Up-to-date business listings
Navigation systems in cars come preloaded with a database of points-of-interest, a listing of shops, restaurants, hotels, and gas stations. It's like having a digital phone book in the dashboard, but like an old phone book, the businesses listed tend to change. For current business listings, automakers are just beginning to implement online search. A driver can enter a search term using voice or the touch screen, and the car will show a list of matching local businesses from Google or Bing on its LCD. A simple command will then set one of the result's address as the navigation system's destination.
The new Nissan Sentra is one of the least expensive cars implementing this technology. Its clever system makes use of the driver's own mobile phone paired to the car through Bluetooth.
- Overall score: 5.7 (2.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
The good: The 2013 Nissan Sentra's inexpensive navigation system integrates Google local search, and the stereo includes Pandora. The continuously variable transmission delivers efficiency and improves the car's driving character.
The bad: The four-cylinder engine leaves the Sentra feeling underpowered. A small touch screen and poor turn graphics reduce the navigation system's usability.
The bottom line: The 2013 Nissan Sentra serves as cheap transportation for urban areas, and offers connected navigation for greater convenience, but a weak engine and bland styling highlight its mundane nature.
August 28, 2013 4:46 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Wayne Cunningham
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