8 Cars Smarter Than You Are

Cars have come a long way since the advent of anti-lock brakes and airbags. Modern car technology has significantly changed the way we drive. Relying on your peripheral vision and aggressive driving skills is no longer good enough for the average driver. We want more assistance and car manufacturers have delivered that with adaptive headlights, infrared cameras, and controls that can tell when a driver is sleepy. As great as all of these new technologies are, they have definitely made us stupider and the cars smarter. Check out these eight cars that are smarter than humans.

  1. Subaru Legacy

    Subaru has never failed to impress when it comes to practicality and safety, but its high-performing Legacy model has proven to be smarter and savvier than most cars in its class. The Legacy has a five-star federal safety rating and is a top safety pick for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A new addition to the Legacy's already top-notch safety features will be Subaru's EyeSight system, which acts as an extra pair of eyes for the driver by scanning the road and surrounding traffic and warning you when you move outside of the lines. This new, optional safety feature will appear in the 2013 models.

  2. Audi A6

    Audi A6 is a force to be reckoned with. Not only is the A6 fast and flashy, but it's also incredibly safe. It earned top scores in impact tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and Audi's state-of-the-art technology never fails to impress. The A6 can be customized to your safety needs, with blind spot monitors with Audi Pre Sense, which senses driving dangers well in advance and notifies the driver of the severity of the situation, while automatically adjusting the airbags and seatbelts for an impending collision. The car also monitors dangers behind the car and prepares for potential rear-end impact.

  3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    Mercedes-Benz E-Class lives up to its reputation and goes above and beyond most luxury vehicles in its safety and intelligence. The 2012 E-Class model received five out of five stars by the federal government for rollover performance and the IIHS named the car its top safety choice of the year. The E-Class comes with a slew of impressive safety features, including the Attention Assist and Pre-Safe systems, which monitor steering and detect driver drowsiness by measuring one's driving style within the first few minutes of a drive. The car even takes into account the chance of crosswinds and uneven road surfaces, but if signs of drowsiness continue, the system will alert you to pull over to rest. Talk about a guardian angel.

  4. Volvo S60

    Volvo has always made incredibly safe vehicles, but one model in particular takes the cake for the line's safest and smartest car. The 2012 Volvo S60 has a five-star safety rating for crash and rollover risk tests and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a top safety pick. The S60 comes with many standard safety features, as well as some unique ones like a tire pressure monitoring system, front and rear park assist, driver alert control, and Volvo's line of high-tech emergency brake assist systems. One of which is City Safety, which automatically applies the brakes when the car is moving less than 20 mph and detects you're close to rear-ending another car or object.

  5. Jeep Grand Cherokee

    The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been a popular SUV for several years, but the current generation has definitely outsmarted its competitors and drivers. The new Grand Cherokee may be more stylish and sleeker than its predecessors, but it hasn't sacrificed off-road brawn or safety either. The Grand Cherokee has a four-star safety rating in federal crash and rollover tests and its high-tech safety features are considered above average for the class. The vehicle's impressive Hill-Start Assist helps drivers maintain their brake pressure while starting up a stopped vehicle on a hill. The Grand Cherokee provide a nice balance for those who want to off-road in the safest way possible.

  6. Buick LaCrosse

    The Buick LaCrosse is one of the safest and smartest cars around. The large sedan comes with a variety of safety features like GM's Stabilitrak stability control system, which helps detect and minimize loss of traction by automatically applying the brakes to safely steer the vehicle in the right direction. LaCrosse's OnStar system gives drivers piece of mind with automatic accident response, navigation, and roadside assistance. LaCrosse also comes with heads-up display, swivel headlamps to help with visibility at night, and exemplary front- and side-impact crash protection.

  7. BMW 5-Series

    The BMW 5-Series is sleek, safe, and oh-so smart. The luxury sedan has cutting-edge technology and impressive safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, and lane departure warnings. The 5-Series is also the first to have a night-vision system that detects pedestrians and moving objects outside the scope of the headlights and warns the driver on the navigation display. BMW's ConnectedDrive infotainment system provides a smart and easy way for drivers to have hands-free access to their cell phone, which reads text messages out loud and connects to various Internet-based services.

  8. Chevrolet Sonic

    The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic has a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Its state-of-the-art technology, combined with the maximum protection of 10 air bags, makes the Sonic a leader in the subcompact category. The Sonic comes with rollover sensors, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, power-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes with anti-lock brakes, traction control and panic brake assist, as well as front seat belt pretensioners to better restrain occupant movement and reduce force during a crash.

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