More cheap cars get luxury car technology

Don't Waste Your Money

If you think car technology has taken some big steps in the past few years, you're right. But it's just the beginning.    

Check out the new 2014 models and you'll find even more high tech to make cars safer and more driver friendly.

Dashboard 'Looks Like An iPhone'

Robert and Daphne Baynes, looking over a new Jeep Cherokee, can't believe all the advancements.

"You know, it's almost like an iPhone, you got all this stuff on it," he said.

What's noticeable for 2014 is that features like backup cameras, adaptive cruise control, and lane change warning sensors are not just on big SUV's and luxury cars anymore.

Charlie Howard, with the Automobile Dealers Association, explained that "a couple of years ago, a backup camera was a luxury car item.  Sensors for lane changing, were just for luxury cars."

"Now you're seeing that trickle down to more budget automobiles," he said.

Even Chevy, known for middle of the road vehicles, now offers GM's MyLink infotainment system on almost all its cars.

Gas Mileage Changes

You'll also find high-tech upgrades in the engines, where 30 is new 20 when it comes to gas mileage.

Many vehicles feature enhanced metal, like the brand new Ford F-150 that has aluminum body panels to save weight.
Lighter components are allowing automakers to keep muscle cars alive, including the redesigned 2014 Corvette and 2015 Mustang. That enables these cars to improve their once-dismal gas mileage.

One Downside of Tech

Of course, computerized systems make it almost impossible for shade tree mechanics to do their own work anymore.

But these cars are much more fuel efficient and much safer than cars of 10 or 20 years ago -- and a few years from now we'll wonder how we lived without all this tech.

As always don't waste your money.


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