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I took some friends from Dallas to the Grand Canyon. Along the way, we went to Palo Duro Canyon, White Sands, The Petrified Forest, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We ate steaks at the Big Texan steak house in Amarillo.



There were many stops and starts and the most annoying thing was the !*?ing radio. Everytime I adjusted the GPS volume, the radio blasted. Everytime I started the care, the radio blasted. This was so annoying, I was considering a Kenwood or Panasonic replacement. I finally tuned to a nonexistant FM station and that seemed to help, except for the annoying static if a signal was nearby.


Going down the road to the bottom of Palo Duro Canyon, I used the X-Mode. It was a dream. I didn't have to ride the brakes and I felt like I was more in control as I navigated the curvy roads.


The weather was a little warm, so I ran the AC most of the time. I drove 80+ mph and averaged close to 25 MPG.



Android Auto connected seamlessly about 75% of the time. The other 25%, I could not get it to connect at all - except for phone calls. Perhaps stopping the car, shutting it off and restarting would work, but that is not practical once you have pulled from a gas station and are burning up another Interstate highway.



Apple CarPlay had its own issues. When connected, it would not allow playing music from the USB port. It pretty well took over all functions on the headset and only allowed use of what was connected via the phone. But that pretty well sums up my experience with Apple products. You get what they give you, and nothing more.


If I hear one more ineffective "Ok Google" or "Hey Siri" again, I may go back to paper maps exclusively.


The Ascent was very comfortable for everyone. The ride was very quiet. One of my friends even went to sleep for their first time in a moving vehicle.


If Subaru comes out with lane centering and a radio that will stay quiet when told to do so, I might consider trading. In the meantime, it is a very pleasant car to drive.
 

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Some tips:

A few tips:
  • Make sure you're on the most recent update for the head unit. The firmware number should start with Rel_U1_18 or higher (eg, for Nav units, it should be at least Rel_U1.18.38.50).
  • Don't plug your phone in until the head unit boots.
  • You can use the button on the left side of the steering wheel (above the hang up button) to activate Google or Siri - no need to use the Wake Word.
  • Volumes for everything can be adjusted in Settings->Sound. If it does not maintain those levels (other than you changing them), then, make sure you've updated.
  • You can set one station preset (I use the first one) to SiriusXM station 0, which is your Radio ID "channel" and doesn't have audio.
  • I use a very fast USB3.0 media stick, formatted NTFS, in one of the USB slots, and usually have auto-play on - the head unit switches to it near instantly.

Hope that helps.
 

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Thanks, Robert. It's time for my 12,000 mile checkup. I'll have the dealer check for any firmware upgrades.



I did notice that it was best to start the car and then plug in the phone. I had a higher success rate that way. But if I didn't do it on the first try, it would not connect after I started driving.


For some reason, my settings/sound levels don't stay where I put them. Do they adjust to the last manual level?


SiriusXM station 0 is a great idea. No static.



I think my usb stick is formatted FAT32. I'll reformat it an check. I did noice a funky failure of the headset to navigate my albums. It was probably due to my thumb drive and not the headset.
 

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If you’re having static or volume control issues i.e. loss of volume control or fluctuations in volume control consider asking your dealership to replace the amplifier with an updated version. This is a known issue that I just dealt with and had repaired. My repair is fresh so I’m taking some time to see if it’s a permanent fix.
 

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Hi Don, yes, they adjust to the last manual level you set them to.
 

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I took some friends from Dallas to the Grand Canyon. Along the way, we went to Palo Duro Canyon, White Sands, The Petrified Forest, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We ate steaks at the Big Texan steak house in Amarillo.



There were many stops and starts and the most annoying thing was the !*?ing radio. Everytime I adjusted the GPS volume, the radio blasted. Everytime I started the care, the radio blasted. This was so annoying, I was considering a Kenwood or Panasonic replacement. I finally tuned to a nonexistant FM station and that seemed to help, except for the annoying static if a signal was nearby.


Going down the road to the bottom of Palo Duro Canyon, I used the X-Mode. It was a dream. I didn't have to ride the brakes and I felt like I was more in control as I navigated the curvy roads.


The weather was a little warm, so I ran the AC most of the time. I drove 80+ mph and averaged close to 25 MPG.



Android Auto connected seamlessly about 75% of the time. The other 25%, I could not get it to connect at all - except for phone calls. Perhaps stopping the car, shutting it off and restarting would work, but that is not practical once you have pulled from a gas station and are burning up another Interstate highway.



Apple CarPlay had its own issues. When connected, it would not allow playing music from the USB port. It pretty well took over all functions on the headset and only allowed use of what was connected via the phone. But that pretty well sums up my experience with Apple products. You get what they give you, and nothing more.


If I hear one more ineffective "Ok Google" or "Hey Siri" again, I may go back to paper maps exclusively.


The Ascent was very comfortable for everyone. The ride was very quiet. One of my friends even went to sleep for their first time in a moving vehicle.


If Subaru comes out with lane centering and a radio that will stay quiet when told to do so, I might consider trading. In the meantime, it is a very pleasant car to drive.
I'm not sure about the radio part the new Outback will have lane centering and the new driver focus safety system. I'm sure the Ascent will have it in 21 or 22.
 
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