Top 3 Overlooked Features in New Cars




There are a lot of features to consider when purchasing a new car. You’ll need to consider things like comfort, safety, technology… the list goes on and on.


On top of that, there are a whole other group of features that often no one pays attention to. But ironically, some of these overlooked features can take your car experience to a whole new level.


In this article, we’ll cover our top five most overlooked features in new cars.


Additionally, we’ll demonstrate how Honda is leading the charge of adding small features that make owning cars that little bit more enjoyable.


Controlling Your Car with Your Phone


One state-of-the-art feature that has been mostly overlooked by the population at large is the ability to control elements of your car through your phone. With an app, you can now do many functions on your phone to make your life a little easier.


Here is a shortlist of some of the features that are most common in a vehicle app.


Remote Start


If you’re like most people, you’ve probably misplaced a key once or twice. Quite the hassle right?


Not only could you be locked out of your home, but you could also be locked out of your car. But thanks to apps like HondaLink, if you find that you have lost your keys or left your keys in your house, you can unlock and start your car, all by using your phone.


Also, an added bonus of using a remote start is when you are dealing with inclimate weather. If it’s the middle of a snow storm, it’s a huge luxury to be able to start your car and get it warmed up inside before you leave the house.


There is no worse feeling than getting in your vehicle and immediately freezing to death. With the HondaLink application, you can start your car from your home or office and wait for it to heat up or cool down before getting inside.


Alarm Alert


We hope that you’ll never have your car broken into, but unfortunately there are unscrupulous people who break into cars each and every day.


A common problem when someone is trying to break in your car is that if you are not in the immediate vicinity, you won’t be able to hear the alarm going off.


You won’t even have a chance to come out running and scare off any wrongdoers.


However, if you have an application like HondaLink, if someone were to break into your car, you will receive a notification that your alarm is going off.


Side benefit, if your alarm goes off erroneously but you get the notification, you won’t annoy your neighbors by leaving the alarm going off unattended for an extended period of time.


Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery


One of the weirdest but most useful features of car apps like HondaLink is Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery. Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery allows you to use your car as the mailbox for all your Amazon deliveries. There are several benefits to using your vehicle as an Amazon mailbox.


For example, Amazon often leaves packages right outside your door when they make deliveries. When your package arrives outside your door, it is vulnerable to theft.


However, if the Amazon delivery driver were to leave the parcel in your car, your package will be provided with an extra layer of security, ensuring it will not be stolen.


Heated/Cooled Accessories


It seems that over the last several years, we have slowly but surely entered a golden age of heating and cooling technology in cars. Everything from seats and steering wheels to cup holders can be temperature controlled to your liking.


There are a lot of reasons why these small features are among the most overlooked features you will find in a car today. After all, they’re not essential to the operation of the vehicle. But that doesn’t make them any less valuable to car owners.


Adaptive Cruise Control


Adaptive Cruise Control, or ACC, may not be “new” technology per se, but the majority of drivers have still yet to try it for themselves.


Cruise control itself, can be a real lifesaver when you’re on a long road trip, or just a boring commute.


However, depending on traffic conditions, it can be annoying to break and resume cruise control constantly. With Adaptive Cruise Control, you’re able to allow the car to take complete control over your speed and braking.


Sensors placed in the front of your car will detect when you are getting close to another vehicle. When you get close enough, your vehicle will automatically slow down and then speed back up when it is safe to do so.


If you want to see some of these overlooked features for yourself, you can browse our entire inventory at your local Sacramento California Honda dealership website.