The Honda CR-V, a perennial favorite of American car buyers and the best-selling entry-SUV of all time, receives the most significant mid-model cycle redesign in its 17-year history, with a new Earth Dreams Technologyâ„¢ engine and transmission, significantly enhanced exterior and interior styling, and a long list of new standard and available features. A new top-of-the-line Touring trim includes the first-ever Honda application of Collision Mitigation Braking Systemâ„¢ (CMBSâ„¢) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and the first CR-V adoption of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). These systems are a part of the new Honda Sensingâ„¢ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that, together with other high-end features such as a power tailgate, bring a new level of sophistication to the benchmark compact SUV.
The 2015 CR-V's new Earth Dreams Technologyâ„¢ powertrain â€“ a 2.4-liter, direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC engine mated to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with G-design Shift â€“ delivers increased performance and cruising efficiency with an 11 percent increase in peak engine torque and a significant fuel efficiency gain.
The CR-V's already impressive functionality is enhanced with multiple upgrades, including a new configurable center console, new rear console heat/air ventilation ducts, and an available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio telematics interface. Refinements such as a redesigned high-quality and high-tech interior further increase the CR-V's sophistication. Exterior design changes, including re-styled front and rear bodywork, mirrors and wheels, lend the CR-V an aggressive and bold appearance with unique Honda style. Customers will also benefit from a longer list of standard features on all trims. The best-selling CR-V EX, for example, adds 7-inch Display Audio, a 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, Honda LaneWatchâ„¢, Smart Entry/Push-Button Start and LED daytime running lights.
With an all-new powertrain that delivers more torque, better performance and more refinement, plus available new premium features, the 2015 CR-V is both more ruggedly athletic and smarter. These themes are expressed in the compact SUVâ€™s exterior styling with design changes to the front and rear, the mirrors and wheels. The overall impression these changes provide is aggressive and bold with a wide, solid and planted look, accentuated by premium details and features for a unique Honda style. Available exterior features include brilliant LED daytime running lights (DRL), LaneWatchâ„¢ and distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels. Included in the changes is a power tailgate on the new Touring trim, a first for the CR-V.
The bold front fasciaâ€™s unified design blends the solid grill and upper air intake with the four-lamp, multi-reflector halogen headlight arrays in a smart upward sweep. This dynamic grill shape is inverted below by the aggressive-looking lower air intake/skid plate design, in contrasting silver, and fog light pods to create a deep, multi-dimensional look. Commanding horizontal lines at the rear and the contrasting silver colored skid plate design continue the wide, planted look of the new CR-V. The 2015 CR-Vâ€™s body retains the aerodynamic efficiencies of the previous version, with numerous design elements such as a long roofline and integrated rear spoiler that assist in producing a low coefficient of drag. The EX-L and Touring trims are equipped with roof rails that start at the A-pillars and sweep along the roofline toward the rear end of the vehicle (available as an accessory on CR-V LX and EX). These rails provide an attachment point for an accessory rack, while also providing a dramatic visual element. The rails are fully functional, with three anchor points per side. The Touring trim also receives special badging with black debossing on a chrome background.
Both the 17-inch wheels, on EX and EX-L trims, and the 18-inch Touring trim wheelsâ€”both aluminum alloyâ€”have offset multi-spoke aero designs that imply movement even at a standstill and accentuate their large diameter. The angular cast-surface of the 17-inch wheels sport a silver monotone color, while the 18-inch alloy wheels have a sharp-cut style with a gloss black and brush aluminum-like finish. Both the 17- and 18-inch wheels are 7 inches wide, 0.5 inches wider than the previous CR-Vâ€™s 17-inch wheels. The LX model rides on 16-inch, five-spoke steel wheels.
When the doors are open, the side-sill garnish covering the rocker panel creates a more direct pathway to the ground when entering or exiting the vehicle. This design creates a lower step-over distance for better comfort and a reduction in the likelihood of leg contact with the side of the vehicle.
Distinctive multi-reflector halogen headlights grace the 2015 CR-V. On EX and higher trims, the headlight arrays include a dramatic and premium-looking Light Emitting Diode (LED) daytime running light (DRL) strip. For the LX trim, the halogen low beams serve double-duty as the DRL. The top-of-the-line Touring trim has multi-reflector and projector headlights, together with LED DRLs for a brilliant and sophisticated look. All headlights include an auto-off feature with EX and above trims also including auto-on capability. Fog lights are included on EX and above trims. The CR-Vâ€™S taillight array features incandescent taillights and outboard brake lights, and attention-grabbing LED illumination for the Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL) that is embedded in the rear spoiler.
