But What About Heated and Cooled Cup Holders?

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by Frank Williams

Not content with vying for the 10 best 10 best cars award for 2007, cars.com has released their list of the "Top 10 New Features of 2007." While you might think their eds would be weighing the pros and cons of innovations that improve performance, handling or enhance the enthusiast's driving experience, you'd be mostly wrong. Cars' list is chock-a-block with features of dubious value, like Volvo's heartbeat sensor, Infiniti's scratch shield paint and Chrysler's Sirius satellite TV. Their "Best New Feature?" Infiniti's Lane Departure Warning Prevention system. The gizmo applies the brakes to certain wheels to nudge you back into your lane if you start drifting. (Which would have rendered The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift even more of a moot point.) Here's the complete list:

Lane Departure Prevention – Infiniti

Scratch Shield Paint – Infiniti

Around View Monitor – Infiniti

Full Size Hybrid SUVs – GM, Chrysler

Integrated Booster Seats – Volvo

Heartbeat Sensor – Volvo

Easy Third-Row Access – Hyundai

Sirius Satellite TV – Chrysler

Sync Hands-Free System – Ford

Blind Spot Information System – Volvo

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  • Pb35 Pb35 on Dec 06, 2007

    I had a 2007 S80 as a loaner recently which was equipped with BLIS. It was pretty cool/useful and I wish that my XC90 had it. Heartbeat sensor? eh Integrated Booster Seat? IBS? gross

  • Dean Dean on Dec 06, 2007

    I'm with SherbornSean - give me a car with 3-series performance and handling, for the price of loaded Civic, and keep all your fancy features.

  • Sk8inkid Sk8inkid on Dec 06, 2007

    Man, sure hope terrorists don't find out about the Infiniti lane system. Next thing they be painting random dots all over the highway to watch the pileup!

  • Thecavanaughs Thecavanaughs on Dec 06, 2007

    According to Wikipedia, which as we know never gets anything wrong, Volvo had integrated boosters in 1990- I certainly recall them by the mid-90s. Are these different? On the other hand, I am glad Volvos have a heartbeat sensor now. I don't know about you, but anytime I drive a Volvo I feel like someone better check my pulse afterwards.