In-car entertainment systems continue to evolve as automakers compete for tech savvy shoppers and add more features.
With so many new infotainment options and various options depending on vehicle models and trim levels, it's hard to tell which system is right for you – and what your favorite or must-have features offer. Do you need navigation tools or is it enough to connect your phone to the system? What about satellite or internet radio? To find out which vehicles meet your needs, it can often be frustrating to break up the car manufacturer's specs and product manuals.
We have separated it with this guide to the features of each car brand offered today. You can also always find more detailed technical information on how each of these systems works in our New Car Reviews. For the moment, we have limited our list to mainstream car brands ̵
Most Acura models use a two-screen infotainment system called an on-demand multi-information display. There is a 7 inch sub and 8 inch display with a physical turning and jog controller and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An exception is the ILX sedan, where a 5-inch display is standard and a single 8-inch display is optional for higher trim levels.
Thehas a single 7-inch touchscreen interface. The latest Acura, the RDX Diverter introduces a new infotainment system with a 10.2-inch screen and a "True Touchpad Interface" using a touch-sensitive pad on the center console. For now, it only offers Apple CarPlay, but Android auto support is coming.
In general, Acura's infotainment systems feel a bit dated, with graphics and a cumbersome interface. Using the two screens and the physical control knob is not as easy as with many premium automaker infotainment systems. As for the new RDX system,and significantly improved over older Acura interfaces, with less learning effort than expected.
Theand are both available with 6.5- or 8.8-inch infotainment displays that feature a dial the center console (the screens are not touch-sensitive). Both offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, while navigation is optional on both systems. Satellite radio is standard on higher vehicles (Ti and Quadrifoglio) and optional on base models. The features a minimalist Alpine Head Unit with AM / FM radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth and USB port.
The infotainment systems Giulia and Stelvio use a proprietary software interface (not a renaming) version of software from FCA, the parent company of Alfa) with a rather minimalist design. The menu structure itself is easy to navigate with the physical controller, but the system's answers are slow and clunky. The navigation system does not offer advanced features such as online destination search.
The 4C system feels like an aftermarket unit that you may have built into your own car. And while the Alpine system is an improvement over the Parrot, which was installed in earlier models, it is still nothing special compared to other similarly priced sports cars.
Older models such as the Rapide and Vanquish have a system called AMI III that features navigation, text messaging, and Bluetooth. Its functions are managed with a knob on the center stack. The two latest Aston Martins, the DB11 and the Vantage, use an infotainment system from Mercedes-Benz with an 8-inch non-touchscreen in the dashboard and turntable and touchpad controllers on the console. The Rapide and Vanquish support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but both are not offered on the DB11 and Vantage – though a spokesman says they do not offer these features yet, hinting that they could be added later.
Aston Martin is older Infotainment systems are raw and outdated by today's standards – hey, you buy these cars for their beauty and their engines, not their tech, right? However, the Mercedes-Benz DB11 and Vantage systems are just as straightforward and modern as in other Mercedes models, a refreshing change from older cars.
Most Audi models use an infotainment system called MMI, which displays all the information on the display via a rotary knob with shortcuts. Some newer Audi models also allow the driver to interact with the Infotainment system via Virtual Cockpit, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with steering wheel controls. In fact, the TT and R8, as they are aimed at the driver, do not have a central screen and provide all infotainment interactions in Virtual Cockpit.
Theand all use a new, enhanced version with two screens called MMI Touch Response with haptic feedback on the screens. The primary display is 10.1 inches wide, while the lower 8.6 inches is used for operating the air conditioning system and entering information such as navigation addresses. Every Audi supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Audi MMIwith very logically structured menus that we find easy to use while driving – although Android Auto navigate via rotary knob instead of touchscreen takes some getting used to. Virtual Cockpit is a must when it's available to clearly and easily display lots of information right in the driver's line of sight. His graphics are clear and bright. We are also very impressed with the MMI Touch Response, which is very nice to look at and quick and easy to work with. Even using the bottom control climate controls is easy without having to wait for the systems to start up when you turn on the car. That is, the glossy touch surfaces tend to attract a lot of fingerprint marks.
The Bentley Bentayga, Flying Spur and Mulsanne are equipped with 8-inch touchscreens. The Bentayga includes features such as navigation, a built-in hard drive to store music and Google Earth satellite imagery.on the other hand, uses the same 12.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system as the Porsche Panamera, since both are based on the same base platform. To give a luxurious touch, it can be hidden behind wooden trim thanks to a sophisticated rotating display panel. It supports Apple CarPlay, but not Android Auto.
