If you’re on your way to college this fall, it might be time to consider a car that’s just right for college. Maybe you’re shopping for your first car or maybe you’re looking to make an upgrade over the beater that got you through high school. Luckily for today’s college student, there is a ton of modern tech available in both new and gently used cars that will help make your college years a smooth ride. Here is some must-have car tech for new college students in 2019.
If you’ve never driven a car equipped with Bluetooth, do yourself a favor and test drive one. Fair warning: You may never want to go back to a car without Bluetooth, because this connectivity feature will change your life. No more messing around with headsets or dangerously trying to fumble with your phone while driving. Your phone links up with your car and phone calls, music and podcasts become a breeze and your phone never needs to leave your pocket while you’re driving.
Did you know that you can link your phone to your car and have your infotainment screen turn into a user interface just like the one on your phone, but tailored for your car? Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are game changers in making your phone a breeze to use in the car without ever touching your actual phone. This makes everything more convenient from calls to texts to music to navigation all while minimizing distraction. These connectivity features are still fairly new, but they’re very quickly spreading to more and more new cars even becoming standard on a lot of affordable cars. If this is a must-have feature for your next car, there’s a box you can check on Autotrader that filters cars with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay and they’re more affordable than you might think with many used examples costing well under $10,000.
Driver Assistance Tech
As of the 2019 model year, backup cameras are now mandatory on all new cars. Since automakers saw this law coming, many of them have been equipping their cars with backup cameras for years meaning there are a lot of affordable used cars that are so equipped. This is a really nice feature to have since the pillars of cars are so chunky these days because of rollover safety standards.
But modern driver-assistance technology gets a lot more advanced than just backup cameras. There are tons of affordable cars that include safety tech like adaptive cruise control that automatically keeps a safe distance between you and the car in front of you which is great for long trips between home and college. Other tech that’s been getting popular includes lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring. Of course, none of these features are replacements for attentive driving, but they’re very nice to have to give you peace of mind and potentially avoiding or mitigating accidents.
There is probably at least one thing in your pocket or purse right now that requires USB to keep running. Our many energy-hungry devices require many USB ports and luckily, automakers are well aware of that. USB ports are becoming pretty abundant in modern cars meaning you can ditch your adapter thingy that turns an old school cigarette lighter-style outlet into a USB port and plug your phone, tablet or whatever right into your car. Some cars even come with USB-C outlets.
A vehicle equipped with all of the modern car tech we just mentioned might sound like a big improvement over what you’re driving now. If it does, don’t worry, you can find new, used and certified cars with all of this tech and more at more affordable prices than you might think. Find a vehicle for sale