2014 Honda Accord HondaLink Infotainment Review

I’m Alex dykes and today we’re inside a 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid taking a look at the two screen infotainment system in our Touring model we have an 8 inch high-resolution non touch screen right here and then we have a smaller touchscreen interface right here lower in the dashboard we also have a command knob and series of physical buttons down lower in the dashboard will post a
little picture here so you can see what

those look like that module of buttons
right down there controls this screen more or less up here and this screen integrates with it but is primarily an audio function screen the system struct me is a little bit half-baked when I first saw it but it’s grown a little bit on me I still wish this screen did a little bit more so let’s go through the system functions so we can see why you can access the system’s different pages by either clicking the button on the steering wheel which cycles you through the screens as you can see right there or you can hit the direct access buttons
on the bottom let’s first take a look at

the phone interface the phone interface
uses both screens uses the upper screen for call history speed dial etc but if we hit the menu button down low in the dashboard we come up with this little menu here we can rotate around we can see call history phonebook etc if we go to dial you’ll see that this small screen now becomes a dial pad and then we have a send button you can also use the rotary knob to dial using that screen up top as well we go over to the info screen this is where we have our vehicle energy screen shows you what the engine and battery are doing in the system you can also see your historic trip computer information right there so our current trip was 103 miles our previous trip is 43 miles per gallon history of trip right if we had reset it
you can see over four hundred and five

hundred eighty-two miles of averaged
46.6 miles per gallon which is excellent in this car can go back to the info screen you can also see what our voice info commands are and we’ll give you a brief rundown of how to use those voice commands in the system traffic incidents and we have a calendar and of course clock and wallpaper clicking over to the audio screen we do have a full-featured Bluetooth interface right here you can see we can browse our playlist on the Bluetooth device that we’re currently connected to you can also go forward and backward pause and play using this touchscreen right here can also change the source using the touchscreen rather than that interface up there am/fm built-in hard drive XM satellite radio single slot CD player right there and our iPod and Bluetooth

interfaces down below to click over to

the iPod interface we get a little bit more information depending on the track that we’re on so we’re going to click over and we’re going to use this interface up there to change to a different playlist we’ll take a look at our most recent songs here and see what we have see scrolling down the list is fairly quick it’s not too hard to navigate this interface and if we choose a new tune and then you can see we have a little album art icon right there and album art right there in that upper screen as well we click right here we can change albums in this system which does seem a little bit strange to me you can’t really use this screen to browse your playlist or anything else all we have our albums right there and track forward backward we hit the more button you can directly go to sound settings this is a duplicate interface of what you’ll find up there if we hit the menu

button up there
sorry settings up there we can hit audio settings and then sound and you’ll see we have the bass and treble there as well as there do you find this interface easier to use than that one up top because you can stab the option you’re looking for rather than rotating a little knob in most of these screens we also have access to search our database this can be done either with voice commands the touchscreen right here or that rotary knob up there almost anything that you see on the screen up top can be voiced commanded in the system however the voice commands do get a little bit laborious over time let’s go over to the nav interface so we’ll show you what I mean by that so for all the nav interface and I hit the voice command button after the bead say phone call music search we can interrupt at

any time by hitting the button address

press the talk button to select after the beat say number City press the talk button after the beep Berlin game 5 magic after the beep say 1 press the talk but after the bead main 12 matches were found press the talk button to select the correct Street as you can see in this system navigating those voice commands is a bit more laborious than other systems where you simply press the button and you can say a simple natural voice command like navigate me to 1 2 3 vain Street Burlingame California it’s a lot easier to use that sort of system than to use this system however this system does allow you to enter the address while you’re navigating it is also very logical it just takes a bit more time than you might expect you can also enter addresses manually if you’re parked and entering addresses manually is made easier in this two screen arrangement than it was in previous Honda systems
before because you now have a keyboard

on this touchscreen right here so now we
can use this touchscreen to enter in a city for instance and then once we have those settings this goes back to the audio screen and then this screen appears where you’ll find your input so you hit San Jose that’s what we were after and then now the screen once again changes to a keyboard and now we can enter this the street name and of course up there now we have that interface again then once again we go back down here and this doesn’t give us a dedicated number entry screen it gives us a keyboard with just numbers right up there on the top so we can use this interface for entering an address and as you can see now we have this set as
destination right up there at the top

and you can begin using voice commands
at any time so you can click that little button and you can say set as destination and there we got calculating a route you also get the duplicated turn-by-turn directions right there in that LCD in the middle of your speedometer over on the settings interface we have access to our Navi settings phone settings info settings vehicle settings camera settings etc and the system does integrate with the lanewatch system as part of the Honda Accord here most Honda Accord models will have this Lane watch system there’s a small camera over there on that rear view mirror on the side of the car and you can see that will display it anytime by hitting the button on the turn signal stock you can turn it on and off that way and it turns on automatically when you turn the turn signal on compared to other systems out on the market I give this system an 8 out of 10 and I rank it just below my Ford touch my Ford touch is an awful lot more picky it does seem to crash more often and it is more sluggish than the system but I do find its natural voice commands easier to use and the system overall is a bit more logically laid out than this system I think that Honda still has a bit of R&D work to do to integrate this screen and the screen a little bit better with one another than
I have seen in this system still overall

I would rather have this than the single
screen system that you’ll find in the current generation Toyota Camry or the slightly older UVO system that you’ll find in the Hyundai Sonata as well as the Kia Optima thanks taking the time to watch this video if you want to know more about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid then go ahead and click that link at the bottom of your screen to be taken on over to our full review of the Honda Accord Hybrid you

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