If you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, how do you decide which features to look for? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 10 key features you might want to consider in your new car, as well as a list of features you can skip…
Must-have safety features
360-degree camera: This camera takes the risk factor out of backing up by giving drivers a bird’s-eye view of the car. This way, drivers can see the entire area surrounding their vehicle and check for children and objects in their way.
Evasive steering: Keep yourself safe even in the event of surprises on the road with this handy new feature. Evasive steering will provide you with additional steering support when you’re in danger of colliding with another vehicle and your own steering efforts are not sufficient.
Blind spot alert: This feature alerts the driver when there is an object or pedestrian in direct line of their blind spot.
Forward collision warning: If you are prone to distraction while behind the wheel, you might want this feature. It provides a visual and/or audible alert when your vehicle is heading toward a forward collision.
Automatic emergency braking: Stay safe with this feature, which automatically applies the brakes when it senses a vehicle in your car’s way. Some systems include pedestrian detection as well.
Automatic keyless entry: This feature was created for those moments when you are staggering toward your car with armfuls of grocery bags: It automatically unlocks a car’s doors when it senses a nearby fob.
Head-up display: You don’t have to risk swerving every time you want to check out your car’s display. With a head-up display, you can see important information, like your fuel level and speed, right on your windshield. Displays are dim enough so they don’t block your visibility, but clear enough to easily read.
Multi-zone climate system: Family road trips are peaceful again with this feature, which allows for different climate controls throughout the car.
Heated steering wheel and driver’s seat: This one is for those frosty mornings when your car can’t get warm quite fast enough.
Wireless charging pad: Leave the wires at home! Just place your phone on one of these pads and it will start powering up. These super-techy gadgets use induction to charge your device and work with most new smartphones. If your phone is aging and won’t charge on an induction pad, you can buy a special case to bring it up to speed.
Features you can skip
Bigger wheels and thinner tires: The look might appeal, but the ride will be less comfortable. Plus, your wheels will be more prone to damage from potholes and other obstructions on the road.
Built-in navigation systems: Don’t pay extra for a navigation system when you know you’re going to use Apple or Google Maps most of the time anyway. Also, most built-in navigation systems require constant and tedious updates.
Lane keeping assist: This feature automatically steers or brakes your car when your vehicle crosses lane markings without turning on a blinker. It sounds tempting, but in real life, it’s more annoyance than convenience. Often, you’ll need to suddenly cross a lane marker for good reason, like moving over for an emergency vehicle or for a cyclist on the shoulder of the road. Plus, according to Consumer Reports, there is no data that proves this feature has any safety benefits for the driver.
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