6 Things Modern Cars Do So Much Better Than Old Cars

Reasons Today's Cars Are Better Than Older Vehicles

Don't get us wrong - everyone can appreciate a classic car, especially one that's been well-preserved and lovingly cared for. But when it comes to sheer practicality, modern automotive technology has advanced leaps and bounds in the past few decades. Indeed, in the past 10 years, a revolution in automotive safety and responsible fuel sources has begun. This radical shift is poised to totally transform the world of cars. If you're still getting around in a high-mileage ride from back when years started with a "1" not a "2," here are a list of benefits that a new car has in store for you!

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6: Safety

Modern cars are just safer. While primitive airbag systems appeared on cars as early as 1974, they weren't considered standard safety equipment until 1998 when the United States began to require airbags in all new vehicles. Since then, airbags have saved more than 50,000 lives according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Beyond just airbags, modern cars now offer driver assistance features, such as those you get from Subaru EyeSight®. These use advanced sensors and cameras, plus computer artificial intelligence, to react automatically to changing traffic conditions. For example, if traffic in front of you stops short on the highway, driver assistance features can automatically engage the brakes to prevent a collision. Subaru EyeSight in particular has been shown to reduce rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85%!

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5: Fuel Economy

Modern engines generate far more power for far less fuel, saving you money at the pump while giving you a spirited drive behind the wheel. According to the EPA, the average fuel economy achieved by all personal vehicles on the road today is 24.7 MPG - the highest ever. As recently as 1980, it had never climbed above 20. It fell back below 20 in 2004 with the SUV craze. But today, modern cars are designed with efficiency and reliability in mind as well as performance.

This figure gets even more impressive when you consider that modern cars, heavy-laden with safety technology and high-strength steel, have to generate much more power; today's cars are much heavier than older ones.

More efficient engines also mean less pollution from automobiles! And as plug-in hybrid and fully-electric cars are gaining market share, automotive pollution levels should continue to fall precipitously.

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4: Performance

The line between a sports car and a practical daily driver has gotten so blurry in 2018, it might as well be a smudge. Back in the day, you couldn't expect a family station wagon to drive like an aggressive muscle car. Today, advanced engines and computer controlled chassis, suspension and transmission technologies make a thrilling drive accessible to anyone! For instance, the Subaru WRX gets a turbocharged engine for intense acceleration and all-wheel drive for tenacious grip - yet it's still a civilized compact sedan with a roomy trunk and a comfortable interior. Even the three-row Subaru Ascent comes standard with X-MODE® technology for amazing all-terrain ability. Today's vehicles are far more versatile … and way more engaging to drive.

3: Connectivity

There was a time when having a satellite phone built into your car (one roughly the size, shape and weight of a paving stone) was considered the height of mobile communication technology. Today, the modern cell phone has made such devices totally obsolete - not to mention the mobile GPS, the MP3 player, the address book and so many more. That's why today's cars don't try to replace the functions of your smartphone, they work alongside your phone. In a modern Subaru, STARLINK™ infotainment technology makes it fast and easy to connect your Android or Apple smartphone for hands-free calling, texting, music streaming, navigation and more. All by way of a device you already own!

2: Comfort

Advanced suspension technologies plus noise- and vibration-isolating materials make the cabin of a modern car a truly serene place to be. Older vehicles will translate more pavement cracks and potholes into noise and movement in the cabin. A modern car glides over these road imperfections and blocks out more noise from the outside world.

Additionally, features that were once only found on the most exotic European luxury cars can now be found on comfortable economy cars for almost any budget! Visit Carlsen Subaru and see how inexpensive it is to get features like heated seats, power windows, automatic lights and premium leather upholstery on a brand-new Subaru.

1: Manufacturer Support

Thanks to the unstoppable market forces of capitalism, all automakers compete against one another to earn your business. That means they compete to build the best car for your needs, but which car you'll buy ultimately comes down to preference and taste. That's why car companies now offer perks that help you enjoy every mile that much more. Such perks include extended warranties, included service agreements, OEM software updates and connected services.

For example, Subaru STARLINK® Safety and Security provides automatic collision notification and SOS services to get you the help you need in an accident, no matter where you are - even if you're injured. A built-in vehicle health report lets you know if your Subaru is in need of any maintenance or repairs, while Stolen Vehicle Recovery helps you find your vehicle and lock out would-be thieves from starting the engine.

An old vehicle is a thing of beauty, but there's something truly beautiful about efficiency and safety, too - and that's why a modern car is simply better in so many ways than any classic ride.

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