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Safety Watch: Nine 2011 Vehicles That Still Lack Stability Control Page 3

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2010 Honda Civic Sedan

2010 Honda Civic Sedan

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2011 Honda Civic

We've criticized Honda for only bundling some most-wanted—and some would say necessary, given state laws—Bluetooth connectivity features on top trims of its vehicles. Well, for the Civic, that applies to electronic stability control, too. To get ESC on a Civic Coupe or Sedan, you need to step all the way up to a 2011 Honda Civic EX-L, costing around $22k. Although Honda hasn't yet released pricing and details on the 2011 Honda Fit, for the 2010 Fit you also had to get the top-of-the-line Fit Sport, specially optioned with Honda's VSA.

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2010 Hyundai Accent

2010 Hyundai Accent

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2011 Hyundai Accent

While Hyundai has earned heaps of good words from us for most of its current product line, the 2011 Accent is perhaps the strongest exception. In the current market, it's just a small, cheap car—the lowest-priced on the market, at $9,985 before destination, but one that skimps on safety. Anti-lock brakes, the foundation for electronic stability control, are only offered on top Accent SE hatchback trims (or part of a $1,050 option package on the Accent sedan. Look for an all-new Accent next year—likely with standard stability control.


 
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  1. Boy, it sure is annoying how every single time I click to go to the next page to read more of the article, that darned pop up ad asking me if I want to have TCC delivered to my email box pops up. What a badly thought thing to have on your website!
     
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  2. $111 per vehicle? Keep dreaming. For some reason I think everyone has forgotten the costs of complexity, software, additional testing, liability, warranty claims, etc... The government and NOT FOR PROFIT organizations are quick to point out how easy and cheap this all is (as they expand our deficit)...
    By the way, how did we all survive without stability control for the past 100 years of driving? It is called grey matter and most people find it between their two ears...
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  3. 1. Why do you show pictures of BMWs in this article when BMW has had DSC for years. I have had four BMWs since 1999 and all had DSC.
    2. Why do I get this annoying pop up box on each page especially since I already receive CC daily?
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  5. I am Stability Control. Learn it or you really shouldn't be a driver. Automated stability control works in most situations when poor driver input nudges a car toward a dangerous set of outcomes.
    On the other hand, automated stability control can act against a trained drivers inputs, creating a dangerous situation. I'm all for stability control, if it is provided with an off switch, for those instances when you might want to do something that stability control deems a no-go, like an induced slide on snow or ice to get the car or part of the car out of some other drivers way if they mess up. At those moments, I really don't want interference of any kind.
     
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