Drivers Make Safe Choices in Fave-Features Survey

SafetyFirst

Heated windshield-washer fluid? It's OK, I guess. Foot-activated liftgates? Meh. Push-button gear selector? Yawn. When it comes to people's favorite features in cars, safety comes first.

In a survey conducted by national automotive-lease facilitator Swapalease.com, blind spot monitoring won the popular vote by a wide margin; 63% of the survey's 500 respondents said it's the feature they're most excited about. Other safety systems in the top five included collision avoidance (53.1%) and fatigue-reducing zero-gravity seats (38%). Voice command and large touch-screen controls received 38% and 37%, respectively.

"For all the talk of smartphone technology and car-performance features, today's drivers seem to prefer ways to keep them safe and secure in the vehicle," Scot Hall, executive vice president of Swapalease.com, said in a statement.

Still, some differences arose when the figures were broken down by age. Drivers older than 50 noted lane departure warning as a favorite; younger respondents were more impressed by internal Wi-Fi connectivity. Text-messaging assistance was a popular option among women, while men were more interested in touch-screen controls.

The lowest-scoring features in the survey included heated windshield-washer fluid (19%); foot-activated liftgate (16.1%); in-car Google, Yelp and Facebook apps (15.4%); center-mounted airbags (12.1%) and push-button gear selector (9.2%).

Brands identified as doing the best job of developing new features included Mercedes-Benz (52.9%), BMW (45.1%), Ford (43.8%), Audi (39.4%) and Lexus (33.3%). GMC, Mazda, Dodge, Fiat and Kia scored the lowest.

Related
Consumers Want Backup Cameras, Blind Spot Systems
NTSB: Make Collision-Avoidance Systems Standard
More Safety News on Cars.com

Comments 

Lynnette Basiou

Anyone having problems with their 2013 ford escape not starting? We had it serviced about 2 weeks ago and then went on vacation for 1 week and would not start after sitting for 1 week

Linda

Lynette,
No I have not had problems with my car not starting, but at least 8 times now when I start the ford escape 2013 outside, the message comes up saying "engine fault. see dealership." It did almost die once, but I pulled over and turned it off. In a few minutes it started fine.
My problem is so far 3 out if 4 tires have failed! Just had my second flat in one month! Tires are Continental 235/50 R18. The R18 are not stocked and have to be specially ordered. Sooo Frustrated!

Post a Comment 

Please remember a few rules before posting comments:

  • If you don't want people to see your email address, simply type in the URL of your favorite website or leave the field empty.
  • Do not mention specific car dealers by name. Feel free to mention your city, state and brand.
  • Try to be civil to your fellow blog readers. This blog is not a fan or enthusiast forum, it is meant to help people during the car-buying process and during the time between purchases, so shoppers can keep a pulse on the market.
  • Stay on topic. We want to hear your opinions and thoughts, but please only comment about the specified topic in the blog post.
view posting rules

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In

Search Results

KickingTires Search Results for

Search Kicking Tires

KickingTires iPhone App
Ask.cars.com