2012 Toyota Prius C: Despite Entune Hassles, This Nav System Works Well
December 02, 2012
Although I'm comfortable using my iPhone's Mapquest app for navigation, I really do like having a factory nav system embedded in the dash. It's easier to read; it puts nav, audio and phone functions in one place, and I never have to worry about it going to sleep or the voice instructions not being loud enough.
I used the nav system in our long-term 2012 Toyota Prius C every day last week, several times a day to get directions, and every single day, I went through the process of hooking up my phone via the USB port and booting up the Entune app. As you'll recall, Entune isn't necessary to use the nav system, but you need an active connection to see traffic data.
Yeah, the process is kind of a hassle, but over the course of five days, the system consistently did a competent job rerouting me around traffic based on the info it was getting via my phone's data connection. It didn't present incident/collision information with the specificity of say, Inrix, but it was good at knowing where the traffic was and suggesting appropriate alternate freeway routes and even some detours on surface streets that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise. (You're not seeing traffic data here on this map, because I took the photo in the garage where the phone is incommunicado, and also happened not to have the Apple cable with me.)
It certainly helps that my AT&T iPhone generally has a strong signal throughtout greater L.A.
I also haven't gotten any indication (i.e., threatening texts from AT&T) that letting Entune harness the power of my iPhone is resulting in heavy data usage. Then again, the real test would be for me to use Entune every day for a month, and then see how well I'm doing on data usage.
Any Toyota/Lexus owners out there who are using Entune/Enform on an everyday basis who can speak on this matter?
Finally, note that Entune was included as standard on this Prius C Three model, which at $22,395, is priced pretty affordably for a nav-equipped hybrid. So buying a car equipped exactly like this one is a reasonable proposition.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 10,277 miles