Bentley's older infotainment systems feel good, though the Bentayga's newer touchscreen is fast and responsive. It even supports Apple CarPlay. The system of the Continental GT works just as well as in the Panamera and responds quickly to user input.
Although there is a basic AM / FM / satellite radio with USB, Bluetooth and additional connectivity, all BMW models can be upgraded to an infotainment system called iDrive. Most models are controlled with a rotary jog dial on the center console, but some newer systems also offer touchscreen support. You can "write" letters and numbers on the controller in some models, which can be useful when entering the navigation address. Apple CarPlay is supported as a paid option (typically $ 300), but Android Auto is not offered.
Series 5 and 7 offer limited gesture recognition: you can, for example, swipe your finger in the air to increase or decrease the volume. Other options include a Wi-Fi hotspot and mobile phone charging depending on the vehicle.
Modern versions of iDrive arewith great functionality, whether you're stopped or on the go. We just wish that BMW did not charge extra for a feature (CarPlay) that is fast becoming the standard for much more affordable mainstream models. The introduces a new version of iDrive that uses a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. We have to wait until we have the chance to drive the new X5 before we can evaluate its performance.
Buick's infotainment systems feature the same basic software as other GM models, including GMC and Chevrolet models, but with unique graphics and logos. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all models except the Cascada Convertible, which uses an older version of the Buick Infotainment System. The screen size is depending on the model 7 or 8 inches, optional navigation is possible. And, as with most GM models, a Wi-Fi hotspot is available as an option.
As with Chevrolet and GMC models: they respond quickly to user input and while the graphics are not particularly noticeable, they are clear and legible. Unfortunately, the Cascada system is a generation behind other Buicks. We experienced slow load times and were frustrated with the button-heavy center stack required for operation.
The Cadillac CT6, XT5 and Escalade use the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) touchscreen infotainment system with built-in AM / FM / satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity, OnStar telematics support and optional navigation and navigation a Wi-Fi hotspot. ATS, CTS and XTS have an updated version that can store a driver's settings in the cloud for use in multiple vehicles, and also offers "predictive" navigation and an app store for even more functionality. Both systems have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and optional navigation. As with Chevrolet, the performance models (ATS-V and CTS-V) can be equipped with a performance data recorder to track your track-day exploits.
As with General Motors' other touch screen infotainment systems. All versions offer simple menus that are navigable at a glance while driving. The CarPlay and Android Auto integration works well with the touchscreen interfaces. The newer version of CUE is significantly faster in its performance responses, and the graphics are also a little fresher and crisper.
Marked MyLink, Chevrolet offers 7 "and 8" touchscreen infotainment systems for most models with optional navigation and integrated connectivity to the OnStar telematics system. AM / FM / Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, Auxiliary and USB Inputs are all included. Performance models such as the Camaro and the Corvette even feature an optional Performance Data Recorder that lets you record video and telemetry from your racetracks – even better when you post later on YouTube. The Bolt EV has a slightly different infotainment system that provides information about its charging time and other information with an 8-inch screen. Every Chevrolet supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Chevrolet's MyLink system. Integrated navigation and other features work just as well as CarPlay and Android Auto integrations. The graphics are not the most eye-catching, but the great functionality makes MyLink a good choice among the mainstream infotainment systems.
The Chrysler 300 and Pacifica both offer the Uconnect 4 infotainment system on an 8.4-inch screen, with some Pacifica minivan bezels offering a 7.0-inch version of the display. The system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as well as Bluetooth, satellite radio and Aux and USB ports. Navigation with SiriusXM traffic and travel data is optional. Specifically in the Pacifica, Uconnect Theater allows movies to be shown on optional flashbacks for children (or even older passengers)
with bright and clear graphics and fast responses and easy-to-navigate menus. Using CRT control is not always the most enjoyable experience, but Chrysler provides redundant physical keys for most of these operations.
The Dodge Challenger and Charger offer buyers a choice of two touchscreens, powered by the company's Uconnect software, a 7-inch and an 8.4-inch screen. Both have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as Bluetooth, satellite radio, and Aux and USB ports. The 8.4-inch display can be equipped with a navigation that also contains SiriusXM traffic and travel data. The Durango SUV offers the same displays, although its 8.4-inch option comes standard with navigation.
