By Joe Bruzek on Fri Mar 16 00:55:00 GMT-06:00 2012
Those without smartphones may be confused by the “APPS” button in their new Toyota, possibly asking where Toyota hid the kitchen that dispenses the loaded potato skins or jalapeno poppers.
The “apps” vernacular should be familiar if you own a smartphone, which is what you need to make full use of the features accessed through the Apps button. But even the most tech-savvy among us are surprised by how far-flung from driving needs some of these apps are.
Entune integrates popular mobile applications and other features into the car’s main multimedia screen, taking the experience away from the phone and porting it to a larger screen. Entune is available in the Toyota Camry, Prius v and others.
Using the apps requires downloading the Entune application to a compatible smartphone. The apps use your phone’s internet connection and data plan, and most of the functions that require serious inputs by the user aren't accessible when driving. To see an up-close look at Entune, see our first look in the Prius v here.
Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Email Joe