These days, every automaker offers an infotainment system, including Ford's SYNC with MyFord Touch, Chevrolet's MyLink, Hyundai's BlueLink and Toyota's Entune. We've sampled each of them, and we happen to think Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system is the best of all. Why do we like it so much? Here are our reasons.
One major gripe we have with most infotainment systems is slow response time. In other words, you press a button in most systems and must wait far too long before the screen makes a move. This leaves you to press each button three or four times while thinking that the entire system may have frozen up.
This isn't so with Chrysler's Uconnect, which has a tremendously responsive touchscreen. There's no lag time when you press any button or choose any command, which makes the entire infotainment experience far less frustrating and more enjoyable. It also makes you more likely to use the infotainment system rather than to avoid it.
Easy to Read
Another thing we like about Uconnect is just how big its displays are and how easy it is to read. While a few of today's Uconnect systems use a smaller 6.5- or 7-inch touchscreen, most feature the excellent 8.4-in touchscreen. There are large menus, big fonts, and easily understood functions and controls. In essence, Uconnect makes the infotainment system easy even for people who aren't used to one.
In addition, Uconnect also makes the process easy because it's laid out exactly how you'd expect. Virtually every control is intuitive. Control placement is easy to figure out and easy to remember. With the large menu screens, you'll never find yourself fumbling with your infotainment system as you do in many cars.
We also like that Uconnect has a few unique features that we haven't seen in too many other cars. One is the ability to favorite a song or artist. This useful feature causes a box to pop up notifying you that a favorite song or favorite artist is on the air. Press the box, and you're instantly transported from your current channel to the one playing your favorite song or artist.
Another unique feature is the navigation system, which doesn't only show a computerized image of the road you're traveling on. When you get to a highway ramp or a change in directions, the system shows an actual photo of the intersection where you'll be making your turn. That makes directions especially easy and leaves absolutely no doubt about where you're supposed to go.
Whether you're a gadget-obsessed car shopper or a driver who just wants to occasionally listen to some music, Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system is the best in the business. Because infotainment is so important to modern cars these days, we think Uconnect alone is a strong reason for why you should add a Chrysler vehicle to your shopping list; it's that good.