Every CR-V comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control, six airbags, seatbelt reminders for all seats, tyre-pressure monitoring, a reversing camera, LED daytime running lights, LaneWatch, and a driver attention monitor. The package prioritises your control of the car, protection in a crash, fatigue awareness on long trips, and the welfare of bystanders when you are manoeuvring at slow speeds.
Auto emergency braking is available, but only on the most expensive CR-V, the five-seat VTi-LX.
The airbags are in the usual places. Front occupants each get an airbag in front, and another alongside at chest level. And front and rear occupants – including those in the third seat row – get side-impact protection from airbags extending down the cabin at head level.
LaneWatch displays, on the central touchscreen, a view down the side of the car whenever you indicate to turn left, picking up cars and cyclists that might not show in your mirror.
The driver attention monitor assesses your steering for signs you may be falling asleep at the wheel – and proposes you take a break.
The VTi-LX adds Active cruise control, auto emergency braking, and three forms of lane-keeping help.
Auto braking comes in the form of Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System. It looks ahead of you with radar and camera sensors, warns you of impending collisions, and applies the brakes automatically if it judges that necessary. It works at city and highway speeds, and you can switch it off. An integrated Collision warning can supply just the warning.
The lane-keeping help comprises Lane departure warning, Lane keeping assist, and Road departure mitigation. All three use cameras to monitor highway road markings.
The warning component sounds an alarm if you are about to leave your lane without indicating. Lane keeping assist nudges the steering to hold you near the centre of your lane – its aim is to take some effort out of freeway driving.
Road departure mitigation aims to prevent your inadvertently leaving the road altogether (perhaps because you had gotten distracted). It recognises marked road borders, and can deploy auto-steering and selective braking to keep you on the tarmac.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) awarded the CR-V its maximum five stars for safety in October 2017.