Top 10 hidden Honda Easter eggs
It’s Easter, and you know what that means – time for an Easter hunt! Join as we count down the top 10 hidden Honda Easter eggs, including a secret engraving in the new Civic, a reference to Princess Bride in the Honda Connect and a DJ turntable in Honda’s ‘nightclub on wheels’, the Fu-Ya Jo. So what are you waiting for? Hop to it!
01 Tenth-generation Civic: Power of Dreams tableaux
It took almost two years for someone to discover this secret engraving in the new Civic. To find it, simply pull out the rubber spill mat on the bottom of the centre console* and you’ll find one of four illustrations depicting some significant steps in Honda’s march of progress, such as the RA106 F1 car, RC213V superbike and HondaJet. Crafty, eh? Only a select few Civics* have this, so best check for yourself...
02 Urban EV Concept: LED greeting screen
Honda’s electric car, the Urban EV, is so advanced – and futuristic – that it wouldn’t look out of place in Blade Runner. Not only does it feature an on-board AI – which acts as your very own “personal concierge”– it can also be used in conjunction with Honda’s Power Manager to sell spare energy to the grid. And see those little LED lights on the front there? They’re not cosmetic. They can actually be used to display custom messages, such as “Hello”, ‘Honda 4 life’ and “Help! The AI has become self-aware!”
03 Honda Connect: Princess Bride reference
God only knows how someone stumbled across this one. All you have to do is – deep breath – boot up the Honda Connect system**, go to Home, then Settings, then System, then About. Next, tap on ‘Honda SW Version’. You’ll see five non-descript grey squares. Tap them over 20 times and the Connect will generate a cool quote, such as this one from The Princess Bride: ‘You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous of which is never get involved in a land war in Asia. But only slightly less well-known is this: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.” – Inigo Montoya. Inconceivable!
04 2017 Civic Type R: signature plaque
Here are three things every enthusiast should know about Honda’s multi-award-winning hot hatch, the Civic Type R: 1) It broke a world record for fastest front-wheel drive lap time on the Nurburgring, 2) It won Top Gear’s Car of the Year award (and Hot hatch of the Year award too, for that matter); 3) it has a secret. In every Civic Type R ever built, located on a tiny plaque at the base of the gear stick, is a unique serial number denoting the car’s age (e.g. R-12345). Which begs the question: who’s the lucky owner of R-00001?
05 Second-generation Jazz: secret speedometer
Believe it or not, the radio in the second-generation Jazz can be used a digital speedometer. Here’s how it works: first turn the car on, then hold the ‘1’ and ‘6’ buttons on the radio. Turn the radio on, press ‘5’ and hey presto – the car’s mph and kph will be displayed, side by side. Makes you wonder what’s tucked away inside the new Jazz… (besides class-leading boot space, of course).
06 NeuV Concept: Kick n’ Go scooter
Meet the NeuV, an electric ride sharing vehicle with an emotion engine, AI assistant and touch-panel interface. What’s not to love? Plus, it’s got an absolutely massive boot – a boot specifically designed to accommodate a certain, very rare Honda product... We are, of course, talking about the Kick ‘n Go electric scooter concept, a ‘reimagining’ of Honda’s long-forgotten kids’ scooter from the ‘70s. Don’t believe us? Then do we have a treat for you.
07 Fifth-generation CR-V: remotely activated windows
Ever thought, ‘I wish I could open all of my car’s windows, simultaneously, while outside the car’? Well thanks to a neat trick with the new CR-V, now you can! Here’s how it works: press the lock button on your key fob once, followed by the unlock button, twice – but on the second press hold it down for a few seconds. Voila: windows open. Fun fact: this also works with the new Civic.
08 S2000: secret compartment(s)
You love it, we love it – so much so that we dedicated an entire video to it – but did you know that the S2000 has three secret compartments? The first is under a panel in the boot, the second above the power outlet and the third between the headrests. Cool, right?
09 Eighth-generation Accord: even secreter secret compartment
Another hidden compartment, but even more secreter, this time in the Accord. Situated just underneath the front passenger carpet is a plastic cover. Pull it off and you’ll discover a two-inch secret compartment perfect for storing “sensitive items” such as, err, sweets?
10 Fuya-Jo Concept: DJ turntable
It’s no secret that we love Honda’s ‘nightclub on wheels’, the Fuya Jo. (We even ranked it no.1 on our list of ‘top 10 weird and wonderful Hondas you’ve never heard of’.) But in addition to its many, many weird and wonderful features – skateboard rack, spill-proof floors, absolutely pumping sound system – it’s got another, lesser-known easter egg. Look a little closer at the steering wheel and you’ll notice that it is, in fact, a turntable, as demonstrated in this utterly amazing Honda video from the noughties.
* Featured in 2016 and 2017 US models of the Honda Civic sedan and coupe (in EX trim or above).
** Featured in US models of the of the Honda Odyssey Touring.