While most carmakers are working to install navigation systems in their lineup, Nissan ups its appeal by offering these systems at a lower cost. Currently, mapping technology isn't limited to luxury vehicles, it now can be found in economical hatchbacks.
The problem is that an LCD screen with navigation capability will set the buyer back by more than $1,000 or $2,000 in most cases. Suzuki does it differently since it includes its TRIP nav system as standard equipment on the sub-$20k SX4.
Nissan aims to change the navi pricing paradigm by offering a $400 navigation system in some of its high volume 2010 MY products. This puts this system at the same price as Ford's LCD-less SYNC system or less than half the price of most systems available in vehicles today.
The nav system, which was developed by Nissan and Bosch, may cost less but it boasts numerous features. The system provides directions, integrates your tunes with USB and Aux inputs and has integrated Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling.
The system even has a backup camera and if you're concerned about using up the least fuel, it is able to point out the best route for that purpose.
Even the Detroit News thinks highly of this low-cost nav system. It reviewed the system in 2010 Nissan Sentra and became highly impressed with the system. Its only complaint was that the five-inch LCD screen is a bit difficult to read. Many are hoping that Nissan's move to provide these low-cost systems will pressure other companies to lower their prices too.