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2012 Honda CR-V: Icons, Redux

April 10, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I liked how the Beetle mixes icons with text buttons in its center stack. But I'm not so sure how well icons explain the file structure in this example of the CR-V's media display.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Rear-View Camera Options

March 6, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I noticed a few days ago that the CR-V's rear-view camera has three handy modes. The standard view, pictured above, shows a conventional field of view, which works for straight reversing.

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2012 Honda CR-V: I See the Music

February 15, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

I like that the display in our Honda CR-V shows me the next few songs that are coming up on my iPod. Working in an open floor plan like we do at Edmunds, I have a lot of "writing music" on my iPod. When I'm in the car I like to shuffle all of my songs. So I spend a fair amount of time skipping tracks.

Ocean waves and classical music are great for drowning out noise at the office, but not exactly rocking tunes for the commute home.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Missing a Blind-Spot Monitor

February 11, 2013

2012 Honda CR-V

We've previously written a couple of entries about our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V's blind-spot driver-side mirror. Neither was favorable. Kelly Toepke wrote that it reminded her of bifocal glasses, while James Riswick observed that Ford's blind-spot mirror design works a lot better. You can add me in to the mix as an editor who's unmoved by our CR-V's mirror design.

This would seem to be a fairly minor thing, and perhaps it is. But I was also thinking recently how my 67-year-old mom really likes the blind-spot detection system on her Ford Fusion. For a lot of drivers, I think blind-spot detection systems are great. But you can't get one on the CR-V. And that, I think, is important.

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2012 Honda CR-V AWD: Area 51 Bluetooth Woes

October 17, 2012


During my Oregon trip, and every now and then around town, the CR-V's Bluetooth connection drops out, but I only know this because the nice nav lady's voice breaks in and says "The phone has been connected" as a similar text message covers the screen.

This is supposed to happen just once when you start the car to let you know an existing connection has been reestablished, but in our CR-V it sometimes happens while we're driving, indicating the connection was lost then found again. On long trips it's not unusual for it to happen once every 30 minutes to an hour.

Why? I have no idea, but it should have nothing to do with variations in local cell reception, because Bluetooth is a protocol that connects a phone/MP3 player to the car. What's going on at the tower shouldn't matter.

It's mildly annoying, but things started to get out of hand when we were in Rachel, Nevada, where the message started to come up every 2 or 3 minutes. I started to keep track but quickly gave up after I recorded 30 incidents in less than 90 minutes.

In case you don't know, Rachel is mid-point way station on Nevada's Extraterrestrial Highway. It's the nearest settlement to Groom Lake and Area 51, an isolated military base where top secret stuff is tested. It's all fun and games, but the top secret military base is for real. Who knows what kind of radio signals and jamming devices are in play out here.

From the Honda I want two things: a stable and robust Bluetooth connection, and if I can't have that I need a way to turn off the damn warning so I don't have to listen to it all the time. But there is no such setting in the CR-V's nav system.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 9,618 miles

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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.

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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.

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2012 Honda CR-V: Voice Command Button

August 30, 2012


This morning the Honda's CR-V voice command system asked me if I wanted to pair a phone. Weird, I thought, since I hadn't made any overture in that direction, and I'd never heard it make that request before. A few minutes later it asked me something more random about setting new controls.

Finally I realized that traffic was moving so slowly, I was perched very casually in the driver's seat, sitting with my left leg bent too far up. It was barely bumping the voice control button at the bottom of the steering wheel.

My accidental use of the voice commands made me realize the depth of the Honda's system.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 7,009 miles

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2012 Honda CR-V: Seatbelt Lecture

August 29, 2012


I snapped this photo early in the morning sun as I was waiting for my daughter to meander out to the car. Today was her first day of 7th grade, and she was playing it super cool.

As we approached the circle drive in front of the crowded middle school, she unbuckled her seatbelt a tad bit too early, only to be audibly reprimanded by the Honda CR-V's female voice warning that the passenger's belt had become unhooked. Neither of us had heard that warning before.

"Jeez," said Emma. "I'm not even in the school yet, and people are already telling me what to do!"

Get used to it, kid.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 6,979 miles

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2012 Honda CR-V: Multi-Talented Backup Camera

August 28, 2012


As you can see, the backup camera in our CR-V is not your average point-and-shoot. It has three available options for viewing the bumper you're about to run into.

