What is your reason for buying a car? Exterior, cabin comfort, engine performance, safety features? Of course the answers are mixed. But one thing is the same, consumers are now increasingly spoiled. Manufacturers continue to develop technology that supports driving comfort and safety. In fact, now there is no need to buy an expensive premium car to be able to get a driving experience with advanced technology. As Honda recently presented with the New Honda CR-V released in 2021, which is packed with many advanced technologies and features.
Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) officially launched the New Honda CR-V in Indonesia in February. Honda’s proud SUV, which is now present in its fifth generation, brings a series of sophistication, namely through the Honda Sensing. This package, aka the package of active safety features, can now be enjoyed in an SUV, which Honda initially provided through the latest generation Accord, in 2019.
Through the CR-V, of course the features on the Honda Sensing can be more utilized with a higher practicality value than the Accord. Moreover, nowadays SUVs are the type of car that is more in demand by consumers in the world, as well as their ability to be more capable of consuming various road fields.
Honda Sensing, which is present at the New CR-V, offers a series of safety supporting features. Namely Collision Mitigation Braking System (CBMS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Auto High Beam (AHB). Complete, like your personal bodyguard.
Pinning Honda Sensing features can be seen through the exterior refresh of the Honda CR-V, especially on the front fascia. The new grille design, which is actually a minor change, is embedded in the sensor or radar panel under the ‘H’-shaped logo. In addition to the grille, the exterior changes of the New Honda CR-V 2021 are only in the form of the front spoiler and intake, just below the grille, which creates a more modern and classy impression.
The rest, nothing significant, even barely visible. Like from the rear bumper which is now more minimalist with chrome accents. Then don’t forget the 18-inch alloy wheels that tend towards luxury, shaped like flower petals. The LED graphics on the front and rear lights are also refreshed, to make it look different compared to the initial 5th generation CR-V version when it debuted in 2017.
In harmony with the exterior, the interior of the New CR-V 2021 edition also received a minor upgrade that is more visual in nature. One of the most interesting is the infotainment system on the 7-inch touch screen. Compared to the previous one, the screen in the middle of the dashboard looks integrated and embedded into the dashboard, unlike before, which actually looks the default aftermarket. Apart from infotainment, the New CR-V also has a new meter cluster that is fully digital, via a 5-inch TFT display.
Carvaganza recently did a review and test drive for the New Honda CR-V 2021. Well, before getting into the car, we were spoiled for a feature that was also recently brought to the CR-V, namely Remote Engine Start. So, before traveling, we can warm up the engine and cool the cabin, without even having to open the door. Enough with the button on the keyless remote, the CR-V can be turned on and ensures a cool cabin before we drive.
Honestly, there is really nothing that needs to be doubted about the Honda CR-V as an SUV to become a partner for everyday mobility. The comfort and ride quality is one of the best in its class. So it’s not surprising that the CR-V has survived to the market today, as one of Honda’s flagship products.
Because the improvements offered through the facelift version of the CR-V are more about features and technology, we will focus on testing in this sector.
Actually all the new features and technology from Honda Sensing will work automatically as long as we drive. One of the simplest and easiest ways to know how it works is the Collision Mitigation Braking System aka CMBS. This feature works to prevent accidental collisions with the vehicle in front of us.
The working system utilizes sensors located on the grille and at the top of the windshield. Honda designed the CMBS to work in two stages, to minimize the potential for a collision from the front. This feature will react when we are considered too close to the vehicle in front and do not respond to reduce speed, in this case braking.
For example, when we are in heavy city traffic, when we close our distance too quickly with vehicles or other objects on the road, the system will give a warning. Beeps and warning signs will appear flashing on the meter cluster. The warning sound is quite loud, which will automatically increase our alertness when we are not paying attention.
However, if a warning appears and we do not react with input to the brake pedal, CMBS will enter the second stage. The system will take over the alias override to make the brakes automatically, even until the car stops.
We recommend not leaving the CMBS running when driving on toll roads or quiet roads that allow the CR-V to go quite fast. Especially if the driver is easily startled and does not have a good reaction in an emergency. CMBS is safer to use in city traffic. but, also pay attention to the traffic conditions around us, if you want to deliberately test this feature.
RDM and LKAS
Actually you could say these two features work integrated, because the way they work is relatively similar. In principle, the Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) keep the car in position so that it does not go out of the lane without the driver noticing. Like CMBS, RDM and LKAS work separately in two distinct phases.
Both RDM and LKAS were equally active when the CR-V was traveling beyond 72 km / h. Both will also help our car stay in a safe position, when we are careless with the condition and speed of our car on the road. Sensors and radar will read the markers, aka the dividing lines in carrying out their functions.
When we unconsciously leave the lane or without using the turn signal, the system will react to give a warning on the meter cluster. After that, RDM works to correct the direction of the steering wheel, which aims to return the car to a safe position in the starting lane. You could say, the steering wheel will move automatically when correcting the position of the car. For the record, the system has been active since the car was driven.
