What are some safety features of the 2019 Honda Civic Coupe?
It’s been several gruelling months of vehicle research, online browsing, and price shopping. And you’ve finally decided to get a 2019 Honda Civic coupe, or maybe you’re still on the fence and the one thing holding you back is the question of, “how safe is it?” Well, you’re not alone. Many car buyers have a long list of requirements that their next purchase must have.
What are some common vehicle requirements?
The two biggest factors are price and safety, and some people will have an even longer list than just those two items. Those requirements will usually include the year, make, model, and color of the car.
Some people even specify down to the body style of the car, i.e. sedan, SUV, truck, or coupe. However, some people don’t get as specific about their cars. They just want one thing, and that is safety. They simply want a car that can get them from A to B safely.
They want to have peace of mind when they pull out onto the road. Maybe after doing your research, the 2019 Civic Coupe made the short list. Now you just need to know how safe it is and if it gives you that peace of mind.
Thankfully, Honda is always innovating when it comes to the latest automobile safety features.Some of those safety features include Vehicle Stability Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, and Collision Mitigation Braking System.
What is Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)?
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is a system designed to keep the vehicle stable as you go about your commute. It’s particularly useful when cornering or driving on slippery surfaces. It works by monitoring the steering wheel, brakes, engine, and a lot of other information.
For example, let’s say you’re driving and you misjudged your speed. Then you attempt to make a sharp left turn. And while doing that turn you either oversteer or understeer, the system will do it’s best to correct that mistake. It does this automatically by applying brakes and managing engine output. The vehicle comes with this feature already turned on.
Although there is an option to turn this feature off, Honda does not recommend driving with VSA turned off. At times, when you turn your Civic Coupe on, you might hear some noise coming from the engine area, it’s perfectly normal. Your Civic Coupe is simply performing a systems check.
What is Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)?
The RDM is a system designed to let you know when you’re accidentally crossing over the lane marks or when you’re driving right off the road. It works by using a front camera behind the rear-view mirror, visual, physical, and audio warnings on the dashboard and steering wheel.
This feature can be really helpful when driving late at night and it’s a little difficult to see the lane markings. Or when you start to drift off because you’re tired, even though you really shouldn’t be driving if you’re that tired. The system will try to steer you back into your lane if there is no input from you after the warnings go off.
As with all technology, this is meant to be an assistance to you as the driver, rather than a replacement of you as the driver. Honda recommends that you pay full attention to the road when driving. Always keep in mind that there are limitations to all technology.
Limitations particular to this safety feature would include faded lane markings, blocked front camera sensor (easy to clean), and extremely poor weather – which is outside of anyone’s control. The best solution would be to not drive if there is bad weather.
What is the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)?
The CMBS™ is a system designed to prevent collision between your vehicle and another vehicle or a pedestrian. Similar to the RDM, it uses the front camera behind the rear-view mirror in addition to radar sensors in the front of the Civic Coupe.
A situation where this would be useful would be if you lived in a residential area. Maybe you’ve just pulled out of the driveway and you’re still getting settled into your car and are a little distracted. And a kid suddenly runs out in front of you. The system will warn you and attempt to slow down your coupe.
When there are situations where the collision cannot be avoided, the system will do it’s best to reduce the level of the crash. It’s important to remember that this system does not stop the vehicle automatically and it is the driver’s responsibility to maintain full control.
When car shopping there are a lot of options when it comes to vehicle customization. However, consumers realize that there is one thing they can’t sacrifice, and that is safety. The 2019 Honda Civic Coupe is one of the safest vehicles on the road, thanks to the latest auto safety systems it has.
A few of those systems include the Vehicle Stability Assist, the Road Departure Mitigation, and the Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM. While these are great to have, it’s always important to keep in mind that you’re ultimately in control when driving.
Want to learn more about other safety features of the 2019 Civic Coupe? Ready for a test drive? Contact our staff at Boch Honda West for more information or to schedule a service appointment if you already have one!
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