The Honda HR-V delivers a host of safety and driver-assistance features that come standard across the entire HR-V lineup of vehicles. Among them are offerings such as:
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: One of the HR-V’s standard features is a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines. This feature helps drivers operate in reverse more safely by delivering three different views of the rear area outside the vehicle. As a result, HR-V drivers can back up confidently, knowing that nothing—and no one—is in harm’s way behind them.
ACE Body Structure: The Advanced Compatibility Engineering, or ACE, body structure that underpins the HR-V is an advanced body design that is exclusive to Honda. When accidents happen, the ACE body structure helps distribute collision energy more evenly across the front of the vehicle, thereby better protecting passengers inside the cockpit. Additionally, ACE body structure can even help distribute crash energy more evenly to other vehicles involved in the collision.
Airbag System: The HR-V further features an advanced airbag system that includes components like SmartVent front side airbags and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors. The SmartVent airbags are designed to quickly inflate when moderate to severe side collisions occur, and the SmartVent airbags will also vent before they inflate if the system detects a passenger in the airbag’s deployment path, thereby helping to avoid airbag-related injuries. The side curtain airbags with rollover sensors are designed to detect side impacts and relay information about the impact to the control unit. In the event of a severe collision, the side airbag is signaled to inflate instantly into the space between the passenger and the door to protect the passenger.
Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control: Another feature that comes standard onboard the HR-V is the Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control system. This feature helps reduce dangerous oversteer and understeer and additionally works to maintain vehicle traction on slippery and loose road surfaces by applying selective brake force and regulating the vehicle’s engine output.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Another of the HR-V’s standard assistance features is a tire pressure monitoring system. When you drive with a low or flat tire, it can not only cause damage but can be very dangerous. The tire pressure monitoring system notifies drivers if any of the HR-V’s tires become low so the driver isn’t caught out on the road with a flat tire before the low tire is noticed.
Brake Assist: When the standard Brake Assist feature detects hard and emergency braking, it delivers extra braking power almost instantaneously, helping to ensure that brake power is at its max when it’s needed the most. Brake Assist can also help shorten braking distance.
Various other protective technologies are provided as optional upgrades or come standard in the higher HR-V trim levels. Included among them are features such as:
Honda LaneWatch: Offered standard in all but the LX model, Honda LaneWatch is a Honda-exclusive blind-spot display system. It employs a camera integrated into the vehicle’s passenger-side mirror that delivers live images of the HR-V’s blind-spot area. When the right turn signal is activated, Honda LaneWatch goes to work to help drivers change lanes and make right-hand turns more safely.
HondaLink: Among the programs of the HondaLink system (standard in all but the HR-V LX), HondaLink Assist is a potentially lifesaving feature that lets HR-V occupants automatically call for emergency help in the event of an accident. When airbags deploy in the HR-V, HondaLink Assist uses a paired cell phone within the vehicle to attempt to connect the HR-V to an operator and also send the vehicle’s location so emergency responders can find the crash site.
Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control: Available for models that are equipped with continuously variable transmission, Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control is designed to detect traction loss. When loss of traction is detected, this system immediately sends power to the HR-V’s rear wheels to bolster the vehicle’s grip and help it stay in its proper lane.