Honda's 2012 Civic update not only includes new styling and engine improvements, it also brings in new cabin tech. At long last the company has replaced its aged DVD-based navigation system, and designed a modern new music interface.
These new controllers on the steering wheel spoke let the driver control audio on a full-color auxiliary screen just below the windshield. Buttons for voice command and the Bluetooth phone system sit below the spoke.
For years, Honda relied on a DVD-based navigation system, but this new one is flash-based, making for quicker response times and better resolution. Honda also integrates traffic information into this navigation system.
The main touch screen shows the available audio sources, a new graphic design for Honda that will be easy to operate while driving. Unlike in the previous version, the CD slot is at the top of the faceplate, rather than behind the LCD, a change that makes it more easily accessible.
The auxiliary screen, up at the top of the dashboard close to the driver's range of vision, is a smaller screen that lists audio sources sequentially. This screen flows sideways when the driver pushes the source button on the steering wheel.
When playing a track from a connected iPod, the auxiliary screen shows song information, including album cover art when available. This auxiliary screen also shows route guidance information when a destination is programmed into the navigation system.