Hey, a fellow Hartford RL owner! Mine isn't nearly as nice as yours though
Anyway, here's the deal in Hartford. You don't get the traffic flow in Hartford, you only get traffic incidents. When you start your car, it will take 3 or 5 minutes to receive the traffic info. After that time, just hit the voice button and say "Display Traffic Incidents" and see if you get anything. Sometimes there are accidents, sometimes there are not, so try a couple of times before you give up.
Also, the Navigation map WILL display accidents, just say "Display Traffic" and if there are any accidents, you'll get them on the map provided you are in the right map scale. Again, you won't get traffic 'flow', but you'll get everything else in Hartford.
As far as the Acura vs. Honda thing, don't worry about it, as long as its working its not a big deal.
When the weather gets better in the Spring we should meet up. You aren't cruising around in the winter salt with those nice wheels are you?