Technology and automobiles drive parallel courses. Tech enthusiasts are always looking for the ride that suits their technological interests. While self-driving cars have seized headlines in recent years, cars are quietly becoming more and more connected every year. In fact, Business Insider reports that by 2020 an estimated 75 percent of cars will even feature the hardware necessary to connect to the Internet. Tech lovers have much to look forward to in the world of automotive technology. Here are several cars to consider if you love the open road as much as you love cutting-edge technology.
The Honda Fit is an adaptable, compact hatchback that can handle a variety of tasks and is loaded with high-tech options. The HondaLink Next Generation system connects to compatible smartphones and allows you to swipe through music and podcasts and stream them to your stereo system. The 7-inch touch screen audio display also allows you to navigate media and stations with ease. With Bluetooth and USB support, nearly any media device can be linked to the car’s audio system.
The Honda LaneWatch system displays live video from the passenger side mirror camera to negate your blind spot whenever you signal right. In the same vein, the multi-angle rear view camera gives your three different angles to view the space behind you. The Honda Fit is comfortable and roomy, too. Not only do the back seats fold away to provide you with the space to carry whatever you need to, but the front seats recline all the way back to create a space long enough for a person to lay down.
With all the high-end technology packed into the Mazda 3, it’s hard to believe it is an economy car. Built with available Bluetooth technology, you can control phone calls, texts and music with steering-wheel mounted controls or voice commands. The Mazda Connect system has a heads-up display that lets you control navigation, Bluetooth settings, entertainment and other applications all from a tablet-like device that pops up from the dashboard.
There is also the Commander control board that is situated in the center console for easy access. Mazda offers many customization options for the Mazda 3, but for those looking to add even more technology, there are a ton of great aftermarket tech upgrades available as well. The leather interior of the Mazda 3 is not only stylish and ergonomic, it is acoustically designed to insulate the cabin from outside sounds. The Mazda 3 is a tech geek’s dream car, and the cabin feels more like a leather interior spaceship than an automobile.
Lexus LS 600h L
One of the leaders in luxury vehicles, the Lexus LS 600h L is the descendant of the first luxury sedans to feature in-car gadgets, such as automatic tilting and telescoping steering wheels, power adjusted seat belts and electrochromatic rear-view mirrors. The technology of the Lexus LS 600h L is there to provide you with comfort and style. For instance, the Climate Concierge four-zone climate control system allows you to adjust and control the temperature in various sections of the automobile so everyone is comfortable.
The Advanced Illumination system runs a sequence of warm lights in the cabin and exterior of the car to welcome you back, and the adaptive front illumination system turns your headlights the direction you are turning and even temporarily switches to low-beams if another car is detected ahead. With the performance of a sports car, luxury interior of a sedan and technology of the future, the Lexus LS 600h L is a one of a kind.
~ David J.