We know nothing can beat the feeling of shifting gears yourself. But if you have to get an automatic transmission, you can’t go wrong with a dual-clutch. Shifts are seamless and lightning quick, meaning faster lap times and less jerky movement.
Electronic Limited-Slip Differentials
Mechanical LSDs are great because they’re consistent, but if you want the most high-performance differential out there, you have to go electric. Depending on where you are in a corner, they can lock, unlock, and send power to a designated wheel that needs it most.
This works by having the car brake the inside wheel while going through a turn, simulating a limited-slip differential. It allows for a better distribution of torque across the driven wheels, and therefore, more grip. Most of the time, it works seamlessly, meaning you won’t feel it happen at all. You’ll just see the results.
A side-effect of driving big, long cars is a large, hard-to-see blindspot. That’s easily remedied by blindspot monitoring systems that can sense when a car or other object is in the very spot you can’t see. Clever, and extremely useful.
Anti-Collision Warning Systems
We don’t really see a downside to avoiding a crash when possible. Anti-collision systems like Subaru EyeSight can warn you if it thinks you’re about to hit something, and even apply the brakes for you.
Heated and Ventilated Seats
There’s no better feeling than hopping into a ventilated seat on a hot day. The same goes for feeling a seat heating up in the middle of winter. If you’ve experienced it before, it’s hard to go back.
Massaging seats are one step above climate-controlled seats, and use little motors scattered throughout to give you a customizable massage while driving. Like heating and cooling, once you experience it, you’ll want to have it in every car you drive.
Heated Steering Wheel
Like seats, it’s a pleasure to feel heat emanating from the steering wheel on a cold day. No more wearing gloves when you drive to work in the morning during sub-freezing temperatures.