In the automobile world, cars are increasingly being upgraded and modernized, and the last big thing can quickly become obsolete and replaced by something new and better.
Today, we’ve compiled a list of 15 old car features that practically no car owner wants in 2020. Unfortunately, some of the older features meant we got cheaper cars; for instance, cars with a manual transmission are cheaper, which is why they’re still quite popular in third world countries.
However, some other features simply had to go, such as the CD player, because in 2020, not many people still listen to music that way. This includes the radio, which in 2020 isn’t used much anymore due to amazing new high-tech infotainment systems. Also, we love that keys are becoming obsolete, and soon enough, we won’t even need a key fob! Anyway, let’s begin!
15. No More Gear Sticks
Back in the day, even cars with an automatic transmission had a gear stick because the reverse gear used to not be automated. However, since then, cars have become much smarter, and the gear stick was replaced by things like buttons and paddle shifts. Not many people want a gear stick in 2020!
14. The Sun Visor And The Mirror
The sun visor with the little mirror seems like an outdated feature in cars, because it’s not even great at keeping out the sun anyway. You put it too low and you can barely see the road, and if it’s too high, the sun is in your face. Just stick to sunglasses, and if you want to see how you look, you can always use your phone.
13. Have You Seen My Car Keys?
Well, the answer to that is probably no, because keys are increasingly being replaced by key fobs. Also, most modern cars come with a push to start option, and very soon, it’s almost certain that most cars will come without keys. Imagine your car could just turn on as soon as you get close to it, without needing a key.
12. Spare Tires
Have you ever changed a tire yourself? We’re sure many drivers today will have answered no, and you might think this has to do with laziness, but it’s more due to the fact that most tires nowadays can still run on a flat long enough to reach a mechanic or dealership.
11. CD Players Are Seriously Outdated
Do people really listen to CDs? Well, we’re sure a few music purists do, but nowadays, cars come with smart infotainment systems that allow you to easily connect your phone and play your music directly from your files or from a streaming service such as Apple Music or Spotify. CD players are seriously outdated!
10. Manual Transmissions Are Dying
Purist car enthusiasts hate the fact that the manual transmission is slowly dying, but it’s a fact. Those who are obsessed with driving will always tell you it’s the better choice, but most people prefer the practicality and ease of an automatic transmission, so car manufacturers are producing fewer and fewer cars in manual.
9. No Cruise Control
On paper, cruise control seems like an amazing feature. I mean, who wouldn’t want to drive at a constant speed on the highway, especially during road trips? However, those using it are often prone to falling asleep, and of course, it goes without saying that it’s extremely dangerous.
8. Speedometers Are Phasing Out
Speedometers have been in cars for longer than we can remember, but slowly, those with analog dials are being switched for fully digital ones. It does seem like it was time this feature was upgraded. Cars have already begun using digital speedometers, and we’re sure this is a feature that will soon become the norm.
7. No More Drum Brakes
As drum brakes are not as safe as disc brakes, you won’t find an American manufacturer who offers them on four wheels. Also, as cars now come with electronic stability control, disc brakes at the back are a very important feature. Who still needs drum brakes?
6. No More Radio
As we mentioned earlier, most people nowadays listen to their own music rather than the radio because they can pick their own tunes and don’t have to listen to annoying advertisements. In 2020, not many will be really bothered to buy a car and find out it has no radio.
5. Get Rid Of Hand Brakes
Just like the gear stick, the hand brake is slowly becoming obsolete. Many people often forget to pull it when parked, and it can lead to disasters. So, many cars today are smart enough to have a feature that allows you to press a button and put it on park rather than pull the hand brake.
4. No More Protruding Antennas
Don’t you think those antennas are such an eyesore? Back in the day, these were crucial for reception, but nowadays, many cars have a shark fin instead. Also, some others don’t even need an antenna or a shark fin as high-tech infotainment systems have their own antennas.
3. Cameras Over Mirrors
In 2020, most modern cars come with cameras as it greatly facilitates parking. So, many drivers today will have great difficulty to park without those. It has become the norm, which isn’t exactly a great thing because you might find yourself in a situation one day where you don’t have one.
2. Plug-In Slots For Movies And Music
Have you ever used those slots where you can put your memory card and listen to the tunes on it in your car? This was popular for a while, but now, things have been made much more practical with amazing infotainment systems that you can connect your phone to.
1. Smoking Accessories
Lighters and ashtrays are standard features that come in most cars. However, that is becoming rarer because smoking is slowly becoming a thing of the past, and many people will be annoyed at you smoking in such a closed space. So, car manufacturers are offering this feature less and less.