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2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE: Technology In A Mid-Size Sedan

The DA6 navigation system relies on maps stored on an internal SSD, which is unquestionably an upgrade from previous-gen DVD-based systems. Navigation works well, complemented by up-to-date map data. We had no trouble finding our home base, which is a newer housing development built within the last three years.

Traffic data is integrated, and it will let you reroute around congestion. However, as we found with the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track, there aren’t always efficient detours around your daily routine.

Aesthetically, the maps look terrible. They look more like the early portable navigation systems from Mio than a $1700 upgrade. The yellow maps on a plain user interface do not complement the DA6 at all, even if they are able to get the job done.

Voice Recognition

Voice recognition is where Toyota's DA6 system completely fails. Its microphone lacks noise cancellation, which poses a major problem in a vehicle that suffers from plenty of road and cabin noise. We had no problems using the system when the Camry was stopped. The DA6 understood our spoken commands and executed them accordingly. But the primary use for voice recognition is when the vehicle is moving and, as soon as we start rolling, it got too loud for voice recognition to work.

Toyota's setup gets even more frustrating when you figure out that the DA6 prevents you from entering navigation commands or accessing the phone book to make calls when the car is in motion. This forces you to pull over in order to do anything other than listen to music, even if there's a passenger able to operate the controls.

The new update Toyota is rolling out to owners adds voice recognition support for Entune apps as well.