When looking for a new vehicle, car buyers often look for three things. The first is obvious: gas mileage. No one wants a gas guzzler these days; then comes something that fits their personal lifestyle. Whether you are a large family or a middle aged bachelor, the car has to fit your needs. The last preference is the part that effects cost the most, gadgets. Nearly everyone wants to fit their living room into the front seat of their new car, often time the more gadgets a car has, the more appealing it is to the buyer.
Modern car companies understand what people want and do their best to not only fit in the must haves, but also ask for extra for what the consumer truly desires. However, some of the things we as car buyers want the most not only takes a toll on the wallet, they also make driving our dream vehicle down right unsafe.
1) Heated Seats: In some of the colder areas around the world, having a nice warm seat sounds extremely appealing. The truth is there is no reason for a heated seat. The added electrical draw only adds more stress to a vehicles electrical system. At worst you get too comfortable and fall asleep at the wheel, or have yet one more expensive thing to repair on your vehicle when it breaks. The trade off for a warm buttocks just is not worth it. For a chronic cold rear end it, may be far more worth while to see a doctor than to get heated seats.
2) Leather: Leather interior is often seen as a statement of not only comfort but wealth as well. Unfortunately, this display of status and style have very little benefits. No matter where you live, in the summer the leather interior burns and sticks. There is not much point in the added expense if you cannot drive in comfort and fear third degree burns. In the winter you are better off laying a blanket down first, the leather seats feel like instant frost bite! Not to mention you have to not have a family. As odd as it may sound kids and high priced leather are a bad mix; well unless you like the torn, cracked, and oddly stained leather look.
3) Interactive Touchscreen Display: Lately many car companies have been adding the option of an interactive or touch screen display just above where the radio is. This display allows a person to control everything from the cars performance and temperature to the radio. Many consumers think this is a wonderful idea, however, that is until they use it. Between extra buttons added to both the dash and the steering wheel and a ridiculous amount of options available this option is not very driver safe or friendly. Most drivers are not well versed enough to bother with the performance side of the options; this area is much more geared for mechanics or professional driver that have little to no interest in this option. The added buttons on the steering wheel get in the way far more than they help, and changing the radio station turns into a career of its own. These displays with there many options and button configuration can be just as dangerous as texting and driving. With advances like this it may be better if we simply bring back the eight track.