Chevrolet introduced its new MyLink smartphone-pairing infotainment system, a competitor to Ford SYNC, on the 2012 Volt and Equinox with the system coming to several more models for 2013. From advanced voice control and Bluetooth streaming audio for Pandora and Stitcher internet radio, the system livens up the brand's interior tech with a host of modern features. While touchscreen-based navigation is often only available on top-level LTZ trims, all 2012 Chevrolet models at all trim levels come with OnStar Directions and Connections, where a real person can send turn-by-turn navigation directions to the car upon request. Other OnStar features include hands-free calling, emergency response and personal vehicle tracking. Navigation systems offer only the bare essentials when compared with class-leading competitors.
Navigation/Infotainment Package Specific to Manufacturer
The new MyLink system seriously expands Chevrolet's audio sourcing options, also bringing Nuance-powered voice control for entertainment, calling, climate control and key vehicle systems. Optional premium audio systems come from Pioneer and Bose, though segment leaders offer better audio quality.
- Interface: 7-inch touchscreen, full voice control, hardware controls for commonly used functions
- Speakers: Premium systems 6-9 speakers
- Available Inputs: USB/iPod, 3.5-inch auxiliary audio, Bluetooth streaming audio, SD card
- Other Features: SiriusXM satellite radio, HDD space for music files (w/Navigation), Pandora internet radio, Stitcher internet radio, Gracenote music identification
- Screens: Available DVD rear-seat entertainment systems (SUV and crossover models)
- DVD/BluRay Capability: DVD
- Back-up Cameras: Available on most models
- Video Game Consoles Supported: N/A (rear-seat entertainment systems do not have auxiliary A/V inputs)
- Inputs: AC electrical outlet
- Mobile/Rolling Hotspot: Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile (dealer-installed accessory)
- Smartphone-based Data Connection: With MyLink
- Official Name: Chevrolet Audio System with Navigation
- Price Range: $995-$4,395 (sometimes requires other packaged options)
- Interface: Touchscreen, hardware controls for common functions
- Features: SiriusXM NavTraffic, HDD-based system, 2D maps
- Available On: Most models, features vary by model. Not available on Sonic, Colorado, Impala.
OnStar's suite of emergency response telematics services is the best in the business, with Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock and other useful features.
Bluetooth requires optional equipment on some Chevy models and comes standard on others. Advanced features, like voice-controlled dialing by contact name and streaming audio, vary by model and equipment choice.