Honda Automobiles: 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies


Like the Accord Sedan and Coupe, the new 2014 Accord Hybrid offers a broad range of active and passive safety features along with available leading-edge driver assistive technologies. Collision-avoidance technologies include anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®). Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body and advanced airbag and seatbelt systems provide a high level of collision protection for vehicle occupants in a wide range of collision scenarios.

Based on Honda internal testing, the Accord Hybrid models equipped with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), EX-L and Touring, are anticipated to earn a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), which includes a GOOD rating in the rigorous new Small Overlap Front crash test for all Accord Hybrid trim levels. It is also expected to achieve an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

(For more detail on the Accord Hybrid’s common safety features, please see the 2013 Accord Press Kit.)

Accord Hybrid Safety Key Features:

Safety features

  • Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • High-tensile steel unit body
  • 3-point seat belts in all seating positions
  • Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS)
  • Driver and front passenger SmartVent™ side airbags
  • Side curtain airbag system (front and rear seats)
  • Front seat design to help mitigate rear collision injuries
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Child-proof rear door locks
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (EX-L and Touring)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (EX-L and Touring)
  • Auto-locking doors

Driver assistive technology

  • LaneWatch™ blind spot display
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera

Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
The Accord Hybrid utilizes the next-generation version of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure technology to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. ACE utilizes a network of connected structural elements – with an improved design and a greater use of high-tensile steel – to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash. ACE also helps minimize the potential for under-ride or over-ride situations that can happen during head-on or offset frontal impacts with a larger or smaller vehicle.

Unlike most conventional designs that direct frontal crash energy only to the lower load-bearing structures in the front end, ACE actively channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements, including the floor frame rails, side sills and A-pillars. By creating specifically engineered “pathways” that help distribute these frontal impact forces through a greater percentage of the vehicle’s total structure, ACE can more effectively direct those forces around and away from the passenger compartment to help limit cabin deformation and further improve occupant protection. And like other Honda models, the Accord Hybrid has an impact-absorbing front body design to help attenuate energy in the event of a frontal collision with a pedestrian.

Driver and Front Passenger SmartVent™ Side Airbags
Side airbags mounted in the outboard area of each front seatback are designed to help provide pelvic and thorax protection for the drive and front passenger in the event of a severe side impact. In the Accord Hybrid, a revised side airbag design allows the side airbags to deploy in a manner that mitigates the risk of injury to a smaller seat occupant. This advancement eliminates the need for the previous-generation gasoline Accord’s passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS).

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Included on the Accord Hybrid EX-L and Touring models, the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system uses a camera mounted in the upper portion of the windshield to detect a vehicle ahead. Audible and visuals warnings alert the driver when the system determines that a collision with a detected vehicle is likely. Intended as a warning system only, FCW will not automatically activate the Accord Hybrid brakes, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Included on the Accord Hybrid EX-L and Touring models, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses the same upper front windshield camera as FCW to visually read the lane lines on the road. If the driver begins to drift out of a detected lane without using the turn signal, the system will alert the driver with a visual “LANE” warning in the MID panel, along with an audible warning. LDW is intended as a warning system only and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions. A button on the lower left portion of the instrument panel allows the system to be switched on and off.

LaneWatch™ Blind Spot Display
The Accord Hybrid’s standard LaneWatch™ blind spot display uses a camera positioned below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID). The image appears when the right turn signal is activated, or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed.

The typical field of view for a passenger-side mirror is approximately 18 to 22 degrees, but the LaneWatch™ blind spot display field-of-view is about four times greater, or approximately 80 degrees. The system helps the driver to see traffic, as well as pedestrians or objects, in the vehicle’s blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, the display has three reference lines. Drivers should visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.

On the navigation-equipped Accord Hybrid Touring, when LaneWatch™ is in use and a navigation turn prompt is needed, the image changes to split-screen so that LaneWatch™ and navigation information can be displayed simultaneously. LaneWatch™ can also be customized to suit the driver’s preferences. Turn-signal activation of the LaneWatch™ system can be turned on or off, as can the three on-screen reference lines. Screen brightness, contrast and black level are also adjustable.


The Accord Hybrid is the first hybrid vehicle to be produced by Honda of America Mfg., Inc., in Ohio. Built at Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant, the Accord Hybrid is an addition to existing production of the Accord Sedan and Coupe. The Marysville Auto Plant has undergone significant changes, including a $23 million, 95,000-square-foot physical expansion and 50 new full-time jobs, in order to accommodate production of the new Accord Hybrid.


The Accord Hybrid is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile Limited Vehicle Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile Corrosion Limited Warranty. The hybrid battery pack is covered by a special warranty that covers defects in material and workmanship for eight-years/100,000-miles or ten-year/150,000 miles depending on the state of purchase/registration.

Honda Environmental Leadership

Honda is a leader in developing numerous leading-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, powersports and power equipment products and its global network of manufacturing plants. Today, the company is striving for even greater reductions in CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change, while also working to minimize waste, water use and the total environmental footprint of its operations worldwide.

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