The Journey is the oldest vehicle in the Dodge lineup and has the oldest infotainment features. A 4.3-inch touchscreen is standard on the base models, with AM / FM radio, Bluetooth, Aux and USB ports, and optional satellite radio. You can get up to the 8.4-inch screen with Uconnect 3 (a version behind other Dodge models), with or without navigation and without support for CarPlay and Android Auto.
Challenger, Charger, and Durango Performance Models Also Includes additional on-screen displays to adjust vehicle settings, monitor engine data, and record your acceleration and braking times. Using screen climate control is not always the most enjoyable experience, but Dodge provides redundant physical keys for most of these operations. The Journey's infotainment systems, like the crossover network in the classroom, are lagging behind the times.
Today's Ferraris essentially offer two different infotainment options. The Portofino and GTC4Lusso have 10.2-inch touch-screen navigation systems. However, the 488 family and the 812 Superfast have tiny color displays on the right side of the infotainment system that are controlled by dashboard buttons. Every Ferrari supports Apple CarPlay (though it's a paid option), but none offers Android Auto.
While we have not had a chance yet to try the 10.2-inch system, the color display on the 488 GTB is best described as "."
Fiat offers different infotainment systems for each of its models. The standard 500 hatchback and convertible – whether in base or Abarth equipment – has a 5-inch touch screen with Bluetooth, USB and Aux ports. Satellite radio and navigation are offered as an option. The 500X Crossover and the 500L hatchback will receive a standard 7-inch Uconnect 4.0 touchscreen for the 2018 model year. It includes satellite radio as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and can be optionally equipped with navigation and SiriusXM traffic information.
The Fiat 124 Spider is an interesting exception. Since the Cabriolet is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Mazda Connect infotainment system comes with a 7-inch touch screen and rotary control used. Scroll down to the Mazda section to think about Mazda Connect.
The 500's infotainment system looks pretty dated at this point and feels quite old, with little integration into the phone. But the newer Uconnect system introduced this year for the 500X / 500L
The basic versions of Ford products use a relatively simple, non-touchscreen radio with AM / FM, auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth, and Ford Sync voice command features. The upgrade option is Ford Sync 3, which uses 6.5- or 8.0-inch touchscreens, and added features such as satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and optional navigation. In appropriately equipped cars even the climate control and the heated steering wheel can be adjusted. And newer Ford models offer Wi-Fi hotspots that can connect you to up to 10 devices at the same time.
Early versions of Ford Sync were prone to error and hard to use, butwith large and clear menus on the screen. It even has an AppLink app interface that allows for the integration of things like Slacker Internet Radio or AccuWeather forecasts. Ford cars also have physical volume and tuning buttons so you do not have to do anything about the touch screen.
Thefeatures a 12.3-inch touchscreen with auxiliary and USB ports, Bluetooth, AM / FM, satellite radio, and navigation. While offering Sirius XM traffic and travel information, as well as mobile phone charging, it does not offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support.
The smaller and more affordablesedan features an 8-inch touchscreen with standard navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, XM traffic and travel information, as well as support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Optionally, buyers can add a 9.2-inch display with a knob on the center console. The upcoming sedan is also expected to feature the G80's 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, but we're still waiting for details as the car's date of sale approaches.
The screen software is based on Hyundai's Blue Link infotainment software, which means the Genesis systems work well with quick answers and simple menus. The lack of CarPlay and Android Auto on the G90 may be a disappointment for some buyers,. Navigating the menus with the scroll wheel is relatively straightforward.
are renamed versions of those found in equivalent Chevrolet trucks or SUVs. Depending on the equipment level, 7-inch or 8-inch touch screen displays are available, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included as standard. Built-in navigation is available as an option for high-trim models.
Honda offers a simple 5-inch radio system that lacks satellite radio, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Both higher trim levels can be equipped with a 7- or 8-inch touch screen that adds these features, as well as the ability to read text messages and integrate with Pandora's Internet radio and optional navigation. That said, every Honda offers at least Android Car and Apple CarPlay support, at least as an option.
Overall, Honda's infotainment systems. Disadvantages with most touchscreens are a lack of physical volume and tuning buttons on many models, something that Honda has corrected with the new Accord. The graphics on the 7-inch screen are also relatively crude, and some features require jumping through multiple menus. The newer 8-inch screens have fresher, higher-resolution graphics, especially with the new tile layout in the Accord and Odyssey.
Hyundai uses either 7-inch or 8-inch touchscreens, depending on the model, with AM / FM, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity, as well as optional navigation. Every Hyundai supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is also possible to charge mobile phones on certain higher models.