Meanwhile for LKAS, it is an advanced stage with a more comprehensive work system than RDM. The radar will read road markings as well, including unbroken road markings. So, LKAS can read two different types of road markings, unlike RDM. This feature can be activated via a button on the right side of the steering wheel.
As soon as the system reads the car heading out of lane without steering input or starting with a turn signal, corrections will be made. First by giving a visual warning also on the instrument panel, then giving a vibration signal on the steering wheel. LKAS has more ability than RDM to correct the position of the car or the rotation of the steering wheel. In the LKAS working speed range, when the road turns, the system can change the direction of the steering wheel following the direction of the road that is read by the sensor.
However, even though it is able to change the direction of the steering wheel to keep the CR-V safe on the road, LKAS will ‘protest’ if the driver does not pay attention. If the wheel reads too long to be left without input since the warning was given, a display on the instrument panel instructs the driver to take over the steering wheel.
In principle, it is true that the combination of RDM and LKAS can be used to make the New CR-V turn automatically, without having to hold the wheel. However, that method is not recommended to be done, considering that it is tantamount to releasing control on purpose.
ACC with LSF
Among the new features that are present in the 2021 edition of the Honda CR-V, this combination of the cruise control system is the most interesting. Even under certain conditions, we can make the CR-V run by itself, both to go forward and to stop automatically when activating these two features.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) owned by CR-V is actually no different from that of other existing cars. Cruise Control is integrated with the radar and sensors which are now an addition to the new CR-V. Now we can go constant CR-V at the speed we want, while maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles in front of us.
As in general, the operational principle of cruise control on the CR-V 2021 can only be activated at a minimum speed of 30 km / hour. Cruise control will help to drive more practically when crossing toll roads that are smooth, at constant speed, one of the benefits of which is to make fuel consumption more efficient. And with the adaptive function, the CR-V can also keep its position safe with other vehicles in front.
There are three levels of distance that we can choose when activating this Adaptive Cruise Control, which will then automatically adjust the speed as well if the vehicle in front of us is slower than the speed we put on the cruise control. The system will automatically follow changes in the speed of the vehicle in front, until it is the fastest according to what we have determined from the start.
At least by activating ACC we can make our legs more relaxed when traveling far, such as out of town for example. That way, we can enjoy more of the comfort of the CR-V that has been trusted for five generations. Starting from an airtight cabin, soft and sturdy suspension swing, steady steering, also abundant and easy features.
Well, what’s interesting about the cruise control belonging to the New Honda CR-V brought by Honda Sensing is the Low Speed Follow (LSF) function. This feature is more practical when we are driving in the middle of heavy traffic in the city. This feature will be active once cruise control is activated at the lowest speed, which is 30 km / hour.
This is the most interesting; when in a creeping condition, with Adaptive Cruise Control active, LSF will still adjust the CR-V speed to the vehicle in front of it. Even when conditions are jammed or require reduced speed, the system will follow the vehicle in front as it functions. While maintaining a safe distance, ACC and LSF then swiftly applied the brakes to reduce the CR-V speed, even to a complete stop.
Then from this stopping condition, then the vehicle in front goes back to speed, the CR-V will automatically follow the drive without us having to input the pedal at all. So you could say, the CR-V seemed to take over the brake and gas pedal operation when Low Speed Follow was activated. That way, we only need to position the foot stand by on the brake pedal and keep the hand on the steering wheel.
However, even though the ACC and LSF can perform almost all basic driving operations, that doesn’t mean we can fully trust us to replace us with driving. It can be said that the New CR-V has entered a semi-autonomous level, but it is not advisable to carry out other activities behind the wheel when these two features are activated. ACC and LSF only make it a little easier for us to prevent unwanted things.
Like a personal bodyguard, the presence of the Honda Sensing feature series has become a significant development for the 2021 edition of the Honda CR-V. Especially when you look at the initial specifications when it was launched in 2017. Like the All-New Honda Accord, the New CR-V 2021 has entered a semi-autonomous level that can partially take over the role of the driver under certain conditions.
The Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Active Cruise Control (ACC) and Low Speed Follow (LSF) features on the CR-V, which are Honda’s mainstay mainstream products, have become major breakthroughs. thumbs up. This means that Honda is starting to dare to provide features and technology that were previously relatively expensive, which consumers can enjoy.
As for the driving sensation, as I said at the beginning, the CR-V is one of the SUVs with the best driving quality in its class. Starting from the comfort with a spacious cabin, its tightness, the character of the suspension and the light and precise steering wheel, to the smooth engine and transmission. For those who are looking for performance, it must be admitted that the CR-V is not the most powerful, but to be used as a vehicle for everyday city exploration, it seems there is nothing to complain about.