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If you are preparing to purchase a new car for the first time in several years, you understandably may be in awe of the many incredible new features loaded into various models and trims. It may seem as though even the base trims for many models have advanced features that you may have little or no knowledge about. These are a few of the increasingly common advanced features in modern vehicles and what you can expect from them.
There is nothing new about standard cruise control, which is now common for even base trims of most models. With standard cruise control, you manually set the speed that you want to maintain. The vehicle holds this speed without you needing to apply pressure to the gas pedal until you manually indicate the need to slow down or to turn off the cruise control function. With adaptive cruise control, the vehicle senses when it is approaching another vehicle. It adjusts the speed slightly as needed to prevent a collision and so that you do not have to manually make small speed adjustments.
A blind spot warning or alert is one of the more common advanced technologies in vehicles today. It detects when cars are in your blind spot and alerts you through a sound or a warning light. Advanced blind spot detection features may also take into account pedestrians and cyclists. In some vehicles, they are accompanied by collision mitigation features. Keep in mind that there are many additional driver assistance technologies loaded into some vehicles as standard or optional equipment as well.
Engines today are becoming more powerful while also more fuel efficient. For example, turbochargers increase the acceleration rate and horsepower of an engine. Many cars today are also equipped with start-stop technology. With this technology, the engine idles at a very low rate or otherwise turns off when you are stopped at a stoplight or in another location for more than a few seconds. By doing so, it helps you to conserve fuel.
Today’s vehicles are increasingly advanced, and innovations continue to be unveiled and incorporated in the latest models. As intriguing as some features may seem, take time to learn more about them and even to test them out through an on-the-road experience. By doing so, you can determine if you need to pay more for a trim that has these features or if you want to add them as an upgrade.