Whether you are buying a new or used car, there are some car features that you need to make sure your car has. There are loads of upgrades and new features since the last time you bought a car, and they can turn a long road trip from a grueling trip to a refreshing journey.
From technology features that simplify using navigation, playing music and even saving you from traffic or a ticket to convenience and safety features that will keep you safer on the road by giving you super powers behind the steering wheel.
You don’t need to buy a high-end luxury car to get these must have car features on your ride. You can find many of them on cars made within the last three to five years. We’re seeing many of these as affordable options on most new cars. We’ve seen these on many cars in the $20,000 to $30,000 range, so you can find some excellent deals on cars with these options.
Here’s out look into why you need these car features. There are some excellent cars, SUVs, crossovers, hatchbacks, and trucks that come with these features. Some cars are starting to add several of these features as standard options on 2017 and 2018 models, but you will need to check out packages and trim levels if you want to get a vehicle with all of these must have features.
Do you hate constantly adjusting your cruise control, or giving up on cruise control because of traffic or due to a driver in front of you who keeps changing speed? You need a smart cruise control system.
Smart cruise control goes by many different names. You may see it listed as Radar Cruise, Adaptive Cruise or Intelligent Cruise control. Whatever it is called, it will allow you to set your cruise control and then stay with the flow of slower traffic.
Here's why we love it and why you need it. You get on the highway and set the cruise at 76 miles per hour. You also set the distance you want kept between you and the car in front of you. There are typically three or four settings so you can be close or keep a lot of space. Now you simply steer and your car will go 76 mile per hour when traffic allows it or there is no one in front of you. When someone is in front of you going 73 mph, the car automatically slows down to keep you the distance you choose from that car. This is indispensable in traffic and on long road trips.
Not all smart cruise control systems are the same. Some of work at all speeds, while others only work above a specific limit. Some systems can bring you to a complete stop in traffic and then restart without you needing to touch a pedal.
You can find adaptive cruise control on cars as cheap as $18,500 like the Toyota Corolla, and as an option on many cars below $30,000. Even on pricier cars you may need a higher trim level or special package to get this feature.