AAA's Center for Driving Safety & Technology examined the visual and mental demands of the infotainment systems in 30 2017 vehicles. Here are 10 vehicles that generated the greatest demand on drivers' attention.
Audi Q7: Accessing any aspect of the infotainment system using the center console generates very high levels of mental demand for long periods of time.
Chrysler 300 C: Poorly organized touch-screen menu and highly demanding navigation and text messaging functions; looking up turn-by-turn directions via voice is overly time-consuming.
Dodge Durango GT: Center in-dash navigation menu is complex and confusing; searching through the phonebook on the center display is mentally and visually demanding on drivers.
Ford Mustang GT: Navigating through the center, in-dash menus requires high cognitive demand; searching for points of interest in the navigation system took 55 seconds on average.
GMC Yukon SLT: Some text messaging actions can take 30 seconds to complete and require taking eyes off road; interactions with the navigation system take 61 seconds to complete.
Honda Civic Touring: Voice system accepts only a rigid set of commands and processes them slowly; navigation system is designed differently from other functions and responds to a different set of commands.
Honda Ridgeline RTL-E: Placing calls, controlling navigation and adjusting audio was very cognitivley demanding; using the voice system to access functions took more than the recommended maximum of 24 seconds.
Mazda3 Touring: Voice command system did not allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road; using center in-dash display to adjust audio was very demanding and took long periods of time.
Nissan Armada SV: Searching for GPS destinations is a lengthy and demanding process; small audio buttons require additional visual demand to activate, pulling attention from the roadway.
Suburu Crosstrek Premium: Voice command system has poor interpretation accuracy and slow processing times; placing phone calls using either voice or the touch screen requires long interaction times.