It seems that with every new car released, there is a new gadget to go with it. When you’re shopping for your next new car, here are a few features that we think you should take into consideration to help make the time spent in your car safer and more enjoyable.
Navigation System – No more fighting with road maps to try to figure out where you’re going; the built-in navigation systems of today are much more accurate and help get you from point A to point B more easily and safely. For example, built-in navigation is just one of the services provided by OnStar, the in-vehicle safety and security system for GM vehicles, like the Chevrolet Traverse. Simply tell the OnStar advisor your destination and turn-by-turn directions will be sent directly to your vehicle. And don’t worry if you make a wrong turn—OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation will get you right back on track. OnStar is available in most 2006 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC models.
Bluetooth® – A Bluetooth®-enabled vehicle is one feature that you have to get your hands on. Many cars, including the BMW 128i, have exceptional Bluetooth capabilities, allowing the driver to access contacts, dial numbers, answer the phone, and control volume by using only the buttons on the steering wheel, radio, or control display. Bluetooth allows you to use your mobile phone while keeping both hands on the wheel, and with more and more U.S. cities and states banning the use of hand-held devices while driving, you can still talk and drive, hands-free.
Parking Assist – Something as simple as parking the car can be a real headache when it results in a fender bender. This is where a parking assist feature can come in handy. Lexus pioneered this technology and the Intuitive Parking Assist feature for Lexus cars, like the Lexus LS, acts as an extra set of eyes to help you maneuver around other objects or vehicles. With an LCD display showing the distance, as well as an audible beep, you can get your Lexus through tight situations without a scratch!
MP3 Connection – What’s more important, when you’re cruising down the road, than having your favorite tunes with you? Many cars have MP3 connections built in, like the Ford Edge with its Microsoft-created SYNC® technology. SYNC not only plays your favorite tunes from your MP3 player or USB drive, but it also charges your device and allows you to build playlists with its “play similar” feature, all with simple voice commands. SYNC technology is featured on select 2010 Ford and Mercury models and all 2010 Lincoln models. (Related: Is Your Car in SYNC with You?)
Make the most out of your driving experience and invest in some gadgets of your own—you’ll be glad that you did.
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