My daughter and I are talking about getting a new car. This is out of our area because she knows nothing about cars and I am a muscle car girl. What used to be high-end items are no longer, because they are in almost all new cars. I had no idea of what they were talking about when the salesmen said he had to get a key fob.
Most of the new cars have Bluetooth interfaces as standard equipment. Heated seats and steering wheels are common place as is avoidance systems such as collision, blind spot and lane departure warnings. I never thought about my car keeping itself in its lane, but this would be great for driving in high traffic areas.
For high traffic areas they also have what is called a ‘Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake System’ which will alert the driver if a bicyclist or pedestrian suddenly appears. I know I worry when driving in suburban areas about children and pets running out.
Coming standard in most vehicles are also some other options such as:
- Climate control
- HD Radio
- Keyless Ignition
- Parking Assist
- Rear Seat DVD
There even more options, depending on which type of vehicle you want and how much you want to spend. How about a Concierge Service or a vacuum system, in the back, which can reach everywhere in your vehicle? I do believe that is a great service, especially if you have lots of people and/or children.
When looking for a vehicle all I used to worry about is how it ran, was there heat and air, and if it had a great stereo. Today there are so many features to look at inside and outside of the vehicle. We have to decide exactly what do we need in an automobile. With work and children I basically live out of my car so I need something with good gas mileage or maybe even a green car since most of it would be in the city.
I decided to do some research online and found several good sites to get my mind going. One of them was Car and Driver. They post what they find for each of the cars they test. The Auto Driver is a great resource for comparison and specs. For auto ratings I liked Edmunds.