There were days when cars had few safety features beyond the brakes, but now each Honda is equipped with a suite of active safety technologies to help keep you in control of the vehicle and aware of your surroundings. Put simply, these 2017 Honda Fit safety features are here to help you avoid an accident entirely.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Each Fit includes a multi-angle rearview camera that delivers peace of mind when backing up. Shift into reverse and the camera display is projected onto your in-dash LCD screen, letting you easily switch from top-down to wide-angle to standard views.
Honda LaneWatch: Found on EX and higher trim levels, LaneWatch is another advanced camera system, this one mounted on the passenger-side mirror. With the push of a button (or the signal of a lane change), LaneWatch displays for you what its camera sees from the mirror, expanding the view to nearly four times that of what the mirror shows alone.
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA): This stability and traction control system helps the Fit keep a solid grip on the road. If it senses understeer, oversteer, or a loss of traction, VSA can adjust engine performance and apply the brakes to restabilize the vehicle and help keep you in control.
Daytime Running Lights: The Fit is a car that turns heads with its sense of style, but the greater visibility you have on the road, the better. While headlights let you see farther, daytime running lights are on all the time and illuminate the front end of your vehicle, making it easier for others to see—and avoid—you.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Tires that are short on air pressure can deform under the weight of a car, flexing and moving in unpredictable ways. An under-inflated tire is a danger most drivers don’t even think about, but the tire pressure monitoring system is here to alert you to any low-pressure tires so they can be inspected and inflated.
Advanced Braking Systems: The Fit includes a wide range of advanced braking systems to help bring the vehicle to a stop without the wheels locking up, including anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and electronic brake distribution.
We hope that just seeing the 2017 Honda Fit safety features broken down offers some peace of mind to Central Illinois drivers, but we know nobody wants to put them to the test. Thankfully, the NHTSA and the IIHS have already done that:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: We already touched on the big award—a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating*—but that’s a composite score from 5-star ratings in Front Passenger, Front Driver, Front Side, Rear Side, and Side Pole Crash Tests.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: The 2017 rankings from the IIHS are still on the way, but the 2016 model warranted their highest score, “Good,” in Roof Strength, Side Impact, Head Restraint, and Moderate Overlap Front Collision tests.