2012 Honda CR-V: Consolation Prize -- Voice Control Works Great
September 12, 2012
You can't do much with the 2012 Honda CR-V's navigation system when the vehicle is moving, at least not if it involves touching the screen. Mike Magrath already told you that. However, in a moment of mild desperation and annoyance over the weekend, I tried the voice control. And surprisingly, it works great.
Great, as in I almost never I have to repeat myself because the system usually understands me on the first try. All you do is hit the talking head icon button on the steering wheel, say "destination," and wait until it asks you what kind of destination you want to enter (i.e., "address," "intersection," etc.). Then, the nav lady guides you through the entry process, and prompts you enter the city, then the street, then the house/street number. Street names can sound alike, of course, so the Honda's system brings up a list of possibilities and lets you touch the screen (just this one time!) to select which of the names you actually said.
Over the course of two days, we entered a couple destinations on the fly, by voice, and were satisfied with the results. This is a really good voice control system, and I also used to select specific satellite radio stations, because there's no tuning knob here and using the channel list on the touchscreen to page through to the channel I want is tedious and distracting.
Taking into account voice control, I'd rate the nav system average for the price range -- more useful than some other factory setups but not as nice as others. My main complaints are that the screen is picks up all kinds of glare (as seen in my lead photo), and that the maps aren't nearly detailed enough -- trying to zoom in to see a specific street is a pain.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 7,365 miles