Bluetooth Audio vs. iPod USB - 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long-Term Road Test

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Road Test

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Bluetooth Audio vs. iPod USB

April 13, 2011


For tunes during the long road trip to San Francisco in our 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon, editor JayKav and I went back and forth from using my iPhone via the USB port (because I am addicted to being online and need to charge my phone) to his via Bluetooth Audio.

acuratsxipod.jpg We found that even though using Bluetooth was convenient, automatically connecting every time we got in the car, that the dash display didn't even show the song titles but rather we'd have to look at his iPhone for that info. Sure, he could scroll through the songs with the steering wheel audio controls but not being able to see which song is coming up next (without looking at his iPhone) is like the random horror that is iPod Shuffle. Hated that mp3 player.

Check out the display for when we hooked up the iPhone to the USB port. The song title, album title and artist name are clearly listed (although the photo isn't in focus, sorry) in addition to the titles of songs, and they're on the screen as opposed to, well, just the phone when you use Bluetooth.

I checked Acura TSX forums and on Acura's Bluetooth mini site to see if I'm missing a way to display the info on the screen but couldn't find anything at all, except that maybe it's the fault of the phone and/or wireless carrier. Anyone know?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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