The 2017 Honda Fit Safety Features: Protecting Passengers, Avoiding Accidents

  • 2017 Honda Fit

    Honda has an extensive reputation for auto safety, and the standard and available 2017 Honda Fit safety features make it clear they put passenger protection and accident prevention above all else. New England drivers in search of a safe small car, the Fit is a subcompact hatchback that features some of the most advanced safety features, helping it to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating from the NHTSA.* Let’s take a look at all of the tech the Fit uses to keep you safe.

Active Safety Features

The active 2017 Honda Fit safety features are those that give New England drivers an extra set of eyes on the road or actively help the driver to regain control of the vehicle in unpredictable driving situations. Standard and available active safety features on the Fit include:


Honda Fit Rearview Camera

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Standard on all Fit models, the multi-angle rearview camera switches on when you shift into reverse. Switch between normal, top-down, and wide-angle views to have a clear look at what’s behind the Fit and back up with confidence. Guidelines built into the camera make it easy to see exactly where you’re headed, too.

Honda Fit Lanewatch

Honda LaneWatch: This safety feature is found on EX and EX-L models, mounting a camera on the passenger-side mirror to offer you a more thorough look at the blind spot. Signal to change lanes or press a button for a glimpse beyond what the passenger-side mirror shows.

Honda Fit Vehicle Stability Assist

Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA): VSA is paired with traction control to help ensure you’re in control of the Fit while behind the wheel. Tracking the position of the steering wheel and the tires, VSA can detect if there is oversteer, understeer, or lost traction and compensate by braking wheels or adjusting engine output.

Honda Fit Daytime Running Lights

Daytime Running Lights: Each Fit has daytime running lights as standard—you don’t even have to turn them on—in order to increase visibility on the road, specifically increasing the likelihood that another driver will see you and hopefully avoid you.

Honda Fit Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS): Under-inflated tires are one of the most common causes of erratic performance by a car, as they throw off the balance between the different sides of the vehicle. TPMS detects if one or more tires is low on air and alerts you to which ones so you can top them off or fix a leak.

Honda Fit Advanced Braking System

Advanced Braking Systems: A car’s brakes are going to be its most common use of accident avoidance, but there’s more to the Fit than simply pushing your foot to the brake pedal to slow it. Anti-lock brakes pump the brakes during hard braking so they don’t lock up, Electronic Brake Distribution ensures all four brakes apply the right force to evenly slow the vehicle, and Brake Assist applies the full brake force when it senses hard braking to help slow or stop the vehicle.

Passive Safety Features

While active safety technologies are designed to help avoid an accident, not all accidents can be avoided. The 2017 Honda Fit safety features include passive technologies that work to protect passengers in the event of an accident and keep them secure in the car.

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure: The very frame of the Fit is built for safety, underpinning the rest of the vehicle with a skeleton that’s engineered to keep passengers safe during an accident. Reinforced areas in common crash zones and built-in crumple spots help keep crash energy from the passenger seating locations during an accident.
  • Three-Point Seat Belts: All five seating positions on the Fit feature three-point seat belts to secure the passengers in the event of an accident. The front seats also include a seat belt reminder and an automatic tensioning system.
  • Airbags: SmartVent front side airbags, dual-stage multi-threshold front airbags, and side curtain airbags (with rollover sensing technology) all work together to cushion passengers and minimize the risk of injury in a collision.
  • Child-Proof Rear Door Locks: The Fit comes standard with child-proof rear door locks, keeping curious little hands from giving those handles a tug at the wrong time.
  • LATCH Safety Anchors: LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) anchors are one of the most common safety seat designs, letting you quickly and easily secure a car seat and head on your way. Each of the three rear seats is equipped with LATCH anchors for the family on the go.

Safety Ratings

It’s important to know about the safety features of your next vehicle, but we hope you never have to rely on the passive features like airbags or seat belts and that the active features help you to avoid an accident. But someone needs to know that those features work when they are needed, and the 2017 Honda Fit safety features have been thoroughly tested by auto safety organizations.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have tested the Fit’s features and given it safety ratings so you can know just how well it performs with respect to other vehicles on the market.


Honda Fit

NHTSA: The Overall Vehicle Safety Rating is a composite score based off of Front Passenger and Front Driver crash tests, Front Side and Rear Side crash tests, Side Pole crash tests, and a Rollover Safety test. The 2017 Fit earned the highest score—a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating.*

Honda Fit

IIHS: The IIHS is still in the process of testing the 2017 model, but they have recorded excellent scores on the 2016 Honda Fit. The previous model earned ratings of “Good,” the highest on the IIHS scale, for Side Impact, Moderate Overlap Front, Head Restraint, and Roof Strength tests.


We hope our New England drivers never have to test out the features the NHTSA and IIHS test, but we think these scores make it clear you can depend on them to protect you.

Test Drive a Fit

Now that you have an overview of the 2017 Honda Fit safety features and a bit of peace of mind regarding the new hatchback, let us show you all the other reasons you should drive one home. Visit a New England Honda Dealer near you today for a test drive.

*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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