• Free 5-year subscription for navigation-equipped 2015 models
  • Includes both Traffic and Travel Link services
  • Offer also extended for Chrysler brands

Ford announced that it will provide a complimentary 5-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link for buyers of 2015 models equipped with navigation. The satellite-based services provide drivers with real-time information concerning traffic, weather, gas prices, sports scores, movie times and more.

Chrysler later announced that it would match the offer. Beginning July 1, all 2015 Chrysler, Dodge, RAM and Jeep models equipped with navigation will include the 5-year complimentary subscription. Some 2014 models qualify, too.

SiriusXM Traffic Link and Travel Link deliver several convenient features to drivers. Among these are traffic speeds; notifications of construction zones, accidents and road closures; alternate route suggestions and mapping; fuel-station information; weather conditions, maps and forecasting; stock-market information; electric-vehicle charging locations; sports schedules and scores; and movie listings.

The extended complimentary subscription does not include SiriusXM Radio. Ford currently provides a 6-month trial subscription to the satellite radio service on properly equipped vehicles. For Chrysler brands, a 1-year satellite radio subscription is complimentary. In addition to a long list of commercial-free music stations, satellite radio programming features live sports broadcasting, including NFL, MLB and NASCAR, as well as news, comedy and entertainment from personalities such as Oprah and Howard Stern.

The 5-year complimentary subscription could help to keep ownership costs down for drivers who rely on Traffic and Travel Link services. Currently, a subscription to the two services together is priced at $5.99 per month or $65.89 per year. Alternately, a 3-year subscription costs $185.69. If prices remain unchanged over 5 years, the complimentary service has a value of more than $300.

Drivers could enjoy additional savings, too. Avoiding traffic jams and finding the best fuel prices could save drivers real time and money. While it's unlikely that new-car shoppers will choose a Ford or Chrysler vehicle just for the complimentary 5-year subscription, it could sweeten the deal on a model already under consideration.

What it means to you: With brief 6-month and 1-year trial subscriptions, free service often runs out just when drivers are getting used to the convenience of satellite-based traffic and weather reports. A 5-year complimentary subscription allows drivers to enjoy the perks without worrying about monthly fees.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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