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

Source: Whichcar

December 3, 2018