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What Is the Honda Collision Mitigation Braking System?

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What is the Honda Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)? CMBS is a feature included with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies. But what are driver-assistive features? This technology relies on a host of cameras, sensors, and radar to help with driver awareness. Honda’s CMBS can actually help bring your vehicle to a stop by automatically applying the brakes if the system deems that a collision is inevitable.

How does Honda CMBS work?

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The Honda Collision Mitigation Braking System employs a front-facing camera located behind the rearview mirror and a radar sensor in the grille to help monitor the road ahead for vehicles and pedestrians. Depending on the proximity of a detected object, CMBS will use both visual and audible alerts to get your attention, and can automatically activate your vehicle’s brakes to help you avoid a frontal collision.

How do you change the Honda CMBS distance setting?

While Honda’s CMBS can help you avoid a frontal collision with other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and other objects, you might want to adjust the distance setting that determines when the system will intervene. If a potential front collision is detected, CMBS has three stages of alert. First, a visual alert will appear in the driver information interface accompanied by a series of beeps. Second, if there is no input from the driver, the visual and audible notifications will continue and light braking will be applied. Third, if there is still no response from the driver and a frontal collision is inevitable, CMBS will strongly apply the brakes.


If you want to change the distance setting of your Collision Mitigation Braking System simply follow the steps below:

  1. Ensure the vehicle is in PARK
  2. From the home screen, select Settings
  3. Select Vehicle
  4. Select Driver Assist System Setup
  5. Select Forward Collision Warning Distance
  6. Select Long, Normal, or Short
  7. Press Back to exit the menu

How do you turn off CMBS?

Honda doesn’t recommend turning off CMBS, but drivers who wish to disable this Honda Sensing feature have the capability to do so. If you want to turn off CMBS just press and hold down the CMBS button located to the left of the steering column until you hear a beep and a confirmation message displays in the vehicle’s Driver Information Interface. CMBS will now be shut down until you turn off the ignition. Keep in mind, however, that CMBS will be active the next time you start your Honda vehicle—by default.

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Which Honda models have Collision Mitigation Braking?

Nearly all new Honda models come standard with the Collision Mitigation Braking System, while popular vehicles like Fit, HR-V, and Ridgeline can be equipped with available CMBS.


Honda Accord with CMBS

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All 2021 Accord models come standard equipped with CMBS.

Honda Civic with CMBS

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From LX to Touring, every 2021 Civic Sedan comes standard with CMBS.

Honda Insight with CMBS

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CMBS comes standard on every 2021 Insight trim level.

Honda CR-V with CMBS

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Both CR-V and CR-V Hybrid come with standard CMBS.

Honda Odyssey with CMBS

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All 2022 Odyssey minivans come standard with CMBS.

Honda Pilot with CMBS

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Every 2021 Pilot trim, from LX to the Black Edition, comes with standard CMBS.

Not all automotive collisions are avoidable, but wouldn’t you like to decrease your odds as much as possible? Honda’s CMBS is an intuitive driver-assist feature that will help prevent frontal collisions by utilizing audio alerts, visual notifications, and braking assistance. Stop into our Sioux City dealership to see this Honda Sensing technology in action or contact our staff with any questions at (712) 587-9140 or via the online form.

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