Gotta-Have Gadgets

February 26, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
If you're car-shopping, you might be surprised at all the bells and whistles now available to make your drive easier or safer.A navigation system comes in handy whether you're directionally challenged or visiting a new city.

It's one of the auto features Consumer Reports says are so handy, you should seriously consider getting one.

Another handy gadget is an automatic rear-hatch door that opens at the touch of a button. It's really convenient when you're carrying a heavy load.

Can never find your keys? Keyless ignition can help. You can leave your keys in your pocket and start the car with the touch of a button!

When it comes to safety, electronic stability control is a must-have. A recent Consumer Report called it the next best safety feature next to seatbelts.

Stereo controls on the steering wheel let you keep your eyes on the road while you find the perfect song.

And finally, if you have kids, you're probably tired of hearing "are we there yet?" a DVD player on long trips can keep everyone happy until you reach your destination.

If you're in the market for a new car, Consumer Reports says more and more are coming loaded with convenient features, such as rain-sensing windshield wipers and outside temperature display.


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