2013 Subaru BRZ: Adjustable Verbosity
June 20, 2013
In general, I try not to get too annoyed at the budget navigation system in our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ. The way I see it, the nav system isn't really what you're paying for with this car. Instead, you're paying for the Toyobarus' rear-wheel-drive architecture and painstakingly tuned suspension and steering. This cheapy nav unit is one small way to help defray development costs on a car that's very enjoyable to drive relative to what you end up paying for it.
But there's no denying that the navigation software is rudimentary at best. For example, over the weekend, I ventured into the Sounds and Warnings submenu within the Settings menu. The purpose of my visit was merely to lower the guidance volume, as the navigation lady ("Samantha") had begun shouting prompts at the top of her lungs. After lowering the volume, I realized I could adjust Samantha's verbosity level. Verbosity? Who did the translation here?
OK, I have a dictionary. I know what verbosity means. But look at the three possible levels here: Verbose, Minimal and Compact. Verbose implies excessively frequent guidance prompts to me, but the difference between Minimal and Compact is beyond me.
I think I settled on Compact. But it doesn't really matter. This nav system provides the basic functionality that most drivers will require: It reliably gets you to your destination. Of course, a smartphone can do that, too. Either way, creature comforts aren't what matter here. Nope, it's all about the driving experience on the BRZ.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 16,476 miles