Navigation Woes - 2012 Toyota Camry Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Camry SE: Navigation Woes

January 23, 2012


This weekend I went to a concert about 22 miles from my house. I wasn't familiar with the venue so I Google-mapped it and printed out the directions. It looked to be a little tricky at the end so I also attempted to put the address into the Camry's navigation system. Some guidance to find the last couple of turns would be very helpful.

The nav system did not recognize the zip code of the concert hall and would not let me type it in. It presented me with only one possible zip code option for the street address which was one digit off. I took a chance and pressed OK and it changed the street address to something else entirely. I was looking for a certain Drive, it changed it to Place.

I started over and it seemed to accept the street address without a zip code. The route it offered looked correct so I pressed start guidance and went on my way. While I was heading to the freeway, it tried to get me to make a u-turn and then I realized the navigation changed to a different address in the opposite direction. Perhaps it defaulted to the most recently used address instead? I have no idea.

The Camry's nav system does not accept information while the car is moving so my passenger tried to re-input the address at the next red light. But it accepts each letter and number so slowly that we could not complete the operation before it was time to move. I also tried to find the venue by POI but it was no help. I decided it wasn't worth pulling over for and cancelled the navigation. I used my paper print out instead. On the way I got detoured because of construction and had to get off an unfamiliar freeway exit. I could really have used some guidance at this point.

After the concert was over, the navigation system did help me get back to the freeway because it found my home address acceptable. But it could not get me to my first destination. It was 50% useless to me.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 2,958 miles

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