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2016 Honda Civic: No Bluetooth Browse

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on October 3, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

For all its high-tech form, the audio interface in our 2016 Honda Civic sacrifices function with a Bluetooth interface that doesn't offer device browsing.

Numerous makes and models now offer the ability to search your music library via Bluetooth connection, eliminating one of the last reasons for a wired USB connection (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still make a strong case for the cable). But our Civic isn't among them.

Bluetooth gained device-browsing functionality with the advent of AVRCP 1.4 (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile). This profile has been around for a while, so it's a bit surprising that the new-for-2016 Civic doesn't incorporate it. Seems like it could be added through a firmware update, though my simple mind might be oversimplifying a complex transfer of ones and zeroes. We've sent an inquiry to Honda to learn more.

Is this a big deal? Not in the grand scheme, no. There was life before Bluetooth browsing. But as automakers seek to distance themselves from distracted-driving liabilities, they're wise to add solutions that give us fewer reasons to fuss with our phones on the road.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 11,920 miles

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