Newly-designed power side mirrors have a complementary horizontal design and are aerodynamically optimized to reduce wind noise and minimize turbulence. Side mirror housings on the CR-V LX model are black and those on the EX and above trims have a body-colored upper and black lower. The Expanded View Driverâ€™s Mirror is standard with passenger side Honda LaneWatchâ„¢ included on EX and above trims. The CR-V EX-L and Touring trims add heated side mirrors and the Touring trim also adds integrated turn indicators. The side mirrors can be manually folded in for greater convenience in tight parking situations. For more information on the Expanded View Driverâ€™s Mirror and Honda LaneWatchâ„¢, see the Safety and Driver Assistance section.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
All CR-Vâ€™s include a multi-angle rearview camera, visible on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) on the LX model and on the 7-inch Display Audio screen on all other grades. The camera can show a top view, 130-degree view or 180Â-degree rear view when the transmission is in Reverse. The camera is located just above the license plate on the tailgate. Guidelines help drivers gauge how close they are to an object. The dotted line indicates the closest distance that the tailgate can be opened. On EX and above trims, dynamic guidelines indicate the projected vehicle path based on steering wheel position.
Visibility and Glass
The 2015 CR-V provides superior outward visibility having excellent front and rear sight lines for the driver, including a commanding eye point level and a short forward invisible length (the distance a driver needs to look to see the ground in front of the vehicle). The CR-Vâ€™s windshield and all windows are made with UV-resistant glass that filters UV light and results in less interior fade over time, lower cabin temperatures on hot days, and more efficient interior cooling. On EX and above trims, the rear windows feature dark-tint privacy glass.
Power windows, with an auto-up/down driverâ€™s window, are standard on all CR-V models. Individual controls are located on the armrests. Pressing a master switch on the driverâ€™s control panel deactivate the individual controls for the front and rear passengers.
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
The CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring trims have a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature that will fully open or close with a single touch of the switch. The moonroof mechanism was purposely designed to provide ample headroom. The moonroof has a sliding sunshade that opens with the roof and can be closed to block sunlight. To tilt or slide the moonroof, the driver or front passenger needs only to fully press the ceiling-mounted switch once (instead of pressing and holding it for several seconds). The moonroof fully opens or closes automatically. However, if the operator wishes to only partially open or close the moonroof (such as to achieve partial ventilation), a lighter touch yields fully manual control. The moonroof can also tilt to provide ventilation. An auto-reverse feature is built in, helping to ensure that the moonroof will not forcefully close if someone's hand or arm is positioned in the path of the glass. If an obstruction is detected, the moonroof mechanism will reopen the moonroof.
For the first time on a CR-V, the 2015 model includes the convenience of an available power tailgate. On the CR-V Touring trim, the tailgate can be effortlessly opened and closed by pressing buttons in the vehicle or on the remote smart fob. An interior power tailgate "open/close" button is located on the front console to the left of the steering wheel and a "close" button is positioned on the underside of the tailgate that is accessible with the tailgate open. The remote smart fob also has an "open/close" button. A manual exterior "open" button is located under the tailgate handle. The tailgate can be manually closed at any time during open or close operation. As a safety feature, the tailgate has an auto-detection system that will reverse direction if it detects an obstruction (in the form of resistance against the tailgate drive motor). The power tailgateâ€™s drive unit is located within the left D-pillar.
On the CR-V LX, EX, and EX-L trims, the manual tailgate features twin gas-charged hydraulic struts that ease opening and a single pull-down handle located on the right side. The tailgate can be unlocked with the remote or by pressing a button inside the driverâ€™s door.
The tailgate has a 360-degree gasket for a tight seal against the intrusion of water, dirt and wind noise. In addition, the rear aperture of the CR-V body is specially reinforced to strengthen the tailgate opening, which is the largest opening on the vehicle body. This increased rigidity at this critical location improves ride and handling, as well as interior quietness. The tailgate automatically locks whenever the CR-V is locked.
All CR-V models provide air conditioning as standard equipment. The front climate controls on the CR-V are mounted centrally on the instrument panel for easy accessibility and feature rotary knobs for temperature settings and fan control. Push buttons allow control of airflow through the various vents inside the vehicle (i.e. defrost, heater, split level, etc.). The CR-V LX and CR-V EX have a manual climate control system; the CR-V EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring models features an automatic dual-zone system.
The CR-Vâ€™s micron air-filtration system is capable of filtering nearly 100 percent of particulates over 8 microns in size (the size of most pollen). It can also filter out approximately 40 percent of particulates down to 0.3 microns (about the size of diesel emissions). To improve cooling capacity, the high capacity condenser with integrated receiver drier runs the liquid refrigerant through a sub-cooling condenser, after the main condenser.
Maintenance Minder Display
All CR-V models have a Maintenance Minder system that tracks service-related items based on vehicle usage. The Maintenance Minder system automatically indicates when to have standard service performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU) and minimizes the guesswork related to whether the vehicle is being used in standard or severe use conditions for maintenance interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires. Maintenance Minder information appears in the MID and i-MID displays.
Every 2015 CR-V is equipped with a green ECON button to the left of the steering wheel. This button engages ECON mode, in which several operating characteristics of the vehicle are modified for enhancing fuel efficiency. The Drive-by-Wire throttle system provides more gradual response, and to save additional energy, the climate controlâ€™s upper fan speeds are lowered incrementally, and other climate control system characteristics are altered based on the conditions. See the Powertrain section for more information on ECON Mode.
Complementing the remote entry system is a standard engine-immobilizer system. A special electronically coded key prevents the car from being started-even if a mechanical duplicate of the key is used. A transponder, built into the key, signals the immobilizer control unit that the key is genuine. If the car is hot-wired, or an unauthorized key is used, the engine will not start.
Power Windows and Locks
Power windows are standard equipment on all CR-V models and include auto-up and -down operation on the driverâ€™s window. Power locks are standard, and a customizable auto-locking feature can be configured using the i-MID and steering-wheel mounted controls. Remote entry is standard equipment on all CR-V models. The wave key design (LX trim) has an integrated transmitter in the handle with lock, unlock, trunk open and panic buttons.
Safety and Driver Assistance
To provide enhanced protection for vehicle occupants and other road users, Honda follows a comprehensive approach to vehicle safety that seeks to provide a high level of both active and passive occupant protection. The 2015 Honda CR-V is designed to earn top-level collision safety ratings, including a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Starting with its improved Advanced Compatibility Engineeringâ„¢ (ACEâ„¢) body-structure, the CR-V features a host of standard active and passive safety features and includes many new standard and available advanced driver-assistive technologies, including Honda Sensingâ„¢ that includes the first-ever Honda application of Collision Mitigation Braking Systemâ„¢ (CMBSâ„¢) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and the first CR-V adoption of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW).
Advanced Compatibility Engineeringâ„¢ (ACEâ„¢) Body Structure
The 2015 CR-V utilizes the next generation of Hondaâ€™s Advanced Compatibility Engineeringâ„¢ (ACEâ„¢) body structure technology to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions, including small overlap crash performance. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash. Additionally, ACE helps minimize the potential for under-ride or over-ride situations that can happen during head-on or offset frontal impacts with a larger or smaller vehicle. For more information on the ACE body structure, see the Body section.
Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design
Structures in the front of the 2015 CR-V are designed to help absorb energy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. Research by Honda shows that the following features can dramatically improve a pedestrian's chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle.
Specific pedestrian injury mitigation features include:
The hood is designed to deform if contact is made with either an adult or a child pedestrian
Vehicle Stability Assistâ„¢ (VSAÂ®)6 is an Electronic Stability Control system that works in conjunction with the CR-V's Drive-by-Wireâ„¢ throttle and its 4-channel ABS systems to enhance control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering or when the driver makes a sudden maneuver. VSA functions by applying brake force to one or more wheels independently while also managing the throttle, ignition and fuel systems to help the vehicle maintain the driver's intended path of travel.
The VSA system constantly analyzes data from sensors that monitor wheel and vehicle speed, steering input, lateral G forces and yaw rate. It compares the driver's control inputs with the vehicle's actual response. Whenever the actual response falls outside of a predetermined acceptable range, VSA intervenes with a corrective action. For instance, if VSA detects an oversteer condition, the system may apply braking force to the outside front and rear wheels to counteract the unintended yawing effect. In the event of understeer, VSA may apply braking to the inside rear wheel while reducing engine power to help return the vehicle to its intended course.
VSA also provides a limited-slip differential effect for the front wheels by applying braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting driving force to the wheel with more traction. VSA is calibrated to function in a near-transparent manner, and in many cases a driver will not even be aware of its operation. However, anytime the system is enhancing vehicle stability, an indicator light flashes in the instrument cluster. While the driver can deactivate the VSA stability enhancement and traction-control functions via a switch on the instrument panel, ABS remains fully operational at all times.
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) is standard on all 2015 CR-V models. The system incorporates driving stability technology that initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction during cornering and in slippery road conditions. Using vehicle speed and steering angle data, Motion-Adaptive EPS works with Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSAÂ®) and Electric Power Steering to detect instability in slippery road conditions both during cornering and under braking and automatically initiates steering inputs aimed at prompting the driver to steer in the correct direction. This advanced technology supports the driver's action in operating the vehicle more safely and comfortably.
Stabilizes Vehicle Under Braking - This function corrects the driverâ€™s steering input to reduce vehicle instability when the driver is braking hard on road surfaces with different friction coefficients (such as pavement that is only partially covered with dirt or snow).
Mitigates Understeer and Oversteer - To mitigate potential understeer or oversteer situations, the system corrects the steering inputs to help the driver trace the curve.
