Technology is constantly changing and individuals are doing whatever they can to keep up with the latest trends. The smartphones and other personal electronics that we can’t live without are making their way into our vehicles.
Here are the top 10 vehicles that advance the art of in-cabin technology:
Best Overall: Audi A8 (From $72,200)
Audi truly delivers an astounding display of technology in their biggest car. This vehicle features onboard WiFi and allows up to eight devices to hook up to the network using a high-speed LTE connection. Also included in this luxurious vehicle is a media interface with Google Earth real-world navigation graphics and Google Voice Local Search.
Most Engaging: For Focus Electric (From $39,200)
This car features technology that collaborates with the MyFord mobile app on your smartphone. Communication between the car and smartphone updates the state of the battery charge, locates the car and nearby charging stations, aids in route planning, presets interior temperatures, and generates driving efficiency profiles.
Best All Electric: Tesla Model S (From $94,000)
Tesla’s all-electric sedan includes an enormous 17-inch central touchscreen in its dash that permits access to the car’s functions, as well as a full connection to the Internet. Video display is even capable while the car is in use!
Best For Mom: Infiniti JX35 (From $41,250)
“Infiniti Connection” technology allows information to spread throughout the vehicle to smartphones through a specific app. Information is also synced with Google calendar to allow information to be accessible through this car’s central information screen. An optional feature is the “Around View Monitor” that creates a 360-degree image of what is surrounding the vehicle.
Best Road Tripper: Honda Odyssey (From $28,675)
An HDMI port is offered in this vehicle which allows video-streaming devices to be played on its overhead 16.2-inch display that can be turned into a split viewing screen. The car also enables passengers to power these devices with its 115-volt two-prong plug.
Best Family Sedan: Toyota Avalon (From $30,990)
Applications can display data from smartphones on a large screen in the Avalon’s dash with Toyota’s Entune suite of onboard apps. The best feature is a specific spot for a smartphone that consists of a grippy rubberized surface.
Best Luxury Sedan: Lexus LS 460 (From $71,990)
Lexus’ biggest sedan has a 12.3-inch LCD screen that has the capability of displaying navigation and entertainment systems at the same time. Smartphone applications can also be displayed on this screen, while using the LS 460’s joystick-style controller to use the apps without distracting the driver.
Best Value: Scion tC (From $19,480)
The Scion tC is not the most advanced, but it allows for Bluetooth audio, HD Radio and iPod integration through USB. The standard dual-DIN rack helps to keep the car more organized with providing a designated spot for all the gadgets.
Best Workhorse: Ford Super Duty (From $29,875)
These pickups include center consoles with the ability to store laptops or hanging files, as well as charge any device. Users have the option of the configurable LCD Productivity Screen on the dashboard that monitors fuel economy, towing performance and drivetrain operation.
Most Controversial: Cadillac ATS (From $33,095)
Cadillac User Experience media interface essentially works like an iPad and connects to a smartphone through Bluetooth. This technology is built around the vehicle’s LCD touchscreen in the middle of the dash.