10 Years of Quirky Car Features
Unique car features and weird car accessories have come and gone throughout history. It seems manufacturers have always looked for new ways to stand out from competitors, and in some cases, it has resulted in some quirky ideas. Below is a list of some of the most original car features from the last 10 years.
Ever wanted a built-in perfume dispenser so you don’t ever have to hang those little scented trees on the rearview mirror? The 2011 Fiat 500 was introduced with a perfume diffuser offering three scents and various intensity controls, according to Road and Track. This feature may have created a fresh-smelling car, but it gets in the way of the front cup holders, says the magazine.
Driving in a heavy downpour usually means limited sight as raindrops hit your window and cars splash up water around you. To increase your visibility in these situations, Forbes says some vehicle manufacturers have created “hydrophobic” side windows. These ultra-waterproof windows are designed to help maintain a clear outward view in a rainstorm via windows that shed water. Although such a concept may be difficult to envision, this quirky feature may be one of the more practical ones.
Stone Massage Chairs
Heated and cooled seats have been around for a little while now, but what about adding a massage feature? According to USA Today, in 2013, Mercedes-Benz introduced its new 2014 S-Class, which came complete with the ability to give the driver a hot stone massage – or at least a simulated one. The front seats have a programmable system composed of 14 actuated air cushions that move along the back of the seat in pattern with the heating system, says USA Today. This action results in customized back support while resembling a shiatsu hot stone massage, adds Forbes.
The ‘Gentleman Function’
Back in 2009, BMW came out with a new feature for seat control in its 7-Series, says Edmunds. According to Road and Track magazine, BMW’s “Gentleman Function” was basically a way for the driver to move the front passenger seat without having to get out of the car. With this button, the driver can create extra legroom for both passengers sitting in the back using the controls on the driver’s seat, says the magazine.
According to Car and Driver, the 2010 Honda Element had some extra features specifically for your four-legged friend. If you see your pet as a member of the family, this may be a good vehicle option, as it allows owners to take their pets with them – comfortably. The package includes a soft-sided crate, portable ramp, electric mounted fan and spill-resistant water bowl, says Road and Track magazine. In addition, the vehicle came with dog-patterned seat covers and bone-patterned floor mats, a dispenser for baggies to clean up dog waste, and paw-print badges on the front and back of the vehicle, says Road and Track.
As technology continues to evolve, it is likely we will see many more unique car features in the near future. What’s the craziest car feature or accessory you’ve seen? Let us know in the comments section below.