Q. What would you like to activate remotely from your smart phone?
Defroster – Smartphone app remotely turns on the defroster.
Heated/ventilated seats – Smartphone app pre-heats or pre-cools the driver’s seat.
Interior temp – Smartphone app remotely turns on the heater or air conditioning to pre-comfort the vehicle.
Remote engine start – Smartphone app has ability to start the vehicle from inside your home or office to pre-cool or pre-heat the interior.
Remote lock/unlock – Using a smartphone, doors can be locked or unlocked.
Seat position – Using a smartphone, select a desired seating position remotely.
Windows up/down – Smartphone app enables windows to be opened or closed remotely.
Q. Do you want smartphone app integration in your vehicle (e.g., Apple CarPlay/Android Auto)?
If Yes, which of your phone apps do you want to have access to?
Calendar reminder – Mirrors smartphone calendar app onto the vehicle’s information/entertainment touchscreen and receive reminders displayed on screen or read by voice control.
Curfew alert – As a curfew time nears, an alert can be sent to the vehicle and emailed/texted as directed.
Geofencing – Sets up triggers when a vehicle enters or leaves a specified area. Alerts can be sent by email or text message. Coupons can be sent when a vehicle nears a store or restaurant.
Local search – Mirrors smartphone local search app to provide restaurant, gas station, shopping and other point-of-interest information based on current location and displayed on the vehicle’s information/entertainment touchscreen.
Movie times – Mirrors smartphone movie times app to display current movie times for local theaters on vehicle’s information/entertainment touchscreen.
Navigation – Mirrors smartphone navigation app to provide present location and turn-by-turn directions.
Pandora, or other Internet radio – Mirrors smartphone streaming app to provide music, news, sports and other entertainment content streamed through an Internet-based media service controlled and played through the vehicle’s information/entertainment system.
Speed alert – If set speed is exceeded, an alert can be sent to the vehicle and emailed/texted as directed.
Text messaging via speech – Allows use of smartphone’s text messaging services exclusively through voice control.
Vehicle diagnostics – Mirrors smartphone apps that provide vehicle maintenance information, such as tire pressure and oil life, displayed on the vehicle’s information/entertainment touchscreen.
Vehicle locator – Vehicle position is identified by GPS locator.
WiFi – Internet connectivity in the vehicle.
Q. Different vehicles have different features as standard or optional. Check all the features you want on your next vehicle regardless if standard or optional. Prices are shown just to help you decide if each feature is worth it.
2nd row fold-down armrest with cupholder and storage – An armrest that integrates a cupholder (usually two) and sometimes a lid that can be opened with storage underneath. The entire armrest can be folded up, usually into the seatback of a bench seat, which makes room for a third passenger in the 2nd row.
6.6kw on-board charger – Allows an electric vehicle to charge two times faster at home in Level 2 (medium) charging mode. The vehicle would charge in 3-4 hours rather than 6-7 hours.
Active front lighting system – Optimizes distribution of light from the headlights according to driving circumstances. Depending on vehicle speed and steering input, the system points the low-beam headlights in the direction the driver intends to travel.
Active lane keep assist – An active safety feature that utilizes sensors to warn drivers when the vehicle is drifting out of its lane. When the turn signal in that direction is activated, these features are overridden. This system can also alter the vehicle’s course to keep it in its lane.
Adaptive cruise control – Driver selects a desired cruising speed and distance from vehicle in front. System automatically adjusts the speed of the vehicle to the speed of highway traffic. When traffic slows, system adjusts the speed of the vehicle to maintain the desired distance from the vehicle in front.
All-wheel drive (AWD) / 4×4 – Each wheel is able to provide powered traction as required.
Augmented reality head-up display – Overlays information on top of what a driver is seeing in real life. For example, if approaching a car too quickly, the windshield may display a red box on the car being approached and an arrow will appear showing you how to maneuver into the next lane before you collide with the other car. The augmented reality head-up display also recognizes cars and traffic lights, and displays the identity of local shops and landmarks, colorfully highlighted and annotated for greater safety, convenience and enjoyment.
Automatic parking system – System senses the dimensions of a parking space from the driving lane and parallel parks the vehicle with minimal driver input.
Automatic power-folding outside mirrors – Mirrors that fold automatically, either via a control button/knob inside the vehicle, on the key fob, or automatically when the vehicle is locked.
Backup collision/pedestrian intervention with auto stop – Radars are installed on the rear sides of the vehicle making it safer to back out of a parking spot. When an approaching vehicle is detected, the system will alert the driver while braking the vehicle to prevent moving further rearward and colliding with the approaching vehicle.
