Do you mean 2016? Only the 2016 has those things so far (if it's REALLY discontinued). 2011-2015 the only interior thing that changed was the color option and the rear view camera.
Must've been it. I'll use my Old card now.
I respectfully disagree. Sure, the bass does find a hidey-hole when you get the screen, but with the right EQ and enough patience, you can almost get Clarion sound clarity with it. I found good enough settings that I'm happy with 95% of the music that plays.
My formative years were with a standard AM radio in a VW Bug. I don't expect any decent sounds out of a car radio. But I do want to be able to change tracks, adjust volume, change screens and all the rest without having to not only look away from the road, but worse, trying to keep my extended arm stable enough to hit the right spot on the screen to make it do what I meant. The Civic radio was much worse than the CR-V (which is the radio the Z has), but the V's sucked as well. So does the Z's second try. Between lousy roads, and the apparent abandonment of caution on the part of contemporary pedestrians (who love to wear black at night, and cross a street any old time or place the whim strikes), there's just too damned much going on outside to afford distraction. Voice would be better, if the ninny bint could figure out what I was saying, and if I could figure out what she was listening for.... just like a real girl.
The gas mileage info screen was previously only standard on navigation models, and with always-on Google Maps, who wants to pay Honda $150 a year for updated streets and no live traffic anyway?
I have the Nav. It was one of my must-haves. And Google Maps are not only unbeatable, but getting better and better by the month. Still, it's surprising just how thorough the Honda maps are (mine's still the un-updated '13 map), and how seldom I can find something it can't. One of my little road games is to give it and Google both an address, and see how they try to use different routes. I probably have to tweak the preferences somewhere.
It has a physical volume button instead of the invisible one you hate, and our steering controls eliminate the need to touch the thing more than once in a blue moon on top of all of it.
The Z's steering controls are a bit clunky for me, I keep hitting MODE instead of +/-, but I'm still practicing. The V had a round arrangement with 4 petals around the center, it was a bit better. The damned Civic volume was a slider thing that I never got the knack of, although at least it had a mute. But it all degenerates into picking of nits. I'm just glad it'll accept what I load on to a USB stick.
Perhaps it is the giant alien fish tank of a CR-V,
Actually, it's not too big a car for what it is, and I'm not sure many hate SUVs more than I do. I did enjoy being able to blast in and out of driveways without worrying about scraping off its chin. And I was honestly surprised to find a 4 instead of a 6 under the hood- typical Honda torque management.
or the loaner Civic with all the bells and whistles that almost took you from us that the screen is unnecessary or misplaced. On the CR-Z it is perfectly positioned and helps massively with the blind spot, on which there is a huge standalone thread here. Maybe you find the porthole above the rear cubby useful and can make out more than a sliver of sky, but the 150° viewing angle on that side camera is an absolute godsend on our Micro Machine 2-seaters when changing lanes. It is called LaneWatch, after all.
That was one of the troubles with the Civic LaneWatch, in that the screen was lower than the Z's, and looking at it took almost all the peripheral vision away from the windshield. A screen for that should be at the top of the dash. But I've had many jobs driving vans and trucks with worse blind areas than the Z, and haven't really had much bother with it. My center mirror is also set, along with the passenger seat back, that I get a peek out the rear side window enough to find a motorcycle. Pity the 1940's trend of mounting the side mirror at the top of the door has gone away. But at least we don't have the Japanese donkey-ears on the fenders.