2012 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test


2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Mark's Ford Touch

February 14, 2012

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My drive into the office gives me plenty of time to daydream. A lot of times, that's when I come up with something to blog about. This morning, I was pondering out long-term Mustang's center stack.

I think it's a bit of a mess. Without the touchscreen navigation, the whole thing looks a bit dated and cheap. I also think there are too many buttons and their placement is far from intuitive. We've already determined that MyFord Touch isn't quite ready for prime time, so instead of adding to the chorus of displeasure, I thought I'd give it a spin.

How about we replace the whole thing with a big touchscreen?

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The screen would be sectioned into three segments. The top would be navigation, with audio in the middle and climate on the bottom. But wait, there's more. Like an iPhone/iPad, you can swipe each section to reveal another screen. Let's say you want to switch from the map to a phone screen. A quick swipe to the left and, voila! Swipe the audio section, and maybe you get to options or search functions for your iPod.

Yes, I know this would probably be expensive, but would it be any more pricey than a premium audio option? I think the usability would be well worth it, and think of the possibilities. Perhaps advanced users could customize the look and function to their liking. Think of it as a Crestron control pad for a home theatre. Sure, it's not perfect, but with a screen this big, you eliminate the clutter that MyFord Touch is plagued with.

What do you think? Is this a viable concept, or should I delete Photoshop from my laptop?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 20,845 miles

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