We borrowed a $163,000 car to try out the tech. Right. Well, it does have amazingly proactive cruise control.
With Nissan's Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, you can manage messages and send canned responses. We test it in the 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR.
Your phone is the app hub for many low-cost cars. In the 2014 Chevy Sonic, the BringGo app offers basic navigation, though with some notable limitations.
A camera mounted under the right-side mirror lets you watch for cars coming up behind from the central display.
In which we sacrifice one three-foot stuffed animal to show why no one should try to mess with this car.
It's a hybrid whose battery can be recharged with gas. And it's a Cadillac.
Automakers' own apps do things that Apple and Google can't, such as locking and unlocking the car. But are they worth the upcharge? We try two: Toyota's Entune, and Volkswagen's Car-Net.
The Super Bowl commercial for this car featured Laurence Fishburne using his mirrored sunglasses as no one else can. The head-up display reality isn't nearly as dramatic, but the ability to see basic driving data on your windshield is still useful.
When your car's connected, the first step with any road trip is not to fill up with gas. It’s to sit down at a computer and fire up your browser. Infiniti Connection service lets you create a detailed itinerary and upload it to your car.
If you're going to buy the Chrysler 200C, don't buy it for the lane-keeping technology, which isn't precise enough to instill any confidence.
A simple Bluetooth connection and a big, easy 8.4-inch touchscreen show how safer phone features are working their way into more affordable cars like the Dart GT.
Traffic jam? No problem: The RLX Advance has adaptive cruise control and low-speed follow to handle basic stop-and-go traffic with ease.
Go ahead, gun the engine. The Sirius Travel Link app shows you data on nearby gas stations so you can make informed decisions about where to gas up. And the service is surprisingly cheap itself.
It's not quite Candy Crush Saga, but the MyFord Mobile app that comes with this plug-in hybrid car helps you manage your charge, lock and unlock doors, and compete with other do-gooders for the greenest driving habits.
Car tech can get pretty fancy, but really, it's the little things, like programming the garage-door opener, that really make our lives easier. On the 2014 Audi S4, on-screen prompts make this seemingly basic task easier than you could imagine.
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