It’s very easy to be overwhelmed when buying a new car, especially if you haven’t been in the market for a few years to be in tune with all the new features available. Every month there seems to be a new advancement in infotainment, safety, and convenience systems. We are here to help!
Based on our research and experience here are the recommendations for features worth considering when purchasing a new car!
Comfortable Seat / Power Adjustable Seats: One thing that you will do more in your car than anything else is sitting. It is imperative that the seats that you have in your car are comfortable to sit in. From daily commutes, to long trips to the beach, you will know within 15 minutes if your seat is perfect for you or not! One of the features to look for in a seat is the power adjustable seat option with height adjustable lumbar support. Power seating allows for fine-tuning which creates a much more comfortable driving position.
Forward-Collision Warning: Forward-collision warning uses radar, lasers, or cameras to assess surrounding conditions, as well as the speed of your approach to a potential impact with a vehicle ahead of you. The system alerts you with visual and/or audible signals to a potential crash, allowing you time to react.
Backup Camera: Having eyes om the back of your head, reducing the risk of reversing over or into something that might otherwise be unseen behind the vehicle is a must feature. Many car owners are not as confident when it comes to reversing the car. This feature is one of the most convenient features available.
Blind Spot Monitoring: Having a car in your blind spot can be very frustrating. This features illuminates a light in the side mirrors where drivers should already be looking anyway. The feature also emits a chime if you signal a move toward a car next to you. This feature is very effective.
Bluetooth Connectivity: Bluetooth enabled vehicles allow for the seamless playing of music from your phone to your car. It also has the benefit of allowing phone call and navigation to be hands-free. For example, the Chevy Bolt has Bluetooth connectivity that automatically detects the drivers’ smartphone. This allows you the stay connected to the vehicle at all times through the car’s app. Owners can check the Bolt’s charge or start the car. If you are looking to always be connected, Bluetooth is a must feature in any new car you buy.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: This features allows the usability of your smartphone to the car’s dashboard. The appeal is being able to use interface you are familiar with to the larger screen of your car’s infotainment system. For example, you can control Spotify, make hands free phone calls, as well as, dictate messages to your friends through Siri. For a full list of supported applications and vehicles check out Apple’s Website.
Temperature Controlled Seats and Steering Wheel: It gets cold in Michigan and stays that way for 8 months out of the year. A common occurrence is taking a seat in your cold car and gripping your frigid steering wheel waiting for the heat to finally kick in. Heating seats and steering wheels vastly improve your driving experience by keeping you warm and toasty throughout your drive. One of the worst feelings you can experience is getting out of your car on a hot day with your back all sweaty. This is where air conditioned seats come in handy on a hot summer day!
Keyless Entry: Having the keyless entry feature makes a huge difference when you’re trying to open the car and you have your hands full! This feature allows you to walk up to the door by touching a sensor on the handle, which allows you to have keyless entry.
The next time you stop by any of the LaFontaine dealerships or visit the Familydeal.com, be sure to look out for these sought after features.