When most of our drivers hear “2016 Honda CR-V technology features,” their brains go to one place: connectivity. Whether it’s Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HondaLink telematics, or a satellite-linked navigation system, the CR-V has some of the best in connectivity features. Here’s some of what you can expect when you drive home this Honda crossover:
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink: Each CR-V includes Bluetooth as a standard feature, letting you pair a smartphone and make hands-free calls or stream music wirelessly. Just pair it once and the CR-V will sync up every time you turn the key.
Display Audio: The CR-V has an available Display Audio 7-inch touchscreen interface that gives you an intuitive level of control over music and vehicle settings. It also brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone technologies with it.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay: A car and a phone don’t always speak the same language, and over Bluetooth, that could mean limited functionality. But Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are designed to bridge that gap, bringing familiar apps like Maps and Hangouts to the CR-V dash.
HondaLink: Honda’s exclusive telematics system gives you new levels of access to your vehicle, letting you tap a few times to schedule necessary service appointments and bringing streaming audio, podcasts, and social media feeds to your CR-V.
Navigation: The upper CR-V trims have a satellite-linked navigation system available that responds to voice controls, delivers turn-by-turn directions, and can route you around traffic toward your destination.
Comparing to the Competition
To give you an idea of how the competition compares, here are snapshots of three other crossovers that compete with the CR-V:
Ford Escape: We have a full 2017 Ford Escape review that breaks down all of the details, but the short version is that Ford’s crossover sports a less powerful engine, a lower fuel economy, and a smaller cabin even if it comes close on tech features.
Toyota RAV4: While the RAV4 is one of the CR-V’s closest competitors and comes close to Honda’s crossover on tech features, you’ll find yourself with a smaller cabin and a less efficient engine, much like the Escape.
Jeep Cherokee: The Cherokee embraces the Jeep aesthetic, and that includes a very basic selection of technology features and nothing that’s comparable to the available Honda Sensing safety package.
*The 2016 Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Accord Coupe with Honda Sensing™, the 2016 Pilot with Honda Sensing™, and the 2016 CR-V Touring have been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their superior crash safety performance.
**Safety matters most, and the 2016 CR-V, Accord, Fit, Odyssey, HR-V, and Pilot earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).