Car buyers get presented with dizzying array of acronyms and jargons that describe the options, packaging features and accessories installed by the dealer to opt from. Grabbing all of them is great buy costs adds up rapidly.
What must-have features to look for in a car?
New car shoppers need to consider some key features including safety and convenience.
Essential safety features
If you are in the market to buy AWD SUV Chevrolet Trax 2019 Arizona then make sure it is equipped with safety technologies.
Automatic emergency braking system – Brakes get applied on their own as it detects a car in its way. If collision cannot be avoided, the force of impact gets reduced. System includes identification of pedestrian, which is beneficial.
Blind spot warning – Drivers are offered a visual or audible notification about a vehicle alongside in blind spot.
Forward collision warning – Drivers get audible or visual warning about a looming collision.
These are the three safety systems, which have helped to dampen the level of crashes and injuries. Extra credit is offered to models equipped with them as standard feature.
Nice to have advanced safety features
Automatic high beams – The high beams get turned on automatically, when there is no car ahead or no oncoming traffic and switches to low beam the moment traffic appears. This protects other drivers from getting blinded with high beams. So higher beams can be used for better and safe driving, at night.
Rear cross traffic alert – While car is being reversed, sensor detects an object or vehicle approaching out from rear-camera range. The possibility that it is moving into car’s path increases, so the sensor warns the driver.
Essential convenience features
Knobs for climate system and knobs – Knobs for controlling fan or temperature and even the audio system is much better than the touch sensitive controls. Touch screen is distracting and hard to use while driving.
Android Auto & Apple CarPlay – Drivers are encouraged to keep their phone away and rather communicate with a built-in screen. It helps them pay total attention to driving.
When drivers are forced to deter their eyes from road, it invites trouble. With best systems, drivers can make adjustments without a need to confirm those choices visually.
Good to have advanced convenience features
- Auto dimming mirror
- 360° surround view camera system
- Fast USB charging
- Keyless entry
- Multi-zone climate system
- Head up display
- Heated seats & steering wheel
- Height adjustable power seat
- Wi Fi hotspot
- Wireless charging pad
Big wheels & low-profile tires – Low profile tires are stiff than regular size with tall side walls. Moreover, large wheels with thin tires are vulnerable to damage from curbs and potholes. Rides are also less comfortable.
In-built navigation system – It is an ongoing expense as there will be a need for map updates. It is wise to plug in your Smartphone to use the map apps being displayed on car screen.
Lane keeping assist – In case the driver forgets to activate turn signal, the car automatically brakes or steers when car crosses a lane marking.
Rear entertainment units – It is not a necessity because you can travel with inexpensive tablets that carry games, books and movies. It can be recharged on the go. Each kid can have their own, thus averting argument about which movie or cartoon to watch.