2015 Honda Fit Receives 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from NHTSA
Fit Adds 5-Star Overall Rating from NHTSA to List of Accolades
The 2015 Honda Fit received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s highest overall vehicle score in early February. The Fit has a 5-star rating overall as well as in the frontal and side crash tests. The Fit was also named a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
“The Fit shows that owning a smaller car doesn’t mean you need to skimp on space, comfort, or crashworthiness,” Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., said in a press release. “Honda’s commitment to the safety of our customers and other road users is second to none, and the Fit demonstrates this commitment in a powerful way.”
The Fit joins the ranks of other 2015 Honda models that are 5-star rated overall by the NHTSA. This includes the Accord coupe and hybrid; Civic sedan and hybrid; and the Odyssey. The other vehicles in the 2015 Honda line-up are 4-star rated overall.
Crash Test Notes on Honda Fit Safety
As part of the NHTSA’s side crash test, the side barrier and side pole crash tests are conducted. The Fit received 5 stars in both tests. The side barrier test mimics a 38.5 mph intersection-type crash, while the side pole test illustrates what can happen when the vehicle hits a fixed object like a utility pole or tree at 20 mph. The frontal crash test is conducted with the vehicle travelling 35 mph. In the rollover test the Fit received a 4-star rating. There is a 14.7 percent chance of a rollover in the Fit under certain conditions.
Honda Fit’s Active Safety Features
The Honda Fit safety features include several active safety features. These features include:
- Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control Braking is applied to individual wheels or engine power is reduced in the event of an under-steer or over-steer.
- Anti-Lock Braking System The brakes are pulsed to prevent wheel lockup.
- Electronic Brake Distribution Braking is evenly distributed to each wheel.
- Brake Assist
- Multi-Angle Rearview Camera The rearview camera is an NHTSA suggested crash-avoidance technology. The camera provides multiple angles with guidelines.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System This system alerts the driver to under-inflated tires.
- Daytime Running Lights These lights help make the vehicle more visible.
Passive Honda Fit Safety Features
The 2015 Honda Fit comes standard with a series of airbags and seat belt features.
- Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure This body structure “distributes frontal crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle.”
- Dual-Stage, Mulitiple-Threshold Front Airbags These airbags inflate at different rates depending on the severity of a crash and if seat belts are being worn.
- SmartVent Front Side Airbags These airbags will inflate to protect the upper body. If the passenger is too close to the airbag prior to deployment, the airbag will vent before fully inflating to reduce the chance of an airbag-related injury.
- Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor In a significant side impact these airbags will deploy.
- 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
- Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System Seat belts will tighten in sudden stops or in the instance of an impact.
- Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children Compatible car seats can be further secured using the latch and anchors.
- Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder
- Child-Proof Rear Door Locks
On top of all of these safety features, the EX and EX-L Fit models include Honda LaneWatch. The passenger-side blind spot becomes 80 percent more visible with the use of a camera that is attached to the bottom of the rearview mirror. The live feed is streamed to the 7-inch audio display.
Call Fisher Honda in Boulder, Colo., at 303-245-6417 to schedule a test drive of the 2015 Honda Fit and check out the Honda Fit safety features. View our inventory of 2015 Honda Fits.