Thursday, July 10, 2014


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.

Chrysler's Uconnect is both hefty and simple. It's a multimedia system that can do a lot without leaving drivers befuddled with options. Like most infotainment systems, it integrates with your smartphone, has navigation functionality and boasts tons of media sync capabilities. What sets it apart is the cohabitation of a touchscreen with physical controls that adjust everything from climate to music preferences.

Its intuitive controls easily adjust seat or cabin temperature, your music options and call-making capabilities. Best of all, it also operates via voice command, so you won't need to take your eyes from the road.

You'll find the display area to be incredibly easy to navigate. Simple-to-read text and big icons ensure a frustration-free driving experience. Seven menu icons display a whole slew of options, including media, nav, phone and your favorite apps. These icons stay housed at the bottom of the screen at all times, making it a super simple way to access your digital stuff without spending a lot of time hunting down your faves.

What 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.

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