Even consumers who consider themselves fairly well-informed may wonder about car dashboards: which cars have the most advanced technology? Contrary to popular belief, high-tech dashboards aren’t just limited to the most expensive luxury vehicles, though those makes and models are more likely to have them than many affordable cars. So how do you rank between who has what? Here are some tips.
Whether it’s navigation or car information, entertainment, directions and connections, traffic and weather, personalized information or mobile device connectivity, you want a car dashboard to provide seamless integration. Everything should work easily and without distracting the driver. You shouldn’t need an encyclopedia to figure it out. The best systems are those that work on all fronts, and Ford’s Sync and MyFord Touch (and MyLincoln Touch and MyMercury Touch) are perhaps the most widely available today, and are available on most models. But automakers are really paying attention to dashboards, so look for more innovation in the future.
Another point related to car dashboards, which cars have more of, is that they must provide the car owner with the ability to upgrade. This includes updates to navigation and later versions of various high-tech hardware and software.
If you have several mobile and portable devices and you sell your car to buy another, you want a dashboard that is compatible with what you take with you. Compatibility is a huge selling point for high-tech car dashboards.
Electric, hybrid and more
Electric and hybrid vehicles, by virtue of the need for the driver to know the range of all-electric driving, when the gasoline engine will engage (if applicable), temperature and other vital information probably have the most advanced technology of any of the car dashboards. This technology is the latest available and does not prevent the car’s dashboard from also having navigation, connectivity, entertainment and other applications.
Luxury models, which tend to have a lot more in the way of standard equipment, are also more likely to have the latest high-tech on the dash.
How to choose
While the question of car dashboards, which cars have the most advanced technology, may not be the first question on your list, be sure to check out the various models and versions of the cars you’re considering. If high-tech is important to you, consider paying a bit more for a higher trim to get it, as some features aren’t available as stand-alone options.