2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test


2012 Honda CR-V: Not Seeing the Usefulness of i-MID

October 11, 2012

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I've spent a lot of time in the 2012 Honda CR-V, and although I find its interior functional on a lot of different levels, the i-MID interface seen here at the top of the dash is not one of them. I almost never use it. I just leave it on the radio display. There is a wallpaper function, a trip computer display and a settings menu. But, in order, I'm too lazy to upload a photo, don't like to feel pressured by seeing my average mpg as I drive and never need to adjust those settings.

One potentially useful feature i-MID does offer is the ability to change audio sources using the buttons on the left side of the steering wheel.

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The sources scroll by horizontally and look sort of slick, sort of recreating a smartphone/tablet vibe.

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But I can get the same functionality in a more straightforward (and old-fashioned) manner simply by hitting the Audio button on the center stack and then the Source "button" on our EX-L Navi model's touchscreen. For me, this is the quicker, more intuitive way to change from FM to AM and so on.

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Of course, my anti-i-MID stance is based partly on the fact that we have the ritzy, low-volume Navi model with a convenient (though not exactly elegant) touchscreen. However, I drove a non-Navi 2012 CR-V EX cloth model when we made this video and still found myself using the hard buttons on the center stack to change sources rather than the i-MID-specific steering wheel buttons.

On the other hand, i-MID is the only way to see album art if you're taking advantage of the 2012 CR-V's Pandora integration. If I used Pandora more, I'd probably be a bigger fan, but between the morning news and post-season baseball, there simply isn't the time.

I'm curious to hear from anyone who owns a 2012 CR-V or Civic... do you like i-MID?

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 8,496 miles

Comments

  • kwahamot kwahamot Posts:

    Just going through your blog posts... Yes, I like the extra informational display that i-MID offers. It makes following the trip instructions easier to understand, since I'm a visual person. I also like the feedback loop it provides for gas mileage...something I have a problem with since I like to drive in the fast lane. I haven't tried uploading a photo either. Maybe later. ;)

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