A function of the VSAÂ® system, the Brake Assist feature recognizes emergency braking situations and almost instantly applies added braking force. This Brake Assist feature is controlled by a special logic in the system that evaluates the pedal application rate and force to recognize a panic stop situation. At that point, the VSA modulator pump increases braking pressure while the pedal is still being pressed to ensure maximum stopping force, an action that helps shorten braking distance as much as possible.
Advanced 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution
The CR-V is fitted with 4-wheel disc brakes that have vented front rotors and solid rear rotors. The ABS system also incorporates Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) circuitry that automatically proportions force based on the vehicle's weight distribution. For more information see the Chassis section.
Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags
Both the driver and front passenger are protected by advanced front airbags (SRS) that incorporate dual-stage and multiple-threshold activation technology. One or both of these airbags will be deployed only in the event of a sufficient frontal impact. If deployed, these airbags are capable of being inflated at different rates depending on crash severity, seatbelt usage and/or other factors. Like other Honda vehicles, the driver's front airbag is located in the steering wheel while the passenger airbag is located on the top of the dash. When deployed, the passenger airbag inflates upward and then rearward to maximize its protective potential while reducing the likelihood of injuries caused by airbag deployment.
Driver and Front Passenger SmartVentÂ® Side Airbags
Side airbags mounted in the outboard area of each front seatback are designed to help provide pelvic and thorax protection for the drive and front passenger in the event of a severe side impact. In the CR-V, a revised side airbag design allows the side airbags to deploy in a manner that mitigates the risk of injury to a smaller seat occupant. This advancement eliminates the need for the previous-generation CR-Vâ€™s passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS).
Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
All outboard seating positions are protected by side curtain airbags with rollover sensor system, which is standard equipment. In the event of a severe side impact, the side curtain airbags deploy from modules in the roof, providing a significant level of head protection in the window area. In the unlikely event of a rollover, a roll-rate sensor, along with multiple G sensors determine the rate of roll and deploy the side curtain airbags accordingly. Like the other airbag systems in the vehicle, the side curtain system utilizes sensors to determine the most appropriate timing of airbag deployment.
To provide the optimal level of protection for occupants, testing was performed to determine the most appropriate timing and rate of deployment in the unlikely event of a rollover. The system uses algorithms to continually evaluate the situation and determines whether a rollover is imminent. The roll-rate sensor and multiple G sensors (accelerometers) determine the "scenario" and calculate the angle of roll and the speed of the vehicle in order to deploy the airbags at the correct point for optimum protection. In the case of a rollover, the side curtain airbags on both sides of the vehicle will deploy. However, in the event of a sufficient side impact that does not result in a rollover, only the airbags on the impacted side of the vehicle will deploy. The airbag maintains full inflation for approximately three seconds after inflation to allow for the increased duration of a rollover accident.
Three-point seatbelts are standard for all seating positions. The front seatbelts are equipped with automatic tensioners and load limiters to help minimize injury potential in a frontal collision. When an impact occurs, the automatic tensioner tightens the seatbelt (shoulder and lap) to help hold the seat occupant firmly in position. Each front seatbelt retractor incorporates a load limiter that works in conjunction with the automatic tensioner. The load limiter functions by permitting a small amount of controlled seatbelt slack shortly after the automatic tensioner is activated to limit the peak restraining forces and thereby reducing the potential of serious injury. The front seatbelts also feature adjustable-height shoulder anchors. To help increase seat-belt usage, a reminder for the driver and front passenger has been incorporated into the instrument cluster. After starting the vehicle, a weight sensor detects whether the front passenger seat is occupied. If the driver or front passenger has not already fastened the seat belt, an icon in the cluster illuminates and a chime sounds as a reminder to do so.
Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design
Both of the front seats are designed to help mitigate the severity of neck injuries in the event of a rear impact. The seats have a â€œsoftâ€ design, accomplished by using greater spring range settings in both the seatback and seat bottom cushions. In the event of a rear crash, this design allows the seat to more evenly disperse rear impact forces against the occupant as the seatback cushion compresses relative to the occupantâ€™s head. The seatback springs are optimized so that in a rear crash, when the seatback is pushed forward into the occupant, the seat will more equally absorb the occupantâ€™s mass in manner that can minimize the severity of a whiplash injury.
Adjustable Head Restraints for All Seating Positions
The front and rear seats feature individually adjustable head restraints for all passenger seating positions. All rear head restraints comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for rear passenger head restraints.
