Ford Sync (With MyFord Touch)
Ford has come a prolonged approach with Sync, a flagship in-car infotainment system. Unlike with stand-alone GPS navigation devices, we don’t routinely examination in-car systems as apart products—especially given a blueprint and facilities can change from indication to model. Besides, we’re not a automobile magazine. But we do cover automobile tech, and we’re of a opinion that Ford has reached a bit of a miracle with this intensely able system. It’s value a tighten look. And notwithstanding a extensive list of teenager irritants, it’s still value buying, quite in a top-of-the-line MyFord Touch configuration—Ford has unequivocally taken a lead here in bringing tech into mainstream vehicles.
Displays and Sync Interface
For this review, we tested a revised Ford Sync with MyFord Touch in a newly rested 2013 Ford Taurus SHO, as partial of a weeklong outing for PCMag’s Fastest Mobile Networks 2012. For a uninitiated, Ford Sync attempts to confederate a car’s GPS navigation, party options (including iPod and satellite radio), meridian controls, and hands-free voice job into a single, one in-dash interface. There are 4 categorical Sync packages, some of that are accessible in opposite cars; Ford’s website sum them all in a feature comparison table.
With a Taurus, Ford Sync with MyFord Touch is customary on a SHO and Limited models, accessible as an $800 ascent on a SEL, yet not accessible on a SE. Ford Sync with MyFord Touch is also accessible on a Ford Edge, Explorer, Focus, and Fusion, as good as a Lincoln MKX and arriving 2013 Lincoln MKZ. During this review, I’m going to concentration wholly on Ford Sync, and de-emphasize other facilities like a rear-view backup camera, a several reserve systems, and a twin-turbo V6-powered Taurus SHO’s altogether opening and handling—which was surprisingly excellent, notwithstanding a car’s 202-inch length and 4,300-pound quell weight.
With all that out of a way, let’s get to a Ford Sync complement itself. Inside a Taurus SHO, we get a graphic clarity of being in a “Car of a Future,” even yet a complement has been accessible for several years now, despite in obtuse form. The initial thing that hits we are a mixed displays. A large, 8-inch, cosmetic resistive hold shade sits in a core of a dashboard. Two smaller, non-touch, 4.2-inch LCD cluster screens side an oversized speedometer in front of a driver. All 3 screens are splendid and colorful, with finely drawn fonts.
Two five-way control pads—once on any steering circle spoke—control any of a cluster LCDs. Numerous dashboard and additional steering circle buttons also control several aspects of a system. Open a center-mounted armrest and you’ll exhibit dual USB ports, an SD label slot, and a set of combination audio and video jacks.
Ford has listened to some of a critique per Sync, and has upgraded a complement significantly for 2013. It’s many apparent in a user interface, that now facilities incomparable fonts, clearer buttons, and streamlined menus. Getting around a Sync with MyFord Touch interface now qualifies as discerning for a many part. But during times, it’s still frustrating. On a categorical screen, for example, there’s a four-quadrant interface, with any plot color-coded to a specific task: Entertainment, Navigation, Climate, and Voice. The UI is laid out good enough, yet to switch modes, we contingency press a extensive dilemma of a screen—why not only press anywhere in a plot to switch?
But a categorical law-breaker is still hold sensitivity. For a 8-inch center-mounted screen, Ford employs a cosmetic resistive hold display, that requires counsel presses and mostly doesn’t trigger properly. we found myself dire a shade dual or 3 times only to allege any step. On a few occasions, a shade stopped responding entirely. When this happened, we had to burst behind to a home screen, and afterwards lapse manually to where we was to revive functionality. Other times, a complement blinked out entirely, returned to a home screen, and forgot what mode we was in altogether. Cars generally don’t underline potion capacitive hold screens—Ford is distant from alone here—but given a turn of sophistication fundamental in Ford Sync, it could use one.
POI Database and Destination Search
Ford gives we a accumulation of options for environment adult destinations, including a extensive POI (point-of-interest) database, as good as a ability to enter travel addresses and intersections. You can also hunt for POIs nearby a automobile and nearby a sold city. There are several sublevels of POI categories, many of that are realistically organized. You can also set adult multi-segment routing, entering any end as a waypoint.