Top 10 Infotainment Systems

Top 10 Infotainment Systems
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2. BMW iDrive

While BMW’s iDrive system had a rough start back in 2001, recent iterations of it have been getting better and better. Now 11 years later, we regard iDrive as the benchmark for how a touch screen free infotainment system should look and operate. One particularly noteworthy addition in new versions of iDrive is the capability to have a split-screen setup, allowing you to see detailed media information alongside your map screen.

BMW_M235i_213.JPGEverything about iDrive is ergonomic and intuitive. Consider where BMW places the knob and surrounding buttons – right next to the gear-stick, so it falls nicely to hand. With the new BMW ConnectedDrive system, drivers can also access their social media feeds and even e-mail right from the car.

The high-resolution (1280×480 pixels) visuals are also gorgeous on iDrive systems. From the 3D maps to the slick sliding animations, iDrive looks like a premium piece of technology much like Apple’s iPhone.

  • Disqus11111

    My Ford Touch? Having that on the list immediately makes this article worthless.

    Cadillac CUE? This gets more pathetic with every click.

  • Finch

    I actually like MyFord Touch… I have it in my Focus and have NEVER had an issue.

  • tdeere

    Uconnect shouldnt even exist… Bmw 1st…Audi 2nd and Merc 3rd..

  • Hobbie1

    Have a 2014 RAM with Uconnect – close to perfection – easy – so easy my wife get it! It is fast and the garmin interface is great. Best part the system has touch as well as traditional buttons – meaning that you can make adjustments without taking your eyes off the road. Just an FYI the apps you mentioned for the Jeep are also on the RAM system.

  • SUV driver

    Toyota Entune, NissanConnect and Hyundai BlueLink did not make the list.

  • MarkMTx

    Lexus Enform is pretty user friendly for the old people……take notice cadillac.

  • David Laughlin

    I agree with UConnect being number 1 I’ve test driven other cars and I’m apprehensive to switch to something else. I like my challenger well, and dodge makes it super easy to use.

  • shiny

    I have a 2014 Jeep SRT and the UConnect system is the best I’ve seen and used. It’s fast, responsive, super easy to use, has not given me any problems, has voice commands, physical buttons, and does not need a learning curve at all. If you can put a round peg in a round hole then the UConnect is for you. What I’m trying to say is that UConnect is made so even an idiot like me can use it.
    Also for the SRT (and possibly other cars but I am not sure) it includes timers, g-forces, horsepower, and gauges.
    The wireless system is a subscription service so I won’t ever use that, plus it’s 3g only. I’ll just use my phone.
    Chrysler / Fiat mostly hit a home run with the uConnect system.
    Only problem: There were some glitches when new but a recent software update took care of all of them.