CARS.COM — When it comes to smartphone gadgets in the 2015 Honda Fit, you won’t find Apple CarPlay and Android Auto like you will in the 2016 Honda Civic and Honda Accord. Instead, we’re stuck with HondaLink NextGeneration in Cars.com’s long-term 2015 Honda Fit test car. HondaLink lets users stash their phone while using the Fit’s multimedia system to control five available smartphone applications.
Before you get excited about five whole apps, Aha and iHeartRadio streaming radio are the only recognizable ones. We dug into our long-term Fit’s convoluted media system to see how well the apps work with a late-model iPhone 6.
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First, firing up HondaLink isn’t as easy as plugging your iPhone into a USB port and opening up existing Aha and iHeartRadio apps. HondaLink requires an iOS Cable Kit ($99) available through Honda that includes an HDMI cable, Lightning USB cable and Apple Digital AV converter. One end of the contraption plugs into the iPhone’s Lightning connector while the other plugs into the Fit’s HDMI and USB vehicle inputs located below the multimedia system and climate controls; yes, that’s why there’s a mysterious HDMI input in the Fit.
With the required compatibility hardware acquired, it’s time to download the HondaLink App Launcher and HondaLink-specific version of Aha as well as the automotive-specific version of iHeartRadio; standard versions don’t work with HondaLink. HondaLink’s other apps include a pricey navigation service ($59.99) reviewed here and HondaLink Connect with local weather info, service reminders and owner’s manual.