2013 Honda CR-V Consumer Review: Sound System Is Fraudulently A

2013 Honda CR-V - Consumer Review

2013 Honda CR-V

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LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic)

Sound System Is Fraudulently Advertised
By radioarchivist on


2013 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


I purchased
from a dealer with whom I had over 30 good years of experience with Volvos.
As I thought their service was excellent and they were very close, I purchased the car albeit via a high pressure salesman.

The CR-V get's better millage in average driving than my old 2000 RAV4 did on the highway. It is also quieter, bigger, more comfortable and more powerful.

The OEM radio has very poor AM sound.
Being formerly heavily involved in auto radio design.
I measured the power, and found it to to be 40 Watts, not 160.

Complaints got nothing but lies from Honda. Honda even refused to put their reply in writing, only verbally via telephone. Honda refused to reveal how they arrive at 160 Watts. They said there testing was proprietary. Think of that; Honda made claims of performance, but refuse to tell you how they came up with theri claims that are 4 times greater than any competent engineer could arrive at. It is obvious what they are doing.

I was able to replace the Honda radio with a Blaupunkt radio that sold for 1/3 the price of the Honda radio. The advertised power of the Blaupunkt is 160 Watts, and the MEASURED power is 160 Watts. This meant I cannot set the Honda's clock nor use its USB plug. However, the reception performance and the sound of the replacement radio more than makes up for those small losses.

Best Features

  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Parking aids
  • Climate control
  • Dealership support
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Fuel economy

Worst Features

  • Entertainment
  • Bluetooth
  • Electronics

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