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: Mini Connected
Models: All 2012 models
Connection: iPhones connect to USB ports on the dashboard and center console; free Mini Connected app required.
Features: Read or listen to your RSS feeds, Facebook updates, and Twitter streams as the Minimalism Analyzer feature collects driving data and suggests ways to boost efficiency.