5 Features Every Car Must Have. Period
There are certain car features that one night not consider “essential,” but if it were to not work– it would severely impact the driving experience. Call it #firstworldproblems, but if particular creature comforts were not on a vehicle, many people would not even consider buying it.
We’re not talking about the radio and A/C here. With the modernization of the automotive marketplace, such car features are so basic, that their absence seems unfathomable. Here are five modern features that must be present on a new car to justify its price.
Smart Remote Start
How great is it to hit the starter button from your office, in either the dead of winter or the sweltering heat of summer, and arrive to your car at a nice, predetermined temperature? In the winter, wiping snow off the car is a breeze, because the defroster has been going at it for a solid 20 minutes. In the summer, that sticky leather driver’s seat, is nice and chilled thanks to the A/C running for an hour. Clubbing several seals may be better for the environment, but who cares?! It’s nice and chilly inside the car. That is until something as simple as the battery failing in the key fob renders the remote start useless, and you are left running the car with the A/C on and the windows down for the first several miles. It’s unconscionable.
In this itemized diatribe, heated seats are a given. Hell, you can get heated front seats in a Chevy Spark! Let it be known, from herafter, heated seats are understood as required, and it’s only strange if you don’t have them. Ventilated seats, on the other hand, are a gift from the car gods. No longer will you have to endure sticking to leather seats in the summer (see: gripe #1), as your derriere is chilled by an extra vent, running off the A/C and fed through a perforated cushion. It instantly makes any car that has it 47.5% better. That’s science. Our particular favorites that offer this “must have” feature are Audi A8 and Infiniti M.
Backup Camera/Rear Sensors
Face it, in a new car, if the backup camera, or those little proximity beepers were to shut down, you would be the most useless car-parker of all time. Especially now with location-based beeps, that use the car’s stereo to expel an alert sound from the stereo closest to the side of the car where you are about to run over your prized Puggle. The sightlines on new cars are so horrendous, that it’s physically impossible to park a car or maneuver it in tight spaces without these systems- unless you are me, at which point the car god’s have graced you with the innate skill to operate any vehicle in any scenerio. Period. Since you are not me, maybe you could use Infiniti’s Around View Monitor which let’s you see a 360 degree overhead view of your surroundings, especially helpful in the full-sized 2013 Infiniti QX50 (previously known as JX).