2015 Acura TLX: Prefer Onboard Navigation to My Phone's
by Matt Jones Senior Editor on December 3, 2015
I know I'm going to lose some of you on this, but I prefer the navigation system in our long-term 2015 Acura TLX to the navigation app on my phone.
Couple of reasons:
I like the voice of the onboard system. Actually, not the voice exactly, but what she says. For example, while driving on I-405 recently, the voice from my smartphone's navigation app trumpeted (and I'm improvising a bit here):
"In half a mile use the second to the right-hand lane to exit 26B Lakewood Blvd South Long Beach Airport Lakewood Blvd North and stay left lane at the fork."
Whereas the onboard navigation voice simply says "In half-a-mile, take the second exit on your right."
Give me short and concise anytime.
Another reason I like the onboard navigation: the picture above shows my next steps. I know that handy cell phone dash mounts abound, and I could connect one of these bad boys to my dash, plop my iPhone 6 in the cradle, and look at that instead.
But with a get-up like the one built into the TLX, I don't have to.
Would I pay a huge premium to have an onboard navigation system? Nope (when I sold cars, the up-cost of a built-in navigation system was about $2,000). Would I pay a small premium? Yep. And depending on the brand of car, the extra cost of an onboard navigation system can be just a few hundred bucks.
With onboard navigation systems that have live traffic updates, re-routing options and the like, I'm inclined to use the onboard navigation and leave my phone in the cup holder, untouched for the duration of my drive.
In all fairness, setting a destination on the phone is far faster than using the multi-function knob in the TLX. And no, I never use voice commands in the car or Siri on the phone. But still, onboard works best for me.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor