Infiniti G35's navigation ranks most satisfactory

In a recent J.D. Power and Associates survey, users ranked the navigation system in the Infiniti G35 as the most satisfactory.

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The Infiniti M35's navigation system didn't rank as high as that in the Infiniti G35. CNET Networks/Corrine Schulze

In a recent J.D. Power and Associates survey, users ranked the navigation system in the Infiniti G35 as the most satisfactory. Coming in at a very close second was the system in the Lexus IS 250/350 , then a little further down, in third, was the Acura TL . We are not terribly surprised at these rankings, as we've been very impressed with these navigation systems in the past. However, the landscape will change dramatically in 2008, as we've seen more and more hard drive-based systems released, which access data faster than on DVD-based systems. Another feature we expect to see more prevalent is live traffic reporting, which is only available on a few car models today. The lowest ranked car for navigation satisfaction was the BMW X3. In fact, no BMW model ranked above the industry average, which could be due to frustrations over iDrive. But, having seen the new navigation system in the 2008 BMW 535i, we expect BMW's star will rise.

Being a user survey, some of the data seems more about the cars' owners than the actual navigation systems. For example, the Infiniti M sedan's navigation ranked substantially lower than the Infiniti G35's, although both come from the same supplier. Likewise, the Cadillac SRX's system ranks well above the industry average, while the GMC Yukon's is substantially below, yet we've tested both and they are practically identical.

(Source: Autoblog)

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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