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Which Infotainment size do you prefer?

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15.5" versus 12" Infotainment screen?

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Ok, I figured this came up before: 15.5-Inch Infotainment screen or 12-Inch Screen?

But I wanted to poll this. It would be nice to pin this thread as feedback for @Ford Motor Company. TCCustoms recently put out a video of the mid-cycle refresh of the Expedition and pointed out that it is using the same cabin set as the F-150. So the XLT they were previewing had the 12" (I believe it also gets the 15.5" at the upper trims). This got me thinking that if Ford had more feedback maybe they'd decide to make the 12" available at the upper trims.

One of the comments I've seen reviewers bring up is that the 12" provides a better camera size for backing up, trailer, etc.
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I think if I had the option, I would pick the 12" screen. I like hard buttons for certain features. When I test drove a Pro, I liked having the camera button right there at the top. Same with Temp control. A year with the mach e, it does get irritating to "wait" any amount of time for the screen to load to turn off or on the HVAC system (part of this is because the Fordpass app is lacking).

I do like the 15.5" screen. This is mainly because I like the largest amount of room for maps (I think vertical is better than horizontal, especially in 3D view). And while the Lightning 15.5" is better integrated into the dash than the Mach E, it isn't better looking than the 12" to me. This all seems like the option should be there because it'll be preference for what you are using it for. I think those that tow/haul or offroad for camping more often would want the 12" while I think I would still get the 15.5" inch because of how often I'm using maps.
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I went with XLT largely due to wanting a smaller screen and physical buttons. I personally don’t like the esthetic of a landscape big screen on the dash. The bigger reason was I wanted the ease of changing controls like AC and heated seats. With physical buttons, I can mostly keep my eyes on the road while doing it
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If sync4 on the lightning is the same UI being used on other ICE vehicles with the 12in screen, ford won’t be able to release features specific to the lightning. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Some tech features EVs are able to offer, like cabin overheat protection, won’t work on ICE vehicles. Ford won’t be able to add features like that with OTA updates to the lightning, unless they work more on their tech advancement. The software would need to enable/disable the feature based on the car it’s installed on. It’s not impossible, but I heard ford rarely release OTAs for the sync4A let alone sync4. The lightning is the first EV by ford to use sync4, since mach-e only comes with sync4A. I just hope they support more EV geared features for sync4 and not neglect it.
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