Honda Automobiles: 2016 Honda HR-V

Ranging from a high-quality 160-watt audio system featuring standard Bluetooth®1 streaming audio to an available 180-watt high-resolution WVGA 7-inch (800 x 480 dpi) electrostatic touchscreen information system (EX and EX-L Navi) with optional embedded (EX-L Navi) or app-based navigation system, the 2016 HR-V offers advanced audio, information and connectivity features uncommon in this vehicle class.

Key Audio, Information and Telematics Features

  • 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio (EX, EX-L Navi)
  • Next Generation HondaLink™ (EX, EX-L Navi)
  • Siri Eyes Free Integration (EX, EX-L Navi)
  • HDMI Audio and Video Playback (EX, EX-L Navi)
  • HondaLink Assist (EX, EX-L Navi)
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ With Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic (EX-L Navi)
  • SMS Text Message Function (EX, EX-L Navi)

Audio Systems
The HR-V offers a trio of audio systems, each tied to a particular trim level. The LX is equipped with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, a 5-inch color LCD screen and conventional knob and button controls. EX and EX-L Navi trims feature a system with 180-watts and add two additionial speakers (tweeters) for a total of six, as well as the 7-inch Display Audio electrostatic touchscreen, a second USB interface2, and an HDMI Display Audio interface3. On the EX-L Navi trim, the tuner is upgraded with HD Radio™4 reception and SiriusXM® Radio5 (SiriusXM is available on EX as an accessory). All trims feature Bluetooth® streaming audio when paired with a compatable cell phone. Pandora®6 compatibility is standard on EX and EX-L Navi through both Bluetooth® and USB connections. In all models, the single-disc CD player can read CD-Rs loaded with Windows Media® Audio (WMA) or MP3 audio files.

All systems feature Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC). As vehicle speed changes, the audio system’s volume is automatically raised or lowered to compensate for changes in ambient cabin noise. The feature can be deactivated at any time.

Display Audio
HR-V EX and EX-L Navi trims features Honda’s 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio. The intuitive and easy-to-use Display Audio lets you swipe, tap and pinch–just like on a tablet computer or smartphone–to control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings and other advanced features.

Icons resembling smartphone apps are displayed on the high-definition, capacitive touchscreen, making the interface intuitive and easy to use. Standard internet-sourced music and media options, such as Pandora® are built into the Display Audio interface, with the ability to create personalized stations, tap to “like” songs, and view album artwork directly from the touchscreen when paired with a compatible smartphone. Display Audio also integrates touch operation of the volume (with a quick-swipe adjustment), menu, and return functions for a modern and sleek look. The EX-L Navi model includes the Display Audio with a fully integrated and fully featured Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with continuously updated traffic information.

USB Ports
In LX trims a USB port positioned in the lower front storage tray of the front console allows for easy connection of items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or a removable flash drive storage device. The USB port is located alongside a 12-volt power outlet. The HR-V EX and EX-L Navi trims add a second USB port in the same area for connection of an additional device. 

SiriusXM® Radio
SiriusXM® Radio is a standard feature in the EX-L Navi, and it provides more than 165 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. The SiriusXM® signal is beamed to two broadcast satellites positioned in geostationary orbit above Earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada.

SiriusXM® Radio programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children’s programming and entertainment. When the audio system plays XM® Radio, the audio system displays the current category, station song title, or artist’s name.

Pandora® Interface
EX and EX-L Navi trims provide a convenient interface for Pandora®. Pandora® is a free music service that allows users to open an account online and create up to 100 personalized internet “radio stations” that are based on favorite songs or artists. Users can choose among their stations and listen via computer, and can also download a free smartphone Pandora® app, which allows users listen to the same list of personalized stations via their compatible phone. Although Pandora® is free, phone data charges apply.

An iPhone® or compatible Android phones can be connected wirelessly, using Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®. To use Pandora®, the Pandora app is launched on a compatible connected smartphone and the vehicle’s audio source is set to Pandora®. The audio screen shows Pandora® information and album art, and the audio controls allow listeners to choose from among existing stations, pause, resume, skip forward, and mark a track with “Like” or “Dislike” ratings. Some functionality of the Pandora® app is locked out when using the HR-V’s Pandora® interface.

Next Generation HondaLink™
The Display Audio system with next generation HondaLink allows the customer’s digital lifestyle to seamlessly integrate with the car and provides access to a world of cloud-based information. The all-new application-based platform connects customers to online content both inside and outside the car, all powered by their smartphones.

