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Honda CR-V Remote Start: The Full Rundown

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One of the great technology improvements to hit the auto industry in the last 10 years or so has been the availability of remote start on vehicles. While not every vehicle has remote start, more and more do each year and it is incredibly common as a standard feature. The CR-V’s remote start system to is similar to other makes and models, but what makes it different?

The Basics: What Is Remote Start?

A remote start system is essentially an electronic key fob that you can easily clip to your key ring and as the name would suggest, starts your vehicle remotely. Remote starters can mimic the engine starting process that occurs when you signal a remote start.

The CR-V’s remote start does this without the need of placing and turning a physical key in the ignition. When the control module is hooked into your ignition switch and other starter mechanisms, this is conceivable. After the system has been installed, you may use the buttons to transmit signals to the control module.

Once your remote start control module is fitted, it uses unique radio frequencies to communicate with your specific vehicle and transmitter. These signals instruct the control module to start the engine, lock, unlock, at the basic level. The control module receiver and the remote transmitter are the two main components of the CR-V’’s remote start system leaving everything at the control of a few point and clicks.


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The Benefits of Using the CR-V’s Remote Start System

Convenience at your fingertips

For more than one reason, remote start is all about convenience. Whether you want to modify the temperature of the cabin, want to give your engine a head start, or you just want to signal to the other passengers that it’s time to go, remote start can take care of it all. While some may value different types of convenience that is offers, being able to start car without having to leave your house or the grocery store checkout line are usually the first that come to mind. There are several other benefits that remote start systems create:

Resale value

A remote-start system may boost the resale value of the CR-V, especially when factoring in that Honda is one of the best-valued companies when it comes to the return on investment. Factoring in the geography of where you live, having unpredictable weather could make it a necessity.


While not necessarily something that comes to mind, remote start allows the CR-V to be managed virtually keeping it more safe and secure from theft. Of course this isn’t a sure thing, but vehicles with remote capabilities can typically be more secured from traditional key fobs.

Warm the cabin, engine, and motor oil

Probably the most common benefit that CR-V remote start offers is the ability to control the temperature. This can help defrost the windows and loosen up the ice and snow, warm the cabin itself, and warm up the engine to prevent winter stalling. This is great for keeping up routine maintenance and preventing multiple trips to the mechanic.

On the flip side, it’s also a great tool to cool it off for those hot summer days (especially if you go with a darker exterior and interior color). It might not get it down to your ideal air conditioning temperature, but getting a head start on the cooling system it will make the first few minutes a lot more comfortable.


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Are There Any Cons?

Like any good thing, sure, there are some downsides. Having more vehicles idling isn’t the best thing for the environment, and having the CR-V run for up to 10 minutes will bring your fuel efficiency down. It’s a good idea to not over indulge in the benefits and use in moderation when possible! Just because you have it, you don’t always have to use.

Honda CR-V’s Remote Start Specifics

You may already be aware that the remote start allows you to switch on your Honda even if you are not physically present for a headstart on heating up or cooling down the cabin. You may have not been aware of the specific distance, and it can turn on as long as you are within 100 feet of it, typically regardless of what may in between the key fob and vehicle. Some interferance may make you try it a few times but just by pressing and hold the lock button for five seconds before pressing and holding the remote start button will trigger the system.

If you look through a window at home or at work, you’ll see the lights flash six times when the system activates and gets put into place. After that, your car will be turned on and run for ten minutes. The CR-V will automatically power off if you do not enter using the remote before the timer runs out. You can continue this process as many times as you want, and when you actually get into the car you’ll just have to hit the ignition button to fully get ready to drive.

The default setting for Honda system is a modest 72 degrees, and depending on the outside temperature, either the heating or air conditioning will kick on automatically. This is a feature offered for both the 2020 and 2021 editions of the CR-V on both standard and hybrid versions. Most of the Honda family has since made remote start standard from sedans to the minivans, and is a great feature to have to get ready for summer, winter, and everything in between.


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