Over the past few years, Ford's technology and infotainment platform, SYNC®, has been through several updates and improvements, so it now offers three program variations across its new models: Ford SYNC, MyFord Touch, and SYNC 3.

Not sure which version comes loaded with the technology functions you want and need? Richmond Ford Lincoln's guide to Ford SYNC, MyFord Touch, and SYNC 3 is here to take you through the capabilities of each system to make your tech decision a little easier.

Ford SYNC and SYNC with MyFord

Ford SYNC or SYNC with MyFord is the standard media package equipped on many entry-level new Ford models. This package features several modern in-car conveniences tied together by Ford's SYNC voice recognition technology.

In a Nutshell: Voice recognition and steering wheel-mounted controls are used to enable and control Bluetooth® calling and streaming, basic phone functions, and supported mobile apps. An LCD display shows call and song information.

Main Voice Control Capabilities: Using SYNC, dialing a friend's number hands-free is as simple as saying their name as it's listed in your phone. Saying "Bluetooth audio" lets you wirelessly stream playlists or songs to your car's stereo from music stored on your phone.

SYNC with MyFord Touch

SYNC with MyFord Touch is the media package that builds on Ford SYNC's and SYNC with MyFord's features, integrating more programs and capabilities.

For the Touchscreen Inclined: SYNC with MyFord Touch features an easy-to-use, customizable, color touchscreen display. By default, the screen is split into quadrants where you can see multiple information sections at once in a quick glance. Standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio and available navigation and climate control are added to the mix.

Enhanced Voice Control: Each of the programs that make their way into SYNC with MyFord Touch can be accessed via voice control. Switch Sirius stations, search for coffee shops in Ashland, and have the nav system provide the fastest route or set your preferred in-car temp and call it up by asking for "my temperature."


Ford's SYNC 3 is the latest SYNC version that unites all of the media programs and features in the two starter systems with advanced voice-activated technology, industry-leading connectivity, and high-speed performance.

Touch and Go: SYNC 3's ultra-responsive touchscreen responds to smartphone-like gestures, including pinching to zoom in on maps and swiping from one screen to the next. SYNC 3 also integrates Apple® CarPlay™ or Android Auto™ so you can access online search, hear received text messages read aloud and respond voice-to-text, and interact with your favorite voice assistant, Siri or Google.  

Stay Connected to Your Ford: While SYNC 3 helps you to stay connected to your smartphone while you're on the go, the featured app from SYNC Connect known as FordPass® provides drivers with information about their rides while they're notin the driver's seat. Track where you're parked in a big lot, check on the fuel level and trip information, and even start your Ford from afar.

Ford SYNC, MyFord Touch, and SYNC 3 can certainly enhance your daily drives and overall ownership experience! We hope our review helped you to choose the program with the tech level that offers the best capabilities for you.


Ready to Get a Closer Look at SYNC and MyFord?

Head to Richmond Ford Lincoln's extensive online inventory and search for the Ford model you're looking for. Each listing includes details about which media system comes equipped, allowing you to pick the exact model that's loaded up to your liking when it comes time to schedule a test drive!

Have questions? Get in touch with us at 804-474-0531 or stop by 4600 West Broad Street in Richmond, located just a short drive from the Ashland and Mechanicsville regions.

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