Highest rated tech cars of 2013 (CNET On Cars, Episode 32)

Revisiting the Veyron, clamping down on DUIs with technology, and the best-rated high tech cars of 2013.

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In this episode:

  • We revisit the Bugatti Veyron in California's wine country.
  • Tour many of the same roads where we shot the Veyron video.
  • Top 5 high tech cars of 2013, according to CNET review scores.
  • Another look at alcohol interlock technology to prevent drunk driving.

After you watch our Car Tech 101 on hemi engines, you may wonder why Chrysler is using them in modern cars where high RPM, compactness, and fuel efficiency are so important. The simple answer is today's Chrysler Hemi isn't really a hemi. Automobile has a good explanation of how today's Hemi engine is more trade name than true hemi.

2014 BMW i3

As always, e-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

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2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

The Bottom Line: The 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe requires real skill to enjoy the extent of its capabilities, but its performance is exhilarating, while advanced cabin electronics help the driver under more sedate driving conditions. / Read full review

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Bottom Line: The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee bristles with tech that makes it not only a very comfortable and luxurious SUV, but a very capable off-road vehicle, as well. / Read full review

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S550

The Bottom Line: Mercedes-Benz takes a big step forward with its 2014 S550 flagship sedan, improving just about every feature in this model update, but app integration suffers from slow connection times. / Read full review

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2012 Tesla Model S

The Bottom Line: The 2012 Tesla Model S sets a new standard for cars of the 21st century by integrating cabin tech equal to anything from the consumer electronics industry and incorporating a long-range, powerful, and efficient electric drivetrain. / Read full review

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2013 Audi S7

The Bottom Line: The 2013 Audi S7 features a phenomenal amount of tech both in the cabin and under the hood. An impressive sport driver, its fuel economy remains decent enough for a daily commute. / Read full review

About the author

Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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