Biometric security features – Uses a driver’s physiological characteristics to personalize and secure a vehicle. With the ability to recognize the driver, biometric driver identification can enable greater security of the car (such as fingerprint car-starting) and its network (preventing hacking). These features can also use driver behavior-based algorithms for safety and performance.
Blind spot information system – Monitors the blind spot on both sides of the vehicle and provides an indication when a vehicle is entering a blind spot. If a vehicle is present in the blind spot, the driver is alerted by sound or visual indicator.
Capless fueling system – The gas tank filler has no twist-on cap, rather a sealed filler hole that can’t be opened without a fuel pump nozzle or the manufacturer’s emergency fuel fill adapter (if needed to pour gas in from a gas can). With no cap to twist on or off, it reduces the risk of losing the cap, or having the check engine light come on if not twisted on properly.
Color info screen in instrument cluster – GPS-based system provides present location and turn-by-turn directions to a destination programmed into the system. Many navigation systems also include several route options and identify points of interest along the way. This system is displayed in front of the driver in the driver’s instrument cluster, which usually shows speedometer, tachometer and navigation simultaneously.
Concierge services (e.g. OnStar) – Vehicle communicates with a “human” concierge who can provide turn-by-turn navigation (or load data into the vehicle) or even make dining reservations
DC quick charge port – Makes an electric vehicle compatible with public DC Quick Chargers that charge the vehicle in 30-45 minutes rather than 6-7 hours.
Deployable pickup tailgate step – A retractable step that is integrated into the tailgate of a pickup. It can be deployed when the tailgate is folded down, allowing easy access to climb into the cargo bed.
Driver monitoring system – Detects a driver’s mood or state of awareness through the use of sensors and/or an interior camera that monitor a driver’s eyes or the vehicle’s positioning and steering. If the technology determines the driver is distracted or falling asleep at the wheel, the vehicle alerts the driver by beeping a warning sound and displaying a message advising the driver to take a break or rest before continuing to drive.
Driver selected dynamic vehicle settings – Driver can control the way a vehicle responds to throttle, braking and steering inputs. This system also can adjust ride quality from soft and comfortable to firm and sporty for maximum handling.
Dynamic trailer hitch/backup assist – Using advanced camera technology; a dynamic line based on steering angle helps the driver line up with their trailer hitch. The driver rotates a knob to indicate how much the system should turn the trailer.
Easy to clean seat and floor materials – Seat and floor materials that have integrated moisture wicking and stain resistant properties.
Electric parking brake – Switch on the instrument panel or console activates the parking brake eliminating the need to push a pedal to set the brake.
Electronic noise cancellation system – System reduces interior noise by matching sound waves with a reverse wave to cancel out the sound.
Electronically enhanced interior engine sound – The engine’s exhaust note is amplified in the interior using a synthesized reproduction of the exhaust note played through the audio system’s speakers.
Flexible cargo storage system – Cargo system that provides adjustable variations between the cargo and passenger areas, including out-of-sight storage and a lower deck to handle taller items.
Fold-flat front passenger seat – Front passenger seat back folds forward to yield a flat load surface. Good for loading long items in the vehicle or for use as an in-vehicle work surface.
Forward collision/pedestrian intervention/auto stop – If the cameras/radars on the vehicle sense you are approaching the vehicle ahead too fast, the brakes will be applied.
Full Color head-up display – Critical information – such as speed, navigation instructions and warning lights – is projected onto the inside of the windshield.
Fully autonomous self-driving car – System uses a variety of sensors to automatically drive the vehicle with no driver input from one destination to another. The vehicle can fully stop and go on its own in city traffic and cruise at highway speeds, staying in its own lane, heeding traffic signs and speed limits, and keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. The driver only needs to input a destination into the navigation system, and the vehicle will drive itself there.
Hands-free open/close liftgate/trunk – Once in proximity of the vehicle with the key fob, liftgate/trunk may be opened hands-free by sweeping your foot under the rear bumper.
Heated front seats – Heating element that warms the front seats.
Heated rear seats – Heating element that warms the rear seats.
Heated steering wheel – Heating element that warms the steering wheel.
Heated windshield (auto fog prevention) – Heated windshields electronically heat the entire windshield surface. This feature is helpful in clearing fog or heating the windshield enough to scrape away excess snow and ice.
