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In the process of configuring a 2013 3.6R Limited Outback and trying to decide whether to include the factory navigation system. Frankly, I'm a novice about this functionality (accustomed only to using nav features on my cell phone) so I'm more or less lost about all this.

From what I've seen on this forum it appears that Subaru has improved the nav system on the 2013 model compared to previous versions but I've seen no specifics. Can anyone supply some details?

I'm also considering the alternative of a Garmin standalone unit (3590LMT) that appears to provide significant functionality for far less money ($400 or so.) Obviously, that option doesn't provide the integration of a factory unit and a smaller screen (5" vs. 6", as I recall.) But the portability and price is an attraction. Any thoughts?

In the course of test drives I haven't explored the Subie's nav system in any detail but I did drive a Nissan Murano with a very attractive nav system with a 7" screen. Made me think it might be a worthwhile option. So that's where I am at the moment.
 

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It depends on what is more important to you. In my '12 I knew that I didn't want the old version of the nav, but I wanted an integrated unit. Total integration isn't completely possible since the OEM units use some proprietary connectors but most everything is possible.

I'd rather have the larger screen in terms of the nav, but didn't want to have something stuck to the dash. The garmin units are great, and the lifetime updates are handy. It comes down to what is important to you.
 

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The NAV in the 2013 Outback is greatly improved. It's a new unit made by Futitsu Ten exclusivly for the Outback. I have it and I am pleased with it. It is similar to the NAV in the 2012 Forester, only bigger and better. The GPS guidance technology and feature set is completely up-to-date. It uses an SD card instead of a DVD. It totally ingetrates with radio, iPod and phone. It offers on-screen controls, steering wheel controls, and voice recognition. It has multiple views including 3D and supports XM-Traffic service. I don't know anything about updates yet. I have never liked the built-in NAV units until this one.
 
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