Honda Sensing vs. Toyota Safety Sense: Which is Better?


Honda Sensing

San Diego drivers know that Toyota and Honda have a competitive history, and that both have a legacy of reliability and safety. For the last several model years, both brands have been adding a large selection of both standard and available active safety features to their vehicles to bring the latest technology to drivers at an accessible price.

Car shoppers in Carlsbad can take a look at both Honda Sensing® and Toyota Safety Sense™ below to decide which safety suite you would want in your vehicle. From the Accord safety features to that of the Civic, there’s plenty to learn about.

Honda Sensing® Safety Features

Before you can compare Toyota Safety Sense™ vs. Honda Sensing®, you’ll need to know what the Honda package is offering.

When you choose a new Honda vehicle with the Honda Sensing® package, you’ll benefit from each of the following advanced technologies:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control – Subtly adjusts speed to maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you while in cruise control to you don’t have to keep fiddling with the controls during Vista excursions. Control your preferred speed and your preferred follow distance using the steering wheel-mounted controls.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ – When a collision is imminent, your Honda vehicle’s Forward Collision Warning will alert you to the danger using audiovisual cues. If you need help, the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ spring into action to assist you. It slows the vehicle automatically, and can even bring you to a complete stop, depending on how fast you’re moving.
  • Lane Keeping Assist System™ – Your Lane Departure Warning detects lane markings and alerts you if you are about to drift off the road. When you’re moving at more than 45 mph, the Lane Keeping Assist System™ uses subtle steering adjustments to keep your vehicle centered in whichever lane you currently occupy.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System™ – While the Lane Keeping Assist System™ helps you to maintain your path, the complimentary Road Departure Mitigation System™ directs you back to safety in the event of an emergency. If it detects that you’ve left your lane without signaling, it automatically adjusts your steering and braking in order to bring you back into line.
  • Traffic Sign Recognition – The newest Honda Sensing® safety feature helps you maintain awareness of surrounding rules and regulations, even while you’re enjoying the benefits of your other driver assistance safety features. TSR automatically registers the presence of speed limit signs and other signals on the side of the road using a small camera. If it detects a change, it notifies you with a signal on the dashboard.

Honda Sensing® vs. Toyota Safety Sense™

What are the differences between Honda Sensing® vs. Toyota Safety Sense™? Here’s what you should be aware of:

  • Any new vehicle with Honda Sensing® includes all of the features listed above. While Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (the most recently-released package) includes most of the same features, the package you receive on your Toyota vehicle may not. That’s because most Toyota vehicles offer Toyota Safety Sense™ P or Toyota Safety Sense™ C. These packages are essentially limited versions of the real deal.
  • In order to get Toyota Safety Sense™ Lane Tracing Assist, you’ll need to choose a model with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, so your options are fairly limited. By contrast, every vehicle with Honda Sensing® includes the comparable Lane Keeping Assist System.
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ C offers the pre-collision system to prevent crashes, but you’ll need to choose a model with Toyota Safety Sense™ P if you want to receive pedestrian detection, too. Meanwhile, the Honda Collision Mitigation Braking System™ always detects pedestrians in your path.
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ includes a Lane Departure Warning, but it doesn’t offer any feature that can be directly compared to the Road Departure Mitigation System™. So, drivers who choose a Honda vehicle will enjoy extra protection against the dangerous accidents caused by unintentional lane departures.

More Driver Assistance Safety Features from Honda

Comparing Honda Sensing® vs. Toyota Safety Sense™ should tell you everything you need to know about our vehicles. However, the Honda Sensing® safety features aren’t the only advanced driver assistance technologies that you can expect to find in your new car or SUV! Almost all of our models are either standard or available with the following protections:

  • Honda LaneWatch™ – When your right turn signal is activated, this system displays live video of the right side of your vehicle so you can better assess if it is safe to change lanes. The video feed appears on Display Audio Touch-Screen.
  • Cross Traffic Monitor – If there is a vehicle approaching from either side when your car is in reverse, the Cross Traffic Monitor will beep and display directional cues to alert you to the danger. It activates automatically whenever your rearview camera is engaged.
  • Blind Spot Information System – If you activate your turning signal and a vehicle is detected on the corresponding side, a warning noise is emitted to alert you. This feature either compliments Honda LaneWatch™, or goes to work as a standalone technology feature.
  • Auto High-Beam Headlights – Based on several different external factors, this system automatically transitions between high beams and low-beam headlights as necessary. This way, you’ll always have a great view of the road ahead, and you’ll never impair the visibility of other drivers.

Honda Models with Standard Honda Sensing®

Looking for a new vehicle with Honda Sensing®? Here’s where you can find the package for the current model year:

Coupes, Hatchbacks, Plug-ins, Sedans, and Subcompacts

  • Accord – Standard on all trim levels.
  • Civic Coupe – Standard on all trim levels.
  • Civic Hatchback – Standard on all trim levels.
  • Civic Sedan – Standard on all trim levels.
  • Clarity – Standard on all models.
  • Insight – Standard on all trim levels.

Crossovers, Pickups, SUVs, and Vans

  • CR-V – Standard on EX, EX-L, and Touring
  • HR-V – Standard on the EX trim and above.
  • Odyssey – Standard on the EX trim and above.
  • Pilot – Standard on all trim levels.
  • Ridgeline – Standard on RTL-E and Black Edition trims.
  • Passport – Standard on all trim levels.

Find a Vehicle with Honda Sensing® Safety Features Today!

Honda has continued to expand driver access to the advanced features of the Honda Sensing® package. Increasingly, the full package is standard on almost every trim or every Honda vehicle sold! Vista drivers can also find Honda offers on used or certified pre-owned models with Honda Sensing®. More options appear on our lot each day!

To learn more about Honda Sensing® vs. Toyota Safety Sense™, schedule a test drive of a Honda Sensing®-equipped vehicle. Contact Honda of Escondido to start a new adventure today!

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