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The navi's functionality is present, but compared to nearly everything else on the market, both its user interface and feature count lag far behind the curve.
we like the standard 5-inch color display up near the windshield almost as much as we dislike the comically oversized buttons on the stereo
The system can read incoming messages aloud and send pre-determined messages out, like "I'm running late," as long as you have a compatible smartphone.
The company took great pains to boast about it, and then said that features like in-car texting were compatible only with two models of Blackberry phones.
For 2013, the Honda CR-V keeps pace with the market in terms of connectivity, and it includes a well-rounded feature set; the only caution, for those who like to add some extras like a navigation system or satellite radio, is that to get them you may have to move all the way up to the much more expensive EX-L model.
Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and streaming audio are standard on the entire model line, and the i-MID control screen clearly displays information and is controlled via a simple directional toggle on the steering wheel. The system is compatible with SMS texting (reading and pre-set replying) and a Pandora app, with the screen capable of displaying cover art, turn-by-turn directions, and a trip computer/fuel economy screen. You can also set the home screen to display personal pictures as wallpaper.
Otherwise, the trim levels of the CR-V will be familiar to anyone who's shopped for a Honda recently. There are LX, EX, and EX-L trims, with a navigation system and rear entertainment system reserved for the top version of the EX-L, these versions do get some upgraded interior trim plus leather upholstery, a ten-way driver’s seat, heated front seats, automatic climate control, heated mirrors, and a higher-power (328-watt) audio system with subwoofer.
Also available at the top of the lineup is a rear entertainment system with seven-inch display, DVD player, wireless headphones, and remote.
Connectivity features are offered throughout the lineup, and available entertainment systems are on part with those in luxury vehicles.