2013 Audi A4 ($32,500)
Audi’s volume seller, the A4, receives some serious tech upgrades for 2013 including the automaker's Audi Connect system. Previously available only on the high-end A8 and A7, Audi Connect uses an onboard T-Mobile 3G connection to give users access to Google Voice Local Search, Google Maps and Earth and Internet radio. Plus, A4 owners get Wi-Fi hotspot functionality for up to eight devices, real-time local weather, travel info and news.
The A4’s MMI Navigation Plus system features a 7-inch display, 40GB hard drive and Audi’s Nvidia Tegra-powered MMI interface, which features handwriting recognition.
2013 Toyota Avalon (Price TBD
Toyota's 2013 Avalon is one of the most teched-out cars the automaker has ever produced. Fitted with Toyota's Entune infotainment system, the Avalon gives drivers access to Bing Local Search, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora and more.
Toyota also realizes that you need a place to put your smartphone when it’s connected to your car. The eBin is a compartment specifically made to hold your phone and hide its tangle of wires.
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class ($62,400)
Mercedes’ all-new GL-Class SUV features the German carmaker’s new mbrace2 infotainment system. The vehicle uses an in-car 3G data connection to provide access to a host of Mercedes-developed apps, including Mercedes-specific versions of AP News Feed, Facebook, Google Local Search and Yelp. The GL-Class also offers users the ability to connect their smartphones via Bluetooth or USB in order to make and receive calls, listen to text messages and stream music.
2013 Ford Fusion Energi (TBD
Ford has completely reinvented the Fusion for 2013. In addition to a new exterior and interior design, this plug-in hybrid features Ford’s Sync and MyFord Touch systems, complete with an 8-inch touch screen in the vehicle’s center stack and Ford’s SmartGauge configurable displays surrounding the speedometer.
Because the Fusion Energi is a hybrid, Ford includes its EcoGuide cluster option, which provides users with the ability to track their overall driving efficiency using Efficiency Leaves. The leaves give drivers a general idea of how efficiently they are driving.