While we sometimes long for the simple days of physical buttons and knobs, today’s cars are filled with so much technology that infotainment systems that can control most aspects of a vehicle are almost a necessity. In the past, many of these systems have been buggy and difficult or annoying to use, but some of today’s systems are intuitive and work extremely well. Whether you’re an advanced user or a novice, if you’re looking for a car with an excellent system the expert editors at Autobytel have done the research and come up with a list of ten cars with the best infotainment systems. Take a look over the next few pages and see if any pique your interest.
10 Cars with the Best Infotainment Systems
10 Cars with the Best Infotainment Systems
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10) 2017 Volkswagen Passat
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat SE with Technology comes with a version of Volkswagen's MIB II infotainment system with a 6.33-inch touchscreen. The system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable, and you can connect two phones to the system and make and receive calls on each.
Also available is the Volkswagen Car-Net Security and Service, which can be used on your laptop or smartphone to locate your parked car, check that your doors are locked, access a vehicle health report or send destination information to the car. Overall the system is easy to use, and there are physical buttons for some key tasks. Those features and more mean that the Passat has a spot on our list of ten cars with the best infotainment systems.
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9) 2017 Subaru Legacy
The 2017 Subaru Legacy is available with the STARLINK Multimedia system that uses a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen. The system includes app connectivity that lets you access news, navigation, food, weather, music, podcasts, audiobooks and other multimedia content using the Pandora, Aha and STARLINK apps. You can even use the system to access social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.
Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, all you need to do to get started is to download an app onto your phone. Voice Command means can use simple voice commands to control features such as navigation, entertainment, and phone calls, while the MySubaru app lets you use a desktop, tablet or phone to lock and unlock the vehicle remotely, access your horn and lights, and even locate your vehicle on a map.
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8) 2017 Ford Focus
In the past, Ford’s infotainment systems have been frustrating (to say the least), but thankfully that’s no longer the case. In fact, with the SYNC 3 system that’s available on higher trim versions of the 2017 Ford Focus, it’s now one of the ten cars with the best infotainment systems. The system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and includes an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom functionality. The screen can be split into different parts to display multiple sources of information at the same time, and you can use voice commands to perform a wide range of actions, including to make a call, listen to music, select an app or to control the optional Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System.
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7) 2017 Kia K900
The 2017 Kia K900 is the brand’s top-of-the-line model, and it comes with the brand’s UVO voice-activated infotainment and telematics system. The system uses a 9.2-inch screen and is manipulated using steering wheel mounted buttons or a control wheel. The system comes standard with a 14-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB ports. When paired with your Apple or Android smartphone you can stream music, sync contacts and take calls.
If you install the UVO app on your phone, you can enjoy UVO’s online features such as enhanced navigation, Google Maps and Google Places. Using the Luxury Services app, your mobile phone will remotely lock and unlock doors, start-and-stop the engine, and run the climate control system.
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6) 2018 Volvo V90
The top-of-the-line 2018 Volvo V90 comes with the brand’s Sensus in-car technology which controls the car’s information, entertainment and safety features, and can even turn the vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
At the core of the system is a 9-inch touchscreen, though the system can also be controlled using voice commands. The version of Sensus in the V90 comes with navigation, features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Smartphone Integration, and features apps such as Yelp and Pandora. You can even plan routes on your phone and then send the directions to the car. The system also has a heads-up display the lets you see information from the system without taking your eyes off the road.
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5) 2017 Chrysler 300
Like many of the brand’s vehicles, the 2017 Chrysler 300 comes standard with the Uconnect 8.4 system which includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Voice Command, steering-wheel controls, Bluetooth Streaming Audio and a Media Hub with two USB ports.
Optional features include navigation, an upscale Beats audio system with ten speakers and a subwoofer and a unique wireless charging pad. The system can run all the apps you’d expect, and it can act as a WiFi hotspot. Though the system has been around for a while and has started to show its age, it’s still one of the easiest and most intuitive systems to use, and that earns the Chrysler 300 a spot on our list of ten cars with the best infotainment systems.
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4) 2017 Chevrolet Malibu
The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu LT with the Convenience and Technology Package is available with a version of the Chevrolet MyLink system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, voice-activated technology, and even wireless charging. The system includes Bluetooth streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto capability, as well as a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
Using the myChevrolet Mobile App you can use your mobile device to control your car remotely; you can start or stop the engine, lock and unlock your doors, view diagnostic information and send destinations to the car’s navigation system. The system looks good and is easy to use (with separate buttons for frequently used controls), earning the Malibu a spot on our list of ten cars with the best infotainment systems.
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3) 2017 BMW 330 Sports Wagon
The 2017 BMW 330 Sports Wagon with the Technology Package comes with iDrive 5.0 and BMW Navigation. The system uses an 8.8-inch screen and has a Split Screen option that lets you view the Navigation map while simultaneously viewing or selecting other items in the iDrive menus. Remote Services lets you use the BMW Connected app (which is available for Android and iOS) to locate your vehicle, turn on the ventilation system or unlock your doors. Also included in the Technology Package is a Head-Up Display that lets you see speed, navigation and more without taking your eyes off the road, while the instrument cluster’s Info Display can also show similar information. All that makes the BMW one of the ten cars with the best infotainment systems.
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2) 2018 Audi TT RS
The sporty 2018 Audi TT RS uses the MMI infotainment system (with a round rotary push button controller) and is available with the unique MMI touch handwriting-recognition technology (which lets you "write" your entry with your finger and can also be used to navigate by moving a finger over the touchpad). Drivers can also control all important functions without taking their hands off the wheel thanks to steering wheel controls.
Also included in the TT RS is the standard Audi virtual cockpit, which is a digital 12.3-inch instrument display that can show things like audio and navigation information. Using Audi connect you can connect your TT to the Internet using 4G LTE connectivity and use Google Earth, obtain weather conditions or traffic information, or setup a Wi-Fi hotspot.
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1) 2017 Tesla Model S
When most people get into a 2017 Tesla Model S for the first time, the first thing they notice is the infotainment system’s massive high-quality 17-inch multi-touch screen (in fact you’d think it was even larger at first glance). The screen’s large size and the system’s smart design and simple layout make the system easy to use -- which is a good thing since just about everything in the car is controlled using the system, from the door locks to the audio system to the climate control and even the suspension. The screen can be divided in two so that you can monitor multiple tasks at the same time, turn-by-turn navigation is done using Google Maps, and the system also includes an (almost but not quite fully-fledged) web browser.
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10 Cars with the Best Infotainment Systems
- 2017 Volkswagen Passat
- 2017 Subaru Legacy
- 2017 Ford Focus
- 2017 Kia K900
- 2018 Volvo V90
- 2017 Chrysler 300
- 2017 Chevrolet Malibu
- 2017 BMW 330 Sports Wagon
- 2018 Audi TT RS
- 2017 Tesla Model S