Getting around with the family in tow isn’t always the easiest task to accomplish. Opting for a navigation system can be an expensive proposition, and they’re not all the simplest to decipher.
Display screen size and icons differ, how the systems work varies from one manufacturer to another, directions may be incorrect, and there are other idiosyncrasies that make navigating the navigation system somewhat of a pain.
In the recent survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, the 2011 Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Survey, the Dodge Charger came out on top with its Garmin navigation system. The Garmin system ranked highest in owner satisfaction of factory-installed navigation systems and performs particularly well in the key areas of navigation display screen, ease of use and speed of system factors. The Hyundai-Mobis navigation system in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the Garmin system supplied to the Chrysler 300 series ranked second and third, respectively, in the survey.
With these recent customer satisfaction ratings in mind, we took a look at some of the 2012 family cars mentioned with highest-rated navigation systems:
2012 Dodge ChargerEnlarge Photo
2012 Dodge Charger
The Garmin navigation system is available as part of a $995 navigation/rear back-up camera group package on the 2012 Dodge Charger SXT, R/T, SXT Plus, R/T Road and Track Package. The Garmin navigation system is not available on the base SE model and is included as standard equipment on R/T Max and the top-of-the-line SRT8. Dodge calls the navigation system Uconnect Touch 8.4N CD/DVD/MP3/NAV, which includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The Uconnect navigation includes Garmin Turn-by-Turn Directions, Garmin Lane Guidance, Garmin Junction View and SiriusXM Travel Link.
2012 Hyundai Genesis CoupeEnlarge Photo
2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe (and Hyundai Elantra)
In the 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the Hyundai-Mobis 6.5-inch touchscreen navigation system is standard on the 2.0T Premium, 3.8 Grand Touring and 3.8 Track models.
2012 Hyundai ElantraEnlarge Photo
In the 2012 Hyundai Elantra, the voice-activated navigation system with seven-inch interactive touchscreen is available as part of a $2,100 Technology Package only on the Limited model.
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8. Photo by Alex BellusEnlarge Photo
2012 Chrysler 300
Chrysler says the Uconnect Touch system, featuring the segment’s largest interactive touchscreen display (8.4 inches), is upgraded for 2012. Available in the 2012 Chrysler 300, Uconnect Touch has “easy to use” integrated Garmin navigation that now has voice commands to allow street address input and navigation to points of interest. With the addition of SIRIUS Traffic to the Uconnect Touch for 2012, real-time traffic monitoring notifies the driver or enables the Garmin navigation to reroute due to congested throughways. Garmin navigation (included with Uconnect Touch 8.4N) is not available on the base 300, is available as a $795 Uconnect Touch 8.4N CD/DVD/MP3/NAV option on the 300 Limited, 300S (V-6) and 300S (V-8), and comes standard on the 300C, 300C Luxury Series and SRT8.
2012 Acura TSXEnlarge Photo
2012 Acura TSX Sedan
The 2012 Acura TSX luxury sedan offers the Acura navigation system as the centerpiece of the TSX Technology Package. The J.D. Power 2011 Navigation Usage and Satisfaction Survey identifies the navigation system supplier as Alpine Electronics. The navigation system has a high-resolution, eight-inch screen. An address can be entered using the interface dial or the voice recognition system. The system plots the path on the map and shows special displays to guide the driver through freeway ramps, interchanges and forks in the road, even providing voiced guidance, if desired. Pricing for the 2012 Acura TSX with Technology Package begins at $32,910 and $38,450 for the TSX V6 with Technology Package.