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) provide a simple and convenient method to install compatible child safety seats in a vehicle. The rear outboard seating positions are fitted with dedicated LATCH attachment points. The LATCH system features built-in, ready-to-use anchors and tethers allowing compatible child safety seats to be installed without using the vehicle's seat belt system. In addition, the rear center seating position features top tether anchors that can be used to secure a single child safety seat. The ability to choose which location works best for individual needs can help families more conveniently maximize interior space.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
The CR-V is fitted with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts a driver whenever the air pressure in one or more of the vehicle's tires decreases significantly below the recommended level. Monitoring the rolling radius and rotational characteristics of each wheel and tire while the CR-V is being driven, the TPMS transmits information on tire air pressure to the ECU. When the pressure in one or more tires drops to a potentially critical level, it causes a low tire-pressure indicator (located in the instrument cluster or in the i-MID) to illuminate.
Hill Start Assist
The Hill Start Assist function helps to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when the driver switches from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is stopped on a hill. Hill Start Assist automatically activates when the vehicle senses a certain incline and is fully stopped in any forward or reverse gear. The system uses a longitudinal G-sensor along with a wheel speed sensor and steering angle sensor to control the hydraulic brake modulator. Hill Start Assist, when activated, will release the brakes when the driver depresses the throttle.
Honda Sensingâ„¢ is a suite of safety and driver assistive features available on the 2015 Honda CR-V Touring that includes Honda LaneWatchâ„¢, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Collision Mitigation Braking Systemâ„¢ (CMBSâ„¢), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
New to the CR-V, the EX, EX-L and Touring trims include Hondaâ€™s LaneWatchâ„¢ display that uses a camera located at the bottom the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the Display Audio screen. The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed.
The typical field of view for a passenger-side mirror is approximately 18 to 22 degrees, but the LaneWatchâ„¢ display field-of-view is about four times greater, or approximately 80 degrees. The system helps the driver to see traffic, pedestrians or objects in the vehicleâ€™s blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, three reference lines are shown. Drivers should visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.
LaneWatchâ„¢ can be customized to suit the driverâ€™s preferences. Turn-signal activation of the LaneWatchâ„¢ system can be switched on or off, as can the three on-screen reference lines. Screen brightness, contrast and black level are also adjustable.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
On the CR-V Touring trim, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses a Millimeter Wave Radar unit located behind the front grille and a Monocular Camera mounted at the upper portion of the windshield to detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead and to determine whether a collision is imminent. If the FCW system detects a vehicle or pedestrian in front of the CR-V and then determines that a collision may occur (due to a speed differential between the CR-V and the object), it will trigger a â€œBRAKEâ€ message on the Multi-Information Display (MID) and an audible alert.
Drivers may adjust the distance at which FCW alerts occur and may choose between â€œLong,â€ â€œNormal,â€ or â€œShort.â€ Drivers may also select â€œOffâ€ to disable the FCW system entirely.
Note that the FCW system cannot detect all objects ahead; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors.
Next-Generation Collision Mitigation Braking Systemâ„¢ (CMBSâ„¢)
Included in the CR-V Touring, the new next-generation Collision Mitigation Braking Systemâ„¢ (CMBSâ„¢) is one of the most sophisticated driver-assistive technologies available. Integrated with FCW, the systemsâ€™ Millimeter Wave Radar unit and Monocular Camera scan traffic conditions ahead of the CR-V.
When the system detects a potential collision, FCW provides visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions. The visual alert appears on the Multi-Information Display (MID). CMBS takes emergency autonomous braking action to help reduce vehicle speed and eventual collision forces, and therefore to help reduce the severity of a collision if drivers donâ€™t take corrective action on their own.
Due to the effectiveness of its sensing capabilities, the CMBS on the CR-V can recognize shapes and differentiate between a vehicle and a pedestrian, warning the driver in each case. A Millimeter Wave Radar unit located behind the front grille and a Monocular Camera mounted at the upper portion of the windshield is used to detect vehicles and pedestrians. The radar unit and camera work simultaneously and cooperatively to control the VSA modulator, which initiates any required braking.
It is important to note that CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead, nor is it intended to replace the driverâ€™s assessment of traffic conditions and control of the vehicle. The driver must intervene in certain situations, and must always be attentive when using the system. Although in many cases CMBS will stop the car, it is not intended to apply enough braking force to prevent all collisions. Based on the conditions, the system also may not perform all visual- and audible-alert stages, and may instead automatically engage the brakes if the system deems it necessary.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
The CR-V Touring trim also includes Lane Departure Warning (LDW), which is designed to alert the driver if the vehicle is leaving a detected lane without the turn signal being activated. The system functions at speeds from 45 to 90 mph on straight or slightly curved roads, alerting the driver of deviations from a detected lane. The LDW system utilizes the same upper front windshield camera used for CMBSÂ® and LKAS.
If the vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane without the turn signal activated, LDW illuminates a Lane Departure message on the Multi-Information Display (MID) and sounds an audible warning, advising the driver to take appropriate action. The system can be activated and deactivated by pressing the LDW button located on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering column.
