2012 Toyota Prius C: I'm Entune Again
September 18, 2012
If you read our long-term intro for the 2012 Toyota Prius C, you know that just like our long-term Camry SE, it has Toyota's Entune interface for smartphones. Over the months we've owned our Camry, several editors have commented that the setup process requires too many steps and that the apps themselves add minimal functionality.
I can't say I disagree strongly with either sentiment, but the reality is if you want traffic data to show up on our Three model's standard navigation system's maps, you have to set up Entune. I wouldn't suggest that this traffic data is as accurate as that provided by the Inrix app on my phone, but there's still something to be said for having it on a larger screen embedded in the dash.
So last night I went through the steps, which on the plus side, are exactly the same as in the Camry: Step 1, plug in previously Bluetooth-paired iPhone via USB port (step 1 not required if you have an Android phone). Step 2, open previously downloaded Entune app on phone; enter previously registered Entune login credentials when prompted by app. Step 3, hit "yes" when car asks if you want to set up an Internet connection. Step 4, hit the Traffic app button in the car's Apps menu. Step 5, go to Maps in the car's Apps menu; shortly, the desired green-yellow-red traffic density highlighting will appear on the map.
Mind you, a normal person would/should bristle at going through all these steps, but the inconvenience is easier to justify in a $23K Prius C than a $28K Camry. Plus, overall, I still prefer this nav system to the cheapy, slow-witted one in our Subaru BRZ.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,787 miles