Honda Makes Backup Cameras Standard on Most Models

Honda CR-V camera

Starting with the 2013 model year, a backup camera will be standard on the redesigned Honda Accord along with the Crosstour, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline and CR-Z. That means Honda's 12-model lineup goes from having just two models with a standard backup camera — the FCX Clarity hydrogen vehicle and the CR-V crossover — to nine models. A backup camera was already standard on the 2012 Honda CR-V and remains that way for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Honda Fit EV also has a standard backup camera.

That's a drastic change for Honda; previously, backup cameras were an option that had to be coupled with an expensive navigation system. In fact, the update means Honda offers a backup camera on more of its lineup than any other mainstream automaker – other strong contenders include Kia and Hyundai.

Why the change? The possibility that backup cameras will be mandated for all passenger vehicles by 2014 (though it looks like that rule may be delayed) was probably a motivating factor. "We've definitely known about the possibility of legislation down the pike, but we didn't have to start this early," Honda spokesman Chris Martin said. Honda's more immediate considerations for the cameras were financial and design oriented, Martin says.

"Visibility is a key design attribute at Honda," said Martin, who mentioned how the automaker makes sure to design and maintain a thin A-pillar on its new vehicles to optimize forward visibility. The other motivator to standardize cameras is that most of the building blocks for the rear visibility aid are already in each of these vehicles, Martin said. "What really made the push possible was the infotainment screens found on most of these models," he said. With the screens already integrated into the console design, the addition of a backup camera doesn't cost a whole lot more, Martin added.

Even more unique camera aids are coming to some of Honda's most important vehicles. The soon-to-be unveiled 2013 Honda Accord sedan, which will have a standard backup camera, will also be the carmaker's first implementation of LaneWatch, a passenger-side camera that helps with blind spots. LaneWatch also will be available on the 2013 Honda Crosstour.

The only vehicles not getting backup cameras are Honda's smaller vehicles. The Honda Insight has a backup camera available only with an optional pricey navigation system. The Honda Fit and Civic have no backup camera options, though that could change for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Civic is getting a significant interior refresh for the model year, which could bring a standard backup camera, for instance. "The light trucks, Accord and CR-Z is what we've committed to at this point, but I certainly wouldn't say that's the limit," Martin added.

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2013 Honda Odyssey: What's Changed
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Comments 

othree

This is Hyundai's influence on the market, for sure.

othree

BTW, I've only been able to post comments when using IE. It's as if the Post button doesn't work in Chrome or Firefox.

sheth

with the possibility of it becoming standard more and more cars offer the cameras. I dont know about Honda being the leader in availability, cameras are now available on virtually every vehicle thats higher than a compact. I think virtually every Ford except the Fiesta offers a camera and for 2013 every chevy except Vette, Sonic, Impala (soon to be replaced) and the mini Spark has a camera. I think every Toyota except the corolla offers a camera as well.

@sheth The point of the article wasn't that it's "available" on most Honda's, its that the cameras are standard on the majority of the lineup, as per the headline.

Highdesertcat

Backup cameras are great, as long as they work and as long as you have warranty replacement coverage.

othree, use Opera and you won't have any posting issues. Opera emulates any browser and has far fewer issues than any other browser.

Opera has remained hack-free so far. No bugs, no worms, no trojan-horsies, no viruses. No fear. A real joy to work with for the business world.

Anonymous Coward

"...the automaker makes sure to design and maintain a thin A-pillar on its new vehicles to optimize forward visibility."

They didn't make sure of that when they were designing the Element.

JIMbob

lol at aaronm, othree was correct.

Wow. It is a great step by Honda to install back up cameras in most of its cars. Unfortunately the small cars didn't got the benefits.

Honda 4 Life

@othree this has nothing to do with hyundai i dont know y you would even reference that, is it cause both symbols have an H. Its not like Honda is gonna put 3 doors on their cars like the veloster i hate when people look up these discussions and choose 2 talk about other manufacterers what does this have to do with you just go buy a hyundai and wait till it breaks and the warranty wont pay

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