New Car Features

Car makers are constantly adding features to their cars... Hoping it will give them the edge.

So Consumer Reports decided to test the newest innovations to see if they really improve your driving experience.

Consumer Reports' David Champion has tested hundreds of cars at the auto test facility in Connecticut.

He's always on the lookout for great new features. One he's found, a new type of mirror more mini vans have.

They actually have a convex mirror that really allows you to look into the back seat of the vehicle. So if your kids are in car seats you can always keep an eye on them.

Another feature consumer reports really likes is automatic windshield wipers.

When it starts to rain, the wipers will sense it and start on their own. And when the rain stops, so do the wipers.

Another nice feature you find on cars these days are radio controls actually on the steering wheel.

You can adjust the volume or change the station without taking your hands off the wheel, a big safety plus.

And some newer cars are actually keyless. You don't have to put a key in the ignition or use it to unlock the car.

All you do is put it into your pocket. As you walk up to the car, it unlocks automatically and allows you to get in.

As long as the keys are in the car, they can either be in your pocket or in your pocketbook. All you need to do is put your foot on the brake pedal, hit the start button, and the engine starts.

So the next time you're shopping for a new car, Consumer Reports says, be on the lookout for these helpful features.

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