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I picked up my new 2022 hybrid yesterday and love it... except for the console storage. HATE that part.

Is there anything that will turn that gaping hole under the armrest/cover into some kind of actually useable space? Is there some kind of 4 walled insert that can go in there maybe?

Open to any suggestions!

thanks!

EDIT to add: I bought some stuff to help me organize it in a way that better suits my needs, but I need to take the sliding trays out completely. I can slide them back and flip them up, but I can't figure out how to take them OUT. If anyone knows how, I'd appreciate the help!
 

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Do you not get a tray/cover for that console (like we Brits do)?

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I have a 2022 hybrid touring. There are two trays, one is sliding and the other is behind that. I keep anything I need frequently on the sliding tray. I don't really keep anything in the storage space below the tray because I don't want junk to accumulate.

You might search Amazon for a storage tray to go that space. I know for my Accord they have a organizer tray. I just haven't cared to look for anything on my CR-V.
 

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I keep a Netgear LTE hotspot in the lower compartment, powered by a 12-5 volt converter.
So the Head Unit can connect to the net without a phone, and passengers don't need to use their mobile data.
It can feed up to 20 users at 50 Mb/s each., makes me popular at campgrounds. :)
It can also store 128 GB of media folks can access if there's no cellular coverage.
 

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I picked up my new 2022 hybrid yesterday and love it... except for the console storage. HATE that part.

Is there anything that will turn that gaping hole under the armrest/cover into some kind of actually useable space? Is there some kind of 4 walled insert that can go in there maybe?

Open to any suggestions!

thanks!

That central console area is regarded as a brilliant space utilization by most..

There are a few options on Amazon if you wish to customize it.

Autou Car Center Console Organizer

PIUGILH Customized Car Center Console

Pretty sure you will find some use for the deep space without any additions soon.

Netgear LTE hotspot
Does it have a monthly plan from a mobile operator? How much do you pay for the hotspot monthly?
 

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I keep a Netgear LTE hotspot in the lower compartment ...
Do you have some kind of external antenna (for WiFi or LTE), or does it get adequate reception buried in the console?

I picked up my new 2022 hybrid yesterday and love it... except for the console storage. HATE that part.
I agree - it's not as useful as it could be. My old Ridgeline came with a set of dividers for the center console and I was really disappointed to see that the CR-V came with nothing. Also on the Ridge the top (armrest) part opened and had a small compartment for change, business cards, Fastrak transponder, or whatever. The CR-V armrest, however, does nothing except hold up your elbow :)

As D2s said, there are lots of gizmos for the CR-V on Amazon - that's one advantage of it being a super popular car. I haven't bought any, but if you try one and like it please let us know.
 

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Do you not get a tray/cover for that console (like we Brits do)?

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We get a slide cover over the lower section. At the top level we get one long tray with the arm rest partially covering it so most people who want things quickly accessible but out of site just push them to the back under the arm rest.

Interested to see what yours looks like. Can you post some pics?
 

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I picked up my new 2022 hybrid yesterday and love it... except for the console storage. HATE that part.

Is there anything that will turn that gaping hole under the armrest/cover into some kind of actually useable space? Is there some kind of 4 walled insert that can go in there maybe?

Open to any suggestions!

thanks!
I keep a box of kleenex there and infrequently used charging cord for phone
 

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Does it have a monthly plan from a mobile operator? How much do you pay for the hotspot monthly?
It's on an AT&T monthly plan. I believe there are some pre-paid options as well.
It would be hard for me to give you a precise cost, as it's tied up with phones and some other LTE Chromebooks on the same account.
This might give you some idea of the cost:
Some might wonder why I don't just use a phone for a hotspot:

A phone can't serve out wifi at 5 Ghz.
The hotspot can pull data from up to four cell sites, for an aggregate speed of up to 1Gb. No phone will do that.
It can use external antennas for both LTE and wifi, allowing greatly extended range in the boonies.

It's useful for many things, like this morning my church wanted to Zoom out their service, I told them as long as there was a parking place for me they would have high speed internet.
 
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It's not even the lower part that I don't like. It's the empty space under the cover/armrest. The space under the sliding trays is, itself an unorganizable space. But the trays will end up with stuff on them, often making it a pain to access the space below. I'm not going to shove things into that space under the armrest. I'd rather have something there that can hold things I need easier access to where I can just lift up the armrest for access. I may build and mount some kind of box in there that the armrest would serve as the top to.
 

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Do you have some kind of external antenna (for WiFi or LTE), or does it get adequate reception buried in the console?
I have both cellular and wifi antennas (I'm a retired RF engineer).
Even in the console I get surprisingly good results.
If in marginal cellular signal areas I sometimes just set it on the roof, if that doesn't work I get out the antennas.
I can even just stick it in my pocket if necessary, the battery is good for more than 12 hours.
 

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But the trays will end up with stuff on them, often making it a pain to access the space below. I'm not going to shove things into that space under the armrest.
You know you can remove the sliding tray, right? Then you just have a big open space. This is for a 2017 - you don't have USB ports down there but the sliding tray is the same.
 

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Yep, its an "L"-shaped tray.
I have exactly the same L-shape tray setup on my 2017 Touring. I keep the tray such that the L shape closes off the compartment under the armrest, even though it can also be flipped and stored to the back of the armrest cubby, laving a nice flat space for a woman's purse.

Best center console ever so far in a Honda, even though some struggle with the fact that the lid does slide back and forth and if they try to use it as a hand rest to readjust in their seat... it slides (no surprise, honestly).

It appears though that Honda may have changed the sliding tray on the midlife refresh (2020-2022). It appears that it no longer has the L-shape, only the flat sliding tray. Honda made a number of changes to the center console for 2020+ so I imagine this was part of the changes.

From the Honda US website:

From the Honda Canadian website:
 

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I have both cellular and wifi antennas (I'm a retired RF engineer).
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If in marginal cellular signal areas I sometimes just set it on the roof, if that doesn't work I get out the antennas.
Sounds like the antennas are not permanently installed then? At some point I want to put a 2m/440 amateur radio down there. There are several mobile rigs, like the BTech 25x2, that will fit nicely in that space. I'm curious to see how people have routed the cabling and mounted the antenna. I've searched for examples of installations in the CR-V, but there don't seem to be many for Gen5s.
 

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We get a slide cover over the lower section. At the top level we get one long tray with the arm rest partially covering it so most people who want things quickly accessible but out of site just push them to the back under the arm rest.

Interested to see what yours looks like. Can you post some pics?
The 2022 Hybrid is different. There are two trays. The forward most one slides and the rear one stays put but can be removed like the front one.
 
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