Buying Guide: Pimp your ride with the latest vehicle electronics

By March 29, 2013Buying Guides

If you remember the adventures of Michael Knight and his futuristic car Kitt from TV’s “Knight Rider,” you may have always dreamt of outfitting your wheels with the latest gadgets. You may not be able to get your car to talk to you, or make that cool “woosh” sound, but if your car is more than just a means of getting from “A” to “B,” you may want to consider adding one of these gadgets to your ride.


Under the radar
Most people would probably agree that driving safely should be motorists’ top priority, but there are few things more annoying than getting a speeding ticket for going a few miles over the limit. To avoid incurring sometimes-heavy fines, a radar detector is an invaluable investment. These devices range in price from relatively inexpensive models like the Whistler XTR-130 Laser/Radar Detector to high-end devices such as the Cobra XRS-9970G 15 Band Camera Laser/Radar Detector. Most radar detectors can be mounted directly on your car’s dashboard or windshield, providing you with real-time responses to upcoming speed cameras and radar detectors. Whichever device you choose, be sure to drive responsibly.

Rocking out
Few things compare to hitting the highway on a road trip, but no long drive is complete without the perfect soundtrack. Whether you’re a John Denver fan or prefer Japanese techno, you’ll need a decent sound system in your car to really savor every note. If you’ve ever found yourself craving deeper bass when you’re rocking out in the car, why not install an amplifier in your trunk? has a range of models designed to suit any budget, from the 800W Power Acoustik BAMF802 Amplifier to the Kicker 11ZX700.5-N Amplifier. Before your next road trip, consider investing in a sound system that will do your favorite tunes justice.

A15Y_1_20130201110712575Video killed the radio star
If you’ve got kids, you might know how challenging long car rides can be. If this is the case, installing an in-car video system is an excellent way to keep the little ones entertained on your next trip. Vehicle DVD players and ceiling-mounted TVs used to cost an arm and a leg, but today, you can pick up a vehicle video setup for less than $100. The Pyle PLHR79 Monitor offers outstanding value for money, and boasts a 7-inch screen, headrest mounting bracket and a screen resolution of 1440 x 234. Alternatively, the Power Acoustik PMD105CM offers a larger screen, remote control and a true 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio for superior in-car entertainment.

What other gadgets do you recommend for pimping out your ride?