Consumer Guide test 2015 Lincoln Navigator arrived in extra-cost Ruby Red Metallic paint and with the feature-laden Rapid Spec 101 A package. Including destination, our test car listed for $73,395. Dates tested: 11/13/2014-11/20/2014 Miles Driven: 174 Fuel Used: 13.2 gallons Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway Real-world fuel economy: 13.2 mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy: 15/20/17 (city, highway, combined) Base price: $65,055 (not including $995 destination charge) Options on test car: Rapid Spec 101A package ($6850), special paint ($495) Price as tested: $73,395 Quick Hits The great: Copious person and parcel space in luxury trappings The good: Composed ride, better-than-expected handling The not so good: Still thirsty despite move to EcoBoost V6 Click here for more information on Navigator pricing and availability John Biel New and improved? Let’s consider how that well-worn phrase applies to the 2015 Navigator, Lincoln’s big body-on-frame sport-utility vehicle. It sees … [Read more...] about Test Drive: 2015 Lincoln Navigator
When it comes to navigation, we live in an age of miracles. Speak a few words to your phone and it'll lead you to your friend's house.But there's still room for improvement.How do you tell your sister where to meet at the concert festival? Where along that dirt road is the trailhead? Today's navigation systems often rely on street addresses, but plenty of locations don't have one. Some countries have poorly developed postal codes, and even modern countries like France -- inventor of the metric system, no less -- doesn't always use street addresses, as I discovered trying to find rental houses on a vacation to Corsica.That's why there's a startup called What3Words. The 70-person company labels each 10-foot-square patch of the planet with three words -- 57 trillion squares altogether. For example, the front door of CNET's headquarters is at decreased.mime.crab, but the loading dock for package delivery is epic.noses.upgrading. The result: an easier way to direct people to your location … [Read more...] about How What3words pinpoints every spot on Earth for better navigation
Factory and Dealer GPS Systems A factory-installed navigation system means that the system is installed as original equipment on the vehicle -- just like a radio or seatbelts. A lot of consumers like this option because it means the system fits seamlessly into the vehicle. It's part of the dashboard and can be controlled without any extra remote controls of add-on switches. But these systems aren't perfect. Since the systems are installed at the factory, and oftentimes the maps are stored on CDs or DVDs, the maps tend to be out of date. Of course, some manufacturers do send customers updated maps. Another point to consider is the high cost of a factory-installed system. They can add anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 to the price of a new vehicle, and remember, you'll only get the newest system and capabilities if you buy a new car. As a final point, these systems usually can't be moved from car-to-car, which means if you have two vehicles, you'll only have a navigation system in one. … [Read more...] about Is it more affordable to have a portable GPS system in your car or have the dealer install one?
Compass and map or GPS device? Ciaran Griffin/Getty Images Christopher Columbus. Marco Polo. Sir Walter Raleigh. Ferdinand Magellan. Lewis and Clark. What do these people have in common? Exploration. Setting off from their homelands, these men spent years sailing the oceans and roaming the wild to discover new worlds. Even though there's not much new to discover here on Earth today, it's still fun to explore areas that are new to us. If you want to be an explorer, you need to know how to navigate. The Vikings set out on their ship voyages using only the sun, wind and stars as their guides. Luckily, navigational devices have come a long way since then. Anyone who's ever been hiking or camping knows that one of the most important items you can carry is a compass. A map is no good to you if you don't have a compass to point you in the right direction. The compass has been around for centuries. To say it is a tried-and-true navigational device … [Read more...] about Which is better for navigation — compass or GPS?
Car stereos have changed quite a bit over the last 50 years, but so have the ways we listen to music. See more pictures of car gadgets. Jason Gemnich/©iStockphoto There is something timeless and romantic about driving in your car with your favorite song blaring through the speakers. Everyone who has ever slid behind the wheel of a car has experienced this sensation in some way. But just as cars have changed throughout the last century, so has the way you listen to your favorite song in your vehicle. Every time a new way to listen to music or some other form of entertainment programming comes around, engineers find a way to put it in your vehicle. AM radios became a common fixture in cars and trucks starting in the 1930s. Chrysler even experimented with in-car phonographs in the 1950s and 60s. They didn't work particularly well, as bumpy roads meant lots of skipping [source: UAW-Chrysler]. FM radios soon became standard by the Muscle Car era, and eight-track tapes joined … [Read more...] about How to Build Your Own Custom Car Entertainment System