To me the most interesting part is what CR and other reviewers have said about the larger display screen on the T, E, and Black. Sadly it seems like you get a less user friendly display screen on the more expensive vehicles. I am highly attracted to the safety features on those models, but unhappy that the display is considered subpar.Interesting, generally liked it but not a complete review yet.
It is true that CR's hugely critical review of the last-generation Civic got them to rush a substantial refresh, but CR has been complaining about the touch-screen electronics in various recent Honda vehicles (including the HR-V and Pilot) since their release, without any Honda response that I've seen.The good thing is that Honda typically listens to what CR says and often responds with a refresh addressing their complaints.
Me too.Those easy-to-use big knobs and buttons on my 2012 Sport are just another reason to wait and see what the refresh brings.
Here is the part cost, add at least 2 hours of labor at what's current shop labor cost 100/hr?. Each screen/UI code/processor probably costs Honda $50 or less (in bulk), yet they can charge the customer upwards of $500 for the item. It would be interesting to see replacement costs from a dealer if you cracked the screen....
Honda gets great profit and marketability with the screens as opposed to just using the knobs that most of us want (actually, I want both, but would prefer knobs if I had to choose).
Actually, I think that Honda did respond to the criticism. Perhaps by the time the negative reviews of the infotainment system were coming in, it was too late in the G2 design cycle to replace it, so instead they responded by limiting the models that got the 8 inch display. It's the same reason that we won't see that ridiculous 9 speed tranny in the Ridgeline.It is true that CR's hugely critical review of the last-generation Civic got them to rush a substantial refresh, but CR has been complaining about the touch-screen electronics in various recent Honda vehicles (including the HR-V and Pilot) since their release, without any Honda response that I've seen.
In the end, they call the Pilot's touch-screen system "frustrating" and "a mess." Yet Honda is seemingly using the same unit in the new Ridgeline? I would have hoped they'd be more sensitive to such negative reviews and improve the system in a newly-released 2017 vehicle, but it would seem they are committed to the current electronics arrangement