The 2010-14 Mustang’s SYNC entertainment system is a solid piece as installed from the factory, but it’s lacking a pair of items that many new cars have coming off the showroom floor – a solid GPS and a backup camera – unless you order the super-pricy factory navigation system, that is.
Thankfully, the folks at American Muscle and Raxiom have solved the issues by introducing an OE-style all-in-one unit that retains the use of the SYNC system along with providing a sweet 7-inch touchscreen-operated Navigation system and an integrated backup camera, all for a much lower price than the optional Ford unit. Not only is the Raxiom piece a sweet system that takes advantage of all of the SYNC features, but it updates the dash of the Mustang with a much better, full-color high-def LCD display.
We recently installed one into our Project Wild E. Coyote. You remember Wild E. – it’s the newly-turbocharged 2011 Mustang in our stable that’s been subjected to dozens of upgrades throughout it’s short life. We procured one of Raxiom’s units [PN 100300] to install and test out, and after a thorough flogging, we’re here to say it performs exactly as advertised.
The feature-set on the Raxiom piece is nothing short of awesome – it provides everything you could want right in the dash of your Mustang, plus the added benefit of an easy installation.
- GPS navigation using iGO Primo 2.0 software
- 7-inch touchscreen
- Satellite Radio, iPod and MP3 player compatible
- Bluetooth hands free
- Supports steering wheel controls
- Back-up camera
- Five language options
- Retains factory SYNC functions
- 2 year warranty
It fits all 2010 to 2014 Mustangs equipped with SYNC, including V6, GT, BOSS, and Shelby GT500 models – except the 2010 6-Disc CD changer-equipped models. Assuming your Mustang fits in the aforementioned group (or you wouldn’t be reading this far down), let’s get to the nitty-gritty.
The Raxiom GPS system fits into the factory dash location and uses a stylish redesigned bezel to alter the location of the lower components and fit the new touchscreen in at the top, where the SYNC screen used to reside. The SYNC screen is then hidden behind the touchscreen as it needs to be plugged in to operate everything properly via the interface.
IGO’s Primo 2.0 software includes Text-To-Speech, voice, and visual turn-by-turn directions on-screen in 2D, 3D, and Green routing directions as well as 3D building views in many major cities. The 7-inch touchscreen features an HD LCD display that displays SYNC Radio and other SYNC-controlled functions, and has an auto-dimming mode so that your night vision doesn’t get wrecked.
The Raxiom system’s backup camera is full-color and features an Instant-On mode that turns on the reverse view when the gear selector is placed in reverse – no more running over small children in parking lots! It also retains all of the factory voice-controlled SYNC functions, like AM/FM/Satellite radio, CD/iPod audio, and Bluetooth hands-free systems.
American Muscle provides a great set of installation instructions, and we learned a few things during our own installation that can help to make yours even easier. Jam-packed full of features, this new piece from Raxiom is sure to be a winner.