There are certain conditions under which the system may not engage or operate, including inclement weather (e.g., snow, ice or heavy rain) and extreme cabin heat (due to operability of the camera). The system will automatically suspend operation when the brakes are applied or the turn signals are used. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. The driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) on the CR-V Touring trim provides a less stressful driving experience by reducing steering correction movements and driving effort on the highway. LKAS uses a camera to read lane markings and uses the Electric Power Steering to assist the driver in maintaining their position within the lane.
Designed for the U.S. road structure, the system uses a Monocular Camera mounted on the upper portion of the windshield to identify painted lanes, Bottsâ€™ Dots and Cat Eye markers at speeds between 45 mph and 90 mph. When LKAS senses that the driver is drifting from the middle of a detected lane, the system generates corrective steering torque to assist the driver in maintaining lane position.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Included in the CR-V Touring trim, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows the driver to set a desired speed and following interval from the vehicle ahead, allowing the use of cruise control in light traffic conditions. This significantly reduces the driver stress of driving in traffic. The system uses the Millimeter Wave Radar and Monocular Camera to continually track the distance to the vehicle ahead, and then adjusts the CR-Vâ€™s speed to maintain the set following interval. A short, medium, long, or extra-long interval can be selected. When required, the CR-V autonomously brakes using the Vehicle Stability Assistâ„¢ (VSAÂ®) modulator. ACC operates in the following ways in the listed circumstances:
A preceding vehicle is detected Âin the lane ahead â€” decelerates automatically, if required, and then controls the following distance.
Expanded View Driverâ€™s Mirror
All CR-V models are equipped with the Expanded View Driverâ€™s Mirror that increases the driver's field of vision by 4.2 degrees to provide a better view of objects to the back and side of the vehicle. The Expanded-View Driverâ€™s Mirror uses a flat reflective plane on the inner portion of the mirror closest to the door, while the outer portion of the mirror uses a convex element to provide a broader field of view.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
All 2015 CR-V models include a multi-angle rearview camera, viewable on the LX trimâ€™s i-MID color LCD screen and on the EX, EX-L and Touring trimsâ€™ 7-inch Display Audio. The camera can show a top, normal or wide rear view when the transmission is in Reverse. LX models feature static guidelines that help drivers gauge how close they are to an object, while EX and higher grades have dynamic guidelines that project the vehicleâ€™s future path based on the driverâ€™s steering wheel inputs.
Audio and Telematics
The introduction of the 7-inch Display Audio capacitive touchscreen on EX and above models provides an intuitive and easy-to-use interface that lets the user swipe, tap and pinchâ€“just like on a tablet computer or smartphoneâ€“to control the vehicleâ€™s audio system, display settings and other advanced features with an intuitive interface for core functions. For audio, HondaLinkâ„¢ and available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation Systemâ„¢, Display Audio provides familiar, intuitive controls with a modern look that compliments the CR-Vs interior. Also newly available for the 2015 CR-V is HondaLinkâ„¢ Assist, which can help request emergency assistance for drivers when a compatible phone is paired through BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ®, and Siri Eyes Free Link with which iPhoneÂ® owners can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
New to the 2015 CR-V EX and above trims is Hondaâ€™s 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio. The intuitive and easy-to-use interface lets you swipe, tap and pinchâ€“just like on a tablet computer or smartphoneâ€“to control the vehicleâ€™s audio system, display settings and other advanced features. Icons resembling smartphone apps are displayed on the high-definition, capacitive touchscreen. Standard internet-sourced music and media options, such as PandoraÂ® are built into the Display Audio interface, with the ability to create personalized stations, tap to â€œlikeâ€ songs, and view album artwork directly from the touchscreen. The EX-L with Navi and Touring models include the Display Audio with a fully integrated and fully featured Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation Systemâ„¢ with continuously updated traffic information.
Next Generation HondaLinkâ„¢
For the first time in a CR-V, the Display Audio system with next-generation HondaLinkâ„¢ allows the customer's digital lifestyle to seamlessly integrate with the car and provides access to a world of cloud-based information. The all-new application-based platform connects customers to online content both inside and outside the car, all powered by their smartphones.
Four specialty HondaLinkâ„¢ apps provide organization and are a gateway to additional online content, which are listed on the following page.
Connect App â€“ Provides convenient access for many services including location searches, local weather, messaging, Maintenance Minder alerts, service scheduling by phone, and access to the Owners Guide. Users can tap for weather updates and store favorite destinations for quick routing with the Navigation app.
Another new feature integrated with HondaLinkâ„¢ is HondaLinkâ„¢ Assist, which can help request emergency assistance for drivers. If there is a cellular connection through a phone paired to the vehicle with BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ® and an airbag deployment sensor is triggered by a collision, the system is designed to automatically attempt to notify an operator, report the car's current location, and allow you to talk directly to the operator. The operator can then contact emergency services if needed.
