Sunday, June 17th, 2012
Technology in different forms is everywhere and as vehicle manufacturers roll out their 2013 for the media to get a first glance at, it’s apparent that in-car technology is not only adding convenience but also making cars of all sizes, makes, and models safer while enhancing the drive experience.
SUV Crossover: 2013 GMC Terrain Denali
The 2013 GMC Terrain Denali Crossover includes a wealth of great technology that has the consumer’s best interests in mind. Two powered USB outlets provide for convenient charging and pairing a phone via Bluetooth couldn’t be easier but the gem of this family vehicle is the customizable touch screen located in the center console. Usually the touch screen comes loaded with a bunch of icons that may be irrelevant to the consumer or badly placed. The Terrain Denali allows for customizable icons on the screen. Choose the ones you want and place them where you want them so you have weather, navigation, and icons for audio at your fingertips.
The GMC Terrain Denali also comes with multiple cameras that monitor surroundings to keep vehicle occupants safe. Forward collision alert and lane departure warnings serve as a way to visually and audibly warn drivers of imminent collisions. Drifting over lines on the lines on either side of the vehicle without engaging the turn signal will activate the lane departure warning system.
The side blind zone and rear cross traffic alert systems rely on radar to watch spots that drivers can’t always see. A yellow icon located in the rear view mirrors illuminates when there is a car in the blind spot. The Terrain’s standard rear view camera displays footage as a driver backs up but also provides an alert in the event there is cross traffic.
From a convenience perspective, parents will appreciate that all the doors of the vehicle can be unlocked with a single button touch on the key fob, rather than a single click for front doors and double click for rear doors. The rear lift gate also has multiple settings to allow for it to open fully or partially so it won’t bang into garages upon being raised.
Midsize hybrid: Kia Optima Hybrid
Step up to the Kia Optima Hybrid with the key in your pocket or purse and integrated proximity sensors know the key is near and allows consumers to unlock the doors with the touch of the button on the door handle. Touch once to open the driver’s side door. Press twice to open all the doors. The trunk can also be opened without the usual key digging. Thanks to a touch button start, you can leave the keys exactly where they are to drive away. Just don’t leave them in a bag in your trunk. The car will know and won’t let you drive away with them hiding back there.
Compact: Mazda M3
Like the GMC Terrain Denali’s lane assist feature, the Mazda M3 features the blind spot monitoring system that alerts drivers to cars located in blind spots on either side of the vehicle. Sensors detect other cars located 12.5 feet from left to right and 26 feet behind the car and alert drivers in a helpful, but not jarring way. Upon detecting a car in a blind spot, the Mazda illuminates an icon in the mirror. As a second method of monitoring, the car will beep when drivers attempt to turn on their turn signal when another vehicle is detected in the blind spot.
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