2012 Toyota Camry SE: You Need Entune for Traffic
January 30, 2012
I got into our long-term 2012 Toyota Camry SE yesterday for a drive to the San Diego area for a work event. I hadn't been in this car for a few weeks, so my phone had long since been deleted (the Camry only allows four paired Bluetooth devices at a time... which is a little low, as most cars give you five or six slots).
Of course, pairing my phone was the first order of business, and then I hit the Apps button to enter an address in the navigation system. I plugged in my phone via the USB port, but didn't think to boot up the Entune app on my phone because I wasn't planning to use Pandora.
Then, I realized the map wasn't showing any traffic data... that is, I was seeing the map above but without the green (and yellow and red) highlighting.
Then, I remembered something about the entry-level Camry navigation system using Entune/your smartphone for traffic updates. And sure enough when I started the app on my phone, toggled to the second page of the Apps menu, I found a Traffic button.
Upon clicking it, the car ask if I wanted to establish an internet connection. I clicked yes. That resulted in this traffic incident list, and when I went back to the map, it now had the telltale green, yellow and red highlighting along the freeways.
This is a slightly more involved process than usual for getting traffic updates, but it's not a big deal really if you have a decent data plan on your phone. Of course, there's always the Garmin portable argument -- certainly compelling given the $1,050 price of our car's nav/Entune option package. (You'll note that our Camry SE came with a 90-day XM subscription, but it's actually the "XM Select" package, which doesn't include traffic. As best as I can tell, only XLE V6 models are eligible for XM-based traffic updates.)
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 3,209 miles