The Japanese company says this is normal given the high thermal efficiency of the 1.5-liter turbo engines.
Modern cars are equipped with a huge number of technologies and features that make everyday travel easier and more comfortable. However, the development of the combustion engine and its ever-improving efficiency means that some new owners of 2016-2018 Civics and 2017-18 CR-Vs may be dealing with long-forgotten warm-up issues.
The first reports that the Honda Civic and Honda CR-V equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo did not warm up properly back in October 2018. Due to insufficient warming up of the engine, the heating system does not provide the interior with heat at outside temperatures of about minus 9.5 degrees Celsius and below. Hundreds of drivers have reported the issue by submitting their complaints to CarComplaints.com.
In the end, Honda acknowledged the problems and issued a review in the US to try and fix some of them. In some cases, the campaign included software updates, oil changes and a new climate control unit. However, Honda has not achieved a positive result, as many owners said the recall did not solve the problems. Apparently, the high thermal efficiency of the turbocharged engine is the reason why the above cars do not warm up properly in winter.
“Those who drive a vehicle equipped with a 1.5L turbo engine for a short time or sit idling in extremely cold temperatures may feel that it does not heat up that much or does not heat up so quickly, or intensely like a car with a less efficient engine. Those who put the engine under higher stress (such as long journeys and / or highway driving) generally do not experience the same problem, ”a Honda Canada spokesperson said.
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