2013 Honda CR-V Consumer Review: Sound System Is Fraudulently A

2013 Honda CR-V - Consumer Review

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LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic)

Sound System Is Fraudulently Advertised
By radioarchivist on


2013 Honda CR-V LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


I purchased
from a dealer with whom I had over 30 good years of experience with Volvos.
As I thought their service was excellent and they were very close, I purchased the car albeit via a high pressure salesman.

The CR-V get's better millage in average driving than my old 2000 RAV4 did on the highway. It is also quieter, bigger, more comfortable and more powerful.

The OEM radio has very poor AM sound. So bad that is is often difficult to understand what is being said.
The overall features of the radio are about what you get in a $68.00 bargain basement radio at a close out shop. Seriously!
A was formerly heavily involved in auto radio design at Bosch. I gave the go ahead for production of radios used in Some Mercedez Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and even Ford radios. I easily measured the audio output power, and found it to to be 40 Watts, not 160.

Complaints got nothing but lies from Honda. Honda even refused to put their reply in writing, only verbally via telephone. Honda refused to reveal how they arrive at 160 Watts. They said there testing was proprietary. I used standard electrical engineering practice as taught in all colleges in the civilized world Think of that; Honda made claims of performance, but refuse to tell you how they came up with their claims that are 4 times greater than any competent engineer could arrive at. It is obvious what they are doing. IT IS PURE FRAUD on Honda's part.

I was able to replace the Honda radio with a used Blaupunkt radio that when new sold for 1/3 the price of the Honda radio. The advertised power of the Blaupunkt is 160 Watts, and the MEASURED power is 160 Watts. Removing the junk Honda radio meant that I cannot set the Honda's clock nor use its USB plug. However, the excellent reception performance and the far superior sound of the replacement radio more than makes up for those small losses. I can now listen to AM and understand what is spoken with clarity. The FM sensitivity is vastly superior to the Honda radio and its sound quality greatly detailed and powerful.

Best Features

  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Parking aids
  • Climate control
  • Dealership support
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Fuel economy

Worst Features

  • Entertainment
  • Bluetooth
  • Electronics

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