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Top 10 Features for Commuter Cars Identified by Edmunds.com
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. - August 11, 2004 - The average commuter spends the equivalent of nearly nine full days every year commuting to and from work, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The editors at Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, have identified the following top ten features that will make any commute more tolerable. The full article can be found at: (http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/list/top10/102588/article.html).
- Comfortable Seats Among the features to look for are lumbar support, power controls, adjustable seat height, heated seats and, for those with long legs, seats that scoot far enough back.
- Automatic Transmission Stop-and-go traffic can be particularly trying for those with a manual transmission. Automatic transmissions can make the drive home smoother and allow drivers to keep both hands on the wheel.
- Good visibility Thin A-, B- and C-pillars help in this area; so do large side-view mirrors and height-adjustable seats. Many convertibles have poor rear visibility when the top is up.
- In-dash CD changer or satellite radio In-dash CD changers allow drivers to load several discs at a time to take the edge off long commutes, while satellite radio can help them avoid morning chatter and irritating commercials.
- Steering wheel-mounted stereo controls Sometimes the only way to make it through a long drive is to have good music. Steering wheel-mounted controls allow volume and station adjustments without drivers having to take their eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.
- Controlled noise, vibration and handling Excessive engine vibration, road noise and wind noise can prove very annoying for those who spend a lot of time in their cars, so pay attention to this during test drives. Shoppers should also consider pros and cons of tighter handling versus ride comfort.
- Good fuel economy Good gas mileage is critical for the commuter car. Nothing burns up more gas than stop-and-go traffic.
- Well-designed cup holders and ample storage Drivers need a place to keep their morning coffee safe and within sipping distance, as well as a place to store their parking cards, toll money, breakfast, etc.
- Two power points and a hands-free voice activated phone system Two power outlets will allow drivers to charge a mobile phone as well as a laptop battery. A hands-free voice-activated phone system enables drivers to both place calls and chat on a cell phone without letting go of the wheel.
- Reasonably compact size For a vehicle primarily used for commuting, an SUV or truck usually isn't necessary. A smaller vehicle is easier to maneuver, park and thread through traffic.
"The driver is the single most important safety component of a vehicle, so he or she should be comfortable, alert and as stress-free as possible when behind the wheel," said Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief, Edmunds.com. "Vehicle features can really help drivers be safe and maintain a positive attitude through their commuting experiences."
About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Edmunds.com is the premier online resource for automotive information. Its comprehensive set of data, tools and services, including Edmunds.com True Market Value® pricing, is generated by Edmunds Data Services and is licensed to third parties. For example, the company supplies over 800,000 pages of content for the auto sections of AOL and NYTimes.com, provides weekly data to Automotive News and delivers monthly data reports to Wall Street analysts. Edmunds.com was named "best car research" site by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "most useful Web site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com StudySM and was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif. and maintains a satellite office near Detroit.