However my one (and so far only) complaint is the fact that my brand new built-in GPS does NOT function properly in Downtown Toronto. Let me explain that further. I only have a problem with my GPS in Downtown Toronto when I am exiting from my underground parking which does not allow any GPS signal. Yes, it is typical for almost all GPS models to not work in underground parking lots however they all seem to start working and recalculate routes within a couple of minutes of exiting an underground parking area and driving out into the open air. That is not the case with my built-in GPS. After driving out of my underground parking lot, I have waited up to 25-30 minutes in open air on the street for my GPS to start working and it will not pick up a legitimate signal. I have even tried restarting my GPS several times while in Downtown Toronto and it still does not give me the proper signal indicating my correct location. Instead, the GPS usually indicates that I am somewhere in the Mount Pleasant area or the Rosedale Ravine which is not anywhere close to where I actually am in Downtown Toronto. My GPS will only start to pick up the correct signal when I am outside of the Downtown Toronto area away from the condos and high rise towers (e.g. far out on the Gardiner Expressway or when I get onto the Don Valley Parkway North). The interesting twist is this: if I am driving into Downtown Toronto from a suburb or a city/town without high rises around, my GPS will work in Downtown Toronto. I have already brought my brand new car into the dealership this past week to check out the GPS system and it came back clear - the service personnel informed me there was nothing they could do about my GPS not working in Downtown Toronto because according to Ford, there are simply places the GPS will not work and they are not liable for that (nor will they credit me any refund for the fact that I paid for the upgraded built-in GPS which fails to work in a geographical area that I spend plenty of time in).
This was a picture I took this morning while driving towards the Don Valley Parkway North out of Downtown Toronto (I was stopped at a stop light or else I would not have taken the picture). The Magellan Roadmate 1470 (which I reviewed here) on my windshield shows my correct location but as you can see below on my built-in navigation GPS the location is showing a totally different location. I have taken a zoomed in picture of both GPS systems so you can see that the two different GPS systems are indicating different locations.
While my Ford Escape 2013 built-in navigation system is indicating the incorrect location with wrong directions.
You can see how it's a pain for me to have a separate GPS in my car in addition to my built-in navigation system especially since I paid for that upgrade.
So my advice is, if you are living in a big city with a lot of high rise towers or condos and you are interested in the Ford Escape 2013 with the built in Navigational GPS, park the car in an underground parking lot of a high rise tower. Drive out of the tower and see how long your GPS unit takes to work....does it only work when you are out of the vicinity of high rise towers? If you have the same problem as I do, consider your alternatives (e.g. skipping the built-in Navigational GPS) especially if you will be spending the majority of your time around high rise towers where it will not function properly.
Have you had similar signal issues with your GPS?