Toyota's In Tune
Toyota was talking up EnTune, its multimedia navigation system introduced with the 2012 Prius v. The technology pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth and uses the phone's data plan to provide voice-activated access to spoken driving directions, Bing search, internet-based radio stations through iHeartRadio and Pandora, movie tickets and even restaurant reservations through OpenTable Web service. New this model year in its Sienna and other minivan models is a 19-inch LCD panel with split-screen capability. The infotainment center can display video content from a built-in DVD player on one-half of the screen and satellite TV or input from an auxiliary AV device on the other. Also new in the 2013 RAV4, according to a spokesperson, are blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerting and radar-controlled dynamic cruise control.