Hyundai & # 39; s touch screens may not be the most eye-catching, but they routinely rank among our favorites because of their speed, ease of use, and clear readability. The on-screen software works very well, even if it does not have the latest or most eye-catching graphics. The built-in navigation works well, and the CarPlay / Android Auto integrations are excellent.
The Q70 and QX60 come standard with an AM / FM / Satellite standard, Bluetooth, USB and Aux system. The optional upgrade is on an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation. The QX30 comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, while the QX80 has an 8-inch touchscreen. Finally, the Q50, Q60 and QX50 have a dual-screen system with a 7-inch bottom and 8-inch top touch screen, as well. The functionality includes AM / FM / Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, USB and Aux inputs, but you will not find support for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. All models are equipped with a touch-assisted jog dial for additional functionality.
Infiniti's single-screen systems have no real problems, but they can not stand out compared to today's best competitors: The navigation graphics are outdated and built functionality is not particularly impressive.because while the bottom display has crisp, modern graphics, the top one looks "to have been installed by a Garmin in a 1995 Civic," we wrote. In addition, the functionality is slow and feels behind most competitors – especially given the lack of CarPlay / Android Auto.
For most models, an 8-inch touch screen is standard, while Jaguar offers an improved system with navigation and a 10-inch display with bright and colorful graphics. There is no support for Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, although a Wi-Fi hotspot can be equipped.
Unfortunately. Your answers are sluggish, especially at the first start of the car or when switching between the menu structures. Although the homepage's tile layout can be reconfigured, the many sub-menus are difficult to navigate and even make everyday functions (eg, changing radio presets) more effortless than in rival luxury systems.
Depending on which Jeep you buy, there are various infotainment systems, but all offer at least 7 and 8.4 inch touchscreens with Uconnect 4, the latest version of the user-friendly infotainment system. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and can be equipped with navigation, as well as SiriusXM traffic and travel information. The Renegade, the Compass and the new Wrangler also offer a much less impressive 5-inch touchscreen on base models, with the older Uconnect 3 software not supporting CarPlay / Android Auto.
As with all vehicles with Uconnectwith bright and clear graphics, quick answers and easy-to-navigate menus. Using CRT control (on vehicles with 7 "or 8,4" displays) is not always the most enjoyable experience, but Jeep provides redundant buttons for most of these operations.
Kia offers 7-inch or 8-inch touch screens with enhanced UVO3 navigation and voice recognition in all of its vehicles. All systems have AM / FM, Bluetooth and satellite radio, and each Kia supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Pandora Internet Radio. Like many competitors, the UVO telematics services enable locating the car via a smartphone app. The K900 Sedancomes as standard with a 12.3-inch touch screen with navigation and has a rotary control for operating the user interface.
Kia touchscreens are not feature rich, but like sibling brand Hyundai, they work seamlessly and flawlessly. Although not the prettiest or stylized, the screen graphics and spotlessly clear and easy to use at a glance on the go. Using CarPlay / Android Auto with the touch function is also easy. The new K900 system has an even smarter graphics and a redesigned menu structure that derives a lot from the design of the BMW iDrive – that's not a bad thing.
The Lamborghini Aventador has a fully digital instrument cluster with an infotainment screen operated by Audi-like buttons and a rotary knob. It supports Apple CarPlay, but not Android Auto. The Huracan also has a fully digital instrument cluster and lacks a central infotainment screen. Stattdessen werden alle Funktionen auf das Display übertragen und mit einem Drehknopf und Tasten auf dem Center-Stack bedient. Es unterstützt auch Apple CarPlay, aber nicht Android Auto.
Derkann seine In-Car-Technologie als Lamborghini Infotainment System (LIS) brandmarken, aber jeder, der schon im neuen Audi A8 war, wird es erkennen das Twin-Screen-Setup. Wie beim A8 (und A6 und A7) arbeitet ein 10,1-Zoll-Touchscreen mit einem 8,6-Zoll-Touchscreen, der für Dinge wie die Klimatisierung und das Schreiben von Navigationsadressen verwendet wird. Es bietet standardmäßig Apple CarPlay und Android Auto-Unterstützung. Die Grafik wurde natürlich für einen Lamborghini und nicht für einen Audi neu gestaltet.
Während die Systeme von Aventador und Huracan veraltet sind, funktioniert der Urus sehr gut. Wie bei neuen Audis ist es schön anzusehen, schnell in all seiner Funktionalität und einfach zu bedienen.
