Hands-free hatch. Arms full of athletic gear? The new Ford Escape allows you to open and close the rear hatch with a wave of your foot.
Help with hills. The hill descent control pioneered by Land Rover isn’t brand new, but it’s a must for off-road enthusiasts. The system uses anti-lock brakes to maintain a safe speed, letting you focus on steering.
Calls on command. Systems like General Motors’ Intellilink allow drivers to make calls and access weather and even pollen count with voice commands.
A cooler glove compartment. After a long hike, wouldn’t it be nice to pull ice-cold water or a chilled piece of fresh fruit out of your glove box? Models like the Hyundai Elantra GT are offering just that.
Crash control. Many cars alert you when you’re near an obstacle, but the Eyesight safety system in Subaru’s 2013 Outback will actually stop the car if it senses a collision and you don’t hit the brakes.