Four specialty HondaLink apps provide organization and are a gateway to additional online content:

  • Connect App – Provides convenient access for many services including location searches, local weather, messaging, Maintenance Minder™ alerts, service scheduling by phone, and access to the Owners Guide. Users can tap for weather updates and store favorite destinations for quick routing with the Navigation app.
  • Navigation App – A cloud-based navigation app for purchase8 that includes 3D mapping and continuously updated traffic information. The app offers a variety of location search options including search by point of interest, text search, or previous locations. Routes can be pre-planned on a smartphone and will display on the vehicle’s touchscreen. Turn-by-turn routing guidance is available through the vehicle’s audio system as well.
  • Aha™App – provides access to an extensive and diverse selection of audio content across multiple genres and demographics, plus featured new stations, Internet radio, podcasts, audiobooks, news, Twitter and Facebook updates and nearby location listings for restaurants, coffee houses, hotels, weather, parks, and gas stations. Users can tap to personalize stations or add favorites via smartphone or directly through the Display Audio interface.
  • Launcher App –Finds and organizes Honda-approved 3rd party apps so they can be quickly integrated into the Display Audio system. Approved apps can be found through the Launcher and shown on the Display Audio screen for easy access.

The connection between the system and the user’s smartphone is made through the USB interface and a new HDMI interface. For iPhone 5 and 6 models, a HondaLink iOS cable kit is available for purchase through Honda dealers or online at The iOS cable kit includes an Apple Lightning digital AV adapter, an Apple Lightning-to-USB cable and an appropriate-length HDMI cable (Apple-approved). Consumer information and helpful tips regarding HondaLink can be found at

HDMI®9 Audio and Video Playback
On EX and above trims, the Display Audio system allows audio and video playback when “HDMI” is selected from the audio source menu and a compatible device (i.e. iPhone 5 or 6) is connected via a HDMI cable.

If the vehicle’s CVT is in the “Park” position or the parking brake is activated for models equipped with a manual transmission, video content can be displayed from the device on to the 7-inch screen with audio playback sent through the six vehicle speakers, effectively transforming the Display Audio system into an in-vehicle video entertainment display. If the vehicle’s transmission is shifted out of the “Park” position, video playback will cease, but audio playback can continue. This functionality does not allow control of the connected device through the touchscreen.

HondaLink Assist
An additional new feature on HR-V EX and above is HondaLink Assist10 that can help request emergency assistance for drivers. If a compatible phone is paired through Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, there is a cellular connection and an airbag deployment sensor is triggered by a collision, the system is designed to automatically attempt to notify an operator, report the car’s current location, and allow you to talk directly to the operator. The operator can then contact emergency services if needed.

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ With Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
Standard on the HR-V EX-L Navi, the integrated Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System11 uses GPS technology to provide drivers with turn-by-turn guidance to their chosen destination. The system adds the HD Digital Traffic feature, which alerts the driver to current traffic conditions and can display alternate routes around gridlock. It features expanded coverage including many surface streets within the U.S., allowing the driver to choose faster, less congested routes. HD Digital Traffic is subscription-free.

The navigation system can be controlled by voice or through the 7-inch electrostatic touch-screen Audio Display utilizing its tap, pinch and swipe functionality. The voice-activation system can respond to more casual command phrases that require less user familiarization, in addition to the previous capability of being able to understand spoken city and street names. For example, a voice request for “Radio 98.3 FM” can now be spoken in approximately a dozen different ways ranging from “change the radio station to 98.3” to “98.3 FM.” This logic applies to audio functionality of the audio/information screen. The navigation system can also be controlled by voice with conventional navigation commands like, “Find nearest Chinese restaurant” or “find nearest ATM.”

The audio system is automatically muted when the “Talk” button is pressed. The voice-recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying the matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map – such as restaurants and grocery stores – can be displayed with brand logo icons or you can have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation, all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers that can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system when the driver’s cellular telephone is connected to the system.

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System uses GPS in combination with detailed information from the vehicle’s mapping system to pinpoint the vehicle’s location and to provide a host of useful mapping and route guidance features. The antenna can utilize up to 12 satellites from a network of 24 global positioning satellites. If the antenna is obstructed by a tunnel, a parking garage or a tall building, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle so that the map information remains current and reliable. The vehicle clock is independently controlled by GPS data, so when time zones are crossed while driving, the clock will automatically set itself to the current time.

Siri Eyes Free Integration
Adding another new premium feature, Display Audio integrates Apple’s Siri Eyes Free mode into the HR-V. Compatible iPhone® users will be able to operate Siri through familiar voice commands by pressing and holding the TALK button on the steering wheel when their iPhone is paired via Bluetooth®. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and helps to minimize potential distractions by keeping the iOS device’s screen from lighting up.

