In recent years cutting-edge technologies have been democratized, being no longer reserved for luxury models. Advanced systems improving comfort, safety, entertainment and performance are now commonplace in the ranks of even the most affordable cars.
American automotive website Kelly Blue Book just recently announced its 2018 awards presented to the car and SUV offering the best ensemble of tech features on the market. So which models most impressed the folks at KBB?
The 2018 Honda Accord earned the sought-after blue ribbon in the first category. All of its versions feature the Honda Sensing suite of safety and drive assist technologies, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, traffic sign detection and more. The more-ergonomic dashboard interface integrates the HondaLink communication system and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
"The fact that a family sedan starting in the mid-$20,000 [around $25,000 CDN] range offers such a comprehensive suite of standard safety technology is impressive, considering that some manufacturers still require buyers to opt for pricey top-of-the-line trim levels to get these features, if they offer them at all."
- Michael Harley, group managing editor for Kelley Blue Book
For its part, the next-generation 2018 Audi Q5 frankly dominates its SUV competitors in terms of technologies, according to KBB. The German brand, known for creating high-class interiors, offers occupants of the new Q5 a remarkable experience.
The MMI interface has been refined, and sets a new standard for cutting-edge technology that remains accessible and pleasant to use. The Audi virtual cockpit behind the steering wheel and the head up display enhance the state-of-the-art practicality of the cabin. Available to consumers who want even more tech bling is the Bang & Olufsen audio system delivering 3D sound.
This is before we even mention the several cameras and radar systems that greatly facilitate driving, lane changing and parking, or the adaptive chassis that can be adjusted to several modes.