New Honda CR-V is safer, but not safe enough
One of the criticisms of the new Honda CR-V when it arrived last year was that active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking was only available in the range-topping VTi-LX AWD.
More than a year later Honda has extended the technology to another variant, the mid-spec VTi-S AWD albeit with a $1000 premium that will take its price to $36,490 when it becomes available on January 1, 2019.
This still leaves the 2WD CR-Vs, including the seven-seat VTi-L, without Honda Sensing, which includes lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist system, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking(AEB).
Unlike with the recent HR-V update, Honda has stopped short of making AEB standard on all models in the CR-V range, which puts it behind rivals like the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester, all of which come standard with the technology.
The full Honda Sensing package is still only available in upper-spec versions of the Accord, Civic, Odyssey and CR-V, with the company vowing to roll it out across its range by 2022.
The addition of Honda Sensing package to the VTi-S AWD is the only change to the 2019 Honda CR-V range, which is covered by the brand’s five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
2019 Honda CR-V pricing
- CR-V Vi - $28,290
- CR-V VTi - $30,690
- CR-V VTi-S - $33,290
- CR-V VTi-S AWD - $36,490
- CR-V VTi-L, 7-seater - $38,990
- CR-V VTi-LX AWD - $44,290