Is this overkill?

Seems like it, although I'm sure there are situations where that fisheye view on the left comes in handy. So far, the standard setting in the middle seems to do the trick for me on most occasions.

I will admit that I'm becoming a bit too used to such cameras when it comes to parallel parking. It makes it so easy you barely have to think, and we all know where that eventually gets you.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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2012 Honda CR-V: I Don't Want Bluetooth Audio!

August 16, 2012

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When I plug my iPhone into the CR-V to play music or a podcast it successfully plays ... for about 20 seconds. Then it goes quiet. Nothing I do can coax it into playing again.

Then I go into the Audio Source menu and call up Bluetooth Audio since my iPhone is paired for phone use. I then discover that it will successfully play in Bluetooth Audio. That's nice, except I don't want Bluetooth Audio. The sound quality's crap and I can't control anything besides play, pause, next and forward. If I wanted that functionality, I'd use a CD, which wouldn't sound like crap.

Others also noticed this annoying tendency, including Dan Edmunds who dug deeper and discovered that when you plug in your iPhone a little icon pops up on its screen. You press it, a menu pops up and then you tell the device where you want sound to be directed.

Hopefully you only have to do that once, though in other cars, you don't have to do it at all.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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2012 Honda CR-V: Not Quite the Same as it Ever Was

August 10, 2012


When you look at the 2012 Honda CR-V's nav screen, it's easy to say it's the same as it ever was -- dated and a little slow these days -- but it's not the same. And it's not as good.

In previous iterations of this nav system (all of them until 2012) you could program the navigation and have full functionality of the system while the car was in motion. You can't do that anymore.

Honda was the last Japanese hold out on this issue and now, if you want to actually use the products you paid for, you have to go German. VW, Mercedes, Porsche and BMW all give you control whenever you want it and they've got far higher speed limits, and far faster cars to worry about.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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2012 Honda CR-V: Eye Candy

August 07, 2012

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If you decide you don't need to display a boring, wholly redundant analog clock, the Honda CR-V has a non-essential but nice feature. You can upload your own images via the USB connection and display them in that space instead.

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2012 Honda CR-V AWD: Oregon Trip Gripes

July 31, 2012


Our trip up highway 101 and Interstate 5 is going smoothly, but the 2012 Honda CR-V hasn't yet put me in a mood to run out and buy one. And yes, my wife and I are in the market; our trusty minivan met an untimely end a couple of weeks ago. We're actively shopping but I don't think we'll be buying one of these even though it's in our price range and has the basic functionality my wife needs.

Exhibit A: the sun visor won't pull back, leaving a 6-inch area unprotected. As Scott Oldham once said to our crack photo squad, "It's the sun. You can't move the sun." The same is true of the trajectory of Interstate 5 north in central Oregon. So I sat there squinting for 90 minutes as the sun sank lower and lower off to our port side. This state of affairs would have persisted for another hour, too, if we hadn't exited the freeway and turned west.

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2012 Honda CR-V AWD: Moto GP Weekend

July 26, 2012


It's not often that you get to watch someone you don't know drive off in your car without getting freaked out...unless, of course, there's valet parking involved. Here our 2012 Honda CR-V is being wisked away to some unseen parking structure just off Cannery Row as my wife and I look on from our third floor balcony.

This year's Moto GP weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca coincides with our 20th anniversary, and since Monterey is halfway to Mom and Dad's place on the Oregon coast it only makes sense to keep heading north once the final checkered flag falls on Sunday.

Saturday night will prove interesting because the street below is to be closed and turned into a huge motorcycle parking lot. I hear alcohol consumption, whooping and hollering, gratuitous rev throwing and in-place burnouts will feature heavily. Whatever transpires, we'll have a bird's eye view.

As for the CR-V, all I know so far is this: a) it managed just 27.7 mpg during our semi-liesurely cruise up highway 101 and; b) I'm not in love with the laggy response of the touchscreen that controls the iPod/audio interface.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,487 miles

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2012 Honda CR-V: Text-to-Speech Capability with BlackBerry

July 26, 2012


Ordinarily, when I get into our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V, and click the text message button on the touchscreen, I see this message...

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