2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: One of Porsche's Better Navigation Setups
February 7, 2013
Porsche has never done navigation very well. Not sure why, probably because it was too busy building the best sports car in the world. Or maybe it was that detour into SUVs?
Regardless of why Porsche user interfaces were poorly done in the past, its latest setup is much better. As you can see, the screen is sharp, easy to read, and big enough to see without squinting. Even with L.A.'s mess of freeways clogging the screen, you can still pretty much tell what's going on.
Interaction with the various features is done mostly through the touchscreen. This is not typically a preferred method, but Porsche's system responds quickly and rarely requires you to push twice. There's a "back" button below the screen as well, so if you make a wrong turn it's not that hard to start over. I haven't used the system extensively enough to call it a great setup, but so far it seems well sorted and useful.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,164 miles