Over the past few years we’ve seen an increasingly large number of compact and subcompact cars with hands free and voice-activated safety technology you’d normally find in premium and luxury brands.
Now we can add the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze to that list.
As TheCarConnection reports, the Chevrolet Cruze is now in its third year and proving popular among younger buyers in the compact-sedan segment.
For 2013 however, it proves to be even more popular with the introduction of MyLink technology as standard on the 2LT, Eco and LTZ models and optional on the 1LT.
Consisting of an Internet-connected center console and some nifty voice-activated handsfree technology, the MyLink system can make calls, select music tracks and control the car’s radio system without taking your hands off the wheel.
MyLink itself isn’t new: we’ve seen the technology before in other Chevrolet and Buick vehicles. But adding it to the Cruze features list is.
2013 Chevrolet Cruze
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It’s a smart move on Chevrolet’s part, and one which should enable the Cruze to compete more aggressively with the 2012 Ford Focus’ impressive Ford Sync Internet-connected voice command, bluetooth and entertainment system.
Of course, no matter how well a handsfree system works, there’s still the potential for distracted driving if you’re concentrating on something other than the road ahead.
To help keep you safe, Chevrolet has added Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and rear park assist in an optional Enhanced Safety Package, while a rear-view camera is now available as part of its Technology package.
There’s no official pricing for the 2013 Cruze yet, but the inclusion of advanced safety technology teaches us something very valuable.
In a world where more cars are capable of high gas mileage, driver-facing technology is becoming as important to buyers and automakers as the green technology under the hood.