High speed semi-autonomous driving – System uses a variety of sensors to automatically drive the vehicle with no driver input at highway speeds. The vehicle cruises with traffic, staying in its own lane and keeping a safe distance from other vehicles.
Household (110v) outlet – A three-prong household style power outlet. The feature provides electric power using standard power cords while the vehicle is running.
Inflatable seatbelts to reduce injury – Upon collision, seatbelts inflate to reduce occupant injury.
Interior ambient lighting with selectable colors – Ability to change the interior lighting color. Interior lighting can include foot wells, instrumentation, heating, air conditioning, radio controls and trim panels.
Lane departure warning – A camera mounted on the passenger door mirror views the passenger side blind spot. When the turn signal is activated the camera displays an image of the blind spot on the center display.
Laser headlights – Provide improved visibility through more powerful illuminating efficiency (about 1,000 times more powerful than LEDs) and automatically adjusting toward the direction the vehicle is turning. This headlight system is much smaller than conventional lighting systems.
Leather (genuine leather) seats – Seat surface material is made of leather.
Leatherette (imitation leather) seats – Seat material looks and feels like leather, but is not.
LED front exterior accent lights – LED (light emitting diodes) lights provide bright styling accents to the front exterior of the vehicle.
LED headlights – LED (light emitting diodes) lights produce more, brighter light and less heat than conventional lights (long lifetime, compact). They have instant switch-on and require lower power. LEDs also offer unique styling possibilities to give a vehicle a high tech look and to distinguish them from competitors.
LED taillights – LED (light emitting diodes) lights produce more, brighter light and less heat than conventional lights (long lifetime, compact). They have instant switch on and require lower power. LEDs also offer unique styling possibilities to give a vehicle a high tech look and to distinguish them from competitors. Importantly, the instant-on characteristics provide drivers in following vehicles more reaction time to stop.
Load leveling rear suspension – Rear suspension adjusts to keep the vehicle level when carrying heavy loads.
Low speed semi-autonomous driving – System uses a variety of sensors to automatically drive the vehicle with no driver input in stop and go traffic at speeds up to 40 mph. The vehicle can fully stop and go on its own, staying in its own lane and keeping a safe distance from other vehicles.
Massaging seats – Seats feature a massage function, typically on the seatback focusing on the lower back, upper back and the length of the spine. In some cases there is a massaging bottom seat cushion as well for the buttocks.
Memory driver’s seat position – Ability to set preferred seating, steering wheel and mirror position for comfort and convenience for multiple drivers.
Memory front passenger’s seat position – Ability to set preferred seating position for comfort and convenience for multiple passengers.
Navigation system (factory installed) – GPS-based system provides present location and turn-by-turn directions to a destination programmed into the system. Many navigation systems also include several route options and identify points of interest along the way. This system is displayed on the vehicle’s main information/entertainment screen, usually positioned between the driver and passenger.
Night vision system – System allows drivers to see what (or who) is down the road — even on the darkest nights. The night vision system can be turned on or off by the driver and is not affected by oncoming bright lights.
Outside mirror puddle lights – Lights mounted on the bottom of exterior mirrors that illuminate the ground below while entering or exiting the vehicle.
Panorama sunroof / all glass – A large sunroof that extends from the front seating area all the way to the rear seating area. Like a traditional sunroof, the glass panel can slide back to create an open-air environment, or pop up slightly to help vent the interior.
Parking sensors, front and rear – Forward and reverse parking warnings alert you with an audible chime that becomes more persistent as you get closer to an object. Some systems also show physical proximity on the center screen.
Pickup bed extender – A frame structure that folds out of a pick truck’s bed over the tailgate to provide a larger loading surface.
Pickup bed LED lighting – Lights interior of pickup bed.
Pickup bed tie down system – Used to tie down cargo in pickup bed.
Pickup power extendable tow mirrors – Large outside rearview mirrors that can be extended outward to increase visibility around a trailer being towed.
Pickup power tailgate – Pickup truck tailgate is raised and lowered by power.
Pickup rear under seat storage system – Store and lock items under the rear seat.
Power driver’s seat – Driver’s seat can be adjusted by using power switches to control the position of the seat. Most power driver’s seats control fore and aft adjustments, raising, lowering, tilting the seat cushion and reclining the seat back. Some also include a power lumbar support.
Power fold-flat 2nd row seat – 2nd-row seats fold at the touch of a button to eliminate pushing or pulling levers to fold down the seats.
Power fold-flat 3rd row seat – 3rd-row seat folds at the touch of a button, eliminating the need to push or pull levers to fold the seat out of the way.
