The global automotive industry is currently worth trillions of dollars and is growing rapidly. This is a big cake to slice, but with hundreds of automakers vying for a piece, the competition can be brutal. To stay ahead, car manufacturers are always coming up with new features that can attract more buyers.
When executed well, some of these new features can make life much better for drivers, passengers and other road users. In other cases, some new features are hated for being an annoyance or solving problems that didn’t even exist in the first place. With that said, let’s explore some of the features we hate most in modern cars.
10 Excessive touch screens
Two decades ago, the dashboard was dominated by buttons and dials that controlled everything in a car. Those days are gone, and now most cars have touch screens to do that. Some of the cars on our list of the biggest screens in cars, like the Tesla Model S Plaid, don’t even have buttons anymore, as all functions are controlled via touch screens.
While touch screens work well for some functions and look great, it’s probably not a good idea to have them control everything.
9 Preset Lane Keeping Assistant
Advanced driver assistance systems, such as Lane Keeping Assist, are credited with greatly increasing safety on our roads. In fact, we think the technology is pretty good when it works, as it ensures that the driver stays in his lane.
However, in some cars, lane keeping assist is defaulted to be on all the time, and it can be infuriating trying to figure out how to turn it off. The same applies to other assistance features such as blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning.
8 Fake vents and exhausts
One of the features found on most high performance cars is proper exhaust systems to allow their powerful engines to breathe and perform well. These cars also often have vents throughout the body to aid in cooling and aerodynamics.
Manufacturers know that gear enthusiasts love these cool features and the perception they give other people, which is why we have so many cars with fake exhausts and vents.
7 Button or Knob Operated Shift Levers
When automatic transmissions began to take over the auto industry, manufacturers no longer needed the beloved shifter. Most manufacturers kept various versions of the shifter to appeal to buyers still attached to the shifter, but now we’re seeing fewer.
Cars today have many different ways to operate their gear levers, from knobs to buttons, and even touch screen controls. Most of these are hard to get used to and can even be dangerous when you have to take your eyes off the road.
6 Electronic parking brake
One of the greatest thrills of driving is making a proper turn with the parking brake, just like you see in the movie. Unfortunately you can only do this on older cars as the manual handbrake is an endangered species on newer cars.
Manufacturers have replaced traditional parking brakes with electronic parking brakes. Although this can save space, most gearheads prefer the old gear lever as it was more fun and could be activated intuitively in an emergency.
5 False engine noises
One of the best parts of driving a really fast car is hearing the sound it makes. Whether it’s the thunderous roar of an American V8 engine or the scream of a Ferrari V12, the sound a vehicle makes is a key part of the driving experience sacred to most gear lovers.
Unfortunately, as the industry gets greener, cars are getting quieter and quieter, which is a turnoff for many enthusiasts. Some manufacturers think that a good way to counter this is to add fake engine sounds to cars, but everyone can instantly tell that they are fake, especially if it is an electric car.
4 Low resolution backup cameras
Rear cameras are not something new in cars. In fact, since 2018, the US federal government has required manufacturers to install backup cameras in all new vehicles.
Although reverse cameras have been around for a long time, some newer cars make it seem like the technology was just invented, providing grainy images that help no one.
3 giant grids
The grille has a significant impact on the overall design of a vehicle. After all, the grill is one of the first things people see when approached by a vehicle. Different manufacturers have different ways of approaching grill design.
Some manufacturers like to keep the grille simple and minimal, while others, like Tesla, ditch it entirely. However, there is this terrible new trend of installing massive grids that cover almost the entire process. It started with Lexus, but now even the likes of BMW are adopting it. Just look at the new BMW XM SUV concept.
two Gesture and voice controls
Thanks to the rise of intelligent voice assistants in smartphones and smart speakers, voice control seems to be the new must-have feature in car infotainment systems. Voice control can be useful while driving, but it’s often annoying in most cases as it never seems to work right. You end up having to repeat commands, yell, and even change your accent for it to understand the commands.
It gets even worse if you have to use gestures to control certain features. It can even be dangerous if you do it while driving.
1 Tesla Yoke Flywheel
The Tesla Model S Plaid took the automotive world by storm when it debuted in 2021. The new design and incredible acceleration caused a stir, but one of the most talked about features of the new car was the Yoke steering wheel.
The Yoke may have seemed like a good idea to Elon Musk and his boys, as it makes the Model S Plaid look like some sort of race car, but there’s a reason it’s called a *steering wheel*. The box shape is not natural to most drivers and can be difficult to adjust to.