Car tech isn’t just Bluetooth. Here are the cars with the coolest technology.
Go to your favorite (other than us!) major automotive news website, and check out the top stories. I guarantee the top story is about connected cars. Currently, it’s the hottest topic in automotive news. But what does it mean, and where can you find a connected car?
Just ten years ago connected technology meant that your car had a Bluetooth system. Today it means parking sensors, front and rear cameras, adaptive lane control and lasers that monitor distance to the car in front of you. Connectivity isn’t just safety features, it still means having a car with 4G WiFi and the ability to integrate your phone seamlessly.
I went ahead and did the heavy lifting for you and found the top five connected used cars today. With the rapid technology advancement today I’m sure this list might be different by next year, but if you are on the market for a used car today and connectivity is important to you, start here.
The Tesla Model S is the most advanced car in the connected car arena and you can currently get a top-of-the-line used model at a good discount off the MSRP. The Tesla Model S is one of the best choices because it is so user friendly that you won’t even recognize that the car is doing most of the driving for you. It all starts with the huge (17-inch) tablet display in the center console that you can use to control the whole car experience. You can adjust ride height, music, temperature, surf the web, make an appointment, make a phone call and use google maps all from the giant tablet display. The Tesla Model S goes a step further and now has “self-driving” modes, which allow the driver to remove their hands up to six minutes from the steering wheel.
The Infiniti Q50S is known as the first car on the road with the a “drive-by-wire” capability. “Drive-by-wire” means that there are no direct connection between the steering wheel and the wheels, just electrical signals. The Infiniti Q50S is packed with safety technology and features: it has, take a deep breath, automatic collision notification, multi-view parking cameras, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot/lane departure warning, forward/back-up collision warning systems, and active lane control. If you are a car enthusiast you might want to look elsewhere, because of the lack of steering feel and control. If you don’t mind what a car’s steering feels like, and want the car to do all the work, we just found you your next car.
Mercedes-Benz was one of the first companies to take the “drive” into the connected car world when it adapted multiple safety technologies to the S-Class. Mercedes offers several autonomous features such as Distronic Plus with Steering, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane-Keeping Assist and Collision Prevention Assist with Adaptive Brake Assist (so many assists it makes you wonder what the driver should do?), some of these features are even standard on new S-Class models. The best feature would have to be Traffic-jam Assist, it will safely control your car for you in traffic up to speeds of 37mph. If you have the funds to pick up a used 2014 Mercedes Benz S-Class it packs tons of safety, connected technology, and style in an excellent package.
Audi has always been building safe, and fun cars but have been behind when it came to infotainment and connectivity. Audi changed that perspective when it launched their entry level Audi A3, which was focused at a younger (millennial) audience. The A3 comes with AT&T’s 4G LTE network capability, and the ability to link up eight devices to that network. You could run a mobile office out of your A3, and look good while doing it. Audi allows you to stream the WiFi through the MMI infotainment system and that gives you the capability to connect to Facebook, Twitter, and 3D Google Earth Maps, just don’t do all that while driving. The Audi A3 would be the perfect car for the young professional, getting their first job and wants to stay connected, while being stylish.
The reason the Chevrolet Cruze is on this list is its price, it’s the most affordable option of the five cars listed here and it comes with 4G LTE WiFi. Who doesn’t like a bargain? Chevrolet has made a big push to put 4G LTE WiFi in its entire lineup and that means even the cheap cars get it. Hurray! The Chevrolet Cruze is not the sexiest car of the five, but it’s definitely the best bargain and that has to count for something, right?
If you go back twenty years ago, the only thing connecting you to your car where your hands. Flash forward to today and it seems like cars soon won’t even need steering wheels. There has been a fast advancement of connected technologies in automobiles, that means that you can get cutting edge technology for bargain basement prices once the first owner has taken the depreciation hit. Which connected car would you like to take home?
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