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When you buy your car, have a discussion with your dealer about what's covered in the trial period, when the trial period ends, and whether you need to notify the manufacturer that you will not continue the service after the trial is over. Certain 2017 Acura ILX, 2016 TLX, 2016 RLX, 2017 RDX, 2017 MDX, and 2017 NSX models Free Trial: Acura Link Standard package is free for the first three years.

If you're going to invest in infotainment services, it's best to make sure the system in the car works well.(Read "How to Keep Streaming Audio From Chewing Through Your Data Plan.") The built-in telematics system has some clear advantages, including better cell-phone reception.Plus, a mobile phone cannot replicate a car’s emergency telematics service feature that can sense an accident and request services, advising them if there has been an airbag deployment.Despite their standout infotainment systems, Chrysler vehicles often have below-average predicted reliability, and some have not fared well in our tests.To make sure you're not stuck with steep fees after the trial period is over, read the fine print before you sign up for something that's subscription based. Below, we present a rundown of the infotainment features provided by each automaker, the duration of the free trial period, and the ultimate cost of the features.These trials can last anywhere from 3 to 12 months, but after that time, subscription fees kick in.

Similarly, many new cars can be equipped with an optional navigation system that requires periodic map updates—for a fee.

Because these systems allow you to control functions of your phone using the controls of your car, they are much safer to use when driving.

Plus, unlike built-in infotainment systems, which charge a fee for periodic map updating, Apple and Android maps are constantly updated on your phone's system for free.

Fortunately, there are alternatives to these expensive services that can save you money without depriving yourself of the benefits they offer.

“Most of these infotainment functions can be handled through your phone, without having to pay for factory-installed systems,” says Consumer Reports Senior Automotive Engineer Tom Mutchler.

Plus, Mutchler points out, some cars are compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto—phone-integration platforms launched on many new cars in the past year—effectively eliminating the need to buy a pricey factory navigation system, because Car Play and Auto bring car-related smartphone functionality right into the dash.