Based on CR’s hands-on testing, the systems below have been ranked as the most, moderately, or least distracting for drivers. Some of the reasons for each ranking are included. 

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Most Distracting Systems

Models & Availability

CR's Take


All; optional on ILX

Pros: Has large text, phones pair easily.

Cons: Frustrating dual-screen setup, convoluted display logic, and finicky voice-command system.

Cadillac (Cue only)

All; optional on ATS

Pros: Has good voice commands.

Cons: Has a confusing interface, a sluggish response, and overly sensitive touch buttons.



(optional on IS, RC, ES)

Pros: Has good steering-wheel shortcuts. 

Cons: The mouselike controller is fussy, and it’s a challenge to move the cursor through onscreen choices, especially when driving.



Pros: Has easy-to-choose functions. 

Cons: It lacks knobs and buttons, which would be easier to use. Touchpad controls on the newest versions (in C, E, S, GLC, GLE, GLS models) are too sensitive.


Model S, Model X

Pros: The system works well, with clear graphics and capable internet radio music search. 

Cons: Touch screen controls everything but can be distracting. There are no volume or tuning knobs, which CR prefers.


XC60, XC90, S90, V90

Pros: Has a large, easy-to-read screen. 

Cons: Touch screen can be difficult to operate; commands require familiarity with the system. There’s lots of small text, and smartphone integration is buggy.

Moderately Distracting Systems

Moderately Distracting Infotainment Systems - Audi
Audi TT

Models & Availability

CR’s Take



Pros: Has a central controller, buttons, and handwriting recognition, plus well-designed steering-wheel controls and lots of features. 

Cons: It’s complex to learn though intuitive once mastered.



Pros: Has an easy-to-read screen with large text, quick input responses, and an effective controller knob.

Cons: Takes time to master; optional touchpad isn’t very helpful.


Optional on all except Accord, Clarity

Pros: None. 

Cons: Onscreen buttons and menus aren’t intuitive, poor voice-command quality, and confusing dual-screen setup. High-trim systems lack volume and tuning knobs.



Pros: Dual screens make it easy to see lots of information. 

Cons: Slow startup; complicated menu and control structure. Many tasks require multiple screen taps.



Pros: Has an easy-to-read screen and text. 

Cons: Even simple functions require multiple steps, touch screen works only when vehicle is stopped, poor voice recognition.



Pros: Voice commands process quickly but require preset commands.

Con: Requires a learning curve.

Least Distracting Systems

These are the least distracting systems that still offer high-level capability.

Least Distracting Infotainment Systems - Uconnect
Chrysler Pacifica

Models & Availability

CR’s Take


(Uconnect 8.4-inch screen)

Optional on all Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models except the Grand Caravan, Renegade,

and Wrangler

Pros: Uses simple logic and good old-fashioned knobs and buttons. Has big onscreen text and icons.

Cons: The screen is highly reflective, highlighting fingerprints and smudges. Must use touch screen for functions such as heated seats and steering-wheel controls.


(Ford Sync3 only)

Standard on all Lincoln models

Pros: Has large, well-labeled icons, quick responses, natural voice commands, and large volume and tuning knobs. 

Cons: The screen is a long reach for shorter drivers in some models.


(except Cadillac)

Pros: Has large text, traditional knobs and buttons, and comprehensive steering-wheel controls.

Cons: Swiping motions are difficult to do while driving, smaller-screen version is more difficult to use.



Pros: Has traditional knobs and buttons, plus a touch screen with a logical system structure. 

Cons: Too many steps required to scroll through phone contacts, small screens in base models aren’t user-friendly.


Standard on select models

Pros: Has simple knobs and buttons, good text size, quick navigation-route processing.

Cons: Cumbersome phone pairing and setup.



Pros: Has easy-to-understand menus. 

Cons: Some onscreen buttons are small and crammed together, has few steering-wheel controls, and glossy screen is difficult to read in direct sunlight.



Pros: Has a logical screen structure.

Cons: Touch-screen buttons are packed tightly together, voice command system is lackluster, and users have to install a smartphone app to use additional functions.



Pros: Has seamless phone pairing and handy knobs and buttons for basic functions. 

Cons: Navigation graphics and voice commands aren’t the most refined, and the touch screen can be tricky to use.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the January 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.