A Techie's Guide to Next Year's Models
The savviest new cars synch with your smartphone to let you access a compelling combo of practical information (navigation, safety, fuel economy) and all-out entertainment (soundtracks, search engines, social networks). Call them the ultimate mobile hotspots.
Car System: Ford Sync
Models: 2012 Focus, Explorer, Edge, and Lincoln MKX
Connection: Uses Bluetooth to stream audio wirelessly from all smartphones.
Features: The voice-activated control panel includes a video cable connection, an SD card slot, and two USB ports to display videos, photos, and songs on its eight-inch touchscreen.