The 40 High-Tech New Car Features You Can Buy Today

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Your Guide to the Latest New-Car Technology

Today's new cars are loaded with technologies to keep you and your passengers safe and comfortable. Navigating the vast array of newly available features and their descriptions is a challenge – especially if you haven't purchased or leased a new car in a few years.

In this guide, we'll explain the value of many of today's most advanced automotive technologies, how they work, and whether they're must-have, might-want, or don't-bother features. In many cases, multiple technologies are bundled into one package or trim level. If you want one item, you'll have to buy them all.

Making your purchase decisions even more difficult is the issue that various automakers call similar technologies by different names. Several organizations, including AAA, Consumer Reports, J.D. Power, and the National Safety Council, are fighting for automakers to use a common set of names for the features.

We'll try to cut through some of the marketing lingo to help you make an informed decision.

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