PROS / This in-dash GPS has an easy-to-use interface and a wide variety of extra features.
CONS / Satellite radio and HD Radio are not built-in to the unit.
VERDICT / The Kenwood DNX7160 is a welcome upgrade from the average in-dash receiver.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Portable GPS units have the limited ability to only direct you where to go. In-dash navigation systems, like the Kenwood DNX7160, connect to your car to give you a completely interactive experience. This Kenwood GPS features everything you would expect from a navigation system, along with everything you could want in a car stereo.
This in-dash navigation system easily switches between navigation and multimedia. You can even do a split-screen so you can have both your map and your music controls viewable at the same time. The large buttons on the touchscreen interface allow you to keep your eyes on the road instead of at the controls. This handy GPS will get you to where you need to go, and entertain you along the way.
GPS aside, this is still a very desirable car receiver. It includes a number of additional features that will help keep you informed, entertained and safe. You control these features using the same large touchscreen that you use for navigation.
The built-in Bluetooth can sync to your phone, so you can choose contacts, dial numbers and even voice dial while using your in-dash navigation system. You can also listen to music using a Bluetooth-enabled audio player or cell phone through this receiver. This in-dash source control will help keep you from having to fumble around with your cell phone or iPod as you drive.
This car GPS navigation system has the standard AM/FM tuner you can find in most in-dash receivers, but it also is ready for HD Radio and satellite radio. If you want to listen to satellite radio, such as SIRIUS, you'll need a conversion cable (CA-SR20V); and to connect the XM tuner, you'll need the XM interface box (KCA-XM100V). You'll also need an additional accessory for HD Radio. It's disappointing that these features are not built in, but it's good to know the Kenwood DNX7160 is ready for this kind of technology.
This in-dash navigation system can play CDs and DVDs, as well as DVD-Rs and CD-ROMs. A quick push of the eject button will make the motorized face panel fold down so you can remove or load your disc. If you hold down the eject button for a few seconds, the panel will fold down even more and expose an SD card slot. This allows you to use another method of loading multimedia.
The Kenwood DNX7160 also has an auxiliary input and a USB input so you can connect your MP3 player or other device into the sound system of your car. There are also three RCA output connections on the unit. These preouts allow you to connect external amplifiers to your system, giving you high-quality sound with additional power.
For additional safety, there is an input for a rear camera. No camera is included with this Kenwood in-dash GPS, but you can connect your back-up camera to this in-dash navigation unit so that you can see the video feed right on your dashboard. This will help prevent backing into something or someone by accident.
In case you need help with your in-dash navigation system, you can contact Kenwood by email or by telephone. The FAQs page was kind of disappointing – they only have a few questions on there and it's not very informative, but they do have the instruction manual, the GPS navigation manual and the installation manual all available to download, so between that and customer support, you should be able to have all your questions answered. The Kenwood DNX7160 is also backed up with a two-year warranty.
If you're looking for a GPS that is more than just a navigational tool, this is it. This in-dash navigation unit goes above and beyond what we expected it to do. It has a wide variety of navigational tools that make finding your destination a snap, plus it features built-in Bluetooth, a built-in tuner and a built-in CD/DVD player. If you're hitting the road, you'll feel a lot better if you have a Kenwood DNX7160 installed in your dash.