Ein 8-Zoll-Touchscreen im Standard, mit einem optionalen 10-Zoll-System namens Land Rover InControl Pro mit Navigation. Der Range Rover Velar verfügt über ein fortschrittlicheres Infotainment-Paket namens Touch Duo Pro mit zwei 10-Zoll-Touchscreens. Das untere Display dient, wie bei neueren Audi-Modellen, zur Bedienung von Nebenfunktionen wie Klima- und Sitzoptionen. Land Rover enthält auch spezielle Menüs mit Off-Road-Informationen wie dem Winkel des Fahrzeugs oder dem Status eines Allradantriebs.
Obwohl das Land Rover-Infotainment-System im Armaturenbrett elegant aussieht und über eine klare, klare Grafik verfügt, ist es oft träge und umständlich zu verwenden, insbesondere Zeit zu nehmen, um zu starten, wenn Sie das Auto starten oder zwischen Menüfunktionen wechseln. Das kann besonders frustrierend sein, wenn das System zum Betrieb von Funktionen wie Sitzheizung benötigt wird. Das neuere Infotainment-System im Range Rover Velar scheint schneller zu benutzen als ältere Modelle, und seine Grafik ist ein weiterer Schritt in Richtung Knusprigkeit und Schönheit. Das Fehlen von Apple CarPlay oder Android Auto-Unterstützung in beiden Versionen ist eine Enttäuschung.
Lexus bietet ein einfaches Infotainment-Display mit AM / FM / Satellitenradio, Siri Eyes Free für iPhone-Nutzer, Bluetooth-, USB- und AUX-Eingang sowie Unterstützung für die Scout GPS Smartphone-Navigations-App. Das optionale Upgrade zu einem Infotainment-System hat einen 10,3-Zoll-Bildschirm, der von Lexus als Remote Touch Interface, einem mausartigen Controller auf der Mittelkonsole, bezeichnet wird. Es verfügt über Navigation und es gibt auch eine Lexus Enform App-Suite, die, ähnlich wie bei der Entune-Integration von Toyota, die Verwendung bestimmter Apps ermöglicht, die auf Ihr Smartphone heruntergeladen wurden. Derist der erste und einzige Lexus, der Apple CarPlay Konnektivität bietet (er wird nach dem 1. Oktober verfügbar sein), obwohl kein Lexus Android Auto hat. Ein 8-Zoll-Bildschirm ist Standard, während Modelle mit Navigation ein 12,3-Zoll-Display bekommen; beide verwenden bei anderen Lexus-Modellen eher ein Touchpad als den Buckel-ähnlichen Touch-Controller.
Dasist eines der frustrierendsten Systeme im Automobilgeschäft. Convoluted menus and an ultra-sensitive touch controller make changing settings or even picking a radio station while driving a chore. In fact, many on-screen functions are locked out entirely while on the move, perhaps in part because manipulating them can be so tricky.
Lincoln vehicles all use rebranded versions of the Ford Sync infotainment system. That means, like Fords, there's support for satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with navigation offered as an option. And just like those Ford models, the Lincoln systems work very well in most situations.
As of the 2018 model year, all Maseratis use infotainment systems based on the Uconnect touchscreen interface found in FCA cars. That means a bright, clear and responsive 8.4-inch touchscreen — though rebranded with different colors, fonts and graphics compared to similar systems in other FCA-brand cars. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported.
For the 2018 model year, every new Mazda comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that the automaker brands as Mazda Connect. In addition to the touch interface, the system can be operated by a rotary knob on the center console. Standard features include AM/FM radio, auxiliary and USB ports, Bluetooth, and support for Aha, Pandora, and Stitcher Internet radio services. Satellite radio and navigation are both available as options, dependent on trim levels. An 8-inch version of the screen is standard on the 2018 Mazda6 and on the CX-9's Touring trim level. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have long been unavailable, but fortunately Mazda is now introducing support for those technologies on the 2018 Mazda6.
its graphics are sharp and the navigation functionality both looks and works well. But the system lacks many of the more advanced features found in rivals, like online destination search for nav, for instance. Although Mazda is beginning to introduce CarPlay/Android Auto, the technologies' continued absence is a continued sore spot for smartphone users. While the screen is touch-sensitive, almost all the touch controls are locked out once the car is on the move, so you'll find yourself primarily using the "Commander Control" knob instead.
