When most drivers think of auto safety, seat belts and airbags are some of the first features to come to mind, but the 2017 Honda HR-V safety features include a variety of active technologies that operate constantly to help keep the crossover under your control.
Braking Systems: The HR-V includes standard anti-lock brakes to prevent lock-up during hard braking, electronic brake distribution to slow all wheels at the same speed, and brake assist to maximize braking force during emergency braking, letting you stop with confidence.
Vehicle Stability Assist: This safety feature monitors the position of the HR-V’s wheels and the placement of the steering wheel to determine if they match up; if not, Vehicle Stability Assist kicks in to correct for any oversteer or understeer by adjusting brake pressure and engine performance.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System: A tire that’s low on air can cause erratic behavior on its own, and if you drive on an under-inflated tire for too long, it can damage a sidewall and lead to a blowout. The tire pressure monitoring system is a standard safety feature that alerts you to any tires that may be low on air and in need of a fill-up or a patch.
Daytime Running Lights: Headlights not only help you see at night, they help others see your vehicle, and it turns out that having lights on during the day also makes you more visible to other drivers. The HR-V includes daytime running lights as a standard feature, switching on when the vehicle turns on, making you more visible on the road.
Modern safety features are just as much about alerting the driver to possible hazards and helping them to become more aware, and these HR-V safety features do just that:
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Standard on the HR-V, the multi-angle camera offers standard, top-down, and wide-angle views of what’s behind your crossover. Just shift into reverse and the in-dash display will show the camera’s viewpoint, complete with guidelines for peace of mind.
Honda LaneWatch: The HR-V’s other camera, LaneWatch is found on the EX and EX-L Navi trims and gives drivers a look at what’s in the passenger-side blind spot. Signal a lane change and the camera’s view comes up on the LCD display so you can get a glimpse over there before deciding to change lanes.
All-Wheel Drive: The HR-V is available with Real Time All-Wheel Drive on each of its trim levels. Unlike some systems, Real Time AWD engages only when it senses a loss of traction, alerting you to the potentially slick or uneven terrain, directing the torque where it needs to go, and then switching back to front-wheel drive after traction is restored.