- The 2014 Honda Civic goes high-tech with advanced connected-car technology.
- A Display Audio touchscreen brings smartphone-style functionality to the Civic, while the next-generation HondaLink makes integrated navigation more affordable.
- Besides the Civic, this technology will be featured on the 2015 Honda Fit.
TORRANCE, California — The 2014 Honda Civic marks a milestone for the automaker as it fully embraces the industry's love affair with in-car connectivity.
The Civic, which goes on sale Wednesday, will debut Honda Display Audio, a 7-inch, high-definition touchscreen that works in concert with the new HondaLink. It brings smartphone-style functionality inside the vehicle by delivering such perks as navigation apps and music programs to the car's cabin.
Besides the Civic, this technology will be featured on the 2015 Honda Fit.
The rollout of the 2014 Civic also marks Honda's first factory-installed integration of Apple's Siri Eyes Free mode. iPhone users will be able to operate Siri through familiar voice commands by pressing and holding the Talk button on the steering wheel when their iPhone is paired via Bluetooth.
Currently, only iPhone 5, 5S and 5C will benefit from all the features HondaLink offers. Compatible Android smartphone technology should become available next year.
HondaLink includes four specialty apps. They are Connect App, which provides access for many services including location searches, weather updates, messaging, maintenance reminder alerts service scheduling by phone and access to the Owner's Guide. Navigation App includes 3D mapping and continuously updated traffic information. The Aha App is for audio content, Internet radio, Twitter and Facebook. The Launcher App integrates third-party apps into the system.
It also has an OnStar-like feature that provides emergency assistance to drivers. If an airbag deploys, the system is designed to automatically attempt to notify an operator, report the car's current location and allow you to talk directly to the operator. The operator can then contact emergency services if needed.
"Display Audio and HondaLink are pioneering technologies that seamlessly and intuitively integrate the power and functionality of a customer's smartphone directly into their vehicle," said Charles Koch, manager of new business development for American Honda, in a statement. "Staying connected to the latest music, information, news, traffic updates, even friends and family, is a must-have capability for a new generation of car buyers."