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Mixed feelings about my new QX60 after the first five days.


Love:


1.) Perfect middle ground between plenty of interior room, without being an impossible to maneuver boat.


2.) Ride Selector. I can be a very aggressive driver, so setting it on ECO mode mellows out my heavy foot. But when I do need to box someone out, I can always switch to SPORT mode.


3.) Looks. Both interior and exterior lines and finishes are excellent. The more I look at it, the more I like it.


4.) Engine: Nice smooth acceleration.


5.) Cushiness. It's a nice, soft, quiet ride.


Not love at first at sight:


1.) Navigation System - HORRIBLE SO FAR! Several times now it has taken me so far out of my way to get somewhere, regardless of how I have the route settings set. Why won't car companies stop trying to reinvent the wheel - and just let Garmin or TomTom do their NAV Systems?? I'm hoping it will learn from my normal routes, but I am not optimistic. I also can't seem to just keep the main screen on all the time regardless of how i have map views set. It always goes to split screen at junctions....hate this. I just want to see the big map. My Mercedes GLK had a nice feature where I could have the map going on the main screen, but I could get my turn instruction on the smaller dashboard screen....that would help this system a lot.


2.) Bluetooth Telephone System. It's not terribly intuitive. Again it would benefit from a separate screen for phone operations. I just want to be able to hit the phone button and see a quick list of the most recent incoming AND outgoing calls and then click on one. I do not want to have to navigate through menu after menu, and then choose whether i want incoming or outgoing calls. silly and not well thought out.


3.) Voice Recognition System. Too many menus. Too many responses. There needs to be a longer list of basic commands. You shouldn't have to navigate through menu after menu to do the most basic activities. I've now switched to shorter responses and advanced commands, but it's still too much.


4.) In general the car may have crossed the line of too much technology. Every time I change lanes or drive close to someone, or have someone next to me, beeps beep, lights flash....enough already....i'm not driving in the open plains of Idaho....I drive in a city!


Overall pretty happy. The technology needs some tweaking. I'll see what I can do with everything as I learn it better, but I don't see a lot of opportunity to customize things.
 

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Mixed feelings about my new QX60 after the first five days.


Love:


1.) Perfect middle ground between plenty of interior room, without being an impossible to maneuver boat.


2.) Ride Selector. I can be a very aggressive driver, so setting it on ECO mode mellows out my heavy foot. But when I do need to box someone out, I can always switch to SPORT mode.


3.) Looks. Both interior and exterior lines and finishes are excellent. The more I look at it, the more I like it.


4.) Engine: Nice smooth acceleration.


5.) Cushiness. It's a nice, soft, quiet ride.


Not love at first at sight:


1.) Navigation System - HORRIBLE SO FAR! Several times now it has taken me so far out of my way to get somewhere, regardless of how I have the route settings set. Why won't car companies stop trying to reinvent the wheel - and just let Garmin or TomTom do their NAV Systems?? I'm hoping it will learn from my normal routes, but I am not optimistic. I also can't seem to just keep the main screen on all the time regardless of how i have map views set. It always goes to split screen at junctions....hate this. I just want to see the big map. My Mercedes GLK had a nice feature where I could have the map going on the main screen, but I could get my turn instruction on the smaller dashboard screen....that would help this system a lot.


2.) Bluetooth Telephone System. It's not terribly intuitive. Again it would benefit from a separate screen for phone operations. I just want to be able to hit the phone button and see a quick list of the most recent incoming AND outgoing calls and then click on one. I do not want to have to navigate through menu after menu, and then choose whether i want incoming or outgoing calls. silly and not well thought out.


3.) Voice Recognition System. Too many menus. Too many responses. There needs to be a longer list of basic commands. You shouldn't have to navigate through menu after menu to do the most basic activities. I've now switched to shorter responses and advanced commands, but it's still too much.


4.) In general the car may have crossed the line of too much technology. Every time I change lanes or drive close to someone, or have someone next to me, beeps beep, lights flash....enough already....i'm not driving in the open plains of Idaho....I drive in a city!


Overall pretty happy. The technology needs some tweaking. I'll see what I can do with everything as I learn it better, but I don't see a lot of opportunity to customize things.
You can turn the driving nannies off (technology package), there's a button you push on the lower right side of the steering wheel. You can also turn off the warning sounds in the DID, check the manual for details.

I currently live in LA, and keep the driver assists off, as they can create a non-linear feel. (The 405 is as bad as I-66) That said, out on the open road they are a nice feature to have. The radar cruise control is fantastic.
 

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Mixed feelings about my new QX60 after the first five days.

1.) Navigation System - HORRIBLE SO FAR! Several times now it has taken me so far out of my way to get somewhere, regardless of how I have the route settings set. Why won't car companies stop trying to reinvent the wheel - and just let Garmin or TomTom do their NAV Systems?? I'm hoping it will learn from my normal routes, but I am not optimistic. I also can't seem to just keep the main screen on all the time regardless of how i have map views set. It always goes to split screen at junctions....hate this. I just want to see the big map. My Mercedes GLK had a nice feature where I could have the map going on the main screen, but I could get my turn instruction on the smaller dashboard screen....that would help this system a lot.
Funny you say this, Chrysler/Dodge use Garmin as their nav system.

Unfortunately Nav systems are old the minute car companies stop developing the software. And with 7 year model cycles and years of pre-development, they will never catch up. Waze is a perfect example of the next/gen nav not available in cars in the foreseeable future. Audi is reportedly looking at ways to redisplaying your phone screen. This gets car manufacturers out of software development (chasing phones) and back to car design where they should be. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a step, but not cross platform. Picking a technology (Apple vs Android) in a car that lasts 20 years is a losing battle.

A while back I wirelessly redisplayed my Samsung S4 to my JX35 screen. This allowed me to run Waze to the main screen and music to the vehicle speakers, but it wasn't perfect. Incoming calls didn't transfer from AUX to Bluetooth and I missed the touch screen.

Now I use Waze on in-town or short runs (phone cradle on vent) and save the JX/QX nav for long trips. Overall the system works well, and beats the crap out of other manufacturers. My friends Ford's nav routing is even worse than the JX/QX (recent trip to CO).
 

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Nice review of your QX, at least overall you're quite happy with it in the end.
Keep us posted on how long term ownership of it goes with you.
 
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