In-Dash Navigation Review

 By
 

In-dash Navigation: What Can it Do for Me?

Most people know that a portable GPS will help them get around town, but an in-dash navigation system can do so much more than that. These permanent car GPS navigation systems won't be left behind, lost or forgotten because they are installed right into the dashboard of your car or truck – negating the need for suction cups on the windows or charging units sticking out of your car's cigarette lighter. The manufacturers of these in-car GPS units know that these units need to do more than just navigate. Many of them have extra features, such as a radio tuner, DVD player and built-in Bluetooth capabilities, so they can replace your current in-dash receiver.

In this review you will find side-by-side comparisons of some of the best in-dash navigation systems available. You'll also be able to read detailed reviews of each product, as well as articles relating to car GPS navigation. We're confident that this site will help you make an informed decision about which product is best for you.

In our research we found the Kenwood DNX7160, the Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT and the Kenwood DNX6960 to be the best in-dash navigation units we reviewed. Each one of these best car navigation systems offered excellent navigational tools as well as an easy-to-use interface and reliable performance. Additionally, they also had a number of useful additional features to enrich your driving experience.

Ads

In-dash Navigation: What to Look For

If your car doesn't come with an in-dash GPS, then you're probably wondering what kind of things you'll need to look for when purchasing your own navigation system. We used the following criteria to rate and rank the products we found in order to help you decide which unit you would like to own.

Navigation Tools
A good GPS needs to be accurate, reliable and easy to use. Certain features, like a large number of POIs (Points of Interest) and text-to-speech guidance, allow you to find your precise destination and know what streets, by name, are coming up through voice cues. Other attributes, such as a multilingual interface and an eco-friendly display feature make sure you're getting the most out of your GPS experience. Finally, other items like a large touchscreen display, 3D mapping and voice guidance ensure that the product will be easy to use.

Additional Features
People want more from their in-dash navigation units these days than just maps and directions. These systems include such features as Bluetooth wireless technology, which allows your GPS to sync up with your cell phone, a DVD player, so you can keep your passengers entertained, and some are even ready for HD radio as well as satellite radio. Plus there are also some other bells and whistles we looked for such as rear camera input, USB connectivity and a remote control. Each one of these features will make car GPS navigation systems a more desirable option than your average in-dash receiver.

Help & Support
With great technology comes a variety of questions. We wanted to make sure that the manufacturers of these in-dash navigation systems were there if you needed help. We looked at the variety of ways you can contact them as well as the length of the warranty. A good support system can help the user feel secure in their purchase, whereas lacking customer support will drive people to other products.

Ads

 
 
Auto Tech » Navigation » In-Dash Navigation Review
LIKE OUR REVIEWS? SUPPORT OUR SITE BY LIKING US ON FACEBOOK OR GOOGLE PLUS
Rank #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8
10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Kenwood DNX7160 Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT Kenwood DNX6960 Pioneer AVIC-X920BT Sony XNV-770BT JVC KW-NT3HDT Dual XDVDN8290N Alpine INA-W900
Kenwood DNX7160 Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT Kenwood DNX6960 Pioneer AVIC-X920BT Sony XNV-770BT JVC KW-NT3HDT Dual XDVDN8290N Alpine INA-W900
Reviewer Comments Read Review
Read Review
Read Review
Read Review
Read Review
Read Review
Read Review
Read Review
Ratings
9.60
9.28
9.15
8.98
8.45
8.35
7.15
6.25
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
9.38
9.75
10.00
9.38
9.38
8.75
8.75
9.38
10.00
8.75
9.38
8.75
6.88
10.00
10.00
7.50
9.38
8.75
6.88
6.88
8.75
7.50
5.00
5.00
 
Ads
Navigation Tools
DIN Size Double Double Double Double Double Double Double Double
Map Database Provider NAVTEQ Tele Atlas NAVTEQ Tele Atlas Tele Atlas NAVTEQ NAVTEQ NAVTEQ
Built-in POIs 6 Million 12 Million 6 Million 12 Million 6 Million 6 Million 10 Million 6 Million
Display Size (inches) 6.95 7 6.1 6.1 7 6.1 6.5 7
Touchscreen Monitor
3D Mapping
 
Multi-Lingual Capability
 
Eco-friendly Driving Display
    
Voice Control
    
Voice Guidance
Text-to-Speech
Speed Limit Display
 
  
  
Additional Features
Built-in Bluetooth
 
Built-in AM/FM Tuner
Satellite Radio Ready
 
HD Radio Ready
 
CD Player
DVD Player
Auxiliary Input
 
USB Connectivity
 
RCA Preouts 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3
Back-up Camera Input
Motorized Monitor
    
Included Remote Control
  
 
 
Help & Support
Telephone Support
Email Support
 
Online Manual
Warranty 2 Years 1 Year 2 Years 1 Year 2 Years 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
FAQs Page