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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
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.
The Honda CR-V isn't all that trendsetting for features, although it does keep pace with the market in connectivity and entertainment and have a well-rounded feature set that's not missing any basics. Although the CR-V isn't quite up to snuff on value against some of its rivals, as you do need to step up to the pricier EX-L model in order to get satellite radio or a navigation system.
But Honda hasn't ignored some items that are expected today--like Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and streaming audio. They're both standard on the entire model line, and the control display (i-MID clearly displays information, while you can toggle through its displays from the steering wheel. This system can handle SMS texting (reading and pre-set replying) and has a Pandora app, with the screen capable of displaying cover art, turn-by-turn directions, and trip computer data. You also have the option to display wallpaper (your personal pictures).
Trim levels of the CR-V will be familiar to anyone who's shopped for a Honda in recent years. LX, EX, and EX-L trims span a reasonably wide range of equipment, with the navigation system and rear entertainment system reserved for the top version. At the top of the lineup is a rear entertainment system with seven-inch display, DVD player, wireless headphones, and remote. Those EX-L models also 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) sound system.
Available infotainment systems are on par with those found elsewhere--although you still need to move to the top EX-L to get some extras, like satellite radio.