Steering Wheel Volume Control Has Problems of Its Own - 2016 Honda Civic Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Honda Civic: Steering Wheel Volume Control Has Problems of Its Own

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 25, 2016

2016 Honda Civic

Presenting another pedantic entrant from the Honda volume control saga (1, 2, 3).

Our long-term 2016 Honda Civic is a fabulous car, but it can't escape Honda's propensity for bad volume control.

I can see the retort now: "Just use the toggle on the wheel!"

Two problems with that: One, traditionally a toggle can't make big volume changes as fast as a dial can. Two, the toggle has a problem of its own.

The toggle functions as you'd expect. Pressing plus or minus changes the volume accordingly, but the entire switch is touch-sensitive. This allows you to swipe up or down for quick and dramatic volume changes.

In isolation, this solves Problem One detailed above. In reality, it creates Problem Two. This touch-sensitive switch sits in a place where you rest your hands, so you wind up making accidental volume adjustments regularly.

This annoyance doesn't significantly detract from the quality of the Civic, but it makes one wonder ? again ? about Honda's insistence to reinvent volume controls.

Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 468 miles

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