Welcome to a deep dive into the [UNKNOWN] of the 2018 Ford F150, and I'm here in a Lariat [UNKNOWN] which means we're looking at [UNKNOWN] three.
It's on an eight inch touch screen, which actually looks a little bit small because this truck is so big, but I really like the way everything is organized and it's super easy to use.
So, we start out here on the home screen.
I've got three different tiles.
One for maps, one for my radio and then one for my Apple Carplay.
When I go in here to audio, what I really like about SYNC 3 is that all of my presets are right here on the bottom.
So, I don't have to press a button to get to my presets.
They're all right there.
And they're super easy to set.
Just press and hold.
Now, this seems like a really small thing and it is, but a lot of other manufactures make this much much harder than it needs to be.
So moving on to climate, here I've got all the climate controls, but if you don't want to use a touch screen you can use the hard set buttons down here.
Moving along to phone, of course there's bluetooth in this guy.
And it was really easy to connect my phone.
You'll notice here that I've got text messages and Siri, but really that doesn't matter that much because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard with SYNC 3. Moving along to navigation, one thing that I really like about this system is that is does have a one box destination entry.
So I don't need to know the address of a particular place that I wanna go.
If I know that I want some ice cream I've just gotta punch in ice cream into the search box and it will go ahead and tell me the nearest places to get it.
It's just like Google Search.
I really shouldn't need the address for anything.
And of course if you have a category point of interest, there are some shortcut buttons here.
So, if we're just a little bit hungry I can go click on that and it will tell me all the nearest restaurants to where my truck is.
Moving into settings is where you can really dial in to the customization of your truck.
And, what I really like in here is the Wi-Fi hotspot.
So, when you're outside of your LTE range, you can get it here in the truck.
Now, a lot of people are like well what's the difference?
I got LTE on my phone, why do I need it in the truck, Well for me, I can't tether to my phone because AT&T are kind of a bunch of dorks.
So when I'm here and I need to work on the computer, I can use the hotspot in the truck rather than having to worry about tethering to my phone.
But of course, if you really don't care for Sync 3, and all you wanna do is connect to your phone, like I said, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, and they come up really easily as soon as you plug your phone in through the USB cable And if you ever want to get back to sync, just one touch of the button will do it for you.
Now when it comes to driver's aids, I really do wish I could talk about them to you, but adaptive cruise control is an option, and this truck doesn't have it.
But what it does have is pro trailer backup assist.
Now I got to drive this out on the launch, and it's a really cool feature that kind of takes the disconnect out of your brain when you're backing up a trailer.
So instead of using the steering wheel, you use this little dial right here.
You want the trailer to go right, You turn the dial to the right.
You want it to go to the left, you turn the dial to the left.
So, you're not having to do any kind of backwards movement on the steering wheel.
So, while Synch three hasn't changed too much for 2018, that is A okay with me.
This system is really easy to use and it offers up enough functionality for all of you tech heads out there.