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post #1 of 12 Old 01-20-2014, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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I am having trouble finding if the 2014 Accord COUPE EX-L With Navi has the Blind Spot detection system. The little light in the mirror that lights up when there is someone in the blind spot.

Does the accord have this feature?
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All the Accords EX-L and above (as far as I know) have a passenger side mirror camera that shows the blind spot. But there's no light or beeper or anything. It's visual inspection only. It's called Honda LaneWatch.
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All the Accords EX-L and above (as far as I know) have a passenger side mirror camera that shows the blind spot. But there's no light or beeper or anything. It's visual inspection only. It's called Honda LaneWatch.
Right, I know about the camera. But the light would have been much easier I think. I was just reading about the 2015 Honda Fit which has the BSD system and the camera, and was wondering why the Accord wouldn't have the light. Well maybe on the 2015.
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The short answer is that Honda decided not to go with that technology on the Accord. Instead they went with a camera on the right side view mirror and a backup camera.

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I would think that it would be better to have the BSMS with lights in the two mirrors than to have the camera. With the lights you immediately know if a car is there, versus via the camera it takes time to look and see if a car is there. Then on the driver side, you have to turn your head to check the blind spot.
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^ I agree. I love that feature and wish it was on the Sport

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Yes, and even if you set your mirrors correctly to see the blind spot, it takes a tiny bit of extra time to see if a car is there and evaluate how far back it is. At night the mirrors are even less effective for me, and it would be helpful to have the blind spot indicators lighting up.
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Properly aimed mirrors minimize the blind spot. IMO the Lanewatch camera beats an idiot light any day.
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Properly aimed mirrors minimize the blind spot. IMO the Lanewatch camera beats an idiot light any day.
This is true, but I've found that even with the mirrors properly adjusted, there is an area on the driver's side that I can't see. Maybe it's just the way I have my seat adjusted, but the B pillar blocks part of the area I would typically see in my peripheral vision. I noticed it a few times while merging onto a highway, so I decided to put a wedge mirror on the driver's side. I also did the passenger's side while I was at it, but am finding it to be redundant so I'll probably just take it back off.

Anyway, the point is there are ways to know what's in your blind spot without the warning light, so it probably shouldn't be a dealbreaker for the OP. Besides, between mirrors, a camera, and a light, the mirrors are my favorite solution because they cost $3 apiece, do the job at least as well, and you never have to worry about them failing. But I do get those who don't like the way the look or block out a corner of the side mirror... to each his own, I guess.

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Maybe the old Car & Driver article titled "How To: Adjust Your Mirrors to Avoid Blind Spots" might help if you haven't seen this already.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...id-blind-spots

I've set my mirrors pretty much as the article said since I was 16. It's always worked for me. It's extremely rare that I ever have to look back for my "blind spot". But I certainly agree that having the blind spot detection system would be a nice feature.

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I am having trouble finding if the 2014 Accord COUPE EX-L With Navi has the Blind Spot detection system. The little light in the mirror that lights up when there is someone in the blind spot.

Does the accord have this feature?
Blind spots can be manually detected if your mirrors are properly aimed. See http://www.wikihow.com/Set-Rear%E2%8...te-Blind-Spots. No need for cameras or little lights on the mirror. It takes a while to get used to the new setup if you have had them incorrectly aimed forever, but once you're used to them, you'll never use the lane watch camera again or have to crane your neck around to check the blindspot.
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