Even The Best Navigation Systems Freeze - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Even The Best Navigation Systems Freeze

October 2, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

I really like using the navigation system in our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. As Brent Romans has written, there's nothing groundbreaking about this touchscreen interface, but its menus are straightforward and its processing times are quick.

However, I've already had the system freeze up on me on two occasions over the last month.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

The funny thing is I didn't even notice the system had seized up initially, because you see this start screen every time you start up. But when the touchscreen is truly frozen, it doesn't matter how many times you press "Agree": It won't wake up.

Unlike MyFord Touch, Hyundai's system won't reboot itself while you're driving (so far as I can tell anyway). You have to wait until the next time you stop to shut off the engine and reboot the system. On the plus side, thanks to the external audio buttons, you can still listen to the radio and change stations as you normally would while the nav functions are unavailable.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 8,028 miles


  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Automakers have to be seriously skimping (or getting a "good" deal from whoever they gave the contract too) on these things... In this day an age, that little computer is seriously basic and has no excuse to be freezing up on you this quickly into ownership. This goes for more than the Hyundai.

  • spyderpa spyderpa Posts:

    This is why I will shy away from shelling out for fancy technology packages in new cars. The way computers are evolving (and have for the last 30 years), I have no confidence that any built-in system will not be obsolete in five years, let alone non-functional. I know there are some good ones out there, but why roll the dice when you can buy a standalone GPS unit for a couple hundred dollars, sync phone via bluetooth to a more basic system, and/or just plug your smartphone into an auxiliary jack?

  • craigo81 craigo81 Posts:

    I just use the navigon app on my iphone. Cost of the app, a mount and a lightning cable for power was about $70 total. Free map updates. If I knew I would always be driving in range of a good data signal, I would just use google maps which is free and has an excellent interface.

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