2012 Honda CR-V: Not Seeing the Usefulness of i-MID
October 11, 2012
I've spent a lot of time in the 2012 Honda CR-V, and although I find its interior functional on a lot of different levels, the i-MID interface seen here at the top of the dash is not one of them. I almost never use it. I just leave it on the radio display. There is a wallpaper function, a trip computer display and a settings menu. But, in order, I'm too lazy to upload a photo, don't like to feel pressured by seeing my average mpg as I drive and never need to adjust those settings.
One potentially useful feature i-MID does offer is the ability to change audio sources using the buttons on the left side of the steering wheel.
The sources scroll by horizontally and look sort of slick, sort of recreating a smartphone/tablet vibe.
But I can get the same functionality in a more straightforward (and old-fashioned) manner simply by hitting the Audio button on the center stack and then the Source "button" on our EX-L Navi model's touchscreen. For me, this is the quicker, more intuitive way to change from FM to AM and so on.
Of course, my anti-i-MID stance is based partly on the fact that we have the ritzy, low-volume Navi model with a convenient (though not exactly elegant) touchscreen. However, I drove a non-Navi 2012 CR-V EX cloth model when we made this video and still found myself using the hard buttons on the center stack to change sources rather than the i-MID-specific steering wheel buttons.
On the other hand, i-MID is the only way to see album art if you're taking advantage of the 2012 CR-V's Pandora integration. If I used Pandora more, I'd probably be a bigger fan, but between the morning news and post-season baseball, there simply isn't the time.
I'm curious to hear from anyone who owns a 2012 CR-V or Civic... do you like i-MID?
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 8,496 miles