Owners can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

  • Sending text messages and e-mails
  • Reading (listening to) incoming text messages and emails
  • Setting up calendar entries, reminders, and alarms
  • Checking the weather
  • Turn-by-turn voice navigation (when the audio system is set to Bluetooth® Audio or iPod mode)
  • Sports scores and stock quotes

SMS Text Message Function
The HR-V EX and EX-L Navi trims have a standard SMS Text Message function that can read incoming texts aloud over the audio system, and allow the driver to reply with any of six factory preset messages. The system works with SMS-capable cell phones that have an active data plan and the Message Access Profile (MAP), such as the Blackberry, Droid X and others. Apple iPhone® models do not support this feature, but Siri Eyes Free Mode (iPhone® 5 and 6 at time of launch) offers the ability to initiate, hear and respond to text messages via voice commands.
Once a compatible phone is paired with the HR-V’s Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system, the text messaging function is enabled. When the phone receives a text message, an alert appears on the 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen. Using the touchscreen, the driver can choose to have the message read aloud, can select among the preset reply choices, or can call the sender – all without touching the phone.
To help avoid driver distraction, the text of the incoming message is not displayed on screen unless the CVT is in Park or the parking brake is activated on models equipped with a manual transmission.
Available factory preset text replies:

  • Talk to you later, I’m driving.
  • I’m on my way.
  • I’m running late.
  • OK
  • Yes
  • No

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
The Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® interface is designed to offer hands-free operation for many Bluetooth®-enabled mobile telephones. Standard on all HR-V models, the system wirelessly connects the driver’s cell phone to the vehicle’s audio system. This allows the driver to make or answer cell phone calls without removing hands from the steering wheel. The system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). A list of compatible phones can be found at or

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® enables audio files to be played through the vehicle’s audio system wirelessly with a feature called Bluetooth® Audio. If an audio compatible device is paired, it will be added as an auxiliary source on the audio 5-inch color LCD screen (LX) or 7-inch Display Audio (EX, EX-L Navi) screen. This allows the Bluetooth®device’s media to be played wirelessly by the audio system. Cell phone devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3 allow the display of metadata for artist, album and track name on the audio 5-inch color LCD screen or Display Audio screen. The vehicle’s audio controls for “skip forward” and “skip backward” allow for navigation from track to track.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® is designed for easy use. After the driver completes a simple one-time “pairing” process to link the cell phone with the vehicle, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver’s cell phone when the phone is within about 33 feet of the vehicle. Once the driver enters the vehicle, the phone can be stored in a pocket, briefcase, purse or a storage bin inside the vehicle’s cabin as the call transfers information through the wireless telephone interface. Certain compatible cell phones can also transfer the cellular phonebook into the vehicle through the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system. After the cellular phonebook is transferred, calls can be made by selecting from the registered phonebook on the information screen.

Operational features include:
Phone numbers of incoming calls are displayed on the audio 5-inch color LCD screen or Display Audio screen

  • Pressing the steering wheel-mounted “Pick up” button answers the call and mutes the audio system
  • The caller is heard through the audio-system speakers
  • An overhead microphone picks up the driver’s voice while minimizing background noise and echoing
  • Numbers with voice tags may be stored in the system’s memory
  • To make a hands-free call, the driver first activates the system using the steering wheel-mounted fingertip controls, then speaks a preset voice tag
  • Numbers can also be dialed by speaking the telephone number
  • Automatic import of phone book and call history
  • Up to five different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system

Multi-Information Display (MID)
The HR-V instrument panel provides important vehicle information via a Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned to the right of the speedometer. The Select/Reset knob in the instrument cluster allows the driver to cycle the MID display through multiple screens of information from sources. The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the HR-V driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear.

1 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.

2 The USB Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work.

3 The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and streaming from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety reasons, always launch HondaLink applications or perform any other operation on your phone only when the vehicle is safely parked. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature, and Assist functions may be terminated without notice. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply. Please see HondaLink terms and conditions for details.

4 HD Radio is a proprietary trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation.

5 SiriusXM services require a subscription after any trial period. If you decide to continue your SiriusXM service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at Fees and programming subject to change. XM satellite service is available only to those at least 18 years and older in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C. ©2014 Sirius XM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

6 Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. Compatible with select smartphones. See: Not all devices compatible with USB connection. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply.

7 Windows Media® is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

8 App available for purchase for $59.99 through iTunes store.

9 The term HDMI is a trademark or registered trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries

10 Honda reserves the right to terminate HondaLink Assist services at any time or for any reason, and in the future may not be able to provide services due to changes in or obsolescence of technology integral to the service or changes in government regulation.

11 The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on EX-L Navi trims in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. (Honda HD Digital Traffic service only available in the United States, except Alaska)

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