Nevertheless, there is some good news: Advanced safety technologies like active lane keep, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection and autonomous emergency braking are getting better, and they are now offered in wide range of vehicles. Let’s take a look at 10 best current cars with these semi-autonomous technologies, which we’ll lump under one umbrella and call Autopilot.
Tesla Model S
All Tesla are sold with the hardware necessary for semi-autonomous driving via Autopilot, and the lane-centering technology sets a high mark. The rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model S 60 is currently the least expensive in the Tesla lineup, with a starting MSRP of $68,000 and a 218-mile range, while the all-wheel-drive 60D starts at $73,000. The Enhanced Autopilot option adds three additional cameras for an additional $5000 (or $6000 after delivery) with a dozen ultrasonic sonar sensors. It provides self-parking capabilities and automatic lane changes. Tesla says it will offer “full self-driving capability” for another $3000 once the technology clears regulatory hurdles “which may vary widely by jurisdiction.” You’ll want to check that with your automotive insurance provider before signing on the bottom line.
The 2017 BMW 740i sedan has a starting MSRP of $81,500. You’ll need to opt for a pair of option packages to gain semi-autonomous safety technology in the 740i. The Driver Assistance Plus option package ($1900) includes lane-departure warning, frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation, daytime pedestrian detection, and parking assistant with active park distance control. The Driver Assistance Plus II option package ($1700) adds adaptive cruise control with stop and go, active lane keep with side-collision avoidance, and Traffic Jam Assistant to “provide comfort-enhancing steering assistance” in heavy traffic. The Autobahn option package ($4100) uses a road preview camera to “react proactively to road irregularities” via automated suspension adjustment.
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan
While the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan has the highest starting MSRP ($96,600) on our list of vehicles with Autopilot, the technology is not standard. You’ll need to opt for the Driver Assistance option package ($2250) to gain semi-autonomous technology. The package includes DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control with stop and go, active lane-keep assist, steering assist to center the vehicle in lane, forward brake assist with pedestrian detection, and active blind-spot assist. The optional Night View Assist ($2260) uses Autoliv thermal and infrared camera technology to detect pedestrians and animals after dark. Hazards are shown in an instrument cluster display and pedestrians are alerted with a flash of the S-Class sedan’s LED headlamps.
Honda Accord Hybrid
Honda Sensing safety technology is standard on the Accord Hybrid and Accord Touring. It’s also offered as an option on the Accord LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and EX-L V-6 models. The Accord Hybrid is EPA rated at 49 mpg city/47 mpg highway and has a starting MSRP of $29,605. Honda Sensing includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation, and collision mitigation braking. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2017 Honda Accord 4-door sedan as a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with option front crash prevention and specific headlights. The technology is also offered in the Honda Accord Coupe, Civic, CR-V, Pilot, and Ridgeline.
The 2017 Genesis G80 sedan is offered with a 3.8-liter V6 and rear-wheel drive at a starting MSRP of $41,400, while the all-wheel-drive version is priced at $43,900. You’ll need to opt for the Premium option package ($4750) to gain semi-autonomous driving safety technology. The Premium package includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, blind-spot detection, and parking sensors. The rear-drive Genesis is also available with a 5.0-liter V8 at a starting MSRP of $54,550, with the semi-autonomous tech as standard equipment. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2017 Genesis G80 sedan as a Top Safety Pick+.
The 2017 Ford Fusion is available in a dizzying array of trim levels with conventional and hybrid powertrains. Semi-autonomous driving technology is optional in the mid trim levels (like the Fusion Sport, shown above) and standard at the top-of-the-line Platinum trim levels. Advanced safety technology includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, active lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, blind-spot mirrors, cross-traffic alert, and enhanced active park assist for perpendicular and parallel parking (with park out assist). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the The 2017 Ford Fusion sedan as a Top Safety Pick.