McLaren's cars use a 7-inch, vertically oriented touchscreen running software called Iris. In addition to the touch controls, there are also buttons at the bottom of the display and a rotary knob for interacting with the system. Satellite radio and navigation are included, while a Track Telemetry app records your on-track exploits for later analysis on a computer; the feature can optionally be upgraded with cameras, too. Iris does not support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
Unfortunately, the infotainment system is no way near as satisfying as the cars in which it's installed. We find Iris' graphics crude, its menus tricky to use and interact with, and its overall functionality slow and lacking compared to rivals. It's sluggish in all operations.
Mercedes calls its infotainment system COMAND, and while there are slightly different versions depending on the age and model range of each car, overall it's an excellent system to use. Operated by a rotary dial and, in some newer models, a touchpad controller, it offers navigation, Bluetooth, USB and auxilliary connectivity, as well as AM/FM/satellite radio. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported. Optional features include Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless phone charging. The Sprinter, A-Class and all future Mercedes models will use an all-new touchscreen system called MBUX. It uses 7.0- or 10.25-inch screens.
COMAND has a very logical menu structure that is; the latter offers some simpler shortcuts for jumping between functions on the display. The screen's graphics, especially the 12.3-inch screens on newer models like the E- and S-Class, are pretty and legible, with stylish iconographic and images yet very straightforward controls. While we need to spend more time with it, MBUX proved impressive in — though its voice controls, intended to be operated by saying, "Hey Mercedes," did not always work as intended in our early testing.
The Mini Connected infotainment systems are offered with 6.5-inch screens as standard and 8.8-inch ones as an option. It's operated either by the touchscreen or with a rotary jog dial on the center console, on top of which you can write letters or numbers for the navigation system. Built-in app support includes Pandora, Spotify and other internet radio choices, plus Siri Eyes Free. Navigation is optional, too, and there are some Mini-quirky features on-board, like flashing lights around the outer edge of the circular display that correspond to in-car actions (e.g. adjusting the volume.) Only the Countryman and Clubman support Apple CarPlay. No Mini supports Android Auto.
The Mini Connected software is essentially a re-skinned version of parent company BMW's iDrive, with a fairly straightforward menu structure, albeit done in more fun colors and graphics than the BMW version. Though it's easy to bump the awkwardly placed control knob by mistake,: easy to use, stylish and fast.
Across most of its lineup, Mitsubishi offers a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard, with one USB port, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. Higher trim levels of the Eclipse Cross, Outlander, and Outlander Sport (and standard on the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid) feature an upgraded system that Mitsubishi calls Smartphone Link Display Audio. It features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as satellite radio and two USB ports. It has a 7-inch touchscreen display and can also be operated via a touchpad on the center console. Mid-grade versions of the Outlander Sport also get a 6.5-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. No matter the car or trim level, no built-in navigation is offered on any Mitsubishi.
The 7-inch system has straightforward menus, but we found that there's a bit of delay in response when touching the screen or using the touchpad controller. We also wish there were a real volume knob aside from the up-down buttons on the steering wheel and headunit. The lack of integrated navigation is probably not a deal-breaker given the availability of CarPlay and Android Auto.
Like Toyota, Nissan has a diverse variety of infotainment systems available depending on vehicle — and only a handful of them feature Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The 370Z family, for instance, comes standard with a very basic AM/FM/CD system with few added features besides Bluetooth and auxiliary connectivity — though a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation is optional. The only vehicles with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are the Kicks, Maxima (as an option), Murano (as an option), Rogue, GT-R and Leaf (as an option).
A 5.0-inch touchscreen is standard on many Nissans, including the Frontier, Titan/Titan XD, Rogue Sport and Versa. Other models have larger displays: the Rogue, Versa Note, Kicks and Rogue Sport have 7-inch screens, while the Pathfinder, Armada and Maxima have 8-inch screens as standard.
The newwill have an 8-inch touchscreen as standard, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, Google Assistant voice, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Navigation will be offered as an option.
The Nissan GT-R and Leaf both have unique infotainment systems. For the GT-R, it's an 8-inch touchscreen with multiple special displays showing various vehicle and engine data. Other features include navigation, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay support. There's also a secondary rotary control knob for the system on the car's center console. As to the Leaf, it uses a special version of Nissan's 7-inch touchscreen system that's designed for electric cars; things like Bluetooth, satellite radio and various menus for adjusting the Leaf's battery-charge status are standard. The Leaf SV adds navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Most of Nissan's infotainment systems. Very few have modern connectivity features, too. That said, they're all acceptable for everyday use. The Leaf's infotainment system is an improvement, and we're looking forward to spending time with the Altima's new touchscreen later this year.
