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Honda Accord, Navigation System, Sedan
Jul 16, 2006 (8:50 pm)
If I get the navigation, are some of the controls for stereo, climate, etc. put on the LCD touch screen of the navigation instead of the buttons and knobs on the console?
#2 of 333 Re: Navigation [stanwelks]
Jul 17, 2006 (8:48 am)
Everything is on the touch screen. All radio/CD controls, including push button presets for two sets of FM, one set of AM and two sets of XM, volume, base, treble, fade, balance, CD adjustments, etc.
All manual AC controls, including fan levels are there. The auto climate controls are knobs and push buttons.
All the informational things like trip computer, calendar, calculator, etc are touch screen items as well.
Oh yes, all the navi controls are there too.
The whole thing is very easy to use. And you can also use voice commands for all of the above. For example, you can tell which radio preset you want to play.
#3 of 333 Re: Navigation [tallman1]
Jul 17, 2006 (2:44 pm)
1. How easy is it to view the contents of the screen in direct sunlight? This is my main concern, since all of the controls are integrated into the screen.
2. How well does the voice recognition differentiate words spoken during conversation from commands given to the unit?
3. Are there any issues with doing 2 things at the same time with the nav screen? So for example, while the radio is playing in the background, I imagine I can click over to the climate options and the screen will change to that. Are there anythings that have to be stopped before something else can be done?
#4 of 333 Aftermarket NAV?
Jul 17, 2006 (3:13 pm)
Are there any advantages to getting an aftermarket NAV system "installed?" I do not want one that is just mounted on the window or dashboard.
Can an aftermarket NAV be as nicely integrated with the stereo, climate controls, etc.?
#5 of 333 Re: Navigation [stanwelks]
Jul 17, 2006 (5:06 pm)
Reading the screen in direct sunlight is very difficult.
That may sound bad, but keep in mind the climate controls in the model with the Navi option also has the Auto feature with dual temperature settings. Basically you can "set it and forget it"
I have an 04 EX-L, I hardly ever touch the climate control settings. I set the temps at 70 deg, and leave it there. When the car has been setting in the sun, the auto controls crank up the fan speed, and even turn the controls to Recirculate for max cooling, returning to normal once the car cools down a bit.
The radio volume, mode and channels can be changed with the steering wheel controls as well as the knob on the dash.
The voice recognition only functions when you hit the "voice" button on the steering wheel. You push the button, the system shuts off the volume to the front speakers, and you give it your command. If your lucky, it will understand your command. I love the Navi system, could go without the voice recognition.
I find that unless I'm using the Navi function, I really don't need to use the screen for much. Once you program your favorite radio channels, adjust the bass/treble/balance/fader to your liking, there isn't much of a need for the radio settings. If your interested in your current gas milage, how far you have gone on the tank of gas, and how far you got left, the trip computer screen is handy.
There is nothing that has to be stopped when you change screens.
The only BIG complaint that I and everyone else has is the 20+ seconds it takes before it becomes operational. The delay doesn't affect the climate controls from turning on when you start the car, or does the delay effect the radio. I also wish I could plan a trip on my PC and download the data to the Navi system. I'm sure, future models will have that option.
My suggestion would be to find an '03 or newer Accord at a dealer with the Navi and play!
If you do alot of traveling, or drive in areas your not familiar with, the Navi system is worth the $$. If your going to be driving the car back and forth to the same places you've been before, then what do you need the navi system for?
#6 of 333 Re: Navigation [mrbill1957]
Jul 17, 2006 (6:06 pm)
After 03 to 04 and you get bluetooth and dual climate.
#7 of 333 Re: Navigation [autoboy16]
Jul 17, 2006 (6:11 pm)
"bluetooth?" I thought the Accord didn't have it.
#8 of 333 Re: Navigation [stanwelks]
Jul 18, 2006 (6:48 am)
There is no bluetooth on the Accord.
I agree with MrBill about the voice recognition. It works much better sitting in the driveway but it sure gets confused if there is any noise. With the roof or windows open, your chance of having it understand you goes waaaay down.
Of course the other thing that helps is to memorize the exact words to say to do something. I end up just pressing the screen most of the time.
The only complaint I have is that there aren't enough radio presets for me on XM. (Go figure.... there are two sets.) There are so many choices and I find myself liking different things at different times. Changing individual stations with the dial is the worst thing about the system. Otherwise, I love it.
On another note, while I drive in many places that are new (why I bought it in the first place) I still like having the map available even locally. There are some freeways that I drive and never have known what's "over the hill". The map lets me see roads, lakes, etc. Also, I've been able to find a few back roads in some areas that I didn't even know went through. Kinda fun.
#9 of 333 Re: Navigation [stanwelks]
Jul 18, 2006 (6:52 am)
I said blue tooth??
I ment that the accord gets dual climate control, Xm radio and a nav system with voice recognition for 2004.
The accords styling was best in 2003, 2004, and 2006.
#10 of 333 Re: Navigation [tallman1]
Jul 18, 2006 (6:57 am)
I wonder how the accord reacts to people with an accent... It seems strange at first but i'm serious. Some people native tounge just can't say "Find Nearest Restaurant" without a lot of extra in it. I wonder how many times they did the TLs commercial? The one about listening...