Infotainment Marathon (Part IV of Sky’s the Limit)
- July 1, 2019
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- Posted by Michael Robinson
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Part IV, you’re thinking, what’s going on with this site. Again, we’re looking out for you, this is the most comprehensive summary of infotainment systems per car manufacturer out there. We got you covered, no need to search aimlessly online. And with that said, let’s jump right in with none other than Ferrari.
Now we’re talking! Ferrari comes correct with not one, but two distinct infotainment options. The GTC4Lusso and Portofino sport 10.2-inch touchscreen screens replete with navigation, while the 812 Superfast, F8 Tributo and all members of the 488 family feature color displays to the right of the infotainment system controlled via dashboard buttons. While no Ferrari offers Android Auto unfortunately, all support Apple CarPlay and the F8 Tributo can also be made to order with a tiny touchscreen on the passenger side.
Another player that offers distinct systems for distinct models, Fiat spares no cost. The Cabrio and 500 hatchback (regardless of the trim) come in hot with a 5-inch touchscreen with USB, aux ports and Bluetooth. Navigation and satellite radio are offered optionally while the 500L hatchback and 500X crossover have 7-inch Uconnect 4.0 touchscreens beginning in the 2018 model years.
An interesting exception to all this is the 124 Spider. This model is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata and as such counts on the Mazda Connect Infotainment system.
Ford has been known for some time now for their Sync system. Its voice-command features are relatively advanced (compared to the competition) and a 6.5-inch or 8-inch touchscreen comes standard. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and optional navigation come included and newer models can be dazzled with Wi-Fi hotspots that can accommodate up to 10 devices at once. Honestly, if it’s 5 passengers and you’re driving, that’s just one smartphone per passenger. Who is connecting 10 devices?
The 2020 Explorer ups the ante a bit with a 10.1-inch portrait-style touchscreen that bests nearly every other car in its class. Some compete but the Explorer has them beat on styling alone.In Part V we have some real mindblowers. We’ll be getting to the middle of the alphabet soon enough so pour that second glass of wine and keep the party going