New Year, New Car — 10 Features to Look Out For 

As one of the premier dealers of used cars in Hawthorne, CA, Hawthorne Auto Square is prepared to help you find a vehicle with the latest features. Buying a used car is a choice that involves several factors. Sometimes you can get some very recent features and a car that’s in excellent condition.

Some features address your wants and needs in terms of color, comfort, and entertainment, but here are some of the best new car features to look out for in 2019:

1. Safety Features

Cars are getting safer thanks to smart systems such as collision warning systems, blind-spot detection, and automatic braking. Forward collision warning systems use cameras, lasers, or radar, or a combination thereof, to detect hazards and provide visual or audible alerts. An automatic emergency braking system connected to this feature can activate the brakes if you don’t react in time.

2. Backup Camera

Activates when you shift the car in reverse and provides a detailed view of your vehicle’s immediate surroundings. There’s no need to turn your head to see what’s in back of you. Nearby objects are clearly visible and a warning sounds if you are too close to something. Backup cameras are now required by federal law on all new cars.

3. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Sounds a warning if traffic is approaching you from the side. This feature is especially useful when backing out of a driveway.

4. 360-Degree Surround View

Some cars have multiple cameras to sense objects on all sides. A computer processes the data to provide a bird’s eye view of your ride and its surroundings. Parking lines are visible relative to the vehicle, so you can more easily and safely maneuver.

5. Connectivity

With Bluetooth, you can talk on your phone hands-free. Phone features such as audio, music, and texts can be directly connected to your car. Another useful feature is a USB port, from which you can play music or charge your devices.

6. Voice Control

Speak the number you want to call, the song you want to hear, or your destination on a navigation system without taking your eyes off the road.

7. Wheel/Seat Heaters

A winter cold spell can make driving a nuisance. Heated seats can make life more pleasant, especially on cold mornings, while heated steering wheels quickly warm up cold hands and reduce the need for gloves that can limit your grip.

8. Automatic Headlights

Your headlights will turn on automatically thanks to sensors that detect ambient light and oncoming vehicles. These come in handy on dark roads where other cars can appear suddenly, but the high beams will automatically dim to avoid blinding other drivers.

9. Keyless Entry

Keep your key fob in your pocket or purse, and your car will automatically detect it to unlock the doors, which is useful if you’re carrying a large package or groceries.

10. Teen Monitoring

If you have a teen learning to drive, your car can monitor their activity and act accordingly. Set radio volume and vehicle speed limits. Some systems cut off audio until the driver puts their seat belt on.

Get Help Finding Used Cars in Hawthorne

Perhaps a used car just two or three years old has the features you need. Hawthorne Auto Square can help you find the car that matches everything you desire. We also offer aggressive financing to ensure you drive out of our lot the same day. Learn more by browsing our website, visiting our dealership, or calling our sales team at 866-707-7664.