More than 1.7 million Honda CR-V and HR-V SUVs are under preliminary investigation by the US Department of Transportation for basically getting stuck on the road. The DOT has opened a preliminary safety investigation, which is the first step before a recall, to study the issue. No accidents or injuries have been reported. But, you may want to look at your rear diff and make sure it is not leaking.
Investigation affects 1,720,768 CR-V and HR-V SUVs from 2018 to 2022
According to the US Department of Transportation. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency has received reports “that loss of motive power occurs at highway speeds without warning.” So you could be driving normally and the SUV would just stop working. Initial reports say there may be a problem with the rear differential, a part that keeps the two wheels turning properly on the axle. The lockup “caused the driveshaft to break while the vehicle was in motion.”
The problem appears to be, according to the NHTSA, that the rear differential seal is leaking, which means it runs out of oil and seizes. The report was opened on November 28, 2022. It covers models manufactured from 2018 to 2022.
The Honda CR-V and HR-V are reliable SUVs
The investigation focuses on the previous generations of the two SUVs. Both, however, have excellent reliability ratings on RepairPal.com, which tracks vehicle reliability. The CR-V gets a 4.5 out of five stars for reliability. The HR-V fares even better, with a rating of five out of five, which puts it in first place out of seven subcompact SUVs rated by the site. However, at JD Power, owners rated the 2022 HR-V “average” for quality and reliability. The CR-V earned an “excellent” rating for its quality and reliability.
The CR-V saw a few minor recalls, including a 2021 recall of a seatbelt retractor and a clip on the fuel tank in 2022. The HR-V also had some minor recalls. In 2021, Honda recalled the HR-V for a fuel pump issue and in 2018 for a brake issue.
The Honda CR-V and HR-V are all new for 2023
The new HR-V and CR-V are some of Honda’s best-selling vehicles, so any upgrade is needed to hit the mark. The new CR-V leans into the sporty realm of the SUV world with a new look that gives it a traditional two-box SUV look. It also added, on some models, hill descent control for off-roading and a snow mode for inclement weather. Honda offers a new hybrid version of the CR-V, as well as several gas-powered versions.
The 2023 Honda HR-V also underwent a big change this year. The new HR-V is longer and wider, and has a significantly revised interior. The new interior features Honda’s new design language and echoes the interior of the Civic. The new exterior is reminiscent of the CR-V, with a more SUV-like front end and a convenient rear liftgate. Unfortunately, the new HR-V isn’t faster than the outgoing model.