picture of the swervy car button from a console next to a bunch of blank buttons

A feature I didn’t know to request on my Honda CRV: a pop the trunk button #SOL24

March 3, 2024

Once upon a time in August 2023, I bought a new car. This car was (is–I still own it as August was only seven months ago) a brand new 2023 Honda CRV sport hybrid model. It has a sun roof, heated seats, a console big enough to fit my purse, plenty of cargo space, and rear seats that fold down. Do you know what it doesn’t have?

A pop the trunk button.

Do you know when I realized this?

After I had already bought the car and driven it not an insignificant number of miles.

Here’s the thing: it never occurred to me to check to see if it had one because the car was built/manufactured in 2023, bought brand new, and I HAVE NEVER HAD A CAR WITHOUT A POP THE TRUNK BUTTON. Ever. Never ever not once have I ever had a car that didn’t have a pop the trunk button or little latch thing since I started driving circa 1996. I don’t think I have even driven a car without one.

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The day I realized it didn’t have the button, I went online (as one does) to look up how to pop the trunk. In the YouTube video I found, the guy said to use the button.


But in his CRV, clear as day, there is indeed a button right next to the little swervy car icon.

Do you know what is next to the little swervy car icon in my CRV?

NOTHING. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

So I was like, maybe I’m tripping. Maybe there’s some other way. Maybe the button is, perhaps, on the side of my seat.

That is also a no.

So I was thinking that maybe Honda was trolling me. Maybe this car was part of an elaborate trick to unsettle me. But then, in November, I rented a car and happened to get another CRV that turned out to be the same model as my car. Do you know what this CRV was also missing? A pop the trunk button.

So, apparently this most basic of functions that is in every other car in the world is considered too basic a function for the CRV basic sport hybrid model (which is, btw, fancier than the non-sport model and has more features). This is beyond annoying, to say the least, for many reasons. One is that if, say, you are picking up your daughter from the airport and she wants to put her bags in the car, not only can you not just pop it open for her convenience, but you have to put the car completely in park because that is the only way to unlock all the doors for her to then manually open the trunk before putting her bags in. The only workaround is to use the key fob to pop the trunk, which, again, the car still has to be completely in park for you to do. The problem with that is the car is keyless entry and push to start which means that I would have to find my purse, fish my keys out, and then use the fob to open the trunk, which completely negates the purpose and convenience of not needing to fuss with your keys to get into and operate the car. So, again, a function that I had on my 2016 Nissan Sentra (also with keyless entry) is not available on a car manufactured in 2023.

I don’t know if you can tell but this infuriates me so much. First of all, I didn’t think to check to see if there was a pop trunk button because EVERY OTHER CAR IN THE WORLD HAS ONE. When I was at the dealership, checking out cars, I never thought, “Hmm, I better make sure there’s a pop the trunk button.” Why would I when, you know, it’s the most basic of basic things?

And yet. Here we are.

Here we are.

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  1. Saba T.

    As someone who’s currently in the market for a car, it would’ve never occurred to me to check for this. It’s such a basic thing. The more you know, I guess. But also how stupid is the manufacturer for removing such a basic button?!

    • Akilah

      Hopefully, you won’t have this problem, but it is good to know to check for it because WHO KNEW. Also: extremely stupid.

  2. Stacie

    Ugh. How annoying! You’d think they’d make that an “opt out” feature rather than an “opt in.”

    • Akilah

      Exactly. It’s not like it’s an ASHTRAY. Good grief.


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