An interesting thing that I have discovered over the years is how we have become more connected with our vehicles. Driving home while listening to music via the Bluetooth connection or following the Navigation system as it guides us to our destination. This got me wanting to find out more about Chevy’s Infotainment 3 plus compared to the premium.
In short, the core difference is The Chevy Infotainment 3 plus comes with a much bigger touch screen than the standard, stereo packages, connectivity with your portable devices, Teen driver technology, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity whereas the premium has all the above and a navigation system, with an added memory to download more apps.
The Standard Features of Chevy Infotainment System
The basis of the Plus and the Premium are improvements on the standard package. Options on the basic offering are good but not as attractive as the other two. You don’t even have navigation as an option until you get to the Plus. The central device for this infotainment system is the touch screen.
It acts as the central hub for the management of the system for connectivity with portable devices. To integrate your devices, the Chevy infotainment 3 boasts two support systems.
The Android Auto supports android devices and the Apple Carplay for your Apple devices. Both of which give you access to your messages, calls, music and navigation. The portable devices act as the terminal to make use of the navigation system.
Control of the Infotainment 3
From the navigation through portable devices, to the use of Chevrolet Apps the touch screen serves as the primary input terminal. You can download music for those long countryside drives and listen to podcasts with both the plus and premium package.
This is thanks to the Sirius XM and the AM/FM Stereo. The Plus and Premium have bigger screens than the standard package. It is a one-inch difference from an HD display. The Rear Display is also HD. This is a great aesthetic for use in trucks especially.
The Bluetooth connectivity is great when you want to play music from your device. And when you also have the voice recognition to help when issuing commands to your Infotainment 3. The utility of the touch screen with the Chevy Infotainment system cannot be stated enough.
The Plus and Premium
While both packages are advancements from the same base package, the premium goes beyond what can be offered by the Plus. Memory and functionality of the Premium are improved from the Plus and given that the Plus is pretty staked itself that is an impressive feat by Chevrolet.
The Premium brings its own premium offerings like with the Bose premium auto. This is a top of the line sound system.
The navigation system too is quite good for the premium and comes as encompassed in the package. The Plus does have a navigation system too but not as standard. Teen Driver Technology This technology has been developed to encourage good driving habits in new drivers.
In this mode, various settings can be activated to accommodate and safeguard teens as they are starting their driving experience.
The technology is such that you can adjust speed and volume settings. It even develops a report card of your teen drivers performance and can be programmed to coach the new driver even in your absence. Features like the Buckle to Drive or Speed warning system ensure that your child is fully looked after as they are learning to drive.
Stand out Features of the Infotainment Systems
The Built-in navigation that comes with the premium package offers a lot of navigational versatility. There is no need to connect your mobile device and the system will provide step-by-step directions and a detailed map.
The cloud-connected personalization which comes in both the plus and premium allows the creation of multiple profiles for users. Different users can store what they like to listen to, the temperature they prefer and even priority apps.
Enhanced Voice-recognition is a convenience added to the functionality of operating your infotainment system via your device. This means the focus of the driver’s hands is steering and he can just say out his commands. The service is best appreciated when you consider the control you have when you have Chevrolet apps downloaded.
The Premium and Plus having increased processing speeds are highly convenient especially in the case that you are using the 4G LTE WI-FI or Navigation. Having your searches lag or Sat-Nav slow making miss turns can get frustrating so a fast processing system is great.
Conclusion on Infotainment 3 Plus vs Premium
The Chevy’s Infotainment 3 Plus and Premium are a great step up from the basic, standard outfitting and turn up your connectivity with your car. The elements that come out standard in these packages are worth taking out the extra cash if you can afford it.
Thomas is a retired Chevy Auto Technician, Father to two incredible daughters. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help you solve and find reliable information on Chevrolet vehicles.