, internal plastic finishes are not very resilient. I find some difficulty in judging where the front wheels are when negotiating a tight corner but the sensors are a great help..
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

EX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only bought the cr-v in october 2010 just before the bad winter weather and it has performed without hesitation. Sometimes on icy roads care has to be taken as the part time 4wd can only do so much, but overall i am very happy and glad that i bought it when i did.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

EX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
This is my 5th cr-v - i love the car, the service from my dealer is always first class - nothing is ever a problem and that's why i, my daughter and my son have bought from them. I know want a seven seat 4x4 - but the brand and dealer i love doesn't have anything for me. This is going to be a problem when i come to change!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car was purchased because it has 4 wheel drive capability. Whilst the 4x4 system is not as robust as the one on a previous discovery, the reliabilty, comfort, ride, acceleration and economy more than makes up for this as the 4x4 function was only for adverse weather conditions. However, owing to the styling confusion presesent in the current model crv, i would not buy one, when it is replaced by a car which has styling integrity i would not hesitate to buy one providing that honda don't do a land rover and elevate the price to stratospheric levels.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

ex, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car has proved ultra reliable, practical, comfortable and very reasonable on fuel for a 4x4 (albeit only 4x4 if the front wheels lose traction). The painted aspects of the inner door handles have worn from closing the doors which shows the lack of quality and could be improved. This is a minor gripe considering how good the car has been for the last three years and i would suggest certainly meets or surpasses the expectations of a suv.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Diesel

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
I am shocked by Honda's lack of commitment to their safety recalls as last year I was told drivers air bag component needed replacing which took well over 2 months to repair. I have just received this morning that the passenger airbag have a fault that incase of a collision the airbag could deploy and metal fragments can also burst through the bag into the vehicle compartment, but they can't repair this until 10/4/2018,THE POWER Of DREAMS/NIGHTMARES, THANKS A LOT HONDA.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

26
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems of any sort at any time
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have actually driven this vehicle since it was new (it was my company car before I bought it through my local Honda Dealer). It has performed faultlessly - can't do any better than that
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

2 out of 5

Car Details

Model

top spec, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Poor handling, car pulls to the left, gearbox is awful, suspension hard Rear tailgate fails to fully rise, interior plastic badly marked, cd system is a liability to use when driving, tyres are not standard have to be ordered and expensive In all a great dissapointment honda never again
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

EX, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
It does exactly what it says it will do. The slightly reduced marks for ride comfort handling etc are an expected compromise for choosing and owning this type of car. I love the car and the part time four wheel drive has really come into it's own in the bad weather. It is almost the perfect vehicle for our weather, well currently anyway.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

2 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Eats oil - expensive oil! Cheap interior and very poor stereo sound. Noisy, poor handling, over weight, windscreen pick up chips easily Good visibility, ok in snow, double layer shelving good in boot Therefore poor selection for 360 days a year. Super expensive parts - fog lamp = £180 not fitted!, Fog lamp and sensor at front fitted = £380 inc vat. Windscreen estimated at £700, tbc Dealer quoted 1/2 hour labour (£13) to fit a screw in component that infact took 45 seconds.(rear washer jet) Leaves a bad taste in mouth with honda costs
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

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