The Model S is essentially the car of the future, a beautifully designed, curvy sedan built from the ground up as an electric car. It features connected cabin technology and it can even be updated remotely, adding features so an older car is as good as the newest.
Our top pick for in-car gadgets, Automatic Labs' Automatic "smart driving assistant" plugs into a car's diagnostics port and monitors your fuel efficiency and driving habits. That's not exactly new technology, but Automatic separates itself from the crowd by interfacing seamlessly with a slick iOS app that automatically generates driving reports, makes suggestions to improve your economy, and provides automatic emergency crash response in the event of an accident.
It's got the cargo and passenger capacity of a small crossover, the easy parking footprint of a hatchback, and the driving dynamics of a sports sedan. The BMW X1 defies classification, but it is a gift that the entire family can enjoy.
For those who would prefer their GPS navigation in a discrete device, Garmin's flagship Nuvi 3597 is second to none. It's slim and pocketable, and boasts a big, bright screen that's as sharp as its knife-edged design.