Recently, SpeedList took a good look at the new interiors that certain models had to offer. Today we are taking an even closer look at those features by checking out the top infotainment systems on the market.
Ford’s MyFord Touch
MyFord Touch isn’t exactly perfect, however it has so many great points that it’s impossible to overlook. Sync voice-activated technology pairs with it to make it almost entirely accessible though voice-command. The system can also be operated through steering wheel mounted controls or by using the touch screen. It displays ‘buttons’ for the phone, entertainment, navigation and climate at all times, so no matter what other function you may be using you can easily access key features. It also seamlessly picks up a current call when you get in the vehicle, offers Bluetooth audio streaming, audiobooks, Grace Note media management, Sync AppLink, WiFi hotspot, USB, RCA and auxiliary jacks.
Cue is Cadillac’s visually stunning and easy to use infotainment system. Not only does it operate similar to a tablet but it also has intuitive functions and proximity-sensing technology that sensing when your hand is approaching the touch screen. The 8-inch LCD screen has a display of easily identifiable icons, and you can manage the system with all of the familiar hand gestures of your smartphone. It offers Natural Voice Recognition, so you can converse with your system instead of using a series of forced commands, 3D GPS navigation, map-integrated Doppler weather, Bluetooth, HD Radio and Pandora. There is also a hidden USB port that resides in a compartment behind the center control panel below the screen. Cue also allows you to customize your features, so what you want most is readily available, and its software can be updated. Lastly, beautifully designed, reconfigurable gauge cluster is displayed on a 12,3-inch LCD with four options.
Chevrolet’s MyLink places all the functions and technology your car needs on one 8-inch screen, along with the option of an addition 4.2-inch Driver Information Display. With 3 USB ports and the ability to connect up to 10 devices, MyLink makes sure that all your passengers and drivers stay connected and charged at ease. Bluetooth allows you to pair your devices to integrate everything from contacts and music playlists to Pandora Radio. Instead of learning voice commands, Chevy’s voice recognition system allows you to speak naturally to control your system. The high-resolution color touch screen offers an organized display of applications and functions, so it’s not only easy to figure out, but even easier to use with its customization options. Moving icons is as easy and touch and drag. Additional features of MyLink include USB, Sirius XM, HD Radio, Gracenote technology, hands free calling with a push-to-talk feature, and OnStar turn by turn navigation.
Kia’s subscription-free infotainment system offers a wide variety of technology and services. It has safety features like a rear-view camera, hands-free calling, regular diagnostic checks, scheduling for service appointments and 911 connect. Uvo also has a smartphone app you can connect to your car with and handle functions like a Parking Minder feature that uses GPS to help you get back to your car. It’s designed to be easy to use so you can get to know your car quickly, and has plenty of entertainment options like HD Radio and Digital Jukebox, with an Infinity Premium Sound System, as well as my POI’s, which allows you to find locations via Google Maps, which can be saved for later use.
Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep – Uconnect
Uconnect offers a high-resolution on a 6.5-inch touchscreen with a QVGA display for all its functions. It features AM/FM radio, an internal hard drive, CD/DVD/MP3 player, audio input jack, USB for playing or transferring files, Garmin navigation with turn-by-turn directions, Sirius XM and Sirius XM Travel Link. Available features include Bluetooth streaming audio, Uconnect Voice command, hands-free calling and texting, and an extra USB port. Up to seven different devices can be paired with the system’s Bluetooth, allowing for plenty of drivers and passengers to use their phone features or music libraries while in the vehicle, as well as contact syncing. The Garmin GPS system is an advanced one, and can offer routes to avoid traffic and provide sensory-assisted information. Through Travel Link, drivers can get scores, local gas prices, movie listings and national weather forecasts. Wi-Fi is also available with Uconnect to connect any enabled device without any software or cell cards.
With a recently revamped controller, iDrive is BMW’s easy to use infotainment system. This differs from those previously mentioned because the controlled is a single toggle paired with seven keys to operate the functions of the system. The main menu provides the most common options, such as Radio, Phone, Navigation, CD player and GPS. While this extensive system may not be operable from the steering wheel in its entirety, the controller is located just below the gear shift and is so easy to use it isn’t necessary to take your eyes off the road. For entertainment, iDrive can play DVDs, HD Radio and iPods and other MP3 players. The navigation holds over 12.6 million searchable points of interest, Additional features include voice command, real time traffic information, BMW Assist and Traffic Information service.
This high resolution 8-inch monitor actually folds into the dash board, and is controllable from the steering wheel, aluminum dial and though voice command. It is completely customizable, as well. An available MMI touch pad allows drivers to input information using their finger, further minimizing distraction from the road while it is in use. The system can control everything from its 3D navigation, entertainment, interior comfort, and on certain models, the drive dynamics. A new tab system functions independently of the MMI screen to display whatever information you’d like in the gauge cluster, as well.
Mazda Connect is an entertainment-driven system that can be accessed through the touch screen, which disables while the vehicle is in motion for safety, voice commands or the commander knob. Aha radio can be synced from the web into Connect to give you access to personalized live radio stations that stream through Bluetooth, iTunes Tagging will tag up to 100 songs at once to allow users to take a song from the radio and remember to download it later, while Stitcher internet radio offers up radio shows and podcasts. Additional entertainment includes Sirius XM radio, Pandora and Bluetooth Audio, which allows you to access and play content from your phone. Mazda also includes USB, AM/FM radio, CD and an auxiliary jack. Voice commands can control the functions of Mazda Connect for making and receiving calls and text messages. The system also can import and store up to 1,000 contacts, social media access through Aha, and mobile 911 to automatically dial in the event of a crash. Navigation offers points of interest, map updates, lots of configurations, 2D or 3D, traffic patterns, on-screen speed limits and advance notice before an exit.
InTouch is so advanced it can do everything from allow you to keep track of your vehicle when you aren’t in it to offering a personal assistant. Its apps are completely customizable and accessible from the touch screen, Infiniti Connection works with inTouch through your smarphone, allowing you to call emergency services automatically in the even of a crash, lock an unlock your doors via a smartphone app, MySchedule with Google Calanders can help you stay organized, as well.
Tesla’s Model S 17-inch screen
Tesla’s massive 17-inch screen definitely had to make its way onto this list because the style in which the entire vehicle functions completely are completely on screen. Offered on the Tesla’s screen are features like navigation, cabin controls, communications, and a static row at the bottom that displays whatever information works best for you. As for music, HD Radio, Bluetooth and USB are all included. Additional features for the Tesla are hands-free phone calls, a full HD rear-view camera, energy consumption monitoring, Navigation with Google Maps, live traffic information and search-to-navigate and a web browser.