Used Honda CR-V (Mk4, 2012-2017) review - What should you look out for?
Excellent build quality and confidence-inspiring reliability means the Honda is a hassle-free SUV to own
Honda is famed for its reliability, with the result the brand’s cars always star in our Driver Power satisfaction surveys. They’re also robustly built and more than up to the task of performing hard-working family car duties.
Common used Honda CR-V Mk4 problems
The 2.0-litre petrol can haul 1,700kg and the 2.2-litre diesel 2,000kg, but in auto form both can only pull 1,500kg. All 1.6-litre diesels are rated at 1,700kg.
CR-V diesel engines can be somewhat rough on start-up, but an engine control unit (ECU) update can fix things by increasing the revs at idle.
The halogen headlights aren’t that great due to the reflector design; the xenon lights are much better, so seek these out.
The tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) can behave erratically. This is usually caused by a fault with one of the sensors.
Most of the problems centred on the Takata airbag scandal that has affected hundreds of thousands of Hondas (along with other manufacturers’ cars) globally, going back to 2000.
The Takata recall accounted for four of the five airbag recalls, but there was also another one, this time in October 2020, because some CR-Vs suffered from slow airbag deployment resulting from faulty inflators.
As well as this there was an action in July 2015, because the Automatic Emergency Braking could activate incorrectly; a software update fixed this.
Excessive exhaust emissions prompted a seventh recall in January 2020, then in August 2020 Honda launched its eighth CR-V campaign because of faulty fuel pumps, which needed to be replaced.
In this review
- 1Used Honda CR-V (Mk4, 2012-2017) review Reliable, comfortable and cost effective to run, the Honda CR-V is a family-friendly SUV that also features a versatile interior and vast boot
- 2How much will it cost?It’ll cost a little more to buy, but the Honda rewards with low running costs and strong residuals
- 3How practical is it?A roomy and well-designed interior combines with a vast boot to make the Honda a great family holdall
- 4What’s it like to drive?Refinement and comfort are the Honda’s calling cards, its soft suspension and smooth engines making it a relaxing driv
- 5What should you look out for? - currently readingExcellent build quality and confidence-inspiring reliability means the Honda is a hassle-free SUV to own
- 6What do owners think?Honda's long-standing reputation for reliability filters into the CR-V range, performing well in Driver Power