Navigation System Goof - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Navigation System Goof

August 9, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Our twice-annual trip to the Oregon coast has a history of exposing navigation system flaws. Past systems have habitually sent us to either of two locked gates that led to dirt roads that crossed private property. None seemed to know of the correct route's existence even though it's been the only legal way to my folks' place for several decades.

The situation seemed to fix itself in new cars a couple of years ago when the correct route suddenly began appearing and the false shortcuts vanished. Google Maps and apps have consistently done the right thing in these parts for the last three or four years.

So, it was a bit of a surprise when our all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe plotted a course that included a road I was pretty sure wouldn't go through. But we followed along anyway to see if some new route had opened up. If so, we'd have ourselves a shortcut that would save us a dozen miles.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

No such luck. As expected, Whalehead Rd. (sic) is yet another private dirt road that doesn't actually connect. Though I must say it represents an entirely new and different bad route I haven't seen from any previous navigation system.

This isn't the result of a recent road status change. The Whaleshead RV resort and the private dirt road that goes through the place to private homes beyond have existed in their current forms for a couple of decades.

To my way of thinking this is a deal-breaker. The only place a navigation system has much worth to me is in the rural fringe areas that aren't covered by detailed paper maps, where my smartphone loses 3G and can't connect to Google Maps, where road signs are few and places to stop for directions are limited. If a navigation system isn't trustworthy out here I don't want it.

On the plus side, the Santa Fe's navi system did find and reroute us onto the correct roads once we left Whaleshead Rd behind and headed north on highway 101 once more.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,534 miles


  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    All maps contain errors. In remote areas the data may not be updated very frequently, so changes in roads and access may not be reflected. Mistakes can be made, too. Then there's the small category of deliberate errors. It's an old trick amongst map-makers to include a phony street or feature in each page. That way, if another map is published with the same error, the original map-maker knows he's been copied. One of the wire services ran an article recently about how even official planning maps in major cities contained such copy-bombs for decades.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    I feel differently about maps. Although I would rather use a GPS, a good quality map has NEVER failed me, especially in rural areas where I can quickly tell what roads are viable and which ones are hunting/private trails (fire road 43, for example, should not be taken in a sedan). It also helps to use up to date maps, instead of the ten year old ones many keep in the glove box or door pocket.

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