2016 Honda Civic: Hypersensitive Crash Alerts
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on May 20, 2016
Let's talk about the crash alerts in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic. Specifically, how sensitive they are.
I would posit that they are too sensitive.
The Civic's crash alert — a flashing "BRAKE!" sign in the instrument cluster and an insistent BEEPBEEPBEEP — triggered numerous times in my rush hour bumper-to-bumper crawling commute. And I mean crawling. There was no imminent crash, no significant speed differential (or speed at all), and the brake pedal was already applied. Just oozing along.
It became so tiresome that I perused the center screen to turn down the crash alert's sensitivity only to find it was already set to its least-sensitive setting. Well, poop.
Not all crash alerts are created equal. The one in our long-term BMW 340i, for example, is excellent, staying mute until there's a real possibility of things getting out of hand.
As for the Civic's, I'm tempted to turn it off.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 3,456 miles