Eyes and a sense of direction are great for finding your way around, and no matter the system Denon, Meridien, Amstrad, Bose or what ever a car isn't the best place to be a hifi afficianado I would imagine. Think back a few years all this connectivity didn't exist, were we the worse for it?
I really don't like the first half of the argument.
What was the case 10 years ago is an irrelevance. Where does it end? Radio, disk brakes, seatbelts? Even if you are choosing not to keep up with the competition, employing a system which was receiving mediocre reviews in 2011 and has not progressed since is not a great start.
A few years ago, connectivity didn't exist. But neither did laws saying we weren't allowed to use mobile devices while driving. Also, I'd say yes, we were worse for it. Cars were cluttered with CDs (and before that, cassettes), which would easily be damaged. This has SD capability, which is great, but that's about it.
It is a minimum expectation customers have these days at the money. To be honest, I'd not have minded if they'd left it out, but to include something which is so poorly-received is a shame.
Also, who said anything about being a hi-fi afficionado? Having experienced good systems as well as bad, the difference is stark. Most of us listen to the radio/music, and so at the very least, employing something decent might have helped. Unless you're only expecting to drive the car short distances or hate listening to anything other than wind noise when driving.
There must be weight benefits over the Chrysler U-Connect?