Adjustable Verbosity - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Adjustable Verbosity

June 20, 2013

2013 Subaru BRZ

In general, I try not to get too annoyed at the budget navigation system in our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ. The way I see it, the nav system isn't really what you're paying for with this car. Instead, you're paying for the Toyobarus' rear-wheel-drive architecture and painstakingly tuned suspension and steering. This cheapy nav unit is one small way to help defray development costs on a car that's very enjoyable to drive relative to what you end up paying for it.

But there's no denying that the navigation software is rudimentary at best. For example, over the weekend, I ventured into the Sounds and Warnings submenu within the Settings menu. The purpose of my visit was merely to lower the guidance volume, as the navigation lady ("Samantha") had begun shouting prompts at the top of her lungs. After lowering the volume, I realized I could adjust Samantha's verbosity level. Verbosity? Who did the translation here?

OK, I have a dictionary. I know what verbosity means. But look at the three possible levels here: Verbose, Minimal and Compact. Verbose implies excessively frequent guidance prompts to me, but the difference between Minimal and Compact is beyond me.

I think I settled on Compact. But it doesn't really matter. This nav system provides the basic functionality that most drivers will require: It reliably gets you to your destination. Of course, a smartphone can do that, too. Either way, creature comforts aren't what matter here. Nope, it's all about the driving experience on the BRZ.

2013 Subaru BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 16,476 miles


  • ibook ibook Posts:

    I can't believe what I'm reading at a "car people" site. I don't know about other regions, but in the US (which I assume this site is mainly targeting), all BRZ trims (Premium & Limited) come with the exact same navigation unit.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    So you mean get the FR-S? Basic double-DIN unit that can be swapped out for something significantly better...

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    @ ibook: Well, you sized me up just right: (1) I got careless with the facts here. And (2) I'm not a car people/person. Thanks for stopping by. We'll get this straightened out. --Erin

  • cotak cotak Posts:

    The translation would be from programmer to lay folks. A few months back at work there literally was documentation from some other office for a 'chicken' bit in some settings. And just this month we got from same people a file with variables named like it was written by a teen. Fyle instead of file that sort of thing.

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