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Infotainment Marathon (Part III of Sky’s the Limit)

We gave you fair warning, this series is going to be a literal marathon. But unlike traditional marathons that end in bruised knees, an aching back, and a hankering for beer and pasta, this marathon will equip you with everything you need to know surrounding infotainment systems of the major auto brands selling throughout the U.S. What better way to make an informed decision than knowing whom offers what and which ones to steer clear of.

And we continue …

Chevrolet

MyLink is the Chevy staple and new Chevy owners will be privy to 7 and 8-inch touchscreens on most models. Optional navigation is well, optional, but Bluetooth, USB inputs and auxiliary inputs are all standard. With the Corvette and Camaro, and optional Performance Data Recorder is available which can track your laps, legally of course. The Bolt EV has a cool system that is larger (10.2-inches) and offers more personalized information depending on the user settings.

Overall, MyLink is quick, simple, and most important, very, VERY easy to use. The graphics won’t blow you away, but functionality is what reigns supreme here.

Chrysler

The Pacifica and Chrysler 300 both offer an 8.4-inch screen on the Uconnect 4 infotainment system. With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, satellite radio can also be streamed where SiriusXM provides navigation. Optional rear screens are great for young kids (movies and similar programming), and if you’re lucky enough to fall into the newest version of Uconnect then bright, clear graphics await as do simple-to-navigate menus.

The only drawback here is the on-screen climate control. It’s a bit clunky at times, and not the smoothest experience. Chrysler corrected for this however with physical buttons for many of these operations.

Dodge

No infotainment talk would be complete with Dodge without delving into the Charger and Challenger. An 8.4-inch and 7-inch screen come standard, and the 8.4-inch can be programmed with up-to-date traffic and travel data again provided by none other than SiriusXM.

Of all Dodge models, the Journey is the eldest of the bunch. Its infotainment system is built on a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and while you may upgrade to the 8.4-inch screen via Uconnect 3, there is no support for CarPlay or Android Auto. As we’ve seen with other brands, on-screen climate controls are for some reason a tough proposition. Not sure what the technological snafu really is but it’s there and as such physical buttons again are offered should the heat simply not shut off via the infotainment screen.

Stay tuned for Part IV!

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