On the 911, 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman and Macan, you'll find a Porsche Communication Management system with a 7-inch touchscreen and a rotary dial controller. Built-in navigation is optional, while integrated functions include AM/FM/satellite radio, Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB inputs, as well as an optional Wi-Fi hotspot. The Cayenne and Panamera feature a new, more advanced system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation. Every Porsche offers Apple CarPlay but none offer Android Auto.
On the older PCM systems, physical shortcut buttons help make navigating the simple, somewhat plain menu structure simple; everything about the system works easily and quickly. The new 12.3-inch touchscreen is the Cayenne and Panamera has incredibly sharp, clear graphics on its wide display. A simple menu on the left-hand side of the display allows for jumping between different features and information pages; proximity sensors show or hide info depending on how close your hand is to the screen, and multi-touch functionality makes zooming maps a breeze.
The newfeatures a 5.0-inch touchscreen radio as standard, with auxiliary and USB inputs and AM/FM. It's standard on the truck's Tradesman, HFE, Big Horn and Rebel trim levels. The next step up is an 8.4-inch touchscreen familiar from other Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models. Equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, as well as satellite radio, it's standard on the Laramie model and optional on Big Horn and Rebel. A version of that system with built-in navigation is standard on the Longhorn and Limited trims, and optional on Big Horn, Rebel and Laramie. Finally, the new Ram 1500 offers a new 12-inch vertically oriented touchscreen infotainment system. Because it is essentially two of the 8.4-inch screens combined, it can show two apps at once — though not, for instance, Apple CarPlay and the integrated navigation simultaneously. The 12-inch display is optional on Laramie, Longhorn, and Limited models.
As on other Fiat Chrysler models, Uconnect's software is fast and responsive, and its screens are bright, crisp and highly legible while driving. The 12-inch display especially impresses, drawing comparisons to the massive tablet-like infotainment display in Teslas.
Rolls-Royce models use modified versions of BMW iDrive software, with a 10.25-inch screen and operated via a the "Spirit of Ecstasy" controller on the center console. Users can even write letters and numbers on the top of the controller, or pinch-to-zoom like on a smartphone. Rolls notes, by the way, that a touchscreen is less than ideal for its cars because it, "might leave unsightly fingerprints at driver and passenger eye level." Navigation is included as standard, as well as Bluetooth phone integration, but you won't find modern proletarian touches like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support.
With crisp, modern graphics and smooth performance, the Rolls-Royce infotainment systems perform very well.
The Smart Fortwo, whether in Coupe or Cabrio guise, has only a very simple AM/FM radio as standard, with Bluetooth, an auxiliary port and USB connectivity. It can be upgraded with a $100 smartphone cradle that lets users pick music via an app called Smart Cross Connect. For $1,290, the Prime and Passion trim levels can be upgraded with a 7-inch touchscreen that offers more features, like TomTom-based navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration.
Infotainment options are pretty basic in their functionality no matter whether you choose the base option or not. Poor screen quality and a tough-to-use built-in interface are letdowns even with the optional $1,290 system.
Subaru has made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard as part of its StarLink infotainment systems on nearly all its models, most recently the 2019 WRX. The BRZ is the lone exception: its standard 6.2-inch display offers only a CD player, auxiliary and USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio and connectivity for Stitcher, Aha, and Pandora Internet radio — but no CarPlay/Android Auto. All other Subarus now offer a 6.5-inch touchscreen as standard with 7-inch (BRZ, WRX/STI) or 8-inch (Ascent, Impreza, Crosstrek, Legacy, 2019 Forster) versions as an upgrade. Subaru's 6.5-inch StarLink system boasts Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, as well as integrated Pandora and Aha Internet radio functionality. The 7- and 8-inch ones feature even more integrated apps, including Glympse social navigation, Stitcher and iHearRadio Internet radio, Yelp, and even eBird, a utility for birders (hey, it's a Subaru). Optional built-in navigation is powered by TomTom software.
The newestuse fast processors to deliver nearly lag-free performance. Bold, clear, colorful menus and icons make operation a breeze. We're not crazy about the integrated navigation options, but you can always connect your smartphone if you prefer Apple or Google mapping.
