2016 Honda Pilot: Volume Control, Briefly Possessed
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 29, 2016
An interesting thing happened when I tried turning the volume down in our 2016 Honda Pilot one evening while parking: It kept getting louder.
Getting into my parking spot isn't the easiest thing. It's tight and oddly positioned, often necessitating a multi-point turn and faith in mirrors and proximity sensors. The garage is underground too, so I always lose satellite radio reception.
While parking, I put the Pilot in reverse and started swiping the touch-sensitive volume bar to turn down the volume. Somehow, the combination of the backup camera activating, the loss of satellite radio, and my volume input caused the audio level to increase.
And it didn't stop, even when I took my finger off. I hit the power button and cursed the thing under my breath.
Maybe I have some weird juju that makes audio systems freak out (this isn't the first time), but a volume dial would never have this problem. The volume would go down because that's the direction you're turning it. There's no confusion.
I still don't know what caused this problem, and I haven't been able to reproduce it. Still, it only makes we want real volume control more. Not only does the absence of the dial make the experience more difficult, the thing Honda's replaced it with doesn't even work right.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor @ 7,451 miles