2012 Honda CR-V: Dual-Zone, Auto Climate Done Right
December 07, 2012
It's amazing how badly you can screw up the interface for a dual-zone automatic climate control system. The advent of touchscreens-for-all seems to be making it worse.
But Honda doesn't overcomplicate it in the 2012 CR-V. There are two, large well-damped dials for adjusting the temperature and both are in easy reach of the driver and front passenger. Buttons are clearly labeled, and in most lighting conditions, the digital display is easy to read. Plus, the whole setup is compact and easily packaged at the bottom of the center stack.
About the only improvement I could ever see myself wanting is a third dial for fan speed adjustment, but that might mess up the visual symmetry and package-ability of this not-unattractive function-first design. Also, I'm not demanding about cooling or heating (I rarely use Max A/C in cars that have it) and I'll usually just fiddle with the temperature to get the fan intensity I want.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,582 miles