Since its launch in 1997, the Honda CR-V has always stood out in the compact SUV segment with its practical interior and refined powertrains. Over the years, all the updates have culminated in the latest fifth-generation model, which is easily one of the best family SUVs out there. As with all modern Honda offerings, the CR-V gets a smooth turbo mill paired to one of the best CVT transmissions available. 

Honda has also offered the latest safety features as part of their Honda Sensing suite, and the 2021 CR-V gets enough equipment as standard to rival the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, and the Mazda CX-5.

The CR-V is famously known for being based on the popular Civic platform. But, don't let that fool you; Honda has done plenty of structural updates to improve rigidity. According to Honda, the latest generation uses 36 percent high-strength steel for increased strength without compromising weight. Honda’s ACE body structure provides plenty of safety and rigidity. Torsional rigidity is also improved by 25% with the latest generation. However, there are no notable updates with the 2021 model, especially in terms of safety.

Honda remains one of the few manufacturers that include a comprehensive array of driver assistance features as standard. Along with the mandatory additions like traction control, an array of airbags, anti-lock brakes, and more, the standard Honda Sensing suite also includes driver assistance features like Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and even automatic high beams for better illumination. However, the blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert is only available with the EX and higher trims. Compared to the erstwhile Civic, the CR-V also includes an all-wheel-drive system with agile handling assistance for better control.

2021 Honda CR-V Key Safety Features

With a whole range of advanced safety features on offer as part of Honda Sensing, let's take a look at some of the important additions in detail. 

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) - Usually known as automatic emergency braking, this system works in tandem with forward-collision warning. The system continually monitors vehicles and objects in front of the CR-V using cameras and radar sensors. If an imminent collision is detected, warnings are sent to the driver. If there is no response, the system will automatically apply the brakes and slow down or completely stop the car. 
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) - Using cameras at the front, the system will monitor lane markings and help you stay on the road. If the CR-V goes near the lane markings without signaling, the driver is alerted to take corrective action. The system can also provide steering and braking assistance if required. 
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow: This system helps the car move automatically on the highway at a preset speed and distance from the car in the front. The system automatically adjusts the vehicle’s acceleration and braking with the help of inputs from the front cameras and radar. The low speed follow feature is more helpful in traffic jams.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) - Similar to RDM, the lane-keeping assist system makes journeys easier by keeping you centered in your lane by making subtle steering adjustments. However, your hands have to be on the wheel at all times. 
  • Blind-Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor System - Included on the EX and higher trim levels, the system uses sensors placed on the rear bumper to detect vehicles in the blind spot. If a vehicle is detected in the adjacent lane and the turn signals are activated, the system will alert the driver using audible and visual signals. Similarly, the cross-traffic monitor also uses the same sensors to detect approaching vehicles when reversing out of a parking lot. 

Verdict

With exemplary safety ratings across the board from both the NHTSA and IIHS, the 2022 Honda CR-V remains one of the safest compact SUVs on the market. It's also one of the few options that include almost all the advanced safety features as standard. Combined with the refined powertrain and a well-thought-out interior, the 2022 CR-V is an excellent choice as a family SUV without any compromises in safety.

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