The Accord is very well endowed with safety kit, with high points including anti-lock brakes, stability control, six airbags, a multi-angle reversing camera, tyre pressure monitoring, auto-dipping headlights, autonomous emergency braking, and lane-keeping assistance. It is a broad-based package that helps you avoid other vehicles (and bystanders) and maintain control of the car, while looking after you if you are in a crash.
The airbags are in the usual places: two directly in front of the driver and passenger; one on the outer side of each front occupant to protect the upper body; and a curtain airbag on each side protecting the heads of those in both seat rows.
The Accord’s auto-braking system is camera-based, and effective under about 100km/h. It warns you of obstacles in front of the car, typically a slower vehicle or a pedestrian, applies partial braking as a wake-up if you do not react, and initiates an emergency stop if required.
The Accord has two lane-keeping systems, again camera-based. One, titled simply Lane Keep Assist, is designed to take some stress out of long highway stretches by self-steering the car. The second, titled Road Departure Mitigation, is intended to protect you from drifting off the road altogether – from fatigue, for example. Again, it will attempt to steer you gently out of trouble.
The Accord also has a blind-spot monitor that Honda calls LaneWatch. This presents, on the car’s central multimedia monitor, a view that you would expect to get from a camera pointing back along the left side of the car from out in front. It helps you see whether it is safe to move left, and works automatically when you operate the left indicator (or you can turn it on by pressing a button on the end of the stalk).
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded the Honda Accord five stars for safety, its maximum, most recently in October 2014. The Accord achieved perfect scores in the pole and side impact crash test elements, on its way to an overall score of 35.79 out of 37.