Two years back, I bought a plugin-hybrid. My first (and probably only) new car. Gas prices were high - but the most important reason was that my introduction to technology was when my father showed me how to repair an electric lamp back when I was in kindergarten, which makes electric cars really cool for me. I didn't care about all the extra features - they just came with the vehicle I bought off the lot.
The thing came with a lots and lots of additional features, like:
- Interior lights where the color can be changed.
- Sirius Radio
- Builtin GPS Navigation
- Voice control
- App based remote start, door lock/unlock
- Cruise control
- CD player
- USB ports
- AM/FM radio
- in-Car WiFi (through cell-phone)
- Backup camera
- Rear gate automatic opening system
The Voice Control lets me get into an argument with my car. It screws up about 5% of the time (and 95% of the time, all I'm doing is asking it to turn the FM radio to my favorite station. When I'm trying to set a navigation destination, it's nearly 95% of the time.)
The AM/FM radio doesn't come back on properly 95% of the time. The Infotainment system claims it's on, but I have to change stations to get it to work, which means changing stations back and forth after I start the car.
The backup camera is a nice feature. I hear a system like it is mandated for new cars in the future. Unfortunately, it's more necessary in this car than my previous car because the sight-lines in this care are so dreadful. It's more of a compensation for bad design (or allows more bad design.) I can see where it'd be very helpful for people with limited mobility.
The one time I really needed the GPS/Navigation system, it couldn't find the address at all (Google maps on my phone worked just fine.)
I have a flash drive plugged into one of the USB ports for music - I haven't played anything from it for a year. I've never used the CD player.
The automatic gate opening system (intended to make it easier to load the back of the car when your arms are full of packages) works about 20% of the time. I've stopped using it, even for entertainment value.
The only part of the Infotainment System I really use (FM radio) - fails to work properly. The rest of the features are largely negative value for me.