Power front passenger seat – Passenger’s seat can be adjusted by using electrical switches to control the position of the seat. Most power seats control fore and aft adjustments, raising, lowering, tilting the seat cushion and reclining the seat back. Some also include a power lumbar support.
Power fully adjustable 2nd row seats – 2nd row seat can be adjusted by using power switches to control the position of the seat. Most 2nd row seats control fore and aft adjustments, raising, lowering, tilting the seat cushion and reclining the seat back. Some also include a power lumbar support.
Power fully adjustable 3rd row seats – 3rd row seat can be adjusted by using power switches to control the position of the seat. Most 3rd row seats control fore and aft adjustments, raising, lowering, tilting the seat cushion and reclining the seat back. Some also include a power lumbar support.
Power lumbar seat adjustment – Control allows occupants to adjust the seatback’s internal components for better back support.
Power sunshades for rear passengers – Sunshades in the back doors, both right and left side, can be raised and lowered using a switch on the door much like raising and lowering your power windows. There is also a sunshade available for the full back window.
Power-adjustable headrests – Electric powered headrests that are adjustable up and down.
Push-button ignition – Once the key fob is inside the vehicle (in a pocket, purse, etc.) you can press an engine start button to start the vehicle, without the key fob leaving your pocket or purse.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers – Sensor detects the amount of moisture hitting the windshield and turns on the windshield wipers automatically for optimum performance and visibility.
Rear air-conditioning system – Second air conditioning system to cool the rear of a large vehicle like a minivan or SUV. Rear occupants usually have the ability to control air temperature in the rear of the vehicle.
Rear cross-traffic alert system (requires blind spot info sys) – Mechanism designed to warn a driver when cross-traffic is approaching the vehicle when backing out of driveways or parking spaces.
Rear seat occupant reminder – Provides an alert if the driver’s seat and front passenger’s seat are unattended when the rear seat remains occupied.
Rear view “mirror” screen and camera – The glass portion of the rearview mirror is replaced with a screen that displays the view from a camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle to improve visibility.
Reconfigurable/programmable instrument cluster – Ability to modify the looks and placement of gauges on instrument panel.
Remote garage door opener (e.g., Homelink) – Buttons in the vehicle can be set to operate features in your home, such as opening the garage door or a gate or to turn on lights in your home.
Reverse-tilting outside mirrors – Selectively tilts side mirrors when reversing.
Satellite radio – Music, news or traffic stations are streamed via satellite to the vehicle’s audio system through a receiver placed on or in the vehicle. This service is provided by SiriusXM radio.
Side mirror turn signals – Turn signals integrated on the outside mirror housings that indicate when a turn signal is activated.
Soft door closure – When you close a door, a sensor detects when the door is only partially closed and an electric motor pulls the door firmly shut.
Split-fold down rear seats – Rear seats that may be folded down in two sections, thus providing some extra luggage space with the possibility of a passenger sitting in the back of the vehicle.
Sunroof / moonroof – A glass panel can slide back to create an open-air environment, or pop up slightly to help vent the interior.
Surround (360º) view monitor/camera – Cameras provide a bird’s eye view of the area surrounding the vehicle to help determine parking clearances.
Tire fill complete alert – Displays which tire is low on the instrument cluster. When the driver fills the tire, the system acknowledges that air is filling by lighting the vehicle’s four-way flashers. The horn beeps when tire pressure reaches its optimum level.
Traffic sign recognition – Traffic signs that are highly important are shown to the driver. There is a different degree of notice given the driver (visual, audible, flashing, etc.) in line with the danger of the situation.
USB ports – USB ports are used to sync media from a flashdrive, mobile device (smartphone or mp3 player) or tablet to the vehicle’s audio system, while simultaneously charging the mobile device or tablet. It can also be used independently to simply charge a USB supported device.
Ventilated/cooled front seats – Cooling and ventilating elements are built into the front seat cushion and backrest to keep the seat cool even in the hottest conditions.
Ventilated/cooled rear seats – Cooling and ventilating elements are built into the rear seat cushion and backrest to keep the seat cool even in the hottest conditions.
WiFi / 4G LTE HotSpot – Receive internet-based services such as telephone (VOIP), text messages, email or simply browse the Internet while in your vehicle.
Wireless charging pad for portable electronic devices – Wireless charging pad uses electromagnetic induction to recharge portable electronic devices in the vehicle (cell phone, iPod, etc.). This eliminates the need for a cord to charge the device in the vehicle.