With every passing year, the auto industry has continued to modify the way cars handle the road, protect drivers and their passengers and provide other novelties along the way.  From the advent of anti-lock brakes, additional air bags along side panels all the way to heated seats, there are many modifications that have pleased drivers and car dealers along the way.  Breaking all the additions down would take some time, so rather than create one giant list, I’ve plucked my favorite from the bunch.

Here are my top three enhancements for modern cars.

1.  Alerts:  Many vehicles today have added digital markers and notifications to alert drivers of everything from assisted parellel parking to car maintenance schedules.  Rear-view camera displays on the front dashboard notify drivers of obstacles behind them. So when a car starts to back up, they will know exactly how far they are away from a parked car or other potential blind spot.  Or if their blind spot on the driver’s side has a car or other thing blocking their path, a digitized icon may appear on their driver’s side mirror.  And then there’s little notifications such as when the oil should be changed, what percentage their car battery’s at with an electric/hybrid vehicle, if their tire’s traction has slimmed down in one area or if the tire pressure itself is lower than normal and other advanced novelties that have proved useful in allowing drivers to be as safe and up-to-date with their vehicle as much as possible.

2. Aerodynamic Body Frames:  Kudos to engineers and researchers who have continued to tinker with the body frame of a car to account for wind pressure on the car.  Front panels have been shaped to feed through wind gusts as efficiently as possible and create a “drafting” effect that not only improves the car’s handling but also pushes fuel economy to optimal standards by allowing the car to function normally in not-so-ideal conditions.  Granted, the body frame of the vehicle, no matter how well-designed it is, cannot function as well as it should against the road and wind if driver’s compromise it by rolling down their windows.  Still, having a intricate design beats the “box style” bodies of some cars in the past.

3.  Performance:  From additional horsepower all the way down to engine builds, most modern cars on the road today have advanced parts and mechanisms running through the entire body.  Little things like increased engine thresholds allow additional miles in between oil changes (previously 3,000 miles to current 5,000 marks).  Dual exhausts instead of single exhausts help the car perform at even higher levels than before without forcing added strain on the transmission and other important gears under the hood.  With nearly every mechanical part tweaked here and there, the vehicle’s previous fuel economy is boosted along the way and can only go higher from here on out.

And in the end, car enhancements, whether it’s adding value to a used Nissan car or producing all-electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, are great for car buyers the world over.  Providing vehicles that grant drivers even more access to how the car performs and protects along the road is just the beginning.