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation Systemâ„¢ With Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
Included on the CR-V EX-L Navi and Touring models, the integrated Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation Systemâ„¢ uses GPS technology to provide drivers with turn-by-turn guidance to their chosen destination. The system adds the HD Digital Traffic feature, which alerts the driver to current traffic conditions and can display alternate routes around gridlock. It features expanded coverage including many surface streets within the U.S., allowing the driver to choose faster, less congested routes. HD Digital Traffic is subscription-free.
The navigation system can be controlled by voice or through the 7-inch electrostatic touchscreen Display Audio utilizing its tap, pinch and swipe functionality. The voice-activation system can respond to more casual command phrases that require less user familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. For example, a voice request for "Radio 98.3 FM" can now be spoken in approximately a dozen different ways ranging from "change the radio station to 98.3" to "98.3 FM." This logic applies to audio functionality of the audio/information screen. The navigation system can also be controlled by voice with conventional navigation commands like, "Find nearest Chinese restaurant" or "find nearest ATM."
The audio system is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying the matches available in the database. Points of interest on the mapâ€”such as restaurants or grocery storesâ€”can be displayed with brand logo icons or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation, all by voice command. The large point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers that can be dialed by using the BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ® system when the driver's cellular telephone is connected to the system.
The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS in combination with detailed information from the vehicle's mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle's location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The antenna can utilize up to 12 satellites from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so that when time zones are crossed while driving, the clock will automatically set itself to the local time.
Siri Eyes Free Integration
Adding another new premium feature, Display Audio integrates Apple's Siri Eyes Free. Users with compatible iPhonesÂ® will be able to operate Siri through familiar voice commands by pressing and holding the TALK button on the steering wheel when their iPhone is paired via BluetoothÂ®. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and helps to minimize potential distractions by keeping an iOS device's screen from lighting up.
Owners can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
Sending text messages and e-mails
The Multi-Information Display (MID) is located in the interior of the analog speedometer of all CR-V models. Depending upon trim, it shows the odometer, trip meter, engine oil life, maintenance service item codes and other gauges and information. The display is either controlled using the knob on the instrument screen or with the lower right-hand steering wheel buttons. The MID on the Touring trim is split with the lower third of the display dedicated to showing safety and driver assistive systems information.
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
All CR-V models include an intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) that allows for convenient, line-of-sight access to vehicle information, audio track titles, personal wallpaper and more via simple steering wheel-mounted controls. Positioned in the upper center portion of the instrument panel, this bright, full-TFT LCD display is easy to see and interpret. The i-MID serves as an audio system display and features on-screen icons and prompts to make navigation through a range of screens intuitive using the left steering wheel controls. In addition to audio information, the i-MID also includes an SMS text messaging function and a PandoraÂ® internet compatibility. It also displays fuel-economy information, as well as BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ® information. Turn-by-turn navigation directions also appear on the i-MID on the CR-V EX-L Navi and Touring trims. User-support features include customizable settings and a customizable wallpaper display. Depending upon trim level, certain functions are shared with or taken over by the MID or Display Audio.
SMS Text Message Function
All CR-V models have a standard SMS Text Message function that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allow the driver to reply with any of six factory preset messages. The system works with SMS-capable cell phones that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP), such as the Blackberry, Droid X and others. The iPhone 4 does not support this feature.
Once a compatible phone is paired with the CR-Vâ€™s BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ® system, the text messaging function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the i-MID or Display Audio. Using the audio system controls or Display Audio touchscreen, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices, or can call the senderâ€”all without touching the phone.
To help avoid driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on screen unless the transmission is in Park.
Available factory preset text replies:
Talk to you later, Iâ€™m driving.
The BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ® interface is designed to offer hands-free operation for many BluetoothÂ®-enabled mobile telephones. Standard on all CR-V models, the system wirelessly connects the driver's cell phone to the vehicleâ€™s audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell phone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with BluetoothÂ®-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). A list of compatible phones can be found at handsfreelink.com or honda.com. HandsFreeLinkÂ® includes full manual control, auto import of phonebook and call history, a dedicated Phone button on the head unit and six speed dials linked to radio preset keys (except for models equipped with navigation system).
BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ® enables audio files to be played through the vehicleâ€™s audio system wirelessly with a feature called BluetoothÂ® Audio. If an audio-compatible device is paired, it will be added as an auxiliary source on the i-MIDâ€™s audio screen and Display Audio (where included). This allows the BluetoothÂ® deviceâ€™s media to be played wirelessly by the audio system. Mobile phone devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3 allow the display of metadata for artist, album and track name on the i-MID or Display Audio. The vehicleâ€™s audio controls for â€œskip forwardâ€ and â€œskip backwardâ€ allow for navigation from track to track.
BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ® is designed for easy use. After the driver completes a simple one-time "pairing" process to link the cell phone with the vehicle, BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ® can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when the phone is within about 33 feet of the vehicle. Once the driver enters the vehicle, the phone can be stored in a pocket, briefcase, purse or a storage bin inside the vehicleâ€™s cabin as the call transfers information through the wireless telephone interface. Certain compatible cell phones can also transfer the cellular phonebook into the vehicle through the BluetoothÂ® HandsFreeLinkÂ® system. After the cellular phonebook is transferred, calls can be made by making selections from the registered phonebook on the information screen.
Operational features include:
Phone numbers of incoming calls are displayed on the i-MID or Display Audio
The CR-V LX is equipped with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers. The CD player can also read CD-Rs loaded with Windows MediaÂ® Audio (WMA) or MP3 audio files. The system also includes BluetoothÂ® streaming audio and Pandora internet radio compatibility (with compatible iPhones). Audio information is displayed on the color i-MID screen positioned high in the center section of the instrument panel. The i-MID left-side steering wheel controls can also be used to tune some audio functions. An auxiliary input jack is standard, along with the USB Audio Interface that can allow an iPod, iPhone or flash drive to be connected to the system.
The system features Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC). With SVC, the audio systemâ€™s volume is automatically adjusted up and down depending on vehicle speed. The system has three settings (low, mid, high), changed via the Sound Settings, and if desired SVC can be deactivated.
The CR-V EX has an upgraded AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers. The system is operated using the 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen or with the i-MID controls on the left of the steering wheel. CR-V EX-L and above trims include an even more impressive 328-watt, 7-speaker premium audio system including subwoofer and XMÂ® Radio. As with the EXâ€™s system, the EX-L and above trimsâ€™ audio system is operated by the Display Audio touchscreen or the i-MID steering wheel controls.
USB Audio Interface
A single USB Audio Interface is located in the center console of the CR-V LX, with EX and above trims having two. The interface can read flash drives and compatible digital music devices, such as iPods, that contain MP3 or WMA music files. It is important to note that only the iPod video, iPod nano and other 5th-generation or newer iPods are compatible with this system. The iPod shuffle, mini, and older iPod models are not compatible. When an iPod is connected, the Honda logo will appear on the screen of the compatible iPod indicating that it is ready for use. The iPod or flash drive can then be controlled using the steering wheel-mounted i-MID controls, the LX radio controls and Display Audio. Information such as song title, artist, album art and other information will appear on the CR-Vâ€™s i-MID screen â€“ on LX models with a combination of the same information on the i-MID and on Display Audio screens on EX and above trims. The system will also charge the iPod while it is connected.
SiriusXMÂ® Radio is a standard feature for EX-L and above trims and provides more than 130 digital channels of programming with near CD-quality sound. With XM Radio, CR-V owners can listen to their choice of music anywhere in the contiguous 48 states along with select areas of Canada.
XM programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, childrenâ€™s programming and entertainment. Of the 130 XM channels, 69 are commercial-free. When the CR-Vâ€™s audio system plays XM, the i-MID display screen shows the current station, song title, and artistâ€™s name, with the Display Audio also providing this information when in the audio mode.
PandoraÂ® Internet Compatibility
The CR-V incorporates a wide range of connectivity features to accommodate the ever-changing preferences of customers. All CR-V models are designed to provide a convenient interface for PandoraÂ®. Pandora is a free music service that allows users to open an account online and create up to 100 personalized internet â€œradio stationsâ€ that are based on favorite songs or artists. Users can choose among their stations and listen via computer, and can also download a free smartphone Pandora app, which allows users listen to the same list of personalized stations via their compatible phone. Though Pandora is free, phone data charges apply.
At this time, the Pandora Audio interface in the CR-V is supported only on the iPhone. To use Pandora in the CR-V, an iPhone is connected via a USB port located in the center console. The vehicleâ€™s audio source is set to iPod and, using the phone, the Pandora app is launched. (If the Pandora app is not launched, the phone will function as an iPod.) The i-MID and Display Audio (if included) display Pandora information and album art (only on Display Audio when both are included), and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with â€œlikeâ€ or â€œdislikeâ€ ratings. To ease driver use, some functionality of the Pandora iPhone app is locked out when using the CR-Vâ€™s Pandora interface. On the CR-V LX, Pandora operation is controlled by the up, down and skip buttons on the audio system head unit, and by the i-MID controls on the left side of the steering wheel. On CR-V EX and above trims, Pandora is controlled by the i-MID steering wheel buttons and Display Audio.
Pandora audio can also be streamed wirelessly to the CR-V by a compatible mobile phone (not only iPhone) via the HandsFreeLink BluetoothÂ® connection. With this type of connection, however, Pandora must be controlled directly with the phone. Though the CR-Vâ€™s volume control can be used to set the sound level, the other features of the CR-Vâ€™s Pandora interface are not available.