The Tesla Model S and Model X use 17-inch vertically oriented touchscreens with Bluetooth, navigation, FM and HD radio, two USB ports and a built-in web browser. Like many electric cars, AM radio is not offered. The Model 3 has just one 15-inch touchscreen that's used to control almost all secondary vehicle functions — yes, even the lights, wipers and mirror position. Neither of the systems supports Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The big touchscreen in the S and Xbut in our most recent drive of a Model X we felt that performance and responsiveness were lacking; it just wasn't as snappy as some competing luxury cars' touchscreens, and it doesn't have a particularly impressive feature set by today's standards. The Model 3's touchscreen frustrates at times because of how many commonly-used features are buried in menus. but the lack (in the S and X, too) of CarPlay/Android Auto support seems like a huge miss in expensive, technology-focused cars.
Toyota's infotainment offerings vary greatly by model. Most models offer 6.1- or 7-inch touchscreens with features like Bluetooth, AM/FM, and USB and auxiliary inputs; upgraded models add features like satellite radio and the ability to use Scout GPS navigation via a connected smartphone. Specifically, the Yaris, Corolla, Tacoma, Tundra, Highlander and Prius all offer both 6.1- and 7-inch screens. The C-HR and 86 have only 7.0-inch screens. The 4Runner, Prius C and Sequoia only offer a 6.1-inch screen. The Land Cruiser has a 9-inch display.
Several newer models use Entune 3.0, an updated infotainment system with a broad feature set that includes AM/FM, Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB inputs. Using the Entune app on your connected smartphone, you can access apps like Pandora, Slacker and NPR One, as well as Scout navigation (built-in nav is an option on higher trim levels.) The Avalon has Entune 3.0 with a 9-inch display, the Sienna and Mirai have a 7-inch Entune 3.0 display, while theand the Camry offer it with both 7- and 8-inch screens, depending on trim.
No Toyota product supports Android Auto. The newis the first and only Toyota model to offer Apple CarPlay support. Its Entune 3.0 system has an 8-inch touchscreen as standard. The Toyota Yaris iA is an interesting exception: Because it is based on the Mazda2, it uses the MazdaConnect infotainment system. The Toyota Prius Prime is another exception. Though a 7-inch display is standard, a portrait-style 11.6-inch touchscreen is optional on certain trim levels.
All of Toyota's infotainment systemswith cruder graphics and a smaller feature set than most rivals. That said, Entune 3.0 in the Camry and Corolla Hatchback is a huge improvement. It may not be as feature-packed as some competing systems, but its simple and straightforward to use on the road.
Most newer Volkswagen models offer a choice between a handful of infotainment systems. A 6.5-inch touchscreen has Apple CarPlay and Android auto connectivity as standard (VW brands these features as "Car-Net"), as well as USB, auxiliary and Bluetooth connectivity. There's an 8-inch version of that touchscreen that adds a CD player and satellite radio, and then an optional upgraded version with built-in navigation. Some older VWs have five- and 6.3-inch screens, too; the Beetle and Passat have the 5-inch display as standard, while the 6.3-inch option with CarPlay/Android Auto support is optional, and navigation is optional on certain models. Finally, Volkswagen is rolling out a full-color Digital Cockpit instrument cluster to certain models: the E-Golf, Golf R and 2019 Jetta.
The newer 6.5- and 8-inch displays are bright and easy to use at a glance while driving, and though it's not quite as quick as FCA's Uconnect screens, responses are fast. On the downside, the gloss-black trim around the screens tends to pick up fingerprints easily. The 8-inch model especially is incredibly easy to view, but we think some of the menus and icons could be rearranged so navigating the many options and features is easier. Although 6.3-inch display still works well, its smaller screen size means picking out icons and reading text is a little more difficult while on the move. In cars with Digital Cockpit, you can avoid the infotainment screen entirely because the color cluster provides so much information right in the driver's sightline.
Every new Volvo uses a touchscreen infotainment system called Sensus, with a portrait-style 9-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard. Features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and some built-in apps for things like Glympse, Pandora, Stitcher and Yelp. The Volvo S60 still uses older infotainment tech, but the all-new S60 is coming very soon and it will have the Sensus system.
Though it isSensus can at times be very slow to boot up when you start the car and switching between functions can require more waiting than we'd like. Its basic three-page layout, with big, legible tiles and buttons and a high-contrast color scheme, however, is easy to view at a glance.Because Sensus controls most vehicle functions (climate control, car settings, etc), its slow start-up and responses can be frustrating; we wouldn't object to adding more physical controls to its operation.