Ford's excellent SYNC infotainment system has left every other mass-market automaker playing catchup, its intuitive smartphone pairing and advanced voice control features for every key system outdoing most luxury cars. SYNC AppLink uses your smartphone's data connection to connect to the cloud for apps like Pandora streaming internet radio, among many others. Upscale trims get SYNC with MyFord Touch, which recently received comprehensive updates to its user interface after confounding many new owners. Be sure of what you are ordering, as among Ford's vast product portfolio are a number of different infotainment options based on trim level and how recently a particular model has received a redesign or refresh.
Navigation Package Specific to Manufacturers
- Official Name: SYNC/MyFord Touch
- Price Range: Standard equipment on many higher trim levels, approx. $2,250 as option
- Number of Vehicles the Navigation Package offered in: 14
- Optional touch-based Ford audio/infotainment systems offer several advanced technology features not usually found in small car segments. Available premium audio systems from Sony.
- Interface: Fully integrated voice command, touchscreen, toggle stick on dash, standard hardware and steering wheel controls for base stereos.
- Speakers: Base systems 4 to 6 speakers. Sony 10 or 12-speaker surround sound systems
- Amplification: 390 watts and up. (premium systems)
- Available inputs: Auxiliary and USB/iPod. Bluetooth streaming audio.
- Screens: Dual 7-inch headrest-mounted LCD displays
- DVD/Blu-Ray Capability: Single headrest-mounted DVD player
- Back Up Cameras: Available on most models.
- Video game consoles supported: Any with RCA output
- Input jacks: RCA, HDMI, AC electrical outlet
- Mobile/Rolling hotspot: N/A
- Data connection, smartphone-based: With some SYNC packages.
- Ford MyKey limits maximum speed and stereo volume to chosen levels.
- Interface: Ford’s new touch and voice-based navigation system uses SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.
- Advantages over aftermarket: Users can input destination by voice command, turn-by-turn voice navigation, SIRIUS Travel Link provides points of interest and sorts by price and distance.
- Some Ford models due for upgrades soon lack many of the technology and infotainment features of those cars and trucks with more recent upgrades. As of the 2012 model year, navigation systems are not offered in some segments where they have become common from competitors.
Advantages over aftermarket: Access integrated address book using voice commands, easy-to-use steering wheel controls, system can audibly read incoming text messages and emails, data connection allows internet radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and apps.
Number of devices that can be paired: 12
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- Is Siri Coming to Your Car?
- Android OS Coming to a Review Mirror Near You
- What is Infotainment
- 2013 Model Year will be a Huge Year for Infotainment Systems
- MyFord Touch System Gets Upgrade for 250,000 Owners
- Are Fancy Technology Gadgets Turning Shoppers into Buyers?