Navigation System on the Fritz - 2013 Subaru BRZ Long-Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ Long Term Road Test

2013 Subaru BRZ: Navigation System on the Fritz

November 30, 2012

Subaru BRZ Navi Screen.jpg 

"Not receiving navigation data."

This is what the BRZ lady says (or something close to that) within a few minutes of setting off. It's happened the last four times I've driven the car, and I wasn't in a tunnel, parked next to a giant building or in some other obvious place where the GPS signal would be lost.

After this happens, the navi then struggles to figure things out. In the above photo, the car is not where the map says it is. In fact, the icon was moving forward along Pico Boulevard when I took this photo despite being safely parked at a traffic light. It was actually further ahead than where I actually was.

So, not only does this navigation unit make using the audio system iritating, it doesn't really know where it is, either. Now, consider that this same unit comes on the all-new Subaru Forester introduced at the LA Auto Show this week. If navigation is an important feature for you, the Forester would look awfully silly compared to the Honda CR-V, Chevy Equinox (MyLink is great), Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and even the Ford Escape.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 7,958 miles 

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