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GPS Options in Car

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GPS Options in Car

What options do I have for getting GPS in my 2015 Camry?

Up to now I've been using various GPS apps off my phone but there's simply nowhere to place my phone in this car within easy view of the phone screen without blocking the driving view or any of the vents/dash/gauges etc.

I'd looked at different head units with double din for Android Auto but from what I can tell, they'll remove the factory functionality that I have in the stock unit (I like to monitor my fuel economy vs driving habits from the factory unit, for example, lol)

There doesn't seem to be a means to mirror my phone on the factory screen either (or is there) ?
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Have you tried contacting Crutchfield audio. They will know if anyone does what units will preserve the functions you want to keep. They will also give you a list of the exact items and possibly instructions... Which if you are handy you might be able to order of Amazon for about 30% less and do the install yourself or have a local shop do it.
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In my experiences the vent mount ones are the best. Just turn off that particular vent.

Ripping out the stock system works better in some cars than others. That said there should be an after market radio that retains support since your car is popular. https://www.crutchfield.ca/car/carselec ... mycar.aspx Then go to all stereos, filter by CarPlay (can't find AA filter) then look at those. To retain all OEM options it's gonna be like an extra $400 for all the connectors (if its possible). Also if you can check the Toyota forums and see what radios are popular/confirmed working.

If possible I'd recommend springing extra for wireless Android Auto / CarPlay, its a game changer for short trips.
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I’ll loan you my wife. She will sit in the passenger seat and tell you where to go!
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KevinM56081 wrote: I’ll loan you my wife. She will sit in the passenger seat and tell you where to go!
Haha
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bobor wrote: What options do I have for getting GPS in my 2015 Camry?

Up to now I've been using various GPS apps off my phone but there's simply nowhere to place my phone in this car within easy view of the phone screen without blocking the driving view or any of the vents/dash/gauges etc.

I'd looked at different head units with double din for Android Auto but from what I can tell, they'll remove the factory functionality that I have in the stock unit (I like to monitor my fuel economy vs driving habits from the factory unit, for example, lol)

There doesn't seem to be a means to mirror my phone on the factory screen either (or is there) ?
There are so many mounts for your phone....on the vent, on the cupholder, and even a suction holder on the windshield.
Or go old fashion, use the paper map and direction.
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If you have a CD player you can get a CD mount that way it won't block any of the vents. New head units you should be able to get adaptors to connect all the functionality but it could be a little tricky to install and not always 100% guaranteed every thing will work.
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What about a dedicated GPS unit from Garmin or something? They come with a suction cup mount to stick them to the windshield.
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I have couple of RAM mounts that I use when I travel. They are modular consisting of 3 parts: base, arm and cradle. You can mix and match to your liking. I prefer their suction cup base, then arm of whatever length you need and cradle to match your device (be it dedicated GPS device or phone). I tuck it in the left bottom corner of the windshield, just next to the A pillar. Does not obstruct any view and it is next to my left hand if I have to touch screen. Take a look at https://www.rammount.com/consumer/on-road/automobile
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I have always liked the dedicated GPS units from garmin... the thing about those built in device is you run into the problem of a single point of failure...
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Both of ours cars at home has built in GPA and we almost never use it.

Easier and fastest is always google map or Waze. Real time traffic and direct the best alternative routes.

The only time I may use car GPS is when driving in US and doesn't want to drain the US data on my cellphone.

The CD slot phone holder is the best. it barely get off unlike the one hold from the windshield.
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cup holder phone mount?
https://www.amazon.ca/Universal-Adjusta ... B07Q83ZLRX

if phone screen is too small, you can use a small tablet.
https://www.amazon.ca/Cellet-Universal- ... B07RCTYT6K
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