Walking to your car, especially on cold mornings, you want to know that it’s ready to go. Spending a few extra minutes when you’re already late isn’t ideal. Fortunately, with all the new technology being put into cars these days, there is a way to know exactly what the temperature in your car is before you even get out of it.
Honda never compromises its values, even as it introduces new technologies and features to its vehicles. Its latest addition, Hondalink, brings drivers vital information about their car to their phones through this handy app.
One of our favorite features of the system is the in-car delivery feature that Amazon calls the Key. Instead of sending your packages to your doorstep to be stolen, the HondaLink system unlocks your car so the delivery driver can safely place the packages in your trunk and lock it when access is no longer needed. Please note that this technology only works in and around the 50 US cities, and drivers must be Amazon Prime users before using it.
The range feature is a great help on long drives, whether your Honda runs on gasoline, electricity, or both. The HondaLink app helps you find the nearest electric car charging or service station and provides directions if needed. On some models, like the Clarity, you can also use your phone to preset the climate control system so your seat isn’t hot or cold when you get in after leaving the car outside for a few hours.
Comprehensive safety and security features that can be controlled via the app include:
- remote engine start
- Lock or unlock the door
- Automatic collision notifications
- revocation notices
- service programming
- Roadside assistance
- Emergency call
- speed warnings
- security alarm alerts
- Stolen Vehicle Locator
Infotainment features that can be controlled via the app include:
- parking reminders
- destination by voice
- hands free calls
- Access to the phone book
- music streaming
- Access to the selected application
Several steps are required to turn on HondaLink. Begin:
- Download the Hondalink app on your smartphone.
- When you’re in the car, connect your phone to the Honda infotainment system’s Bluetooth.
- Automatically pair your smartphone via Bluetooth by opening the app. After successfully pairing your car, you can access and manage all the above features from your phone.
Hondalink and its extensive features are available in several different packages. Some of the features are only available with basic subscription prices, at no additional cost. If you want to opt for some of the more advanced features, like collision notification or roadside assistance, the extra costs will set you back about $89 per year. To remotely start, lock, or unlock your car, you’ll need to look at the Remote plan. That subscription will cost you about $110 a year, but it will also allow you to quickly find your car, whether it’s stolen or parked in a busy parking lot. The Concierge plan is the next level of subscription; It is valued at $260 per year and includes a personal concierge. Most drivers choose to forego additional features and costs. You may not find it useful unless you are sure that you will need the additional features.
HondaLink has been on the market for years, although users are more familiar with its competitors. You’ll find that the costs are a bit higher for HondaLink’s full subscription services. However, the added security, easy-to-use system, and new technology might be worth the value.