Across the automotive industry, innovation has been crucial in remaining relevant. And while General Motors has developed some awesome solutions (the center-airbag, and the safety alert seat, to name a recent few), there are a few head-scratching omissions from what can be found in all of its vehicles. We’ve come up with five features that should be present across the board.
You’ll glance upon this list and realize that yes, most of these features can be found in select GM vehicles, but surprisingly not all of the offerings from The General. In no particular order, they are:
1. A 110-Volt Outlet
A three-prong outlet has turned into a necessity in today’s fast-paced world, and provides fantastic convenience to passengers. Want to fiddle on your laptop or tablet without worrying about battery life on the carpool commute to work? A 110-volt outlet is the answer. Power inverters are so 1990.
2. Rear Seat HVAC
Just about every compact (and smaller) GM vehicle is without this creature comfort. Anybody who has ever carpooled with a Chevrolet Cruze can vouch for the fact that it gets pretty hot in the second row in the warm months of the year. To compensate the lack of ventilation, the driver and front passenger must crank the AC all the way to the point of near-hypothermia, just so that a breeze can reach the back seat and passengers can stop sweating. But by the time this happens, front row occupants need a blanket. The Cruze isn’t the only guilty party, either. The Chevy Sonic, Spark, Volt, and Buick Verano all lack this simple feature.
3. A Capless Fueling System
Take into consideration the fact that the every Ford has this neat little feature, while the only vehicle in GM’s current line up offering a capless fueling system is the Cadillac XTS — which should not be the unique selling proposition for a $44,000-plus luxury sedan. It’s the 21st century, GM. Let’s go.
It might be a tall order to fit every GM vehicle with Wi-Fi, but it’s possible. Perhaps this is something that can be integrated with GM’s latest batch of world-class infotainment systems, including Chevy MyLink, GMC/Buick IntelliLink, or Cadillac Cue. Couple the availability of the internet with a 110-volt outlet, and the vehicle quickly becomes a mobile office, and the perfect carpooling machine.
5. Push-Button Start
It’s 2012. Why do cars still need keys? Realistically, they don’t. This simple feature may be found across the lineup sooner than the others, but the fact that GM’s refreshed Lambda crossovers (Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, and even the luxurious Buick Enclave) still lack this feature is a bit of a surprise.
That said, we praise GM for offering OnStar, automatic light control and remote start (on vehicles with automatic transmissions) across its entire range — because some manufacturers can’t find a way to the latter two features in the same vehicle (we’re looking at you, VW Jetta). Of course, there’s plenty more where those five came from. Suggest your own in the comment box below.