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Hello,

Is there any way to upgrade my 2016 HR-v to apple play? Or can I only do that by trading in for a 2019 HR-v?

- Mike
You might consider scavenging the head unit out of a 2019 at a junkyard, eBay, FB Marketplace, etc. They aren't terribly difficult to install, and that way you can get an OEM part that shouldn't devalue your car for trade in later.
 

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Ho ho ho. I found this on Crutchfield.

It keeps all of the factory features like steering wheel controls and backup camera.

 

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Ho ho ho. I found this on Crutchfield.

It keeps all of the factory features like steering wheel controls and backup camera.

Link isn't working for me, but there are several threads here on aftermarket radio installs using conversion boxes from Crutchfield. Some neat options out there now that add even more than the new stock radios have if you're willing to tinker
 

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You might consider scavenging the head unit out of a 2019 at a junkyard, eBay, FB Marketplace, etc. They aren't terribly difficult to install, and that way you can get an OEM part that shouldn't devalue your car for trade in later.
Is it fairly easy to install? Plug and play easy? Would the 2016 cables work with the 2019 unit? And backup/lanewatch cameras fully functional? Thanks.
 

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It should just be plug-n-play since those other systems haven't changed. I only stress "should" because I haven't done this yet but it sounds pretty damn tempting. But that's also why I recommended pulling one from an HR-V instead of buying a third party system - it was designed to work with that equipment.
 

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Did any one of you guys tried changing rhe head?
Successful storey?
I put a Pioneer NEX 4400 in my 2011 Honda CR-Z and all the steering wheel buttons worked as designed, with the exception of being able to switch between AM, FM etc. I would think a 2016 would be even more compatible to a aftermarket unit. i would suggest finding a reputable car audio shop and asking them. That is what I did before making the change.
 

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its a shame they didn't think ahead and allow for just software upgrades that would adapt the radio for such changes etc
- even if the dealer had to do it and you paid for it- i think people would do so.
 

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Well CarPlay and Android Auto weren't an option when they were setting the specs for the HRV, or likely they would have.
 

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It should just be plug-n-play since those other systems haven't changed. I only stress "should" because I haven't done this yet but it sounds pretty damn tempting. But that's also why I recommended pulling one from an HR-V instead of buying a third party system - it was designed to work with that equipment.
I found a picture of the back of a 2019 EX headunit (on this eBay listing) and it looked a little different from the back of my 2017 EX HU, so I called my local Honda parts department to see if the 2019 would be compatible with my 2017 car with some fancy wiring. I was told that the 2019 HU is made by a different manufacturer than the previous models, so even if I redid the wiring, any other systems that depended on the HU would no longer function. So yeah.
 

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@katkle I am so sorry, I had no idea they were different manufacturers. I feel terrible for telling you that, but I'm glad you did your due diligence and found out before buying the parts.
 
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