Top Car Models With Most User-Friendly Electronics

The top ten vehicles with the most user-friendly interfaces and driver-assistance systems.

Nowadays, cars are packed with so many advanced technologies like they are going to be sent to Mars. In this article, you will learn more about AI GPS that navigates you based on your previous trips, ACC that allows shifting the burden of driving to soulless computer systems and even virtual assistants that understand natural speech rather than template commands. Sometimes, this advanced technology is not always that simple — and User Experience (UX) is to blame. UX represents a user’s experience of interacting with infotainment and driver-assistance systems and also helps to understand whether it is easy to use a center console with buttons. So, Wards Auto evaluated such technologies from the «user friendliness» position and chose the top 10 models. So, the most user-friendly cars are…

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Audi Q7

Personalization is the main trend at the beginning of the decade. What is more, the Q7 brings the concept of personalization to a new height. After spending some time studying a complex menu, you will learn how to select a parking sensor volume, to turn on traffic warnings, or to display recommendations for fuel-efficient driving on the dashboard. This is only a small part of the features that are hidden inside of this infotainment system.

Wards Auto did not ignore Virtual Cockpit (again, it is unlikely to get bored with it quickly thanks to several design options) and also appreciated the perfect functioning of the driver-assistance systems, which work no worse than that of the top-end Audi A8 L.

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BMW X7

Gestures, indirect voice commands and a whole menu section are designed to make you feel comfortable and healthy. All these features are installed in the X7, an infotainment system of which runs on BMW 7.0 OS. Wards Auto noted that it was nice to relax after a working day and to refresh in the morning before a long trip inside of the car. This is due to Caring Car that has its own massage programs, climate control settings and background lighting.

Moreover, the welcome animation on the central display, the possibility of pre-heating/pre-cooling the interior and Assisted Driving View were especially mentioned. Assisted Driving View uses data from several driver-assistance systems and AR in order to display a 3D visualization of the surroundings on the dashboard.

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Chevrolet Trailblazer

The right and affordable UX: this is how Wards Auto describes the Trailblazer. The base price of about $20,000 includes an impressive set of advanced features and an infotainment system, through which you can pay in some shops and cafes. Such functions become crucial in the post-pandemic era.

You can also make an appointment or call a service center in case of an emergency and read a digital manual from the center console. However, the console still has a lot of physical buttons and switches to make it easy to use.

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Ford Escape

If you are an artist or you are the one who perceives information through vision, then the Escape (also known as the Kuga) is designed for you. According to the experts, high-resolutionб clear and glare-free tablets installed in the model deserve the highest rating: data from the dashboard and infotainment system can be read without any problems.

Ford Sync 3 supports Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and is equipped with Amazon Alexa and Waze GPS. The set of electronic safety systems Co-Pilot360 is the main feature of the SUV. It includes ACC, lane keeping, and Evasive Steering Assist used for avoiding cars that are slowing down or stopping.

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Hyundai Sonata

Wards Auto says that a push-button transmission selector, a simple infotainment system and a central display that can be divided into three functional parts bring the Hyundai Sonata closer to the best representatives of the premium segment that is not yet available to it. At the same time, as in the case of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the great set of features will cost the buyer about $38,000.

Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) is among the features. It allows parking your car while standing off to the side with a key (even with a digital one). Depending on the equipment level, the model is provided with a smartphone-compatible system that has built-in GPS and voice control.

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Kia Seltos

You start interacting with the Seltos even before you get inside of it. Its gorgeous exterior decor and vivid colors evoke positive emotions. The model’s speakers with a complex but elegant design are especially mentioned.

Kia's infotainment system is called one of the best in the segment: «Seltos has the best user-friendly interface with intuitive and easy-to-use controls,» summarizes Wards. The Nature app creates a special atmosphere in 6 scenarios: a snow-covered village, a lively forest, a calm sea, a rainy day, a street cafe and a warm fireplace.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA

The Mercedes MBUX is about to be upgraded. But until this happens, the experts are actively praising its latest variant. Vivid colors, extensive personalization options and a lot of user-friendly features make it one of the most technologically sophisticated in the industry.

There is no doubt that the driver-assistance systems here are really reliable: Distronic can automatically change lanes with the aid of the blind spot monitoring system and speed limiter. It checks maps and road signs, as well as can help save some money. However, the best feature is AR GPS, which integrates visual markers with turn signals and house numbers directly into the front camera streaming video.

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Subaru Legacy

This is unexpectedly true: Subaru wins the Wards 10 Best UX for the 4th year in a row. In 2017, the Impreza was one of the best models, in 2018 – the Ascent, and in 2019 — the Outback. The Legacy is highly appreciated for its vertically placed infotainment system, like Volvo’s one, and DriverFocus that recognizes faces and saves five separate profiles with seat positions and climate control settings.

The list of useful features includes Wi-Fi, USB, ACC with adjustable acceleration after a complete stop, and eBird built into GPS that shows bird watching locations, a list of bird species living nearby and periods of their seasonal migration.

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Toyota Highlander

Toyota is usually scolded for being conservative, but everything concerning the Highlander is not that clear. The car is equipped with Entune 3.0; unlike its previous versions, it runs Linux OS (not Blackberry QNX) and has several interface options. It can also connect to a cloud database and use information about traffic and weather.

The set of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) is the best of those tested by Wards Auto. The list includes ACC, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic tracking when reversing out of a parking lot, and collision prevention with automatic braking.

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Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

The last car in the list cannot be distinguished as something special, but the experts believe that the Atlas Cross Sport brings the driverless car era closer. This is quite an odd statement, considering that the SUV features the L2 autonomy. The Atlas is equipped with ACC with a complete stop function that works at 60 km/h and Lane Keep that recognizes markings even when turning.

Car Net provides even more various possibilities. By installing a special app, an Atlas owner can remotely start the engine and lock the doors, determine the car location, and get information about the remaining fuel. Besides, a full car diagnostic report and a roadside assistance service are also available via Car Net.