Originally Posted by Dollface
Anyways, I am torn between the HRV and the Civic. Mainly because of the engine and the Apple Carplay in the Civic. The HRV would be more practical and I plan on having this car for awhile. (My family only purchases Hondas and we usually have them for about 8-10 years before buying a new one)
My main focus is the HondaLink. I have read terrible reviews on it. Do Apple phones work fine through this system? I am not interested in the Navigation system but I am interested in the EX-L model. I really only want the leather and the buttons on the steering wheel from this model. Can I get those features on the EX model?
If I have to get the EX-L model to get those features, do I have to pay to use the Navigation system or can I just ignore it and use my phone?
Sorry for all the questions! While at the dealer we only focused on the Civic features. But I am really undecided on what to get. I would be completely sold on the HRV if it had Apple Carplay. That is really the only thing that is turning me off about it. What do you think?
First off, never apologize for asking questions, that is why the forum is here!
Now, I have the EX-L, and I have not tested the nav system yet, that might happen this week. You do not have to pay to use the Honda Link Navigation, but as others have mentioned it is not as good as other navigations. I am pretty sure that Apple or Google maps can play through the car speakers. I will probably test that out tomorrow, before I go adventuring on Thursday.
However, you can set up Siri so that you do not have to directly use the Honda Link voice commands for texting/etc. I just hold the button on the steering wheel a little longer and it goes direct to Siri and I go from there etc. I think this is also possible with the other models. Search the forums and you can get some answers probably.
It does stink that we won't get carplay (even with updates) with the 2016 HRV model, but I was sold on the utility, and since I do some unique hauling, for me it is a better fit.
If I were younger, and didn't have my unique hauling needs, the new Civic would have been a serious contender for me too. The first car I ever bought was a 2003 Civic, and I loved that car.
Ultimately, I would test drive both, and then decide. Both should have good resale value, and hopefully dependability.