One may ask if the new technology that is being built into the vehicles of today is making driving safer. Or, is it making drivers more complacent? The answer all comes down to the attitude of the driver. The driver assists features work hand in hand with the safety features. Any technology that can assist a driver almost automatically scales up the safety of the vehicle.

What are Driver Assist and Safety Features?

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There are a lot of different car manufacturers.  As such they are competitive with each other. This competitive spirit drives them to come up with more driver assist and safety technology. Now some of these features are becoming common features. Ones those drivers are beginning to expect to be part of the vehicle they are purchasing. Or at least to have the option to get them.

The list of possible driver assists features that are available now has grown to be a long one. Some examples are;

  • Anti-lock braking systems
  • Collision avoidance systems
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Parking sensors
  • Lane change warnings
  • Automatic parking

These are just a few of many. But, are considered to be the most common that a lot of new vehicle buyers get interested in. Almost every new vehicle will have some version of these.

Best Cars With Driver Assist

There are many that are most comfortable owning a sedan model of vehicle. Then they too want all the new technology. That may come with it. Or at least be an option. The driver assists technology is becoming the new buzzword. When it comes to the new vehicles coming off the lines.

Lexus 2018LS Sedan

There are a whole lot of people that love the Lexus line of vehicles. Those in the market for the newest version couldn’t wait until the 2018 models arrived. Then when they did them some were quite happy. That some of the new features revolved around the driver assist technology.

With driver assist being a collection of safety features it meant that Toyota had to come up with a collection. Ones that were going to be impressive.  What they have done is taken their Toyota Safety Sense P system and stepped it up a notch. They did this by adding Lane Trace Assist and Lane Change Assist.

ILX Acura

In the 2018 lineup of Acura models, there are some great choices. When it comes to the driver assist technology. In some cases some of these features are standard. Such as for the MDX Model. Where the forward collision warning, auto braking and lane departure warning come as standards. These drivers assist features are also available for the 2018 ILX, but they are optional. One has to decide if any or all these are important if they are going for the ILX. Then whether the extra cost is going to be justified.

Here are some more choices if the above don’t suit you;

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring
  • Tesla Model S P85D
  • 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Premier
  • 2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
  • 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD
  • 2018 Mercedes Benz Coup
  • 2018 Volvo XC60
  • 2018 Cadillac CT6 Sedan

Best SUVs With Driver Assist

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Land Rover

For those that are in the market for a large SUV then they may want to set their sights on the Land Rovers. There are lots of SUVs that have their collection of driver assist features. Many find that when going for the large SUV models, they feel more comfortable. With having a variety of driver assist features. This model of vehicle comes with a few package choices. There is the drive pro package or the park pro package. The buyer is going to want to decide which of the features in these packages are going to provide the most benefits to them. According to their individual needs.

Many of the Land Rovers come with standard safety assist features. The HSE and Supercharged allow for extra features. Like the Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Assist. Also, several others that are available in the Drive Pro Package.

The Park Pro Package enhances the standard park assist features. To make parking tasks even more automatic and easier. This package is also only available for the HSE and Supercharged models.

Rav 4

To go to the opposite end of the spectrum in size for SUVs one may want to take a look at the Rav 4.  This one of Canada’s most popular vehicles. It comes with some impressive drive assist features. It has been rated well for its automated forward braking system. It also is well recognized for many of its other drive assist features that line up with its safety features.  Which includes automated emergency braking and pedestrian crossing features.

There are some other choices as well:

  • Volvo XC90
  • Audi gave its 2017 Q7 SUV
  • Tesla Model X
  • Bentley Bentayga
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • 2017 Lincoln MKX
  • Maserati’s Levante
  • Chevy Bolt

Best Minivans With Driver Assist

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Choosing a minivan as the vehicle of choice depends on the driver’s needs and wants.  The driver assist features are going to be something of importance. No matter what the reason for choosing this line of vehicle.

2018 Honda Odyssey

This minivan is fast becoming one of the more popular minivans.  Part of its driver-assist features are comprised of its collision mitigating braking system. As well as its Road and Lane departure warning. Also it’s forward collision warning system.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica

This is one of the new minivans to hit the market. That is on par with much of the new technology that comes with the drive assist features. It has rear parking sensors and automated emergency braking. With several optional features. Such as lane keeping assist.

Here are some alternatives;

  • 2017 KIA Sedan
  • 2017 Honda Odyssey
  • 2017 Toyota Sienna
  • 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 2018 Honda Odyssey

These are just a few examples of those vehicles in this category that are considered to be some of the best. When it comes to driver assist and safety technology. Pretty soon it will be uncommon to buy a vehicle that doesn’t contain at least a few of these. Many of them are still in the options category. As new technology arrives to outdo these, then the majority of them will become standard. It will be the newest ones that take the place of options.

While it can be exciting to buy vehicles with driver assist, common sense must prevail. Make sure that when choosing these that the decision is not just based on nice to have. It means an extra investment, so you want value and purpose for your money.

Resources

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