Heading out to your car, especially on cold mornings, you want to know that it is ready to drive. Spending a few extra minutes when you’re already late is not ideal. Thankfully, with all the new technology pouring into cars these days, there is a way to know precisely what temperature your car is before even stepping out the door.
Honda never compromises on its values even as it introduces new technology and features into its vehicles. Its latest addition, Hondalink, delivers 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 function called Key by Amazon. Instead of sending your packages to your doorstep to be stolen, the HondaLink system unlocks your car to let the delivery driver place the packages securely in your trunk, and locks it when access is no longer needed. Note this technology only works in 50 American cities and their surrounding areas, and motorists need to be Amazon Prime customers before using it.
The range function is a boon on long road trips, regardless of whether your Honda runs on gasoline, electricity, or both. The HondaLink app helps you find the nearest gas station or electric car charging station, and provides directions to it if needed. In some models, like the Clarity, you can also use your phone to pre-set the climate control system so your seat isn’t freezing or scorching hot when you step in after leaving the car outside for several hours.
The full safety and security features controllable through the app include:
- Remote engine start
- Lock or unlock doors
- Automatic collision notifications
- Recall notifications
- Service appointments
- Roadside assistance
- Emergency call
- Speed alerts
- Security alarm alerts
- Stolen vehicle locator
The infotainment features controllable through the app include:
- Parking reminders
- Destination by voice
- Hands-free calling
- Phonebook access
- Music streaming
- Selected app access
A few steps are required to enable HondaLink. To start:
- Download the Hondalink app on your smartphone.
- When you are in your car, connect your phone to Bluetooth on the Honda Infotainment system.
- Open the app on your phone to automatically pair through the Bluetooth connection. When you are connected, you will have full control over the above-listed features on your phone.
Motorists can access HondaLink and its range of features through several different packages. With just the basic subscription prices, you can utilize some features for no added costs. If you’d prefer collision notifications or more extensive roadside assistance, it could cost you about $89 a year. For drivers who wish to start, lock, and unlock their car remotely, check out the Remote plan. This subscription costs about $110 annually. However, this package also allows drivers to quickly find their car— whether it’s missing or you’ve just forgotten where you parked. The highest tier of the subscription plan, and the most expensive, is the Concierge plan at $260 per year. This package includes access to a personal concierge. We believe this subscription may not be worth the cost for most drivers unless you’re already aware you will use some of its added features.
HondaLink has been available for motorists for several years now. It may cost a bit extra for the full subscription services. Still, you may find it’s a reliable investment for its added security for your vehicle, improved ownership experience, and easy-to-use system.
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