2016 Honda Civic: HondaLink Glitches
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on October 21, 2016
It would appear that the optional HondaLink system in our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is on the fritz.
On my way home from work last week, this frozen screen popped up, my Bluetooth connection was severed and my music stopped playing. None of the touchscreen buttons were responsive and none of the steering-wheel-mounted controls did anything either.
Unable to fix the problem while driving, I stopped at the grocery store, picked up a few things and got back into the Civic, hoping that the screen would reset. No such luck. It looked the same and was still unresponsive.
On the way home, I noticed that the LaneWatch blind-spot camera was working when I used my right-hand turn signal, so I figured the glitches had something to do with the HondaLink system that powers the infotainment screen.
I parked at home, left the car running and pulled out the manual to see if there were any restart instructions. Before I could get to the index page, the system reset on its own, displaying this Honda logo for a few seconds then returning to normal working order
I drove the Civic for four more days, waiting for something to happen, but it never did. Apparently the system was able to exorcise its demons on its own. We'll keep you in the loop if it happens again.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 12,100 miles